Medicine Past, Present and Future

By Susan Evans, Goonellabah, Retail Manager

When I was growing up in a family of six in Brisbane during the 60’s and 70’s, we had two family doctors who made home visits over a period of 13 years and they came to know the family intimately. They were part of the family, they were trusted, respected and they were an emotional and physical support to my parents with their four young children. I always felt very comfortable with them because of the deep care they showed when treating us. One of the doctors passed away due to old age and the other one eventually retired and it was a difficult time to lose these two special men who had been a part of our lives since we were born.

New doctors came on board and as the population grew, the doctors became busier and the home visits stopped, except in the case of an emergency. General visits to the doctor were about half an hour and appointment times were now either before or after lunch and waiting times became longer as there was no set time for a consultation, if it needed to go over time, nobody minded, they would go and do a task somewhere and pop back later. There was still a strong connection and familiarity between patients and the doctors during this time.

Then came the introduction of Medicare and most Medical Practices bulk-billed their patients, so there was no expense for us financially in the beginning and consultations were still around the half hour mark if needed. Illness and disease was on the rise and then we saw the advent of large practices appearing with multiple doctors and consultations decreased to 15 minute time slots and if you needed longer, you had to book a double appointment. Then many practices stopped bulk billing if you were a new patient and the costs of service increased and have continued to do so to this day.

Doctors became monitored through the system for the number of tests they ordered, as it became a business with levels of corruption that I do not understand but can certainly feel. The connection with the doctors became limited and I always felt rushed with my appointments and the level of care did not feel the same anymore.

All I know is, that I placed my utmost faith in the medical system until my mid 20’s and then I became disillusioned and sought help through other avenues. I would still go to a doctor occasionally to be diagnosed for an ailment and then I would self-treat with alternative practices or see a naturopath.

I used vitamins, herbal remedies, diet, essential oils, alternative healing practices, meditation, crystal healing, kinesiology, Bowen therapy, affirmations, creative visualisation, and I read everything I could get my hands on about healing. I was against pharmaceutical drugs, refused antibiotics unless it was absolutely vital and I was against pain relief except for Panadol as I was concerned about addiction. For years, I watched my parents line up the pills to take every morning, with little or no improvement in their health and I vowed that would never be me.

I moved around quite often and because I rarely went to a doctor, I never built up a relationship with any GP and the feeling of trust I had as a child with the family doctor disappeared and I became disillusioned with modern medicine.

Coming back to medicine

Thirty-five years later I attended a hands-on healing workshop with Universal Medicine and was surprised to hear the presenter, Serge Benhayon speak about Medicine and Complementary Medicine and the importance that the two go together, hand in hand. I was very caught up in an alternative to medicine, so it was a new concept for me and thinking that Universal Medicine was ‘alternative’ too, I was expecting to hear something different. I tried the complementary Esoteric Healing Modalities of Universal Medicine and found that the therapies brought a new feeling of connection to my body which has transformed my life and has deeply supported my health over the past eight years. It supports the whole body, physical and energetic, not just the presenting ailment.

I do not remember ever feeling this way with any of the Alternative modalities I pursued in the past.  The feeling is one of deep connection that has allowed me to sense when something in my body is not working as it should and this usually presents firstly as a physical symptom, and then an understanding of what is going on brings an energetic awareness.

I have now returned to the medical system with much more trust and openness. I regularly see doctors and I take their advice and support combined with Esoteric Healing Modalities and always working within the parameters of the medical system and what I feel in my own body.

 

My relationship with medicine today

I have had a serious illness in the last few years and with my many visits to Medical Professionals recently I have come to realise that the intention of most Doctors is to serve humanity, but they too are human and get caught up in the system they work within, and with the rise of illness and disease and the increasing number of patients they are asked to see, it puts them under much pressure and they can lose true connection with their patients in the process.

As a patient, I gently remind them of the importance of this connection by asking why they chose the field they are in and it brings them to a stop moment and they connect, with themselves and with me, and I let them know of my appreciation for the service they provide.

I have had many medical treatments over the past three years along with the great support of Universal Medicine Healing Modalities and although medicine today as a whole is not yet ready for what Universal Medicine offers, the comments I receive from my specialists are “whatever you are doing, keep doing it”.

Esoteric Healing Modalities have brought a new dimension to my life, and a new understanding of the importance of Medicine and complementary Medicine working together, which is how I see the future of Medicine.

