Welcome to Creating Health

Explore the heart and spirit of the healing process in a creative way with us.

This website will help you make informed decisions about health maintenance and managing ill health. You'll be exposed to cutting edge news about what's emerging in the natural and integrative health field and share many ideas and viewpoints on healing.

Your body wants to, and can, heal, but it needs an approach that includes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.

This requires you to be creative, make informed lifestyle choices, and continually be in touch with that spark inside which makes you feel alive.

Managing lifestyle is a key to health and to ill-health and we'll offer you a whole new world of great ideas to help you along the way. You'll find them all here, along with our thoughts, opinions and musings about life.

You'll find inspirational stories, more serious articles about health written by a leader in the field of integrative medicine, interesting articles we've come across and the latest news emerging as medicine recreates itself to be more humane, people-centred and conscious.

And some playful ways to remind you not to take life too seriously.

Find many ways to create the health you want. It's in your hands.

Warm wishes,
Bernard and Jeanne.

Open to your feelings

In Chinese medicine the heart is not just an organ but an ‘orb’ which includes the heart organ but also a field of ‘energy-information’.

Try standing in front of someone and find out your comfort zone with them. With some people you can stand much closer than others. There is some science to this now. The electrocardiogram (ECG) which doctors use to record the electromagnetic field of the heart can now be detected with supersensitive machines ¾ metre extending from the body.

When we stand close together then our heart energy fields are linked and communicating. What does that say about heart to heart conversations? In Chinese Medicine the heart is also the place where the spirit rests. Our feelings, which we experience in the heart area, are the sensory apparatus of the spirit/soul. These feed into the head area and are responsible for the intuition that the thinking mind relies on for inspiration and great ideas.

Try connecting more often with your feelings rather than the thoughts only. Your feelings open you to the Great Mystery. That is were the awe and magic of life can be found.

Causes of ill health

Is it  true that we don't know the cause of cancer or Parkinson's disease?
Why there is such a gap between the conventional medical model and view, and what patients seem to know intuitively?

Most patients will hear their doctor tell them that cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and numerous other diseases do not have a cause known to science.

I saw a patient recently with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and depression who had been given four different drugs at the clinic. The clinic consultation lasted less than 15 minutes and she was asked to report back in one month. And that was that. When I asked the woman what she thought the cause of her ill health was she was able to give me some pretty good answers.

Latest supplement research: an insight

A negative finding about supplements in the headlines. The study suggests that older women taking supplements  may die sooner than those not taking supplements. When scientists start out with the idea that supplements would not reduce the risk of death, then you can be sure that this is the outcome they will find. Scientist love to talk about ‘computer smoothing’ of results, adjusting the confounding factor,  ‘data massaging’  and using statistics to support their arguments. After all this is done, one can usually bet that the results will support their contention.

What are the confounding factors, for example? In the study the women taking supplements were more likely to be non-smokers, consume a better diet and be more physically active, so this according to the authors, needed to be adjusted for. How this is done is anyone’s guess, and why people who have taken the trouble to change their lifestyle should have an arbitrary adjustment made so that these factors are removed from the equation really makes no sense anyway.

There is also the question of dosage and quality of nutrients used which was not recorded as being a confounding factor. But it could nevertheless make a big difference to outcomes. Synthetic vitamins, for example, taken long term may not have great outcomes; and using vitamins in isolation is also not a good idea.  Vitamin E for example is a family of nutrients and includes tocopherols and tocotrienols, and the synthetic variety should not be used long term.

Scientist who don’t believe in, don’t use, and have little knowledge of nutrients should not be doing this research.  Nutritional medicine has become quite sophisticated today and should be left to those scientists with a  true understanding of healthy medicine.

Chinese medicine

China is one of the few countries to have successfully integrated its traditional medicine with Western medicine, up to the level of modern hospitals. JEANNE VIALL accompanied a group of South African doctors on a trip to China to visit hospitals and learn more about traditional Chinese medicine.

A toddler lies on her stomach, a doctor vigorously massages her legs while her mother talks to her. The Department of Massage and Habilitation treats lower leg abnormalities. In paediatric out-patients, a nurse in starched cap tapes a patch containing herbs on a baby’s chest, and then her feet. She has a bronchial condition which has become chronic. The nurse explains to the mother how to use the remaining herbal paste at home.

A few floors up, young intern doctors gather to study MRIs on the surgical floor, discussing treatment which may include surgery, post-operative acupuncture, herbal medicine and pharmaceutical drugs.

This is the Guilin Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the headquarters of a complex that includes another hospital and two community health centres. Guilin is a small city in southern China, located on the Li River, with a population of around 1,34 million.

(see comment at end from Dr Brom on the trip)

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