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Why We Dream

Jun 13, 2019

Don’t you find it strange that every night you have the equivalent of a psychotic episode while you’re sleeping? In his book ‘Why We Sleep’ Matthew Walker goes so far as to say we are routinely psychotic when we dream, swinging between hallucinations, delusions and emotions and waking with almost instant amnesia. Since we now …

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Life is more intelligent than medicine

May 20, 2019

Fourteen-year-old Tina would teach me more about medicine and the life force than I thought I needed to learn.

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Heart Based Medicine Summit

Heart Based Medicine Summit

May 2, 2019

In San Francisco from September 12 – 14 Healing comes from a caring heart. As healthcare practitioners, students and patients we all instinctively know that, yet it is rarely borne out in anyone’s experience. Dr Jan Bonhoeffer sees a different future for medicine, one that honours the healing relationship and fulfils a deeper calling. He …

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Sophie's Dilemma

Sophie’s Dilemma

Apr 12, 2019

Let me tell you about Sophie. When she came to my private office with her mother for the first time, I went to meet her in the crowded waiting lounge. ‘Sophie Wildwood, please,’ I called out as my eyes scanned the room for a 14 year old girl. A tall, slim girl with short blond…

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Health Care Professionals Are an Endangered Species

Mar 6, 2019

This morning, my hospital announced that a new CT scanner can produce more pictures per second while radio-blasting children at an unprecedented low level, so that more kids can be scanned by the machine. Medical IT and biotech companies are working on ‘lab-on-skin’ solutions, allowing us to measure up to 10,000 parameters without a needle…

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Sleepless Nights

Why We Sleep (and What Happens When We Don’t)

Jan 29, 2019

If you don’t mind me asking, when did you last get a good night’s sleep? When I say ‘good’ I mean more than 7 hours, uninterrupted. Insomnia is a modern plague and most of us get far less than the recommended amount of 8 hours every night. The World Health Organisation has even recently declared…

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Mrs. Jones Happy Again

Mrs. Jones

Jan 22, 2019

As an adolescent, I was active in church-based social work and would sometimes help out in homes for the elderly. One of the homes I visited had a quiet, oak-floored entry hall with a distinctive dusty smell. As you stood there, waiting to go inside, it felt as if nothing had changed for centuries.

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Love for Life

Nov 22, 2018

Early morning sunshine filters through the curtains, caressing my skin. Slowly I tune into full consciousness, holding Jessica, my love, in my arms. I feel the cosy warmth of the soft blanket covering us and a deep bubble of joy escapes from my heart. ‘Thank you,’ I whisper. And as Jessica wakes and our eyes meet, ‘What a perfect you.’

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Healing and Quantum Physics

Nov 8, 2018

Mrs Smith is the 24-year-old mother of Laura, her two-month-old baby girl. As she sits on the other side of the table in my consultation room cradling her daughter close to her chest, I notice that even her elegant use of makeup can’t disguise her tired eyes and dry lips.

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When You Have a Hammer …

Oct 22, 2018

My mother’s beautiful face is etched in my mind, creased by a soft pattern of a million tiny wrinkles which resonate with me as the signature of a life spent smiling, happy. Aged 85, with short grey hair and a healthy complexion, she warms the hearts of everyone who knows her.

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