Read more:

  1. Esoteric Medicine: is it complementary or alternative medicine and what’s the difference?
  2. Universal Medicine restores conventional medicine to its healing roots.

 

67 thoughts on “Medicine Past, Present and Future

  1. Wow this was such an interesting post! I loved the idea of talking about how much medicine has changed within the past decades. The idea of doctors having a short and limited amount of time to diagnose patients is worrisome. The society has put so much stress on doctors to get the correct answer within 15 or so minutes which is mind blowing. They spends years in med-school, residency, and fellowship for a reason and should not only be given a short amount of time to make a final decision. However, I am so proud with how far our medical technology and medicines have changed.

  2. Turning one’s back on conventional medicine is a reaction based on the knowing that medicine is adrift and needs to go back to its roots which are based on truth and love. The system we have created supports patch up jobs and does not motivate or even suggest to patients to take responsibility for their part in the equation, as in making different lifestyle choices for example.

  3. Times have certainly changed, from the era of home visits by doctors to the incredibly brief 15 minute slots in which you are expected to share what you are there for, for often you are not too sure what’s going on for you. It’s almost like you need to diagnose your ‘complaint’ before you get there. I used to be one who used to look to the doctor to fix me, but these days I have come to know that the state of my health begins with me and that the medical profession as well as complementary medicine is there to support me along the way. But it’s still hard to share everything you need to share in 15 minutes!

  4. Relationships are our most powerful form of medicine, be that our relationship with ourselves, with others or with God, (which at the end of the day are all actually one and the same thing).

  5. The relationship that we have with our doctor has the potential to be incredibly powerful medicine when it comes from and with love and truth. Equally our relationship with our doctor can act as a poison in our bodies when it comes from separation, disconnection and rush.

  6. Nothing about how we currently live feels whole, not us, our ways of living, our relationships nor our medical system. None of them feel whole and complete, there is an ingredient missing from them all and that is the input from our soul. And as ‘airy fairy’ as that may sound, it’s not, not at all. It is a statement of fact to say that currently we are living in a way that disregards our soul and our severely dysfunctional world is a reflection of this fact.

  7. Esoteric Medicine Practitioners don’t just respond to presenting ill-health conditions, they sense where the whole body is in relation to itself and Soul. Their honesty and clarity of guidance sits alongside handing over responsibility to the client. It is in this way we learn to be our own practitioners: medicine is as much our responsibility as that of doctors and other health practitioners. One of the greatest teaching’s offered by Universal Medicine is that “life is medicine.’

  8. I can really relate with what you have shared here ‘I used vitamins, herbal remedies, diet, essential oils, alternative healing practices, meditation, crystal healing, kinesiology, Bowen therapy, affirmations, creative visualisation’ I didn’t try all of these but did try others that are not here but the thing is in using these nothing changed … and in some cases how I was feeling and life actually got worse! But when it did change was when I learnt and took responsibility for the choices I had been making in my life. When I learnt to actually stop, not to keep on going in the same momentum regardless. And all of this I learnt from Universal Medicine where very wise words and teachings are presented along with very simple practical tools to use in everyday life.

  9. In the past, the family doctor was seen as part of the family as they were privy to many of the families illnesses, troubles, assisting with births and deaths, these relationships are no longer formed in the same fashion. It seems that the quality of our relationships with our health caregivers has reduced to a quick ten-minute conversation.

    1. I feel this has happened in many places, where relationships and people are not the priority. For example many years ago if someone worked in a company for a long time, they would be valued and appreciated however now it is more common that people have worked in a company for a long time are let go of really easily with no value of their service at all. All of this shows just how far and fast we have gone in the wrong direction. We need to bring it right back to the basics and make it about people and relationships first.

    2. In the past, I have tried to stay away from Doctors waiting rooms and hospitals because they were of full of sick people. The problem started when MRSA was a wake-up call, and medical facilities became the last place you wanted to be. I have recently spent a few days in the hospital and had a lot of time to observe the real in-workings. The new protocols to ensure MRSA can’t get a look-in is impressive. The staff are remarkable and highly trained for every job they do. The student nurses enjoy their work and are paying, through their tuition to be there. But, the overload of people is creating a well-oiled machine, and we through our disregard for our bodies and the lifestyle we choose are allowing us to become products for the machine that needs to be fixed and sent back on their way, Next!

