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PRIVATISE THE NHS

February 19, 2021

 

IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF WE PRIVATISED THE NHS..

There is in truth no battle nor defence when it comes to the great debate involving East vs West, because in reality, with it’s major artillery fire of global finance and mass media monopoly, the western agenda is the only agenda. Dominating and lording its intention over all other. Fully and absolutely complete.

Sadly, there is no difference to this arrangement when we speak of our great modern day medical achievements, because ever since the rise of the insatiable multi-billion dollar spinning ‘Big Pharma’, eastern credibility over a rich variety of holistic approaches to medical care have steadily been stamped out and ignored.

Welcome the NHS, a national treasure proudly proclaimed by the many as the crème of British utopian society. Surely such a system allowing every citizen the right to free medical care despite status or wealth should be heralded in virtuous righteousness, purist sacrifice for the greatest good? It’s likely yes, that there had once been such an intention and yes, all the while the philanthropists probably really did care. But what has now arisen through an allopathic approach to sickness and ‘cure’ is an inordinate disproportion of folk, surrendered to a toxic lifestyle, mislead into the belief that our medical needs will one day be taken care of. A falsity that can no longer be ignored. 

In our understanding of modern day medical science, ‘the most superior of all’. We live and love safe in the knowledge that for the most, the ailments that we are likely to suffer in our lifetime, will be treated or even cured over at the GP or pharmacy. This is the promise to an end of suffering, a course of capsules restoring the body back to balance and harmony. So with that taken care of, there is nothing that one needs to do and nowhere that one needs to go. A falling in mass unison, invoking a culture lacking in the will and knowledge needed to effectively look after our own bodies.

The principle following ‘our health is our authority’, is a premise for living by prevention rather than cure, a practice better known by the eastern approach to medical care. Here exists a wonderous myriad of ancient techniques, therapies and even modern alternatives, reaching far beyond the repetitive mundane adage of ‘5-a-day with 20 minutes of exercise’. Instead we are discouraged from such therapies and warned against such ‘supernatural’ ideas. With western research institutions funded to condemn eastern medicines by discrediting their merits. And all the while, dictating that animal testing and adverse side affects are the better alternative when in fact their chemically synthesised, artificially lab made medicines, mimic the natural compounds that were traditionally used for millennia anyway.

As allopathic medicine dominates the market and alternative therapies remain a niche they have become a luxury that most can not afford. The problem with a pre paid medical care system is that it holds a monopoly, driving down the price of its own allopathic drugs and pricing out the holistic market. So even if you wanted to choose an alternative therapy, be sure to know you’d be paying through the nose for it.. twice! If allopathic medicine became a choice and not an imposition, this would certainly give rise to a growth in all other medicinal markets evening out the vast disparity of cost and making these mighty marvels more available to all.

In our understanding of modern day medical science, ‘the most superior of all’. We live and love safe in the knowledge that for the most, the ailments that we are likely to suffer in our lifetime, will be treated or even cured over at the GP or pharmacy. This is the promise to an end of suffering, a course of capsules restoring the body back to balance and harmony. So with that taken care of, there is nothing that one needs to do and nowhere that one needs to go. A falling in mass unison, invoking a culture lacking in the will and knowledge needed to effectively look after our own bodies.

The principle following ‘our health is our authority’, is a premise for living by prevention rather than cure, a practice better known by the eastern approach to medical care. Here exists a wonderous myriad of ancient techniques, therapies and even modern alternatives, reaching far beyond the repetitive mundane adage of ‘5-a-day with 20 minutes of exercise’. Instead we are discouraged from such therapies and warned against such ‘supernatural’ ideas. With western research institutions funded to condemn eastern medicines by discrediting their merits. And all the while, dictating that animal testing and adverse side affects are the better alternative when in fact their chemically synthesised, artificially lab made medicines, mimic the natural compounds that were traditionally used for millennia anyway.

As allopathic medicine dominates the market and alternative therapies remain a niche they have become a luxury that most can not afford. The problem with a pre paid medical care system is that it holds a monopoly, driving down the price of its own allopathic drugs and pricing out the holistic market. So even if you wanted to choose an alternative therapy, be sure to know you’d be paying through the nose for it.. twice! If allopathic medicine became a choice and not an imposition, this would certainly give rise to a growth in all other medicinal markets evening out the vast disparity of cost and making these mighty marvels more available to all. 

Holistic approaches encourage a lifestyle not a reliance, for the power and responsibility of our health first lies with us. So please let us be honest and let us be done! Lets privatise the NHS and take health care back into our own hands, because the real farmacy is a beautiful thing.

 

Beauty Industry

The Beauty within the Beast

February 06, 2021

 

 

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed the metabolism that most folk can only dream off. With each day bringing forth new opportunity for choice pickings of delectable ‘Junk’, my daily fancies of cakes, chips and pies often succumbed to the playful envy of others. But however many laughs in admiration, and praise that I received for my slim figured frame, I never thought of myself as ‘lucky’, as those folk suggested. Like most other young woman, I too were deeply unhappy, hiding my misery of body dissatisfaction in other ways, and the suffering I carried was the unbearable shame of body hair.

