Healing is so much more than this
We look at the Mediterranean diet and Parkinson’s disease amongst other topics in this issue, but did you know these two topics are actually also linked? A new study suggests a strong correlation between the Mediterranean diet and later onset of Parkinson disease (up to 17 years later in women and 8 years later in men). It is important to take note of the impacts specific foods and micronutrients may have on brain health and to drive home the connection between the gut and the brain in disease management. The study was published in Movement Disorders.
With this newsletter, magazine and our other platforms, I do not wish to detract from or undermine the role of medical doctors or even the kind of medicine they practise. There is a place for surgery, antibiotics, hospital care and even symptomatic medicines, but we need to recognise the limits of allopathic medicine.
There is a spirit, a heart in natural medicine and by that I don’t mean the herbs, supplements or essential oils as those are only tools. There is an invisible presence that plays a role in healing. I strive to honour that which is steadfast, the ‘unmoving mover’ as Aristotle named it and our intuition that guides us just like a sick animal is guided to a healing plant.
Animals are clueless about patents and placebos. We need to open our minds and allow for an integration of two very different ways of seeing health and disease. We can strive to be less symptom-treatment orientated and more directed to help the body heal itself — more heart, less head; more prevention, less cure. We are not just bodies that are ill or biochemical processes and bacteria, viruses or cancer cells that need to be corrected, cut out, burnt and killed. But we know this.
Deep down we recognise that ill health and healing is so much more than this.
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