  10. Even though I’ve lived the same experience as you (but in a different country), it was great to be given the overview in the beginning of your article. I too used to receive house calls from the family doctor and now am squeezed into 15 minute appointments with someone I don’t know and may not see again because things change so rapidly. Fortunately for me (and the burgeoning medical system) I rarely need to go to a doctor. Even so, I’m very uplifted by the growing awareness that modern medicine can be greatly enhanced by complementary modalities. It isn’t futuristic. It is available now, but we must be active in claiming it because there is always movement towards taking this choice away from us as individuals.

  11. Great appreciation I feel now for everything that doctors offer, as well as all that UM modalities bring in supporting their invaluable service. What a great offering to humanity!

  12. And what is our responsibility? To be models of true health and offer love and heaven where-ever we walk. It’s easy to find fault, especially when we receive below standard treatment from a medical practitioner, clinic or hospital. Always the question to ask is ‘ what is my purpose here?’ “What more can I bring?’

  13. The problem we have is when doctors, however well-meaning and trained, are unaware they are part of the problem they find themselves in. The system as it stands often fails to offer true care for doctors and patients, both are left wanting more. True support for doctors begins in medical school. Instead of training to ‘become a doctor’ the curriculum should also explore and understand the bigger picture and health dilemmas we face today. They could consider the changing nature of their roles and new levels of responsibility required of doctors and patients working together as equal partners to activate health, prevent illness and not just seek cures and quick fixes.

  14. I so agree Susan – Universal Medicine is truly universal as it brings together so many strands of life that the outside world sees as separate. I can feel how this has allowed me to accept myself more and see my body as a great servant with each part working in harmony with each other part and this is what is serving the whole body to come together as a whole.

  15. We now have this in the UK, if there is more than one illness or thing you would like to discuss with your doctor you cannot discuss this in one appointment you have to book an appointment for each thing. I understand that doctors must be under a lot of pressure including the demand from the public that want help, advice, solace or even comfort but surely there must be a better way to handle this. For example if I have a appointment with a doctor normally it does not take 15 minutes but 5 or max 10 so this then leaves time for something else to be discussed if needed but I guess it depends all on the patent and their level of need .. although even considering this I still feel that there must be a better way.

    1. Our choices have opened the can of worms that there is now no can big enough to contain them, is the source of today’s problem with our medical systems. Could the start of a better way, start with our choices and accepting full responsibility for them?

  16. I, too, remember the ‘family’ doctor and the reassuring nature of his visits as a child and as a young adult. In my experience I do not feel the desire of doctors to help their patients has changed, rather it is the system and society.

    1. Great pointer in that is the the systems and society that have changed. You would think over time that we would refine the systems to have a deeper quality and care in order to support us more, not that they would actually get worse!

    2. Agreed. So why is it that we have let the system dictate the level of service our hearts impulse us to serve? What are we getting from the added intensity that we are clearly wanting, since our choice is to let it dominate?

      1. By doing so we can escape responsibility, however, that is an illusion as it only delays the inevitable.

      2. Yes – ultimately we can not escape our responsibility to live the love we are -only delay, which makes me think we are totally nutty – why put off till tomorrow what we can do today? And yet I have been escaping my own responsibility for a long long time!

    3. So true Michelle. Often we know the truth but instead we will choose that which is not. The longer we delay to ‘take our medicine’ the more horrible the ‘medicine’ will seem to be to take yet it will always be the same medicine – responsibility.

      1. ‘Why put off till tomorrow what we can do today?’ how about because we’re all so entrenched in our own lies that it’s difficult to manoeuvre our way out. And we have to be pretty clear of the lies before any of us are able to start to take true responsibility for anything.

  17. Thank you for this article and the wisdom and understanding you bring to the changes in our health care services. This is a breath of fresh air from the blame and lack of responsibility that most of us view our world with.

  18. We have ten minutes at our surgery which never feels like enough and I should imagine causes all kinds of anxiousness in other patients such as the elderly. What I find amazing is how a system that is supposed to be at its root caring can be so uncaring to its staff and the people they serve.

    1. This is simply a reflection of the importance we have placed over function rather than love. Until we shift, the balance will continue to exponentially show us the choices we have collectively been making.

    2. I agree with you Julie the doctors and nurses are under a huge strain and there is a lack of support for them. I know from experience they are asked to do more as the health services makes cuts in order to balance the finances. I wonder if anyone has conducted a study to see how much money is poured into say the entertainment industry and how much money is poured into the health service? I guess it comes down to choices that we want to watch a movie or a football game more than we value our health or the health service and the people that dedicate their lives to it and us.

