9.34 NHS Physician Heal Thyself with Meditation

Paper for the PCT         31.10.08

John Kapp,
22, Saxon Rd, Hove BN3 4LE, East Sussex   Tel: 01273 417997

1 Abstract
2 Executive Summary of conclusions and recommendations

3 Sea change in attitude of the NHS in its diamond jubilee year
4 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
5 The PCT’s dilemma – it can’t go back or forward
6 Defining the NHS’s new product – ‘health’.

7 The problem – science does not know what health is
8 Why is consciousness the hard problem for science?
9 What is the difference between science and scientism?
10 What are the symptoms of materialistis in scientists?
11 What are the symptoms of materialistis in medics?
12 The gulf of understanding between materialists and holists
13 The software programme of materialism
14 Mechanistic model of the person as a puppet.
15 How can science observe the subjective, spiritual world of life, mind, health?

16 The Gaia theory of enchanted universe of consciousness
17 Holistic model of the person as body, mind, soul, spirit and environment.
18 Description of level 1. Environment of the whole of existence,
19 Description of level 2 Aura of soul, heart, experience, emotions,
20 Soul as a podcast
21 Description of level 3 Aura of mind, thoughts, beliefs, faith,
22 Description of level 4 Puppet, physical body
23 What is health, and the cause and cure of disease in the computer model?
24 How does meditation treat disease?

25 Who has the power to choose treatments (such as the MBCT course)?
26 Who should be the first trialists of the sandwich MBCT course?
27 Conclusion – meditation as healer for the planet
28 Recommendation – commission appendix 1
29 Author
30 References
Appendix 1 Draft PCT Strategic Commissioning Plan 2009-11
Appendix 2 Executive summary of evaluation of pilot staff meditation course at Brighton General hospital from Feb-April 2004.

1 Abstract
The new NHS post Darzi rightly sets out to improve the health of patients. However, the NHS cannot do this because their clinicians are themselves sick with a condition that I call materialitis, the cure for which is a paradigm shift to holism. To improve the nation’s health NHS clinicians first have to heal themselves with meditation, as called for in a previous paper, the evidence for which is set out here. I recommend the PCT to implement the draft strategic commissioning plan shown in appendix 1.

2 Executive Summary of conclusions and recommendations
a) Improving health and preventing illness
At its diamond jubilee celebration in July 08, Lord Darzi proposed that the NHS should market two new products improving health and preventing illness, in addition to their previous product of treating sickness. The Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are rightly required by government to draft strategic 3 year plans 2009-11 which commission these two new products to implement these aims. Brighton and Hove Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) held public meetings on 2.7.08 and on discuss this plan.

In response to the first meeting, I wrote a 35 page paper for the PCT entitled ‘Improving Health by ending the Prozac nation’.dated 19.8.08 (1) Its recommendation was that the PCT should commission Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses which were approved in 2005 by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an alternative to antidepressant drugs. This course is based on the holistic approach to health.

It is difficult for the PCT to adopt my (or any) plan based on holism because NHS clinicians were trained in the conventional medical model based on the paradigms of materialism, (believing that matter is the only reality) , reductionism (believing that the whole is only the sum of its parts and mechanism (believing that people are machines).

However, neither can the PCTs adopt a plan of business as usual with drug treatments, as the evidence base for drugs now shows that common drugs do more harm than good. (2) Furthermore, the PCT cannot achieve the Darzi aims with treatments based on the materialist paradigm. Even a positive definition of health is impossible, and the words healing and cure are dirty and taboo, prohibited by political correctness. This shows that NHS clinicians and conventional medicine is itself sick. To achieve Darzi’s aims clinicians have to adopt the adage ‘Physician Heal Thyself’ and thereby heal the system of medicine that they practice.

Why is medicine sick? Because it follow the ‘scientific’ model, which is also sick. With what is medicine and science sick? I call their sickness ‘materialitis’, because its common cause is materialism. Materialism is a paradigm, (underlying belief system) which works like software in our mind. That software is faulty with materialistis, which is the cause of not only the sickness in medicine and science, but also the cause of all the world’s problems, including the meltdown of our financial and climatic systems, and war.

Treatment Materialism is the default programming of everyone born in the west, so we all caught materialitis genetically, from our parents. The only treatment for it (and any other disease) is meditation, which is the active ingredient in healing. Health is harmony between mind and soul giving peace of mind. Healing is reprogramming the software of our minds by eliminating limiting beliefs. The limiting belief of materialism is that matter is the only reality, and it blocks the free flow of our life force, making us sick.

When the blockage of that limiting belief is removed, we experience that matter is not the only reality, and that non-material influences (such as mind, soul, spirit) also exist. In meditation we know that holism is our truth, that our bodies are incarnations of spiritual energy which give us life, motivation, intelligence. Then the hard problems of science, - the subjective phenomena such as consciousness, health, mind, illness - become easy.

