Tony is a Christian Science practitioner and a blogger on the relationship between consciousness and health, and how spirituality plays a role in bringing out more harmony in people’s lives. His blog is The Connection. He is also a media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and Ireland.
Nobel Peace prize winner Albert Schweitzer once quipped: “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory”. A bad memory? Well, who doesn’t have a skeleton or three in the closet they’d rather forget!
The machine, beeping steadily away in the background, reassuringly spells life. Suddenly it goes haywire. Something’s wrong. The patient needs urgent attention. Visiting family members panic as the monitor warns of their loved one’s impending doom. In rush the concerned clinicians – first the nurses, then the doctors.
Is screening for early identification of the symptoms of “the Big C” vital for your health? Or is it a slippery slope to potentially damaging and invasive treatments for something that might never develop?
Pivotal legislation before parliament could free a swathe of “mental health” outcasts to serve as MPs, jurors and company directors. A private members bill from Tory MP Gavin Barwell seeks to roll back decades of discrimination against those who may have been diagnosed as mentally ill, yet are competent to play a normal role in “civil society”.
What could trigger the Twitter tribute “Unbelievably brave. Kevan Jones MP is a hero!” from a rival Conservative MP? Tory Louise Mensch was praising the Labour MP’s courageous decision to share his experience of depression in last week’s House of Commons debate on mental illness.
Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Technology can be a prime trigger of modern stress, but could a more traditional approach to dealing with symptoms offer a cure?