“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened”

This is the beginning of a poem by Rumi, the Persian poet and Sufi mystic, born 30th September 1207, died 17th December 1273.

It takes some courage to admit that you have woken up feeling empty and frightened and to feel it and take a look at it. Much easier to just dive into the day and get busy. There are lots of things to do, after all.


“Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.”

Rumi was a scholar, so that would have been his way of doing the usual thing, getting busy.

“Take down the dulcimer.”

Do something that soothes you and makes you feel good; fills up the emptiness and allays the fear.

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.”

There are hundreds of ways to put down our burdens for a little while, be gentle with ourselves for a while, make a choice to do something that’s not on the list.

We do everything we can to avoid suffering. Most of the people I know, including my family and my patients, are suffering to some degree. It might be physical or emotional or both. One always impacts on the other anyway, so it’s usually both. My home page when I open up my computer, is the BBC News website. There’s always plenty of suffering on there. Today I see that David Cameron has said that we, the UK, will help the Americans to destroy ISIS. Well, the words speak for themselves.

But to offset suffering we have hope. And to help hope along we have the power of choice. I read a lot of books about health, nutrition, and different things we can do and try to make ourselves feel more well. At the moment I am reading about oil pulling, the Ayurvedic technique of swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, and the benefits of that. It’s by Bruce Fife and there is information on the Web if you want to look.

I got a book in the post from Amazon yesterday called Elements of Danger by Dr Morton Walker, DPM, (doctor of podiatric medicine, to do with the feet) about the hazards of modern dentistry and metals in the mouth, as in amalgam fillings and other procedures. The information in this book has been around for a long time and it is quite frightening but it also reminds us that we have choices about what we do with the problems that all of us have, and who we listen to and what we then do.

On the same day I got an email from Dr. Sircus, a doctor practising natural allopathic medicine in Brazil, with the headline “Confessions of a Cardiologist – Treat the Inflammation, not the Cholesterol.”

Dr. Dwight Lundell, former Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital in Arizona is talking about statins and why they are a bad idea. You can read it if you like: http://bit.ly/1OflH6m

The theory is that atheroscerosis, hardening and blocking of the arteries, is caused by lack of magnesium. We have too much calcium in our diets and too little magnesium. These two minerals need to be in  balance with each other. If there is too little magnesium, calcium gets deposited in places where it shouldn’t be, like the joints and the arteries. In the arteries it makes small tears. Cholesterol, which is a necessary substance that is in every cell in your body, is part of the body’s attempt to heal the tears, and this causes inflammation and blocks in the arteries. This is not conventional thinking so you may have to search to get information. But it’s worth the search. And it does make sense to me

Information which is new and contrary to what you have been taught and told can be alarming and lead back to feeling empty and frightened. We can look for an escape route or hide our heads in the sand. But knowledge is also power and it’s up to us how we use that power, and the then-empowered choices that we make. And that takes us to hope.