What makes us ill? Identification is what makes us individually ill, and by extension makes science and medicine ill, as those disciplines are practiced by sick scientists and medics. We are identified with our body and our mind, and see them as being one and the same. In meditation we experience that they are not the same.

How does meditation heal? In meditation we see that identification is an illusion. We are not our body, because we observe it as an object (as we observe someone else’s body) We also see that we are not our feelings, nor our thoughts (our mind) as we observe them as if they were the feelings and thoughts of others. We experience that we are simply an observer (pure consciousness) This we is known as being, soul, higher self, etc.

Meditation trains us to see our body, mind and everything that happens to us in a detached way. This detachment removes the attachment which is the cause of the disharmony between our mind and soul and gives us peace of mind and health. Meditation is the only way to heal individuals and society, and save the planet from the destruction of our civilisation.

Recommendation I recommend the PCT to adopt the draft strategic commissioning plan in appendix 1, and re-educate clinician and managers in the NHS in the holistic approach to health on which that plan is based, thereby achieving a paradigm shift.

3 Sea change in attitude of the NHS in its diamond jubilee year

For several years there has been a ‘sea change’ going on in thinking in the NHS. During that time the Brighton and Hove Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) have held about 30 public consultation meetings.

On 2.7.08, they launched their new vision of ‘Improving Health by Creating a World Class Healthcare Service’. The director of strategy, (Amanda Fadero) asked the public to tell the PCT what we wanted included in the 3 year strategic plan. That question inspired me to write my paper dated 19.8.08 entitled ‘Improving Health by ending the Prozac Nation’, published in section 9.28 of my website.

My recommendation in that paper is that the PCT should commission meditation based treatments which aim to cure the patient of their disease (such as complementary and alternative medicine - CAM) rather than drug based treatments which just aim to relieve symptoms. This would mean switching public funding from drugs to talking therapies, as the government is advocating. I called for them to commission the course called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and promote it widely for staff and patients in the NHS. Up until now it has only been available to patients who pay for it privately (costing around £185)

In 2005 the MBCT course was recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for use in the NHS as an alternative to antidepressants. The NHS Constitution includes in clause 4.14 ’You have the right to drugs and treatment that have been recommended by NICE for use in the NHS if your doctor says they are appropriate for you’. The MBCT course can therefore be commissioned and paid for by the PCT, so that it becomes free at the point of use for patients.

4 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
My advocacy for the MBCT course is in line with the government policy called ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) This is a national initiative which has been going for several years. It has regional committees all over the country, including Sussex. I have attended local meetings of IAPT run by Veryan Greenwood at the Allen Centre in Hove, who is employed to do so by Mind Charity.

From Feb-Apr 2004 a MBCT course for healthcare staff was run by Dr Simon Hincks. He initiated a 10 week pilot meditation course for staff at Brighton General Hospital,. The course tutor was Akasati, from the Buddhist centre. It was financed under the ‘Better Deal for Staff’ initiative. 30 staff signed up for it, and 17 completed the 10 weeks.

The evaluation is reproduced below as appendix 2. It shows that 94% stated that they would recommend the course to colleagues, 94% stated that they would be interested in further meditation courses, and 41 % had established a regular mediation practice after the course. Dr Hincks tried to hold a similar course at Millview mental hospital in Dec 2004, for which the course tutor would have been Taravajra. He did not get enough support for it, so it did not take place.

I am a meditation leader and hearing what Dr Hincks did inspired me to emulate him. I wrote to Dr Larry Culliford, consultant psychiatrist, and Stuart Johnson, chaplain, and offered to run a meditation course myself at Millview for staff. I was touched by having heard that one of the staff had committed suicide shortly before.

Larry replied that I would need the consent of 14 committees, and that he would not support me. I did not pursue it further directly, but the seed was sown in my mind, resulting in me writing several papers, including the above mentioned one and this one.

I therefore know that my proposal is likely to provoke objections, particularly from clinicians with minds which are closed to alternative treatments. In this paper I hope to anticipate these objection, and answer their concerns. There is a time and tide for everything. My aim is to set out the evidence base for a radical commissioning plan and show how it would work to fulfil the new NHS agenda of improving health and preventing illness.

5 The PCT’s dilemma – it can’t go back or forward
Amanda Fadero and the director of Commissioning (Geraldine Hoban) kindly met with me to discuss my paper on 2.9.08, and received me well. The PCT held a further public meeting on 30.9.08 attended by 150 people, ostensibly to discuss the commissioning plan for 2009-11. However no plan was launched. The meeting reminded me of the story of the parade to admire the emperor’s new clothes. We all turned out to cheer, and I was the small boy who said quietly ‘but he hasn’t got any clothes’.