  19. Two recent experiences, two very different examples of quality of care, both outside the state system, but nonetheless worthy of note. The first, a podiatrist, offered a service akin to true care, steady in himself, able to be with patient and of service, gentle, listened, shared his wisdom and offered practical advice. The patient felt truly supported and knew what to do next. The second, a dentist, cavalier like, talked more than listened, at the mercy of market forces, sold products more than served patient. The patient felt akin to the wild west, shot at and unsupported. A powerful example of how we are within ourselves, impacts on quality of care offered others.

  20. Thanks for the article Susan and for sharing your history with western medicine and of the changes of how long doctors can be with patients, it really explains the lack of quality of care experienced by many in the medical system. Some doctors do refuse to work in small time slots and the quality of care is very high which is why patients don’t mind waiting beyond their appointment time. The other side of this is that humanity needs support to understand their responsibility for their own health through self care, so that the medical system is not necessarily burdened. A shift to preventative health care would be very supportive.

    1. I learned with an old friend many years ago that I couldn’t keep pouring my energy into a needy pool who refused to step up and take responsibility for their hurts and issues. Whilst it may have supported in the moment, my support never had any longevity in terms of this person’s mental health and well-being. At the end of the day I had to step back as I was getting drained. My love and appreciation for this person never diminished but any investment I had in outcomes had to go – it was this investment that were the seeds of the exhaustion. As you have suggested Melinda, the medical system cannot keep pouring its energy down the endless needy well of humanity. We need to stop and recognise the choices we have made that have got us to the point where we need healing.

      1. Michelle thank you, it’s such a beautiful comment and very divinely timed for me to read this. I’ve experienced the same, when a person needs support but refuses to support themselves it can become co-dependent and very draining. On the larger scale we can see this also in drain on the medical system, and in our relationship to our own health and lack of awareness of (or refusal of) our own responsibility.

      2. And so the old friend becomes the teacher, placed before us to expose our own neediness and investments. They are the gift in disguise.

  21. Susan there is so much shared here to be discussed. The first was obvious to me in how the quality over the years has dropped. Surely this should be a huge alert and wake up call for us as a whole to see this as should not the quality of what is being delivered not get better over time instead of worse???? Also how it feels that there is literally pressure on everywhere from the medical system to the education system. The other day I got a reply from an email I sent to a college I am studying at saying ‘the college are now very driven by statistics and are judged externally on the outcomes of all courses.’ … very driven by statistics not by supporting the students. To me this says it all about currently what we are allowing with systems. But having said that, yes I agree it is great to truly connect to another and appreciate them. Doctors and nurses do a marvellous and much needed job but like the students at my college it would seem are not supported to the depth they could be.

    1. My feeling is that our systems need to break down totally before we are all willing to see the irresponsibility of the lovelessness we have accepted and have subscribed to. We have all wanted ‘better’ but not true and have looked at life from the outside in. Unfortunately, in order to see truth, the systems need to crumble so that what we are left with only, is the relationship we have with ourselves, and from their rebuild from the love we are inside out.

  22. “I have come to realise that the intention of most Doctors is to serve humanity, but they too are human and get caught up in the system they work within, ” Burn out is huge in the medical profession, as in nursing, teaching – the list goes on. We need to start to take responsibility for our own health and state of mind – regardless of the work we do. We are then better placed, not only to support ourselves, but support others.

    1. Observing myself and others in the work place I can say that so many have an attachment to the drama of situations that occur at work. Whilst the originating impulse may be to serve humanity, this can often get laced with this addiction to the emotional and the need to get recognition over and above the necessity of nurturing oneself. It is only through letting go of this need for recognition and the building of a foundation of self nurture, worth and love that we finally have the tools in our backpack to say no to situations that simply don’t serve either us, or those we are professing to serve.

  23. It has been very easy in the past to shift the responsibility for our health to the Medical System, to expect others to fix us. The life we choose to live impacts our health and this is reflected back to us via our body. Universal Medicine has facilitated a growing awareness that there is much more for us to ponder in the way we move, think and feel and to take responsibility for that by reconnecting inwardly. I now go to the doctor with the awareness that it is my responsibility to feel, think, move and nurture my body and acknowledge what it is communicating to me – it is then that I attend the doctor, bringing all of me and work with the Medical profession to bring the additional treatment required.

