Evan on May 28th, 2007

This is the first part in a series. The theoretical background for it is Gestalt Psychotherapy. Still the best book on this is the original – Perls, Hefferline and Goodman’s Gestalt Therapy, Excitement & Growth in the Human Personality. It is not an easy read but it will reward you many times over for any […]

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Evan on May 25th, 2007

This is about the difference that one doctor has made. His name is Arne Rubinstein an Australian doctor who saw a trend amongst his patients. He saw that many problems for boys emerged around puberty (say between 10 and 15). His response was not to treat the symptoms of the individuals medically but to set […]

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The biggest contributor to the cost of health is the cost of the technology (pills and machines). This means that: prevention is better than cure. For instance introducing housing and work schedules that allow people to go for a walk every day would save many millions from the health bill. that personal agency and social […]

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Evan on May 15th, 2007

Holistic (or Wholistic) Health. Holistic means seeing what you are studying (people and their health) as a whole (so it is sometimes spelt “wholistic”). In health this means we see people as whole individuals, not as collections of body parts – heart, lungs, kidneys and so on – all as different systems and all with […]

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Evan on May 14th, 2007

Pretty much anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime and it is probably the simplest way to improve any relationship. We are not educated to listen – to speak, convince others, get our message across, yes; but not to listen. This one sided approach does not lead to better communication. It probably doesn’t even help get […]

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Evan on May 11th, 2007

Every one of us lives in a specific situation. And it affects our health. This is obvious, yet it is often ignored. When we talk about health it is usually about what individuals can do, not nearly so often about our situation.This is strange: the long lives we are now privileged to have in countries […]

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Evan on May 10th, 2007

Australia is a bit of an introverted culture. We talk about what is important to us with our friends, making grand public statements about it doesn’t sit easily with us. I’m in favour of this in some ways – those grand public statements are often so hollow. We are healthily sceptical of politicians telling us […]

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Evan on May 9th, 2007

Sybil Kapoor has written a cookbook based on the taste of food. This shouldn’t be surprising (it seems sensible enough – we cook for how things will end up tasting after all). What Sybil means is something a bit different – choosing ingredients on the basis of their taste. She calls this, ‘Taste: a new […]

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