That fruitless meeting made me realise that the PCT directors are in a dilemma. The new commissioning plan 2009-11 cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ as the evidence base has changed to show that drug treatments generally do more harm than good. However, the PCT cannot suddenly switch to the radical alternative treatments that I am advocating because clinicians have been taught that alternative treatments are quack remedies practiced by charlatans. That is not true, but it is difficult to suddenly turn a supertanker round to go in the opposite direction

The problem is the gulf between the materialist, reductionist, mechanist conventional medical model in which clinicians in the NHS were trained, (what I call the sickness of ‘materialistis’) and the radical alternative holistic treatments that I want commissioned. The purpose of this paper is to bridge that gulf, and reinforce the arguments in favour of such a radical shift of paradigm.

I hope that the PCT will help clinicians to heal by promoting this paradigm shift, and adopting the Strategic Commissioning Plan 2009-11 drafted in appendix 1. I believe that such a radical commissioning plan would be good for them, their patients, and the taxpayers. The only losers will be the drug companies, who have had a century of having their own way at others’ expense, and whose time is now up.

6 Defining the NHS’s new product – ‘health’.
Although ‘health’ has been in the name of the NHS since it was created 60 years ago, it has really just been a sickness service for those who have become ill. To them it has generally given only symptom relief, but not cure, nor health. The electorate has been clamouring for ‘prevention of sickness’ (ie health, wellness) for decades, but up to now only 4% of the NHS budget has been spent on prevention, and that has been on education on healthier living, not treatment.

The Darzi reforms reinforced the need for the PCTs to increase this percentage. Brighton and Hove’s PCTs new initiative ‘Improving Health’ is fully in line with this new government policy to promote health as well as treating sickness.

The first principle of marketing is ‘know your product’. However, I have yet to meet anyone in the NHS, government included, who can give a positive definition of ‘health’. Luckily, the PCT does not have to wait for the government to define health, as they have been given delegated powers to get on with the job of improving health locally. The planning of the marketing of this new product ‘health’ should start with a positive definition of it.

The only definition of health used to be the negative one of ‘absence of sickness’. Recently the World Health Organisation adopted, for mental health, the definition
‘A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.’

That is not a definition, but a tautology, saying that health is ‘wellbeing’. Its only utility is for diagnostic purposes, so that doctors can say ‘aha, the patient is ill because he is not working’ etc. A positive definition of health is impossible under the conventional medical model. However, it is easy under the holistic model. Health is peace of mind resulting from harmony between body, mind and soul.

That holistic definition of health is not allowed in the NHS because the conventional medical model is in denial of soul. Furthermore, science believes that the mind is an emergent property of the brain, so is in denial that the mind can affect the health of the body. Even the words healing and cure are taboo in hospitals, because they are reminders of these inadequacies of conventional medicine.

Holists say that conventional scientists have got it upside down, and many alternative scientists now confirm this. Holists experience that consciousness creates the soul, which creates the mind which in turn creates the brain, body and behaviour. To understand what health is, and define it positively, we have to change the model and the materialist paradigm which underlies it, with a paradigm shift to holism. That cannot be done without understanding the gulf that separates materialists and holists, which is so great that they cannot talk to each other, as their language is different.

7 The problem – science does not know what health is

Health is the most precious commodity there is, because it affects our quality of life, irrespective of our material possessions. A measure of the value that we in the west put on health is the fact that we pay about 10% of our taxes for public healthcare systems. In the UK the NHS costs us £100 billion pa, or about £2,000 pa or £160 per month for every man, woman and child. (£400 per month per family) We also pay more taxes for scientific research into health related matters. Despite this unprecedented investment on our health, society is not getting healthier, but sicker. Why is this?

The reason is simply that despite $trillions of investment worldwide, science and medicine still do not know what health is. They cannot define it. The conventional definition of health is ‘absence of sickness’. That is not a definition of what health is, but what it is not. It is that negative definition which has caused the problem – the mess - that we (and all western healthcare systems) are in. Until we do know, society will continue to get sicker, and our taxation investment will go on being mis-allocated

We cannot improve health (as Lord Darzi and the government rightly wants) until we know what it is that we are trying to improve. We first have to find a positive definition. We can do so by considering what health depends on. Health depends on life. If we are not alive, we are not healthy, but dead.

So what is a scientific definition of life? The dictionary gives ‘vitality, animate, conscious existence’. This does not help as it is a tautology. It just says that life is life, (vitality is latin for life) or that life is ensouled (anima is latin for soul) Consciousness is defined as awareness, which is just a different word for the same thing.

Dictionaries cannot help us to improve health, life, consciousness, Consciousness is known as the hard problems in science, because despite record investment, science has not solved the problem of consciousness. There are countless departments of consciousness studies around the world, with massive budgets. They would have us believe that consciousness is an emergent property of the brain. Adrenaline is also an emergent hormone of brain activity. Do scientists mean that consciousness is like adrenaline? These foolish pronouncements show that scientists have not the remotest idea of what consciousness is.

In science’s most important task of improving health, we must acknowledge that science has hitherto failed society. If we are to improve health, we must first discover the cause of why science has failed. We must then remove that cause. Only when we have fixed the fault in science can we mobilise science to help us to improve health.

