‘Thorn in the flesh’ is a colloquialism used to describe a chronic infirmity, annoyance, or trouble in one’s life. Some may recall, in cowboys’ films, immoral individuals placing some irritating “shrubbery” under the horse saddle so to cause it irritation and subsequent hostile behaviour to its keeper.
In “Davidson’s Principles & Practice of Medicine” book, 22nd Edition, page 236, it is written: “Patients commonly present to doctors with physical symptoms. Whilst these symptoms may be an expression of a medical condition, they often are not. They may be referred to as ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ (MUS). Patients with MUS [it has become a “medical condition”] may receive a medical diagnosis of a so-called ‘functional somatic syndrome’ [functional somatic syndromes are defined as physical syndromes without an organic disease explanation, demonstrable structural changes or established biochemical abnormalities] and may also merit a psychiatric diagnosis on the basis of the same symptoms.
The skin irritation caused the horse to ‘misbehave’. Some patients feel unwell and this can lead them to be angry, grumpy, worried, aggressive, restless and offensive. If the patient doesn’t agree with the findings from his/her specialists – he suffers from MUS and he should be seen by a… psychiatrist [a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness].
To me, there is a sense of arrogance to the fact that if science has not been able to find solutions, hence unknown (MUS) conditions/illnesses, these must be only in the mind; they are not real. However small, these conditions/illnesses are, they should be addressed properly as, in the majority of cases, they lead to anxiety and depression. No one wants to be physically unwell, even if it is just an acid reflux or the “terrible” man flu.
In my quest to provide my clients with better “solutions”, I am pleased to inform all that I have obtained a Diploma in Naturopathic Medicine.
A very important point to remember: Naturopathy is not completely self-sufficient and cannot replace the emergency services and life saving procedures of “orthodox” medicine. The tremendous scale on which the latter has to operate may, sometimes, make it seem dehumanizing and impersonal but its analytical approach has created a system which can, in some circumstances, take over where “the healing power of nature” leaves off.
Holistic Nutrition encompasses our physical and spiritual bodies. True nourishment comes from the quality of food we eat as well as the quality of our thoughts.
One of the deepest and most lasting legacies of Descartes’ philosophy is his thesis that mind and body are really distinct—a thesis now called “mind-body dualism”. This was so in the 17th Century and Cartesian dualism argues that there is a two-way interaction between mental and physical substances.
The mind is about mental processes, thought and consciousness. The body is about the physical aspects of the brain-neurons and how the brain is structured. The mind-body problem is about how these two interact.
A famous experiment that started in 1953 was codenamed “Project Mkultra”. The Project was set up to examine methods of influencing and controlling the mind, and to enhance the ability to extract information from resistant subjects during interrogation. “Variants” made this and other projects very interesting.
Some of the tests carried out included “substances” – resulting in:
We are also aware that food, drinks, herbs and medications can alter our physical and mental states. Take for example Tylenol (it treats minor aches and pain and reduces fever). Tylenol contains acetaminophen, which can be extremely toxic to the liver in high doses. That’s bad to take with any drug, but if you mix it with an addictive opioid— Tylenol + Codeine—your liver is going to take a beating (and you could die).
We all have allergies; some of us are more prone to foods and drinks’ reactions than others. How many of you would have had these tests suggested by your GP or medical specialist?
There are also many other tests available from the GP or medical specialist but just from the three above, results can be useful to uncover over 60 different conditions, and some of these include:
This is why I decided that becoming a Naturopath Nutritionist, it could benefit my clients to reach a faster recovery. There are different approaches to psychology and contrasting views as to whether the mind and body are separate or related. I am a great believer in well-being and this includes a good diet and appropriate supplements for a better and faster recovery with the opportunity to live a longer and healthier life. I will be pleased to discuss this with any client that wishes a more comprehensive approach to wellbeing but this is yet one other “add-on” to my wide umbrella of expertise.
[What goes on in your mind is also going on in your body, and the good news is that you have a wide menu of practical, productive, self-empowering and exciting options to promote psychological-and, therefore, physical well-being. Too many people fall into self-defeating lifestyle patterns. If you want to move yourself in the right directions on the psychological pathway and improve your health for the better, you cannot continue to do the same negative things and expect to obtain different and positive results. Changing one’s patterns of behaviour, belief, thinking, feeling, perception and physical response is the goal of the psychological pathway. Such changes take practice and commitment] Source: “Never be sick again – Health is a choice, Learn how to choose it” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc., 2002, pages 216-217.