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Science Can Be Good AND Bad For Your Health

snake oil salesman con artistNo apologies if this article is confronting.

It is not however ‘medical advice’. For that, see your relevant medical professional.

I love science for lots of reasons. I enjoyed it at school and despite being top of my year in the final exams, I never went into science as a career. The logical mindset however has proven extremely useful, even if at times unsettling, inconvenient and painful.

GPs (General Practitioner Physicians/Doctors) are generalists – multi-taskers – I’ve met some fantastic ones and some really rotten ones. Quite recently I had to fix a serious medical issue myself despite seeing a GP with over 40 years experience who had referred me to see a specialist with a year-long waiting list. That story is for another blog post, but I will say here that science saved me.

What I want to highlight today is that there is good medical science and bad health science. People like me, and perhaps you, with no medical training (except in my case some civilian and military first aid) can easily get the wrong idea on trying to work out how best to deal with health issues when confronted with life, incompetent GPs, specialists or other medical practitioners. It gets worse. Not all the science is good. Some questionable science is sensationalised and propagated by popular journalists/online news sites who haven’t checked the facts properly.

Let me hand you over to one of my favorite publications…The Economist; who write:

“For my next trick… Too many medical trials move their goalposts halfway through. A new initiative aims to change that”

I quote: “But it can also let unscrupulous researchers go on “fishing expeditions” to prove whatever they want. Collect enough data, and correlations that look statistically significant will appear by chance.”

Be careful out there.

Snake oil salesmen did not die out in the first half of the 20th century. Some of them are lurking in the ‘learned halls’ of science…today. Your health, and that of those you love, could be at risk.

And get a subscription to The Economist while you are at it; join many smart minds, business leaders, deep thinkers. Improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your reading.

More:

Australian neuroscientist nearly went to jail for making up data

Academics fear new Australian Defence powers will curtail academic freedom and research While I can understand some aspects of the motivation, it concerns me that health research could be affected – health matters can often fall under the remit of military and/or intelligence.

In death, there is life. Big-name scientists may end up stifling progress in their fields | The Economist

Stop And THINK About Things

A beach where one needs ‘supervisors’ to:

a) pull you out in emergencies,

b) warn you not to swim,

c) watch out for sharks,

…is not a good beach.

It’s certainly not ‘one of the best in the world’.

Despite what ‘they’ say.

Besides the obvious, what might it be?

In some cases, and especially if the beach is popular, it’s likely to be a marketing thing.

Enjoy it if you can/you like…but don’t be deluded as well.

Truth, lies

Critical Wisdom For Deep And Lasting Personal Change

Colors of Imagination series. Abstract design made of streaks of color on the subject of art creativity imagination and graphic designI’ll be blunt.

I am one of the ‘luckiest’ people in the world.

Why?

Because of the stuff I know/have experienced, and the ease with which I experience deep peace, joy and connection to to the ‘cosmic mind’.

Yet…my start in life was really bad. Extremely bad parenting was a key component in my developing severe mental health issues.

I recovered…and so much so that I now even count mental health professionals and doctors among my clients.

So yes, I am ‘elite’. But not a proud git. Ironically, humility is a key component of mental freedom, spiritual reality and smart thinking.

These days I am immensely grateful for my early life and shitty parents. For example; I am so much better off than people who had a lovely childhood.

One of the keys to breaking free was the correct use of my imagination.

Einstein nailed it too:

“All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Albert Einstein

If you are serious about clearing mental, spiritual or other shit from your deep subconscious mind, get in touch.

But only if you are serious. Most people are not. Don’t be like them.

I will show you important logic/law of how the subconscious mind works, how you can get it to work for you instead of against you, and get you ‘doing’.

When you do, according to a law, it works – you don’t even need to believe it – because it’s the law.

Dropped eggs break on impact because of various physical laws. It’s the same with your mind.

More:

  • “It is those who have been broken who become experts at mending.” ~ Steve Maraboli

 

Why Study Philosophy?

Prescription for a better life, better relationships, better business, better management, better thinking: study philosophy.

The dictionary definition of Philosophy:

phi·los·o·phy (fĭ-lŏs’ə-fē) pronunciation

n., pl. -phies.

1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

3. A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Aristotle.

4. The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

5. The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology.

6. The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

7. A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory: an original philosophy of advertising.

8. A system of values by which one lives: has an unusual philosophy of life.

My life experience has been very diverse and I have come to realise that what we think and believe is very important. As is truth – not our own opinions, but raw truth. A humble, teachable mindset is particularly valuable – even if one had a good education, such as I have. Acquiring more wisdom is the most valuable goal. Life, the world, and people, are fascinating and I have devoted much time to the study of human nature, spirituality and philosophy.

