Responsibility and Choice
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The purpose of this website is simple; it is to provide information.
On a more profound level it is intended to help you become more
aware about health, being healthy, and living in optimal wellbeing,
to provoke people to think differently about their lives, their
health, what prevents good health and how good health can be
created, to explore options to help with your health and well-being,
to explore more options and to make more widely informed decisions.
The information and ideas conveyed here should not be regarded as
medical advice, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure a
health condition or life situation or to be a substitute for appropriate
consultation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendation from the
relevant professional eg doctor, nurse, life coach, lawyer, nutritionist
The ideas presented on this website are intended to support your
decisions around your health and healing and not be a replacement to
seeking professional medical intervention.
As a culture we have been conditioned to put our faith, hope, and trust in doctors first. And despite alleged moves to have a more patient-centred culture in our National Health Service, NHS, there are still shades of “doctor knows best” in our society. Some doctors still believe it and some of us believe it too but they can’t. In a rapidly changing, growing, expanding, and more detailed medical landscape, no single professional can know, or should be expected to know, everything about everything – perhaps why we have so much specialism and siloes in our present medical systems.
Our expectation that we can pass on all responsibility to a doctor to find all the answers and leave them to sort us out, is misguided and misinformed. We must play our part in preventing ill health and in creating good health. It is time for us to adopt a change to owned responsibility – The TFactor - where each of us takes responsibility for the way we live, how our lifestyle choices affects our heath, and takes responsibility for making changes when our way is clearly not working. And we each also have responsibility for being aware of how those choices affect not only ourselves, but impact more widely eg on the huge costs to our medical and care systems.
Think of each person on the planet as a planetary cancer cell. If only one of us goes rogue and malfunctions, we have the potential to have a knock-on effect on others, either directly on family and the wider circle of friends, our employers, the economy, the costs of healthcare and so on. Imagine one mouldy, rotten blueberry lurking away unseen in your plastic box at the point of purchase freshly bought from the supermarket. If not identified and removed, it then has the potential to affect all the other blueberries. That’s how our medical system works. It identifies the rogue blueberry and cuts it out or treats it, possibly also treating the adjacent blueberries too. Just like chemotherapy! It kills healthy cells too. But if the supermarket finds there are sick, rogue berries in every box, it needs to find out why those berries are getting there and stop it at source. This means looking .deeper, wider, and further than just the berry with the symptom
We are all potential blueberries each with a role to play in the world and are each connected in some way. And which would you prefer, the approach that identifies you as the rogue blueberry, gives you surgery or drugs or radiation, or takes you out of society altogether ie kills you through poor treatment or medical mal-practice. Or would you prefer the approach which is constantly working in the wider world of causality to not only prevent you from being a mouldy old blueberry but primarily works to help you be the bestest most beautiful blueberry on the planet?
More simply, the planet can also be likened to a clock; for it to function effectively, on purpose, all the component parts or cells have to play their part.
Each of us, it is said, carries inside us a cancer bug. But is that true? "Everyone has cells that have mutant proteins from DNA damage, but to say that that's cancer would be alarmist," says Jennifer Loros, Ph.D, a professor of biochemistry and genetics at Dartmouth medical school, New Hampshire, America. We don’t get cancer. It’s not contagious. We provoke cancer. We can create the conditions, through lifestyle choices, which allows for the development of cancer. Though causes are not always clear. Dr. William Li, MD, Cancer Researcher, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation says that every single person has microscopic cancers growing inside them. He explains that the human body is made up of more than 50 trillion cells that are continuously dividing to keep us healthy. And if just one of those cells makes a mistake or “mutates” than we have formed a potentially microscopic cancer. Most of these abnormal cells will never become dangerous because our bodies have excellent defences against cancer. Our immune system is one defence, and another defence is our body’s ability to resist blood vessels from growing into and feeding cancers. But the way we live our lives can make our immune system less effective, our defences go down, and so we open ourselves to all sorts of maladies. As far as possible, it is down to us. But this is not to blame. When we know differently, we can choose differently.
Responsibility and choice
It is your body, your health and you have the right as well as the responsibility to inform yourself as fully as possible and to make decisions accordingly. Whether you choose conventional medicine, functional medicine, orthodox treatments, alternative or complimentary approaches, is ultimately down to you, your knowledge and your attitude. But it is important that you work honestly and collaboratively with any healthcare professional so that your condition may be diagnosed, its cause explored, treatments given to bring you back to good health and well-being and your progress monitored.
You have the right to choice – after first exploring your options and informing yourself about them.
You have the right to consider which medical approach to choose – look at the diagram below. Is your choice to take the one which at the first sign of a symptom simply leads to treatment of the symptom and little consideration for treating the cause, a descent into poorer health, then the management of diseases as they appear, and the inevitable ending of death.
Or do you choose a medical approach that supports you in the creation and maintenance of health, in which you play your very active part in becoming more aware of the causes of any health condition, informing and educating yourself, and making any necessary behavioural and lifestyle changes needed for sustainable optimal wellness lifestyle, a high level of wellness on every level – mental health, emotional health, physical health and spiritual health and well-being.
7 takeaway questions for optimal health
If I am living in the comfort zone above, do I have the attitude that, “It can never happen to me!”
In which direction is my medical support headed; with regard to the diagram above is it towards the left (premature death) or the right (a high level of wellness?)
Is it truly working? And what is my evidence? Am I in denial?
If it is not working, what do I now intend to do about it – continue on the same direction, or change?
How will I inform myself? Which sources can I trust?
What support do I need?
When do I begin?
Based on the work of John W Travis and Sara Regina Ryan
If you always do
what you've always done,
you'll always get
what you've always had.
It's Your Choice