  24. The medical system today, from reading various things and speaking to people, sounds pretty tough. Many doctors I have met over time are snowed under. But if I approach them with a condition, having an understanding of the energy that has caused it, it’s not yet another heavy load I am dumping onto their table and asking them to fix.

  25. A before and after snapshot of how medicine has changed over the years and become more pressurised and remote. I too remember with fondness our village family doctor, his surgery and visits to our home. He was someone we knew, liked and trusted. Today, living in a large city, my local medical centre serves a densely populated, multi-cultural, multi-lingual area considered to be of low socio-economic status. Where once patients were assigned to a doctor they got to know, now GPs, more often than not on locum contracts, are responding to growing number of patients. Patients are allocated any doctor, not one specific one, reducing the likelihood of getting to know and building relationships with them. It must be equally unsatisfactory for GPs.

    1. Yes it’s rare today to be able to get to see a specific doctor. I just learned this week i cant book an appointment a few weeks ahead – even for non urgent stuff. I have to phone in the morning – in a queue – and wait for a call later in the day from a GP who will then give me an appointment – or not for later that day. This presupposes one is able to make and take calls at the drop of a hat in ones day. And that one can drop everything to attend the surgery at the appointed time……

      1. GP surgeries are struggling to cope with the number of ‘sick’ people seeking support. It reflects the dire state of the National Health Service and what happens when a nation of people abdicate responsibility for their own health and expect someone else to fix it when things go wrong. The NHS and Adult Social Services are reaching maximum capacity and can’t do any more. Our first responsibility is to take care of our own health not just for ourselves but also our communities and help reduce the load on medical services.

  26. Yes it is my experience having worked in medicine for 20 years is that most practitioners and staff are generally genuinely caring people who want to support others but the system is so harsh, cold, rationalised, under-pressure and pressured that it ends up crushing care out of people.

    1. I agree, in that it is the systems that are not supportive to the all. This is what needs to be changed first and foremost. However, if we, they laymen, bring the quality back through our everyday would this not then have a ripple affect on those systems saying they can no longer be that way?

  27. And even now there is very little in the medical training about nutrition and lifestyle – which can make such a massive difference to long-term health – whether in chronic illness or not.

    1. Great point. With all our advances in medicine we seem to dismiss some of the key and foundational basics. I find this interesting. It is like the simple stuff is too lowly for our ‘intelligence’ and that to accept the simple basic things we can do to take care of ourselves requires responsibility which is something we seem to artfully avoid.

  28. The breakdown of the seemingly more intimate relationships between family doctors and patients of yesteryear is an outplay of how we have put systems and knowledge before people and relationships since time in memoriam and is the significant factor of the rise of illness and disease in the first place. I grew up in the 70s too, but in the UK, and we had a family doctor too who would make regular house calls, who like your doctors, was a trusted professional and an integral part of our lives. But whilst we seemingly had more time for things back then I don’t especially recall society being more loving. It is to this loving way of being we need to return, because in truth this is who we are. There has never been a period of history where humanity has accepted this as a whole; it is this we need to re-master if we are to see significant changes in the way our lives are playing out both in terms of health and in terms of relationships.

  29. This is a very interesting aspect of our history and while I can see how the change in our relationship with doctor/conventional medicine seems like an inevitable one and as a result many would have had to seek alternative to having a close relationship with doctor, it seems like it never occurred to us that we actually had a part to play in our own healing and we carried on looking outside for a fix and a cure – so even though we thought we were making a different choice but in truth nothing really changed. What Universal Medicine offers is huge in helping us change our posture in our relationship with medicine, and I feel that is what changes how much/little we get out of what conventional medicine is here to offer.

    1. I love the point you are making here Fumiyo. The calls for the family doctor to come and visit were still done from the perspective of needing to get fixed without the self love that owes itself the space for self responsibility in the rise of the condition in the first place. Whether the doctor comes to visit, or we see one in the struggle of getting a 15 minute appointment the reason for our conditions remain the same; ultimately, a lack of connection to the truth and within this ultimately, the daily ill choices we make that give rise to the conditions of epidemic proportions we are now facing as a humanity.

    2. Yes, taking responsibility for our health – which we used to do in the era before decent medical care – the herbalists and midwives of yore, who were turned to by villagers in search of healing. And we learned how to make simple herbal remedies for ourselves and our families. We have lost all that and now tend to turn to doctors wanting a quick fix. If it took years for our body to manifest an illness it doesn’t seem likely we will get a quick cure – let alone a long-term deeper healing. The marriage of Western medicine with Universal Medicine is a marriage made in heaven, We need both.