It started at some point between my childhood and early teens. The transgression of life from the idylls of natural care-free expression had turned into feelings of a new-found awkwardness. This marked a tragic turning point, that heralded a modern day ‘coming of age’. I had washed up onto the shores of criticism and judgement, joining the world in the search for happiness in perfection and the message that rung loud and clear was that there was nothing more imperfect than myself.

The new world seemed fearful and hostile towards difference. Here I felt starkly exposed to the thoughts and opinions of others and what these thoughts and opinions might be of me! So, I eagerly joined the crowd, wanting nothing more than to blend in and be accepted. Luckily, help was at hand and the main stream media kindly displayed a variety of advertising techniques to help guide and support me along the way. In them I saw perfect girls beaming with ‘joy’, and of course these were the beautiful girls who I so desperately wanted to be. Then one day, an understanding began to arise. Somewhere, from deep within a sea of accumulated sensory influences. ‘As a woman, your body hair is unfeminine and unattractive, and here are the ways you may rid yourself of your hairy affliction’! I was struck by horror. What then was young and impressionable girl to do? Everything possible, to avoid the fear of ridicule and disgust. So I borrowed my dad’s razor and set to work.

Now, my hair being quite thick and black also grew incredibly fast. This was nothing short of pleasing when dealing with a haircut gone wrong, but on the other hand this would turn hair removal into a continuous and arduous process. The reality of shaving wasn’t the promise of smooth hairless skin that I’d seen on the telly, but having to put up with days of prickly uncomfortable stubble and irritating skin rashes. As I grew older, societies pressures only strengthened my insecurities until I eventually developed a difficult emotional complex. Shame had turned intimacy into my greatest fear and rather than face revealing the extent of my body hair to anyone, I denied myself the relationships that I longed for. I lived with this anxiety for over a decade, always looking to release this pain in the next breakthrough product, but as my hair held fast, my hopes slowly faded.

This was the painful struggle. The pursuit to grasp at an unattainable dream had only caused my desires to intensify and the longer it went on, the more frustration and unhappiness I turned in on myself. But one day, I did find an end to my suffering. Not on the shelf of the beauty isle I had spent decades in searching. But I stumbled upon it, in a place I was never told to look.

Some years ago, I became interested in a philosophy I had heard in many great literatures. This was about the cultivation of a love so great it would stretch far beyond the relationship between two people, a universal love so powerful as to encompass everything and everyone. I was touched by these teachings and became inspired to try and find this ‘unity’ for myself. Perhaps it seemed like a tall order, but I thought it was worthwhile, even if I made only a few steps towards this goal, I knew it would still be of great benefit to me and those around me. During my quest, I came across an idea of acceptance which said, ‘to accept others for who they are we must first learn to accept ourselves for who we are’. I felt drawn to this. On hearing this message, so simple and yet so profound, I began to recognised the intense criticisms that I had held towards my own self over the years. In a culmination of remorse, relief and in my goal to experience the oneness of love, I made a decision and this was to try and accept a part of me that had repulsed me and caused much hurt during my life. For this quest, I decided to stop shaving and put every effort into the acceptance of my body for exactly the way it is.

It’s been over 4 years and my legs, my arms and pretty much all other hairs to this day have remained in tact. Luckily my beliefs have held fast and I have never looked back. However embracing my body hair has not always an easy journey. The strength of my decision was a spiritual one and one that I have continued to believe in. I have used the simple method of cultivating thanks and gratitude to help transform my thinking from the habitual patterns of disappointment or annoyance to positivity. By ‘changing my mind’, I have learnt to truly appreciate my body for all that it endlessly gives and now the struggle is over. By contemplating the beauty and magnificence of the body’s workings, my mind has rested in a state of more harmony and happiness then I ever thought possible.

In my journey with acceptance, I have questioned and scrutinised the ‘why’ behind our prevalent culture of shaved skin. Why has body hair, something so natural has become so vilified, while beauty images photo-shopped to perfection are now the new norm. A lot of my confidence has arisen in the reflection of this point. By failing to find any common sense in branding body hair as wrong or the failure to find any logic behind it, then the fear of judgement has lost its power and I am no longer afraid of an opinion that doesn’t hold any truth. 

 

I have tried to capture an essence of the mental and emotional suffering that body shame created in my life for over a decade and what it took to be able to break free from these damaging views. Sadly, the obsession of hair removal has become a global affliction, one which has spread to all corners of the world where the beauty industry and media serve to exist. By actively creating the insecurities upon which it profits and thrives, this multi-billion-dollar business has crept into the private lives of us all, serving nothing but to create a continuing disservice to womankind. I am waging a war on the beauty industry, to end the untold damage and to restore the true beauty, the beauty of heart, mind and soul that lives within us all.

Originally published in the Elephant Journal www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/the-journey-to-beautiful/.