8 Why is consciousness the hard problem for science?
Health, consciousness and all the phenomena of life, including mind, are not just hard for science. They are insoluble. Why is this? I answered this question in an earlier paper (3) as follows:

’The scientific world is so materialistic that to get publicly funded posts and grants, you have to be a materialist. This puts a straitjacket on every scientist and manager, which is reinforced and policed by materialistic peer review of their work.

No solution can be found because scientists are funded to look in the wrong place – the objective world. Researchers are trapped in a revolving door with an entrance but no exit. They can get in, go round and round, but they are prohibited from passing through the iron curtain to the other side of holism. This is the subjective, inside world of higher self or soul, where our consciousness resides, where scientists are not allowed to look or believe in. Holism is where the answers all lie waiting, as described above.

The solution is to remove this prohibition by reallocating public positions and funds to doves (holists) rather than hawks (materialists) which will empower a great leap forward in science.‘

9 What is the difference between science and scientism?
A definition of science is a ‘systemised body of knowledge obtained from investigating phenomena by objective observation’. It was developed in the 17th century by persons such as Gallileo, Newton, Decartes to counter the blind beliefs of the church known as faith in the Bible as the word of God. Science has served society well for 400 years giving us material progress and technology.

The strength of science is the disciplined, rigorous way in which it makes observations, unclouded by belief. The leaders of research and the agents of government who fund them have restricted those observations to the objective world of objects, the material world of particles, including human cellular pathology.

They have unfortunately (and wrongly) forbidden the observations of non-material, non-physical (spiritual) phenomena, because these are not objects (particles) but waves.

They have also allowed science to become subverted, (hijacked) by vested interests seeking to further their own ends. Examples are the drug companies, chemical industry. In an increasingly secular age, belief in God has given way to a new aetheistic religion, whose followers worship the ‘God’ of Science.

The creed of this religion is not science, but scientism. It believes in the omnipotence of Science, and is held as strongly as the belief in the omnipotence of God was held in the Middle Ages. It is in fact the same belief, with just a switch of the object from God to Science.

Scientists would have us believe that science is omnipotent. They have a Theory of Everything, and even if every problem has not yet quite been solved it only needs a little more research funding in their speciality to do so. The only rational explanation for this phenomenon is that scientists are mentally sick, suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Scientism is not science. Science has nothing to do with scientism, which is belief, faith, just ideas in the mind. Science is against all beliefs, because science is about objective experience. It is the opposite polarity to scientism.

How did scientists become scientismists? They became infected by a sickness. The cause of their sickness is materialism, so I call the illness that they are suffering from ‘materialitis’. Unfortunately, those scientismists have also infected conventional medical practitioners, (medics, clinicians) who are also suffering from the same condition.

10 What are the symptoms of materialistis in scientists?
The symptoms of materialitis are best described by observing case histories of people who are well known because they have a high profile in the media. Take Prof Richard Dawkins, chair of public understanding of science at Oxford University. He has written a book ‘The God Delusion’ which has sold 1.5 million copies. He has had several recent TV programmes ‘The Enemies of Reason’ denouncing astrology, dowsing, and alternative medicine (4) and ‘Charles Darwin’ (5)

Although he is supposed to be promoting science, Dawkins is actually promoting scientism. He could be called the pope of scientism. His God is Evolution, and his Christ is Charles Darwin. In his books and TV programmes he promotes scientism’s blind belief in what he calls ‘Evolution’, Darwinism. These ideas are just as vague as the notions of God held by the people he attacks in his interviews. The dialogues that he has on camera are of the deaf. Each side is blinded and deafened by their own ideologies which they project onto anyone who happens to get in the way (as a cine projector does on to any screen).

Dawkins is an idol of mine because he is an unconscious double agent. He is doing a brilliant job of promoting science by promoting its’ opposite, scientism. He is doing society a favour because he is making the absurdities of scientism plain for all to see. He is (unconsciously) exposing how science has been hijacked, and made sick by a belief in scientism.

This is well illustrated by his latest gimmick, the sponsoring of an advertising campaign on buses with a slogan ‘There is probably no God, so stop worrying and enjoy yourself’ Those words are cleverly contrived to annoy both theists and aetheists, and make people think more deeply about this important issue. He is a powerful agent for the paradigm shift from materialism to holism for which I am calling.

11 What are the symptoms of materialistis in medics?
A good example of materialitis in a medic is Prof Edzard Ernst, chair of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University. Together with Simon Singh he has written a book ‘Trick or Treatment? Alternative Therapy on Trial’ which I have reviewed (6)

Like Prof Dawkins, Ernst professes to promote science, but also is really promoting his own brand of scientism which is so extreme as to be ridiculous. He is doing society a favour because he is making the absurdities of his beliefs plain for all to see. He is (unconsciously) exposing how science has been hijacked, and made sick by a belief in scientism.

Ernst first symptom of materialitis is his denial of any evidence for a life force, (p104) Anthropologists tell us that all civilisations believed that everything in the world is imbued with spirit, and is alive, including rivers, mountains, stones. Indigenous peoples still do. Only us Europeans post Renaissance believe that everything is dead except living plants and animals. For Ernst to say that there is no evidence that anything is alive is an extremely odd belief, particularly in a professor of medicine who purports to speak for his profession. Would you trust a doctor who says that he cannot tell whether or not you are alive?

His second symptom is his denial of evidence of innate intelligence in living creatures (p147) This is another extra-ordinary denial of what is obvious to anyone who has made the most rudimentary study of biology. Can he not see order anywhere? If he can, how does he explain how that order got there? Order is impossible without intelligence.

His third symptom is that he regards the placebo effect as ‘little white lies or fraudulent falsehoods’ being his heading for a whole chapter. (p244) The placebo effect is the effect that the mind has on the physiology of the body. By this statement Ernst accuses patients of deliberately reacting to placebos as if they were drugs in order to deceive researchers. What he really means is that the mind-body effect cannot exist in his belief system, because matter is the only reality. Non-material influences like mind, cannot exist except as illusions in foolish people who do not know better, or people who set out to deceive others.

The mind-body effect has always been known in medicine. As Ernst quotes in his book, Pavlov got a Nobel prize in 1904 for his work on dogs salivating to a bell. The science of pycho-neuro-immunology has much evidence for how stress can make us ill, which he refuses to acknowledge. Like Nelson, ‘he clapped his glass to his sightless eye; ‘I can’t see the evidence‘ he says’.

Nevertheless, Prof Ernst is an idol of mine because he is an unconscious double agent. Switch two words in his book, namely ‘alternative’ and ‘conventional’, and the title become ‘Trick or Treatment.- Conventional Medicine on Trial’ It then becomes a valid indictment of conventional medicine and the NHS.

Ernst is a faithful representative of many clinicians in the NHS, who like him are suffering from the same symptoms of materialitis, being also in denial of life, intelligence, mind-body effect. As the punchline in his book (p288) rightly concludes:

‘We argue that it is now the time for the tricks to stop, and for the real treatments to take priority. In the name of honesty, progress, and good healthcare, we call for scientific standards, evaluation and regulation to be applied to all types of medicine, so that patients can be confident that they are receiving treatments that demonstrably generate more harm than good.’

Note the Freudian slip at the end, switching ‘harm’ and ‘good’, which indicates that deep down the authors knew that they were writing about conventional medicine (not alternative) as drugs generally do more harm than good.

12 The gulf of understanding between materialists and holists
Prof Ernst is clearly as interested in improving healthcare as I am, but I know that he will not understand a word that I am saying, so we cannot talk to each other. Why is this? Ernst has a strong faith in the omnipotence of science, or rather the branch of scientism that he believes in, which is an extreme form of materialism, being (as mentioned above) in denial of life, intelligence, mind-body effect.

He proselytises in his book about his faith as fervently as any missionary. As with any faith, he is blind to the existence of anything outside his belief system. He cannot engage in constructive dialogue with anyone (such as me) who does not share his faith because there is a gulf of understanding between us. We do not speak the same language. We both speak English, but cannot communicate because we come from different ‘places’. We have different underlying belief systems, paradigms.

Minds are like computers. If they are programmed with different software (as are the minds of Prof Ernst and I) we cannot talk to each other any more than our computers could. As a materialist, Ernst’s mind is programmed with the software of materialism, including a plethora of other limiting beliefs, such as reductionism, mechanism, determinism, scientism, biologism, psychologism, neuromythology (8) Those are the only languages that he can understand and speak. His mind is closed to other languages.

Unlike him, I have updated my software which has re-programmed my mind with ‘holism’. By updating, I did not lose my previous materialist programme. I can therefore understand Ernst (which is why I can write this) but he cannot understand me. To bridge this gulf of understanding, the differences between the mechanistic and holistic models of the human body have to be described.

13 The software programme of materialism
The cause of the sickness (materialitis) is the paradigm of materialism. Paradigms are like computer programmes. Beliefs determine the way we see the world. Materialism is the software that all of us who were born in the west inherited from our parents by default. It did not affect eastern peoples brought up in Hindu and Buddhist traditions who were born with the holistic paradigm by default, although they are now rapidly becoming infected with western materialism through commercial marketing.

The software of materialism is very old. Those born in the west (Europe, Middle east and the colonies of Europeans, such as the Americas and Australia) have had thousands of years of conditioning with Judeo-Christian-Islam materialistic religious correctness. As mentioned in paragraph 9 above, materialism has been of great benefit in the development of technology.

However, science has been perverted to the religion of scientism, promoted by political correctness. Your status in society and your livelihood has always depended on what you profess to believe. In Europe 400 years ago it was Catholicism, Protestantism etc. Now to get on you have to profess belief in materialism.

Scientists and clinicians who don’t profess belief in materialism will not be physically burnt at the stake. However, you will be regarded by your peers as a heretic. You run the risk of being shopped, your grant cut, and your livelihood ruined. This political correctness is as strongly enforced now as ever it was with the modern equivalents of the Star Chamber and the Inquisition in the Middle Ages.

Materialistic political correctness creates a culture of fear in all scientists and clinicians, making them put more energy into watching their backs than getting on with their job. It stifles their creativity, and takes away their job satisfaction. Sooner or later they will burn out, or forced to retire, disillusioned and bitter. Furthermore there is a ‘naming taboo’ around this issue, which I am now breaking. Nobody is allowed to say what I am saying, or even to think it. It is unthinkable.

If you are daring enough to break this taboo (the law of the political correctness of materialism) we can make the paradigm shift to holism and move from scientism to science, which I repeat is a systemised body of knowledge obtained from investigating phenomena by objective observation.

14 Mechanistic model of the person as a puppet.
Scientists and medics like Dawkins and Ernst have a severe form of materialitis because they were brainwashed with the materialist, reductionist, mechanist paradigm in university and medical school. There is nothing wrong with this for the inorganic world of machines and technology, but it is unhelpful or wrong if you want to engage with people as clinicians to help them to heal their diseases.

In medical school clinicians are brainwashed with the conventional medical model, which sees the body as a machine, like a tinman or puppet. This is a narrow, blinkered view. It is so tunnel-visioned that students are not allowed to see or acknowledge the strings, nor who pulls them. To maintain this narrow view, they are taught to compulsively and obsessively deny anything non-physical, non-material as non-existent, and dismiss such ideas as illusions or delusions of the ignorant. Their view is shown diagrammatically below in figure 1.

Figure 1. Clinicians' mechanistic view of the body




clinician's eye








This brainwashing is like a blindfold which prevents clinicians from seeing the cause of disease, (which is in the strings) It also prevents them from seeking the cause, which they dismiss as an accident at random, beyond human control. This prevents them from seeing or even seeking treatments which can cure the cause.

The underlying logic in this is that if the cause is beyond human control, the cure must also be beyond human control. Therefore there is no point in seeking a cure. This lets them off the hook of trying to cure their patients, and means that they keep coming back for treatment giving clinicians a meal ticket for life.

The materialistic belief is that patients are fated to get diseases because of their destiny. Clinicians are thus conditioned to be fatalists which accounts for the miserable life that they tend to lead, and their premature death a decade earlier that the rest of us.

15 How can science observe the subjective, spiritual world of life, mind, health?
Hitherto under the restrictive influence of materialism, science has only observed objective phenomena in the external world. This is fine for the study of material objects, including the pathology of diseased cells. However, life, consciousness, mind, health are not objects, but subjective phenomena, known only to the individual experiencing them. They are therefore beyond objective materialistic science.

There is no reason why science should not also observe phenomena in the subjective inner world of the non-material, non-physical (spiritual) world as well. This used to be the exclusive domain of the Church, but is no longer so. The no-trespassing pacts signed by Church and State in the Middle Ages have long since expired.

We can observe and influence the above-mentioned subjective phenomena of non-material influences (waves of intelligent information) but we have to embark on subjective holistic science, and look inwards, not outwards. These waves are just as real as particles, but we need non-material measuring instruments (eg human beings) to detect them subjectively.

The fact is existence consists of two realities, both particles (matter) and waves (non-material ) For the latter, Prof Reginald Kapp (my father) coined the word ‘diathetes’, to have a scientific, positive definition of non-material influences which is free of the distracting religious baggage of ‘soul, spirit’ (7)

However, to do this inward looking, scientists and clinicians have to update the software of their minds with the programme of holism. This updating can only be achieved by practicing meditation.

The practice of inward observation derived from India where holism has been the default programming for perhaps 90,000 years, when the Vedas are thought to have been written. 2,500 years ago Buddha promoted it as ‘vipassana’ meditation (watching the breath, now known as mindfulness). Mystics (such as Sufis, Hassids, Quakers) have been quietly promoting holism ever since, but religious and political correctness has closed the minds of the powers that be in the west, preventing us from hearing it until now.

If we update the software of our mind to holism we see the world totally differently, as through rose-tinted, zoom-lensed spectacles. These expand our field of view from the materialist, fatalist, tunnel vision of ‘I am doomed to be a helpless victim of my circumstances’ to ‘I am a beneficiary of the miracle of life which gives me one blessed thing after another’.