I recommend the study of philosophy for many reasons, which include:

  1. Thinking logically
  2. Thinking creatively
  3. Thinking laterally – outside the square
  4. Problem solving
  5. Objective analysis and evaluation
  6. Effective planning
  7. Succinct verbal and written expression
  8. Effective reduction
  9. Simplifying the complicated
  10. Discovering hidden relationships and assumptions
  11. Effective analysis and drawing correct conclusions
  12. Distilling, evaluating and summarising large amounts of information concisely & clearly
  13. Evaluating data quality
  14. Evaluating the usefulness of services and products
  15. Communicating a point of view utilising varied techniques and arguments
  16. Seeing the big picture
  17. Uncovering truth
  18. Growing as a person – personal development
  19. Smart thinking
  20. Taking “shortcuts” by learning from others wiser than yourself
  21. Life Coaching
  22. Executive Coaching
  23. Expanding brain power
  24. It’s interesting

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Chinese proverb

Love philosophy

2 Why We Are Responsible AND We Are Not Responsible For Our Choices And Decisions

ResponsibilityHow responsible for our choices are we? Really?

Take a look at this quote:

“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.” Brenda Slavin

Many might say that the quote is harsh, incorrect and even ‘simplistic’. In some respects they are right.

On the other hand, large numbers of people would agree with the quote. I do, to an extent – see my article: I’m Tired Of People With Mental Health Issues Using Them as Excuses For Evil

So what is right?

The thinking outlined in the quote is often misused.

Among other things, such thinking can be used:

  • To berate people
  • To look down on people
  • To blame people
  • To excuse the need to help people
  • To be nasty
  • To abuse people
  • To stigmatize others
  • To fuel self righteousness and sanctimoniousness
  • To excuse inability to help
  • To avoid the need to look at your own life
  • To feel powerful
  • To legitimize erroneous schools of thought – an example: why my grandparents got bombed during the Blitz of 1940.

Now we have some idea of the problem, I will further illustrate the point that we can be BOTH responsible and not responsible for the choices and decisions we make.

The issue lies with the subconscious mind.

You see, when thinking is deeply lodged in our subconscious mind, we are under its control.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung : http://alexrowan.com/5216/make-unconscious-conscious-will-direct-life-will-call-fate-carl-jung/

Some people are ‘mental cripples’ due to their subconscious thinking. Some of us extend courtesy and understanding to physical cripples, yet we have no patience or tolerance for ‘mental cripples’. Some will trot out the quote above with a self-satisfied lick of the lips as they berate someone.

We are indeed responsible for fixing our subconscious issues – this responsibility was a key facet of my own freedom from severe mental illness, for example.

But…

If we either do not know how to fix the subconscious mind issues, nor know, or have access to, someone who does, then how ‘responsible’ are we?

Cross Roads With Blank Signs

So many people can’t ‘read’ the sign, or worse; don’t even know there is a choice.

By their nature, subconscious mind issues are not conscious, or ‘obvious’. So many people are ‘in the dark’ about the extent of their problems, or even that they have them. If you don’t know that you have a problem, how responsible are you? We don’t blame children for their lack of knowledge do we? We help them.

This whole issue of personal responsibility is a ‘two edged sword’. We are responsible and yet we are not responsible; depending on the situation and the extent of our knowledge/resources.

The start of the solution is to decide that you will recover; that you will uncover and destroy/heal the subconscious issues troubling your life; that you will find a way to get results and that you will stick with it until you are free.

Unfortunately there are multitudes of mental health/counselling ‘professionals’ out there who don’t know how to help people on the very deep subconscious levels. People seeking solutions can be severely hindered in making progress. I know because I had that experience years ago, I know because of what I hear from my clients today, I know because of what I hear ‘around the traps’ of mental health discussion and debate, I know because a good friend (Professor of Psychology) said so.

We need to turn our focus toward educating people on how they can effect deep subconscious mind change. Then they will be more ‘responsible’. They will recover too.

New you old you crossroads sign

It’s easier when we KNOW that there is a problem AND that it is possible to get results.

If you are someone in need of help please contact me for more information. I am a veteran of experience. I can help you in person, via online counselling (Skype), or via phone counselling.

If you are a mental health professional and want to learn how to help your clients, or even yourself, alter the deep subconscious mind then likewise, get in touch. It does not matter if you are a ‘competitor’ – I am about helping people; the more the better.

Why We Need To Support Our Police

Before I kick off with the main points of this article, I will cover some background issues/disclaimers/disclosures:

  • I am not a current, nor former member, of any police force.
  • I do not have, and have not had, any relatives in the police, though a cousin (by marriage) was the Chief Justice of Queensland until July 2014. He is now the Governor of Queensland.
  • Some family members and close friends are/were former members of the British (& foreign) Security Services and/or military, including Intelligence & Special Forces – as such, they had some ‘policing’ roles.
  • When I was a teenager I got into trouble with the police.
  • I have been busted for speeding in 1979 and 2001, and started driving in 1976 at age 14 (the locale where I lived at the time allowed 14 year olds to ride unrestricted motorcycles up to 100cc).
  • I am a keen supporter of the police.
  • I have advocated for harsher penalties for speeding offences. (Are Speed Cameras Revenue Raisers?)
  • During the ‘Cold War’ I assisted people who were suffering human rights abuses behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was of course then very much a ‘police state’. I am not a supporter of such police states.
  • I have a top no claims bonus rating on my motor vehicle insurance.
  • My first, and last, at fault motor vehicle insurance claim was in 1981.
  • I obtained a car license in 1979.
  • I have a policy of not driving at all if I have ANY alcohol in my system. Even below the legally allowed limit of 0.05, my driving ability is impaired (probably partly because I have a low alcohol tolerance due to rare consumption). I do not wish to endanger myself or other road users.
  • Driving history includes driving a 10 ton truck, a six wheeled amphibious vehicle and a tracked armoured vehicle (APC).
  • My local police command is the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

Some years ago I came across a quote, by an unknown author:

“A society that makes war against its police had better learn to make friends with criminals.”

