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Sourcing balanced accurate pertinent information isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Not alone is the self-help market glutted, but doctors, dentists, therapists and other health care operators have become more competitive and market-driven. Business ploys including advertising for clients and devising more treatment products have become par for the course, as if, in many instances, continuing where the snake-oil salesmen left off.
Interviewing chosen professionals politely at the first appointment to gauge trustworthiness and competence is a good idea, while bearing in mind personal recommendations, qualifications and other desired qualities. Instead of hype, you want them more interested in your well-being than in their gain from you. At the same time, take extra responsibility on one’s own behalf for researching whatever the threat is. Get active, seeking out treatment adjuncts and options proven to be relatively safe and effective. Carers frequently do the same, acting as advocates for friends and family.
What follows is a tiny sample of useful resources accessed after weighing up several alternatives discovered while investing hours in data trawls. Whenever symptoms give cause for concern and/or for a consultation, it’s worth taking the trouble to retreat and study about the particular dilemma being faced. This reduces the strangeness of the development being worried about, and improves cooperation and communication with professional helpers, putting interactions on a more equal footing. Many genuine references have already been furnished throughout earlier blog posts for, After A Terrible Time.
Using a very immediate example, easy-to-follow targeted yoga exercises were sought, to practise and obtain relief from the common skeleton-stiffening effects of writing and sitting at the computer. Deepak Chopra calls sitting ‘the new epidemic’ and makes further great recommendations to alleviate adverse effects.
For those who suffer from hay fever, sinusitis, asthma and other forms of nasal congestion, the Buteyko breathing programme taught by Patrick McKeown in his books, including, Close Your Mouth, has helped people.
There’s an endless supply of how-to books about all kinds of exercise, for example 15-Minute Pilates invalidating any excuse of ignorance. Live classes and active associations are generally accessible almost anywhere in the world now.
The onset of arthritis concerns many people and Dr Mark Wiley’s empowering book, Arthritis Reversed, is worth a look, while where osteoporosis is concerned, Gillian Swanson’s book, The Myth of Osteoporosis, is recommended.
A significant inspiration for this blog came from two books written by Sean Collins and Rhoda Draper, Tipping the Scales and The Key Model, which set out to equip those dealing with serious illness to tap into their own healing resources.
Thich Nhat Hanh quotes Buddhist texts in his book, Transformation and Healing, suggesting that mindfulness methods have providential application in all cases of hard knocks to mind and body, an approach born with the enunciation of the following building-blocks of practice so long ago
– “I heard these words of the Buddha one time when he was living at Kammassadharma, a market town of the Kuru people. The Buddha addressed the bhikkhus, “O bhikkhus.”
And the bhikkhus replied,“Venerable Lord.”
The Buddha said, “Bhikkhus, there is a most wonderful way to help living beings realize purification, overcome directly grief and sorrow, end pain and anxiety, travel the right path,and realize nirvana. This way is the Four Establishments of Mindfulness.
“What are the Four Establishments?”
1.“Bhikkhus, a practitioner remains established in the observation of the body in the body, diligent, with clear understanding, mindful, having abandoned every craving and every distaste for this life.
2.“He remains established in the observation of the feelings in the feelings, diligent, with clear understanding, mindful, having abandoned every craving and every distaste for this life.
3.“He remains established in the observation of the mind in the mind, diligent, with clear understanding, mindful, having abandoned every craving and every distaste for this life.
4.“He remains established in the observation of the objects of mind in the objects of mind, diligent, with clear understanding, mindful, having abandoned every craving and every distaste for this life.“‘