To understand how this transformation of attitude occurs is difficult for anyone who has not experienced it by meditating. The best way to gain that understanding is to become a meditator. Bridging a gulf of understanding is like crossing a river by placing stepping stones in sequence across it. Unless all stepping stones are in place you cannot get to the other side. The following is my best attempt to provide those stepping stones, as outlined in the bullet points below:

• The Gaia theory that the Earth and whole universe is alive with waves of non-material consciousness, life force (diathetes).
• The life force, which has the ability to collapse the waves into particles of matter, which forms the body of living creatures.
• Soul, (diathete) which is the operator in charge of the body which motivate action through emotion (energy in motion).
• Mind, (diathete) which is the conscious thoughts of intention, and unconscious habits.
• Body, which is the material manifestation of our thoughts.
• Dis-ease, which is the manifestation of disharmony between soul, mind and body.
• Treatment by meditation, which is healing of that disharmony, by reprogramming the mind with the elimination of limiting beliefs.


16 The Gaia theory of enchanted universe of consciousness
The first stepping stone for this evidence base is the Gaia theory, supported by quantum theory. The earth and the universe is alive, enchanted, and ensouled (8) consisting of a quantum field (9) of waves of consciousness of innate intelligence.

These waves are the life force (known also as chi, prana, orgon etc) which are able to continuously collapse the waves into particles of matter. (10) In the macrocosm these particles are stars, planets, quasars, black holes etc. In the microcosm, these particles group together to form the molecules which form the cells of all living creatures, including humans.

The life force is waves (like radio waves) of subtle energy. They create and motivate our individual soul, which in turn creates and motivates our emotions (energy in motion) and our mind. The life sciences of cellular biology, (11) neuro-physiology and psycho-neuro-immunology shows how our emotions and thoughts create hormones, which affect our behaviour, our reality and our attitude to life. (12)

Disease is caused by repressed emotions blocking the free flow of the subtle energy of our life force with garbage. (13) Meditation goes beyond the mind to the emotional and soul level to clear out the garbage allowing the life force to flow more freely through our system. Treatment which promotes healing and health is meditation.

17 Holistic model of the person as body, mind, soul, spirit and environment.
To see the cause of disease we have to widen our view with the holistic model. This zooms out our vision to see a hierarchy of the following:

• An environment of the whole of existence, level 1 (universe, cosmos, particles and waves).surrounding:
• An aura (waves) of a non-material, spiritual soul, level 2 (puppeteer) surrounding:
• An aura (waves) of a non-material mind, level 3 (strings of the puppet) surrounding:
• A physical body (particles of matter) as the lowest level 4, (puppet)

These 4 levels are shown diagrammatically in figure 2 below.

Figure 2 Holistic view of the human body
Environment of the whole of existence,

level 1

Life force, spirit, chi, consciousness

18 Description of level 1. Environment of the whole of existence,
This is what the mystics call the macrocosm. It consists of a material part, (stars, planets, earth, bodies of living creatures), and a non-material, spiritual part that pagan religions call ‘gods’, and theologians and scriptures call ‘God’ (diathetes, 7).

Mystics from every culture have always seen the spiritual world as an ocean awash with waves of intelligent information. Quantum physics confirms this view that the universe is a field, (called the quantum field, or zero point field (9) which is full of waves of potential consciousness, (like a giant internet) .

Astronomers describe the universe as consisting of billions of galaxies, each consisting of billions of stars, which are solar systems more or less like our own, namely planetary systems, on one at least of which life exists. The Gaia theory of James Lovelock sees the earth as a living organism. Prof Richard Tarnas (8) makes the logical extension to this theory, calling the whole universe ‘ensouled’, ‘enchanted’. This word implies that every star, and the whole universe a living organism, of which matter is only a part. How did it originate?

The big bang theory is under increasing attack. Prof Kapp wrote in 1940 that ‘the ‘once upon a time’ (big bang) theory bristles with absurdities of which the ‘at any time’ (continuous creation and extinction) theory is free (7) He believed that the universe is being continuously created and extinguished. He called this the ‘principle of the symmetrical impermanence of matter’, and develops it in a later book ‘Towards a Unified Cosmology’ published in 1960 (14)

Mystics from every culture have also always believed in a life force. It was called ‘archeus’ in ancient greek, ;dynamis’ in latin, ‘chi’ in Chinese, ‘prana’ in Sanscrit, ‘elan vitale’ in French, ‘diathete’ (9) According to physicists, the quantum field consists of waves and particles, which are interchangeable according to Einstein’s formula energy = mc2, which is the power of the atom bomb.

The life force has the ability to collapse the waves of consciousness into particles of matter, (10) and create the organic world of living creatures. Life (diathesis) is a process of continuous creation of particles out of these waves of innate intelligent information. The size of the ‘bodies’ created by life varies from the biggest star to the smallest microbe.

