Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
I try not to watch the news - well, actually having got rid of the TV licence a year ago after being so irritated at their biased recording, so now, I barely see the news. I try also not to read much in the mainstream about our current situation as it winds me up so much. The narrative makes no sense to me in many ways.
Planning to write this blog, I've just come across the video here. Bearing in mind anything that goes against the current narrative is getting taken down quickly I thought it was also worth sharing the description from the video too:
Bet the BBC wish they didn't let this bloke on TV
A total of 350 deaths from under 60s with no underlying health conditions!
You are more likely to DROWN than die from the virus.
Lets ban swimming! And take baths out of houses as they are so dangerous!
You are 10 times more likely to die from exercising! Lets ban that also.
I hope swimming and exercising aren't banned... I do like them both very much.
We passed some people this morning talking whilst out on a walk and the overheard comment was 'they're not going back until this has passed'. It reminded me of a chat with a friend yesterday where she was horrified to learn of the new measures to be brought in at her child's nursery. My feeling is I wouldn't send my child back until the measures to deal with this have passed. Viruses though? They've been around us for so many years. Forever. It's really not about the germ for me, it's about the terrain.
Are we going to stress constantly about the germs and when do we start to consider the terrain? More about that in a moment...
I do want to say that I'm not discounting the loss from this virus, not discounting that any loss of life is tragic. But what I'm not doing is discounting the fact that we are all going to die. All of us. That is something I've been musing over a lot recently. If I was elderly and going to pass on - would it really be OK to be alone? I hope it is for those who have. The idea my 96 year old Grandma dies by herself in her nursing home is something I've tried not to linger on and hoping that when she choses to go we, or other family, can be with her.
I am curious about so many theories flying around - one in particular that has been backed up in at least 3 studies I've seen is that the flu shot can make coronaviruses worse. One theory, that I've seen mentioned in this video here suggests that the flu shots in Italy were new ones which massively aggravated the virus response in the general population. The video MUST WATCH: Debunking the Narrative (with Prof Dolores Cahill) shares some interesting points. I'm sure I've not missed that on the BBC despite the lack of TV licence and ability to watch it.
I don't want to get at how this has been managed - but this whole state of fear, panic and more makes me very curious - we're dealing with a virus that 99%+ of people recover from (numbers from London show there is a 0.1% chance of dying from the virus) - and I'm amazed by how many of the population are happy to stay locked away, and living in fear. Yes, it's not a great illness if you get it, though does feel that as the medical community is learning more about it all the time, and so treatment outcomes improve - for example, early days of ventilation for so many do appear not to have been the best way to go. If you're on certain medication it's likely to make things worse, if you have other health conditions it may be it's harder to cope with - and whilst age seems to be one risk factor, that said, there are many elderly people, with other conditions recovering too.
In some countries even, homeopathy is being used - Cuba for example - who have experienced a lower than expected death rate, have been using homeopathy as a prophylaxis for many. Interestingly they also did so several years ago during a leptospirosis epidemic - and with BRILLIANT results.
What I'd really like, and what I'd like to write about here, is a new normal, but not the new normal that's being spoken of so loudly. I don't envisage a new normal where social interaction is all online, I don't perceive of stepping around everyone constantly. I don't want to think that in the future we'll be a-looking at everyone with suspicion. I see that that has been creeping in and have written about it in earlier posts. I see more anti-bac products than you can shake a stick at in the supermarkets - since when can't you buy normal soap? If you're looking for liquid soap, you're going for a small market now - most have additional anti-bac products in there.
Actually on a small tangent there, my partner has just read 10% Human and following that we're both experimenting with our skin microbiome and not washing the bacteria off us with soap - both of us are just bathing in water... and so far no terrible smell. Some slight smell the first few days - but either things have equalised and no smell or perhaps I'm just used to me ha. Since we're not exposing many other people to it, who minds!! But seriously, I have been musing over how over used these products are, how much untold damage we've done to our ability to cope with the natural world around us. How sterile we've become. How allergic to normal substances. Of course, there are many other factors involved here, but this is frequently cited as one of them.
I don't want a normal of separation for 'my health', for 'my protection', for 'the protection of the elderly, the vulnerable'. Not that I don't want to think about others, but there is something chilling about 'for your safety' as a phrase that I struggle with. You may recall it's been used in the past in less than desirable circumstances. I don't want to repeat those. I don't want a new online normal. What I want, what I really really want (can do a quick Spice Girls dance now if you like...) is a new normal where we learn about our health, where we take notice of this amazing body that we have, where we respect the incredible gift of life. A new normal where we take into account our environment, where we don't think everything is there for the benefit of us, where we don't just take, take, take. A new normal where we look at how we can work in symbiosis with our environment, and whilst we're like that, in symbiosis with others around us, animals and people.
One thing that I've become aware of is during our lockdown, the animals have been freed - there have been creatures taking to the empty roads, to the rivers, because our constant activity - or the lack of it - has allowed space for others to breathe. How do we respect that in our new normal? That's a question I'd really like to ask. How do we create a respectful new normal.
A space where, instead of separate squares where our children are allowed to stand, our children learn about how to look after their terrain. A world where kids aren't marketed to - a world where the sweets take a backseat and fruits and veg are promoted. A world where fermented foods are cool. A world where looking after yourself is rewarded. A world where customers, sorry patients, are helped to live more healthily instead of put on medication and remain on that for life. A world where we learn to look after ourselves.
Even a new normal - a world where homeopathy is used as a system of healthcare, moving away from a sick-care system. It had to come back in somewhere didn't it, the H word...? I see patients able to reduce and stop taking their meds. Anti-depressants come to mind, diabetic drugs, painkillers for example. Some came with the intent of reducing them, for others, they were going so well and decided it was possible once they'd started working with homeopathy.
I want a world where customers choose having been given options, instead of you have this, take that now and that will solve it. What when it doesn't? Stronger ones. And yet often that doesn't work... Add something else in. And whilst we're there, take that for the side effects of the others. What about working with our bodies instead of suppressing their screams for help? What about strengthening our terrain, supporting the 'soil', rather than just bringing in the weedkiller?
What about food? I'm so excited that there are ventures such as Nutritank out there, bringing nutritional education into medical universities. What about gut health? That's creeping in more and more with a bigger awareness of the potential - and of just how much it's vital for healthy functioning.
I want a world that looks healthy, well, not digital and disconnected. One that is vibrant and alive, not all via headphones. And it seems, I'm not alone. I've never seen so many medical experts speaking up about something that makes sense to me. Never seen so many individuals starting to question, starting to learn. Never heard of the homeopathic pharmacies and supplement companies being as busy as they were when this kicked off initially.
I have hope, and a yearning for a new normal, not to go backwards, but to step forwards, excitedly into a new potential for brilliance. Which doesn't get sold in a catalogue, on a website, from a multi-national organisation, but comes from inside, from within, from our relationship with nature.
Love to know what you think,
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition