The Health-Care Survivor
Please Join me in thanking the wonderful people who work within the UK’s National Health Service. The NHS marks its 70th Anniversary today: 5th July 1948 — 5th July 2018. Please add your personal thanks, by commenting here, sharing this post, and using the hashtag: #ThankYouNHS70.
The Hippocratic oath is a 2,500-year-old pledge doctors take outlining the professional duties and ethical principles the profession holds sacred. The first modern version of the Hippocratic oath was adopted in 1948. The version released in November 2017, by the World Medical Association in Chicago took two years to finalise and is the ancient text’s first ever major update. A new name was proposed as well: “The Physician’s Pledge.”
The Physician’s Pledge
As a member of the medical profession:
I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;
The health and well-being of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the autonomy and dignity of my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will practise my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice;
I will foster the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession;
I will give to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare;
I will attend to my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honour.
The World Medical Association Declaration Of Geneva, 2017
Big Pharma documentary: History of chemicals, poison, disease, power and kids on amphetamines
Have you ever wondered how “Big Pharma” attained the power it now has over our system of medicine? Or why our food, water and air – our most precious resources – are all now polluted by deadly chemicals that are completely unnecessary for our existence and that never should have been approved for use in the first place?
A new documentary film by Era of Wisdom entitled, Toddlers on Amphetamine: History of Big Pharma and the Major Players, takes a closer look at these and other pertinent issues, divulging the little-known history of the chemical industry, and how we came to be a nation saturated in poisons that are destroying both our earth and our bodies.
There was once a time when everyday people used natural folk remedies to minimize pain and cope with disease, and yet today thousands of young children are being prescribed legal methamphetamines to treat “behavioural problems.” How did we fall so far from where we began, and is it possible to ever return? Understanding how we got here in the first place is an important first step, and this is a big part of what Toddlers on Amphetamine: History of Big Pharma and the Major Players aims to achieve.
The film “documents the full history of allopathic medicine, the hidden history of what we call ‘big pharma,’ and how the world generally came to be the way it is today,” the film’s producers explain. “It examines the history of chemicals, poison in particular, disease, power, and psychopathy.”
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
As always encourage you to read the full article, which is very well referenced.
A Note From The Documentary Makers
The documentary is completely free: free to republish anywhere with credit to Era of Wisdom, free to make physical copies of and spread everywhere.
Joyce Ann Riley was welcomed into the world on July 31, 1948. Fittingly, she was born just outside Arkansas City, Kansas on the border with Oklahoma, in the heart of the United States. Eventually, Joyce would capture the hearts of millions of people around the world, including my own, becoming a trusted friend and mentor.
Her father owned a pharmacy while her mother was a stay-at-home mum. Joyce was the eldest of three children. One of her passions, as well as being onwas quilting, a talent and pleasure inherited from her mother. The tragedy of her family came when one of her younger brothers died unexpectedly. Undoubtedly, her father’s involvement in the medical community influenced her career decisions.
As a young woman, Joyce was determined to make some mark in the world. The tenacity we grew to love brought her all the way to the University of Kansas. Her passion for helping those who could not always help themselves was embedded in her makeup. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, leading to a full range of nursing duties in the private sector.
Her expertise and willingness to serve landed her in the Air Force, where she attained the rank of captain. Joyce became a flight nurse aboard C-130 missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. The kinship she felt with those in uniform is a precious part of her legacy. The experimentation she endured, and witnessed, changed Joyce forever. ‘A champion of the forgotten men and women of the Desert Storm era’, may be the badge of honour she cherished the most.
Before she brought the plight of the Iraq War era soldier to the masses, Joyce became a whistle-blower, involved in exposing nursing malpractice issues. Until her health would no longer permit, she was an expert witness for both plaintiff and defence medical cases. Her courage, and determination to stand for the truth, made Joyce the target of harsh scrutiny, and vilification by those willing to value reputation above the lives of helpless infants. She also presented at the National Institutes of Health, and many legal conferences, including the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Her expertise and critical voice lead her to the radio and well over 1500 radio guest appearances. From 1996-1999 with her husband Dave von Kleist, she travelled the country as an advocate for the American Gulf War Veterans Association, with crucial information for veterans throughout the nation. In the Spring of 2000, The Power Hour became synonymous with blowing the lid off our less than honest ‘reality’. With the tenacity of a bulldog, a unique wit, and a distinctive midwestern charm Joyce endeared herself to a massive audience. The advent and success of the truth media can be traced directly to The Power Hour and the nation of People who called it home. Her pursuit of natural treatments for her cancer diagnosis will long be admired and used in coming generations.Radio Show joined the GCN network. With her exuberant husband by her side, Joyce laid the path for the modern independent media movement.
It was by pure luck that I first heard the voice of Joyce Riley, who would set me on course to transform my life, and I believe, to save my life, thanks to an interview I heard in December 2005. While I helped a friend to find information about a food supplement called Serrapeptase, I found a clip, from , in which Joyce interviewed Robert Redfern, the author of a book with a title so long that I only remembered about half of it at the time. Thankfully, the discussion was much more memorable, as was the content of the book. It was more than enough to grab my attention and convince me that I wanted to learn more and that Serrapeptase could be a safe alternative to the prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers I had taken for years, with little and reducing benefit.
On January 3, 2006, my friend returned with a copy of Robert’s book, and a bottle of Serrapeptase, which was described in the book as, ‘the second gift from silkworms’. It was on that day that My Serrapeptase Adventure started. Within days my health improved, within weeks my health was transformed, and my life was returned to my control.
Since my adventure began in January 2006, interest from around the world continued to grow. The first hint of worldwide media coverage came on February 22nd, 2006. When Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications, appeared on , he was taking his regular part in a phone-in. A caller rang in asking for information about natural health products, which would be useful for a child with Cerebral Palsy. It was still in its early stages, but Robert gave a brief outline of my story so far.
On April 11th, (2006) I had the pleasure of speaking with Joyce for the first time. She invited me to appear on the following days show.
My Serrapeptase Adventure charts the four life-changing years in which I learnt that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, known, and even expected, side effects of the toxic cocktail of prescription medications, which I took before I knew about Serrapeptase.
When I first heard people describing my return to naturally sustained good health and then Serrapeptase itself, as a ‘miracle’, I was concerned. At the time, in the summer of 2006, it was not at all certain to me that my improving health would be sustainable. I was thrilled that other people, including Joyce, were so confident, but it took me some time to begin to agree with them.
I am convinced that it is prescription medication, and the global systems designed to reinforce our dependence upon it, that should be called ‘alternative medicine’. If good health is our natural, balanced state, then the goal of health-care should be to maintain that balance or to return us to it, as naturally as possible. This approach still allows for medical and surgical treatments, when they are necessary, but they should be considered useful alternatives, and not assumed to be the only acceptable options.
To be clear, I still have cerebral palsy. Serrapeptase has not removed or cured the condition, but it has improved my health to such an extent that I have returned to the cerebral palsy of my childhood. It was then, and is now, a daily challenge to be managed and overcome. Cerebral palsy is no longer the condition, dominating my life, which it had become. Most importantly, I remain free of the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, which I believe damaged my health and quality of life, far more than cerebral palsy ever has done, or is ever likely to do.
From its very earliest days, My Serrapeptase Adventure has been as much about the kindness and inspiration of people from around the world, as it has been about my continuing search for good health. Joyce was a constant source of information, encouragement, and inspiration, which gave me the information I needed, and the confidence to try Serrapeptase for the first time, long before my eyesight was good enough to read the information for myself.
It is for this reason that I am in no doubt that without, my life would have been very different, and I may not have survived at all. Regular readers and listeners to the show will often have heard me taking every opportunity I get to thank Joyce and the team for their continued support.
Joyce was happy to tell my story and to give me a chance to share it, as often as possible. However, she often downplayed her part in it. In November 2008, Joyce agreed to record her personal view of My Serrapeptase Adventure, and of her contribution to it. As always, she emphasised, which she took from me. In a rare moment, Joyce also described the personal gift she considered it was, to have the opportunity to speak to, learn from, and inspire people around the world.
It is my privilege to have known Joyce and to have been inspired, not only by her knowledge but also by her friendship. Joyce will be deeply missed She is survived by an adoring body of listeners and advocates who have found the world a better place by having Joyce in it. Ever-private with so much personal information, it is proper now to note she has one brother and one son from an early marriage remaining.
The last word should be left to Joyce. It is my privilege to invite you to listen to her thoughts about my story, and the joy, and the challenge of— a radio show, with a worldwide audience, and a gentle touch of personal inspiration.
Never ever stand down if you know that something is going wrong. If you know there’s an injustice, speak out, regardless, because you don’t want to live the rest of your life knowing, ‘I could have done more’.
Joyce Riley, 1948 – 2017
What started as a design for a prosthetic hand created for one, has grown into a global movement of philanthropic individuals who have delivered free 3D printed hands and arms to thousands in over 40 countries.
This is the story of the evolution and the power of sharing ideas.
Regular readers will already know of my ongoing support for the e-NABLE project. I hope that sharing their back-story, will encourage you to join me in support of this simple, but transformational idea.
For more information, please visit the e-NABLE website, and get involved.
27 Jan 2017 — Some of you will have seen this petition featured on BBC breakfast and heard me on BBC5 live this morning.
Every single one of your signatures helped make this happen. Each of you helped bring this to the attention of the media so we can ask publicly for change. Without your support I would never have had the opportunity, or the courage, to bring this to the BBC. I am a small voice, but together we have been heard.
This does not end here for me – I will continue to work with Zoë and the charity Saying Goodbye to help action change and get the recognition our children deserve with an optional certificate and record for all loss, no matter the gestation. This will not only acknowledge the existence of children like Rowan but enable mothers and fathers to access better support such as bereavement leave from work. Hugely important in the healing process.
Whilst it’s unlikely birth certification will be reduced in the near future from 24 weeks, this petition and your support has had a positive impact and WILL help action change.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
I hope you will join me, both in congratulating Sarah Henderson on the success her courageous campaign, so far, and in counting to support parents who are asking for their children to be recognised, by law, and by society.
For information, and support, please visit the Saying Goodbye website.
With best wishes, I promise my own support for Sarah, and the team.
Rowan, my daughter, was stillborn at 23 weeks and 4 days (6 months). I was in labour for 7 hours before she arrived naturally but she is legally described as a miscarriage and will never have a birth certificate.
This ruling needs to be overhauled allowing these children’s births to be registered.
All babies should be recognised and child loss at any stage is no less traumatic.
Due to babies now being viable before 24 weeks I would like the term stillbirth to be used from 20 weeks and birth certificates issued.
I lost Rowan in April 2015 and it’s so important to me that she should have a birth certificate so she is registered as a member of our family for future generations. That her branch is marked on our family tree.
The Health-Care survivor’s Comment
It is my honour to bring you Sarah’s heart-rending story, and to invite you to join her courageous campaign.
For information, and support, please visit the Saying Goodbye website.
Most of you will not be surprised to know that, by instinct, and thanks to good teaching, I usually choose to write, and to spell, in British English. For those of you who enjoy writing, and especially for those who are avid readers. I have a two-part question.
When I write an article, which includes a quotation from an American source, should I ‘standardise’ the American spelling, to match British spelling, or leave the quotation unchanged? Secondly, regardless of which you believe to be correct, I would also like to ask, which do you prefer — to ‘standardise’, or not to ‘standardize’, that is the question…
Thank you for taking the time to think about this with me. I look forward to learning from you all, and to implementing the writing style, which is recommended, provided that there is a clear ‘favourite’, or ‘favorite’.
Please reply by leaving a comment on this post — Thank You!
Developed by Gerson chefs, the new Gerson Therapy Cookbook is the most comprehensive and accurate cooking guide in Gerson Institute history – it’s like having a Gerson chef in your kitchen!
On the Gerson Therapy, food is medicine. Each bite brings healing closer, but we know it can be a challenge to adjust to this new diet and leave favourite foods behind. That’s why we thoughtfully crafted each recipe with love and care to make sure your Gerson Therapy meals taste good and feel good. With this cookbook, patients become empowered with the knowledge and principles of cooking the Gerson way so they can create variety with their own personalised recipes.