Last week I went to a talk by a chap called Dr John Veltheim, founder of the BodyTalk System – an alternative therapy that assists the body energy systems to be re-synchronized. He had lots to say but what particular struck me was what he was saying about our Band-Aid approach to life and to health. In politics what our government seems to be doing is just reacting to the latest crisis and putting in place some kind of palliative measure than doesn’t address the fundamental issue that caused the problem in the first place.
It’s the same with healthcare. I’ve long thought that that is what most conventional cancer treatments do – radiotherapy, surgery and chemo attack the symptom (the tumour) and not the cause. But what Veltheim said that made me sit up was how herbalists, acupuncturists and naturopaths were often doing the very same thing – what herb, what acupuncture point, or, to what supplement should be given to fix the presenting symptom! Made me realise I can get a little proselytising about natural approaches to health, making conventional medicine the baddy whilst idealising anything natural. Good wake up call for me ).
The other thing he said which I liked was how many of us have lost our own intuitive wisdom about our bodies – that it has been educated out of us. We are now conditioned to look for an expert to “fix” us. I’d love to get more tuned in to what my body needs – but to be honest, I know I often ignore its messages. The slight headache that tells me I’ve been sitting at my computer too long, the stiffness in my back that tells me I need to exercise, the muffin top that tells me to eat less.
Maybe if I started to actually act on the messages my body is already giving me, it might feel a bit more listened to and let me in on a few more useful bits of information!
(Don’t know enough about BodyTalk to promote it here, but if you want to check it out - www.bodytalksystem.com).