To Sir with Love – Problem Solving

A tongue-in-cheek comparison of conventional and holistic approaches

As you read this story please switch off that bit of your brain that calls for reality checks.

Someone is drowning in the bath tub and (somehow) calls for help. Emergency services drain his lungs and return him to his tub but with a life-support aid of a narrow-lumen snorkel. Oof, relief; that’s resolved the drowning problem. Now, if Sir would like to pay the private sector he can have a wider-lumen snorkel with padded edges so that breathing will be easier and more comfortable. Sir agrees.

Breathing comfortably in his taps-still-running, overflowing bath tub, Sir calls again, 2 hours later, for help. His skin is all shrivelled up. No problem; a special powder to add to the water will sort that out. It dissolves best in hot water so just turn off the cold tap please. Sir follows the directions precisely and soon notices an improvement. However, some time later he calls again for help; yes thank you, he can breathe very comfortably and the anti-shrivel powder worked very well with no side effects, but the problem now is that he is getting burns and over-heating. Don’t worry, Sir, we have tried and tested solutions for that; a waterproof burns ointment will be delivered to you immediately, and take 2 paracetamol to reduce your temperature. If you still have a fever in the morning please give us a call.

…………..and so it goes on, until

Sir, with all the above life-saving measures, plus naso-gastric feeding, urinary catheter specially designed for very hot climates and a water-sanitising system, receives his post which he can open and read with the aid of his expensive, custom-made, heat-resistant, submerge-able unit. With the hot tap still running, his water and gas bills shock him into awareness! What has his life come to?

Yes, he’s grateful for all the help he’s received and he appreciates the health service considering him worthy of investing its precious resources in. But to be honest, he is doing no more than just surviving. Sir stops for a moment and realises how sad and desperate he feels. He’s been so focused on his body survival that he’s abandoned his soul nourishment. He misses human touch and being seen and heard by someone who has time and compassion to see and listen to him from their heart. He becomes aware of the emotional vulnerability he’s been supressing. Sir’s tears merge with the bath water. Feeling hopeless and helpless, he calls out to the God he hasn’t spoken with since the days of his childhood Sunday school.

Next morning, Sir wakes with a clear mind, determined to try a different approach. His loopy sister, who he loves even though from the way she views Life you’d think she must come from a different planet, is into what she calls holistic therapies.

With an odd sense of trepidation combined with the awkwardness of entering unfamiliar territory, Sir actually looks  forward to his telephone consultation with the holistic practitioner that his sister recommended to him ages ago (thinking about it, it’s odd that he hasn’t thrown the number away). On his expensive, heat-resistant, waterproof phone he carefully describes his symptoms and fabulous life-saving solutions to the practitioner – the trauma of drowning, the shrivelling skin, resolution of the feeding and breathing difficulties, constant high temperature, swishing sounds in his ears etc. Then much to his amazement the practitioner didn’t come up with an immediate alternative remedy, but instead explained about the importance of uncovering the root cause of the problem(s). The practitioner then asked Sir about the period before this situation started and how he came to be in this state in the first place. When Sir mentioned falling asleep in the bath the practitioner interrupted to ask whether he had thought to take the plug out and turn off the taps.

I made up the above tongue-in-cheek story to demonstrate 2 things:

1) How in our shock and panic we sometimes hand over our power to others, forgetting they, like us, are fallible human beings sometimes under time pressure to make decisions. They may not ask an obvious question and we may- in our shock and/or relief at getting much-needed help- not be ‘thinking straight’. And we may feel shy or foolish about volunteering the essential information later on when rectifying measures have already been instigated. Or perhaps we feel grateful and indebted so it would be impolite the say NO after all to the form of help that’s been given already. And anyway if we did say No Thank You once, after asking for help and then refusing it, we feel we risk not getting the help we may need in the future. All very understandable reactions and responses from medical staff as well as patients.

2) Conventional medicine as practiced in the West sometimes approaches a problem in a way that’s outwardly so much more dramatic, expensive and impressive than a holistic approach. This latter is based on self-inquiry and self-responsibility which aims to empower the individual with knowledge and a tool-kit to (ultimately) support and maintain him/herself. Holistic health includes not just the physical body but also mental well-being and emotionally feeling good about yourself. The range of therapies on offer allows tailor-made solutions to the individual’s circumstances and a personalised approach.

About the Author

Jacqueline Kareh is a Health Detective and Holistic Health Practitioner. Her work with clients may include energy medicine (bio-resonance and bio-feedback), Quantum Wave Laser, Reflexology, Detox and nutritional therapies.

Jacqueline can be contacted on 0785 000 8133

She works in Exeter and London.

Copyright Jacqueline Kareh 2015