  30. As illness and disease rates have escalated to an alarming extent, new models of medicine and health are needed to respond. Conventional medicine does a great job, but until we look at causes of rising sickness levels, we will never be able to respond in a way that breaks the trend. Universal Medicine healing modalities, invites us to break the perception to sickness and disease as inevitable and a norm. It invites us take responsibility for our health and understand our illnesses and get to their source. Not content with fixing bodies. it offers whole healing that is deeper and more longer lasting.

    1. Yes, getting to the root cause of an illness not only supports us to understand why we got a certain disease, but helps with healing. We can still have a healing, even if we don’t get a cure for an illness. The two are so different.

      1. ” We can still have a healing, even if we don’t get a cure for an illness” Important to make this distinction clear. Thank you Sue.

      2. Understanding that illness in the body stem from ill choices which stem from hurts and lack of connection to ourselves, is the root to allowing ourselves the grace to bring understanding to how we are feeling and the choices that have led to our symptoms. This is true healing indeed whether or not the illness is removed entirely from the body.

  31. I too became disenchanted with orthodox medicine. As a former nurse I trained as a homeopath. Coming to Universal Medicine I was surprised by the embracing of western medicine by Serge Benhayon, but I too have now re-embraced it – alongside Esoteric medicine. – The best of both worlds these are both needed in society today.

  32. I too recall our family doctor in the UK, who made house calls and became a family friend. I got all the usual childhood infectious diseases – no drama – just time spent off school and calamine lotion for the itching…

    1. The feeling of having a doctor who visits patients in their own homes feels completely different to visiting a doctor in a medical centre. A doctor would gain such an insight into the life of their patients if they were to go to their homes, invaluable information would be learnt about the patient that would undoubtably help the GP in diagnosing and therefore treating the condition/illness. The doctor would get a glimpse of family dynamics and how they are potentially contributing to what’s going on and the patient would be so much more relaxed within their own home, rather than what so many of us go into which is to play the ‘role of patient’ when we go to a surgery. The other thing that would be invaluable is that the GP would be able to assess and then employ other services having seen what’s needed at home e.g. Meals on Wheels or Home Help. We have to get over this false mentality that we have trussed ourselves up in, which is that we don’t have enough time, because we do, we actually have oodles of time, we just need to change our relationship with it.

  33. The role of the doctor seems to have drastically changed over the years as the population seems to have got sicker. When I go into the local surgery to see the nurse for a blood test the surgery is packed full of sick people and the doctors seem under a huge duress to see as many patients as they can and they seem as stressed as the patients that come in to see them.

  34. A beautiful example of how complementary to medicine treatments work hand in hand with medicine and how Esoteric Modalities can support us to know and understand our own bodies which supports us take this body to our medical professionals. As a nurse I also have a new appreciation for medicine and see the absolute care and dedication of my colleagues including medical colleague to the work they do with patients.

  35. Western medicine without the understanding and support of Universal Medicine is like getting dressed and going for a walk on a rough track with no shoes on. The two go hand in hand to support the whole and body, physical and energetic, and brings in the personal responsibility for self-care as part of the whole.

  36. Having lived through the same change in medicine I can relate to a lot of what you share. What I could feel the most is how hard it must be for the doctors having to work in the constraints of this current system. They do care very much for people and want to provide the best possible service they can, but that must be hard in 15 minutes!

    1. The stress doctors feel must be pretty intense given that statistically they have one of the highest rates of suicide in any profession. However this goes to show how loveless our systems are and that those at the front end of our health care can struggle with their own mental health – absolutely because of the lack of care they themselves are afforded or afford themselves.

    2. And how bad must it be for the health of the doctors to work within such time constraints? Just because a doctor is a doctor it doesn’t mean that their bodies are not under exactly the same pressures as the rest of us and feeling ‘under the pump’ is one of the most commonly felt stresses on our bodies. When we feel ‘up against the clock’ our bodies contract, we find it harder if not impossible to connect with our bodies and so our posture tends to suffer – we don’t lengthen our spines, we ignore the needs of our bodies (going to the toilet/drinking water/eating when hungry) etc. We will often not move the body much as we tend to ‘get stuck’ at our desks, we may sit for too long in unnatural lighting etc and so limited time for GP consultations is actually adding to the poor health of both the GP and the patient as well as interfering with the quality of the consultation as both parties feel pushed for time.

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