How our quest for connection may be making us more isolated and what we can do about it.
Recently I have been involved in an open letter from a group of doctors to our government concerning its response to COVID. I work on my own as an MD and other than monthly zoom peer meetings, it could be said I am fairly isolated. In drafting our letter, messages were sent to and fro, much discussion was had, and hesitant individuals were convinced.
I felt joy and relief in my views being substantiated. The dopamine flowed and spirits soared. However, some…
Where does one go when the anger is unremitting? No breathing app, no forest walk, no songbird stills the heart.
How does one sleep when the heart is seething? All effort resisted with such great force as to take the breath away.
Calls of “watch-out, is that really wise” met with scorn or bewilderment. Witness of horrors in the name of kindness seemingly ignored.
What has become of my ilk? What has become of the guild to which I swore? Are we now but vassals for forces dark and alien, their greed our only guide?
How loudly do we have…
The fear is palpable. Heads down, masks on. There is no one around but eyes are wide in terror. The neighbour, the postman, the whanau, all may be the menace in disguise. The menace has not been seen but the people hide and cower in the fear that merely locking eyes on it would result in agony and death. They plead for redemption. The first force to offer redemption is hastily accepted, without recourse to thought of consequence; but there is a catch. Unless all accept this redemption, it is of no value. Those not accepting the redemption need to…
This week I foraged for food; food to provide my body with energy for healing. To be exact, I drove out onto backcountry roads and met with an old man. A man wise to the energetic requirements that the human body needs to thrive; needs encompassing not only calories but also connection with each other, with the Earth, and with its inhabitants.
The old man was a farmer and a butcher. He knew his animals, he knew what his animal ate and he knew the food that his animals provided. …
What Bayer does not want you to know about Roundup.
Alive but weak and unthinking. That is the human race on Glyphosate. Not content for this to be the human situation, Bayer has included our pets, the other inhabitants of the Earth, and indeed the Earth itself.
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “practically non-toxic and not an irritant”. Furthermore, the molecular target of Glyphosate is the shikimate pathway; a pathway that does not occur in mammals.
The message is that Glyphosate kills weeds, fungi, and bacteria. Sweet. We…
As we crunch into the perfect apple or carrot (often conveniently peeled, sliced, and wrapped in plastic) we become smug in the thought that we have increased our intake of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We are keeping our bodies healthy by eating nature’s bounty. We have not killed any animals; there were no worms or larvae in the apple to start with.
Most of us give little thought to how producers can manipulate nature to such a degree as to give us perfect fruit; nor do we think about the impact this manipulation has on the nutritional quality of what…
A poem from the heart.
I did not write this poem. Instead, I was honoured to be trusted as a primary care physician to take part in the author’s search for health. This person faces significant challenges, yet found it in their heart to write for the 2 year old child who died after receiving their 2nd Covid vaccine. I have been given permission to publish this.
Peace and safety. This is a mantra I hear frequently from my patients when asked why they want good health. A sigh of relief, a relaxation of muscle, a calming of the stomach, and a quietening of the brain.
Almost all get prescribed Magnesium. I also refer these patients for assistance with their conscious and unconscious responses to stress.
Magnesium is well known to help with muscular aches and sleep. What is generally not known is that Magnesium, stress, and our sense of safety are intimately linked. Magnesium modulates our stress response while a perceived lack of safety leads to…
It seems we can pour thousands of new compounds onto ourselves and the Earth without dying. The sun still comes up, food is currently still growing, and you and I are still breathing. Yet, there is disquiet.
We may be breathing but are we living? From my observation in the clinic, many individuals are tired, depressed, and suffering from hormonal diseases. Before blaming your genes it is worth recalling the words of Francis Collins, geneticist, and leader of the Human Genome Project:
Genetics loads the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger.
What is in our environment that could be…
A year ago, I awoke to find my life’s work threatened. Earth and humanity seemed to be hurtling towards oblivion. The view I had shared with patients - you can be more, there is always something that can be done, something to be learned from our traverse on Earth - was being questioned.
What was the point of being more, when decision-making and risk assessment was taken away?
What purpose physical health when already low levels of human connection…