Police beaconThis quote is at the core of my article.

You see, it is so easy to take the police for granted, to see the police as ‘killjoys’ and ‘spoilsports’; yet the police do a great deal for us which goes unnoticed, and unappreciated.

To illustrate the point, let’s look at how things might be if there were no police.

A good example is what happened in the town of Aberystwyth, West Wales, United Kingdom. The articles I have linked to below relate the story  in detail, however the basic point is that due to a bureaucratic mix up, the town was left without traffic wardens. The result was chaos as selfishness surfaced and parking ‘law & order’ disappeared. Many people were glad when traffic wardens returned. Traffic wardens are of course not police, however they are ‘authority’ and in a sense, a kind of police.

Anarchy rules in town with no traffic wardens: Punch-ups over parking spaces in Aberystwyth | Daily Mail Online

Car-mageddon! Do you dream of a world without traffic wardens? Then read what happened in the town that tried it … | Daily Mail Online

I quote from one of the articles: “a survey revealed that traffic wardens were the profession most hated by the British public”.

Personally, I like traffic wardens.

Why?

Because traffic wardens mean I can get a park and am not hindered unduly by a bunch of selfish bastards.

I like the police for similar reasons, and more.

The police look after society, keeping the criminals and other selfish assholes under pressure.

Because of the police, we live a relatively peaceful and safe lifestyle.

Without the police we would have to befriend the criminals to get ‘help’.

The police have a tough job. Beside dealing with some extremely nasty, and sometimes dangerous people, they have to clear up after horrific events, work nights and public holidays, and put up with multitudes in society who at best do not appreciate them, and at worst hate them.

The police do a lot that you will never become aware of. Many police operations do not get publicity, yet we as a society benefit from reduced serious crime, reduced terrorism and more.

Now, some will like to point out that there are bad police and that there has been/is corruption. It is a fact of life that every profession has its ‘bad apples’. Places like the Soviet Union give us a good example of what is wrong with a ‘police state’ and the importance of having checks and balances to prevent such abuses. All this does not mean however that we do not need the police, or that the police should not have widespread public support and appreciation.

Have you considered that at times the police can save you from yourself? And that is a good thing?

I have a personal example of this…

You see, I have a policy of not speeding, despite having a powerful car and thinking that some speed limits are poorly thought out. My car is very comfortable and smooth however, and accordingly easily accelerates quickly without it being overly obvious to the occupants. I had a tendency to, with a clear and open road, to accelerate up to the speed limit promptly so that I was doing the limit and thus maximizing time savings without breaking the law. I noticed that this meant that I often made the next set of lights in time to cross legally (and without speeding), along with numerous people who were speeding, thus I saved even more time. At times I reflected philosophically on how heavy enforcement of speed limits nowadays had contributed to a situation where some people had an increased desire to get up to the speed limit sooner. Anyway, I was surprised to get pulled over by a motorcycle cop while cruising at 80kph in an 80 zone. I did not receive a ticket, however I was told off. He had noticed me accelerating quickly at an earlier junction. I was very grateful for the officer stopping me and pointing this out. I told him I appreciated it and thanked him. Sometimes we need to have our ‘chain yanked’ and shortcomings pointed out. The officer assumed I had been speeding in an earlier 70kph (I had not been), I guess because of his road offender profiling experience and this to some extent will have influenced his desire to stop me. (As it happens, I had accelerated faster than normal because I suspected the person in the next lane, who had come to a heavy stop over the line after erratically cruising down the hill, might have been drinking and I wanted to get clear, rather than be behind/alongside him/her and at higher risk. I never got the chance to tell the police officer this).

As a result of my traffic stop by the police officer, I immediately reflected on the situation and changed my accelerating policy. I could see that there were some ‘holes’ in my thinking, partly due to the ‘cocoon like’ nature of my car. It also caused me to reflect on my attitudes toward personal time management (part of my work includes helping people become more productive).

Anyway, I am extremely grateful for that police officer. Among other things, he helped me to grow and to improve both my driving and my thinking.

One has to be able to ‘walk the talk’. Can you? Do you appreciate it when someone tells you that you are wrong?

One unfortunate consequence of my traffic stop was that it may have resulted in a suspected drunk driver being able to continue on his/her ‘merry’ way. Which brings me to my last point…one of the ways we can support the police and enable them to deploy their limited resources at ‘higher value targets’, is to ‘toe the line’ and not waste their time – these days, there are an increasingly number of people in the community who mean us a great deal of harm.

In conclusion  then, I extend my thanks, gratitude and appreciation to all honorable police officers everywhere. Blessings for the festive season and New Year.

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