How life accomplishes this feat has so far eluded accepted explanation. Prof Kapp called the process ‘diathesis’ which is performed by a ‘eudiatetous mechanism’. He speculated ar the end of ‘Mind, Life and Body’ published in 1951 (15) that it might be a ‘an organic molecule with a very specific and intermittent chemical action, an organic enzyme, perhaps. …..He postulates:

‘The diathete controls the moment in time when a specific atom in a large organic molecule acquires the minimum activating energy…. it is by the exercise of co-ordinated timing that the diathete called life is able to secure, as required, either activation or inhibition of the vital process.’ (p188)

19 Description of level 2 Aura of soul, heart, experience, emotions,
The mystics tell us ‘as above so below’. By this they mean that every living creature on earth below is a microcosm, mirroring the macrocosm above. In scripture and mysticism this level is known by many names, such as soul, heart, being, self, psyche in ancient greek, anima in latin. Psychology should be the study of the soul, but has been hijacked to study the mind.

Life size ancient Greek statue of a charioteer with horses of a quadriga chariot C470BC in Delphi archaeological museum

In the puppet metaphor this soul level is the puppeteer which pulls the strings of the puppet. In the scriptures, the soul is known as the charioteer, who drives the chariot (physical body). An Indian proverb describes the soul as a lame, but sighted man, who gets caught in a forest fire with a blind man, symbolising the body, which has legs so can move. The blind man (body) takes the lame man (soul) on his shoulders, who can see the dangers and directs them both to safety (symbolising life’s journey).

The soul is the level in which feelings are experienced, such as emotions. The knowledge which is learned from that felt experience is known as wisdom, conviction, trust, truth. It is held in our cellular memory, and seems to be hard-wired into the neurons of our brain.

It is totally different from borrowed knowledge, level 3, because the wise have no need to convert anybody else, being quietly confidence in their experience of their own truth. The adage is: ‘those who speak don’t know (level 3); those who know (level 2) don’t speak’.

Our aura receives its subtle energy of life (consciousness) from the life force. It comes from the cosmos, via the sun, moon, and planets. The quantity of our life force is not constant, but varies with the position of those planets by astrology, (literally meaning in greek the ‘word of the stars’). The planets are like mobile phone masts, rebroadcasting the cosmic life force signal. Reception of the life force on earth differs depending on the planets’ positions relative to us.

The quality of our life force also varies with the prevalent astrological archetype prevailing at the time. These are twelve in number, consisting of 6 yang, male coming down from heaven as the elements of fire and air, and 6 yin, female coming up from below as the elements of water and earth. Each of the four elements splits further into the three modalities of cardinal, (initiation) fixed (maintenance) and mutable (destruction).

Astrology is literally the word of the stars and can explain all aspects of human behaviour including the onset and relief of disease. The evidence base for astrology’s explanatory power is given in Prof Tarnas’s seminal works ‘Cosmos and Psyche’ (8) and ‘The Passion of the Western Mind’ (16) and a paper of mine ‘The Evidence Base for Astrology ‘ (17) The interpretation of the quality of the archetypes is given in 3 books ‘Star Wise’, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, and ‘Virtual Lives’ by astrologer Phoebe Wyss (my wife) (18)

20 Soul as a podcast
I experience my puppeteer (soul), as a radio station. It receives the variable cosmic broadcast of my life force from the planets, and converts it into my individual podcast This is a field of subtle energy, known as my aura, to every one of my cells. The field of the aura extends a foot or two outside the physical body and is invisible, but can be recorded as Kirlian photography, and captured on computer imaging for diagnostic purposes. (19)

My podcast consists of a massive quantity of intelligent information, giving instructions each nanosecond not only to every one of my cells, but also every one of the particles which create those cells. It controls all my vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, digestion, elimination, immune system, my 5 senses, my nervous systems, my motor reflexes etc, etc.

My soul thus enables a process of continuous empowerment of my cells controlling their behaviour with the purpose of my survival. Quoting Prof Kapp (15) again:

‘Every biological unit seeks by its behaviour to ensure for itself the most suitable environment. This is what each individual does, what each organ does, what each cell does. …..The effort to survive is always manifested in the behaviour of a vital unit…..the diathete called life has found means of co-ordinating the efforts of survival of individual mechanisms. In doing so it has introduced competition between molecules. The struggle for existence that occurs between races, between species, between cells, occurs already fully developed within each unicellular organism.(p189)

The same is true of collections of people, such as families, communities, tribes, nations, confirming the adage ‘as above so below’. Life works by holographic reproductions of similar patterns from the molecular level to the biggest star.

21 Description of level 3 Aura of mind, thoughts, beliefs, faith,
This level is the strings of the puppet. It is another spiritual part of the aura known in mysticism and energy medicine as the mental body, the mind. It works by wireless, and is the means by which the soul controls the body.

This level is a more superficial part of our memory, that of our conditioning. It is borrowed knowledge from education, books, watching others perform. It is our thoughts, ideas, most of which are like ‘will o’ the wisps’, coming ‘in one ear and out of the other’.

It is also our opinions, beliefs, and faith, which are harder to change, as it seems to be hard wired into the neurons of our brain. People who prosletyse (such as Dawkins, Ernst, religious and political fundamentalists) do so to convert others. Their energy comes from mind level 3, (not soul level 2) They are motivated by their uncertainty in their belief, which could become dis-belief in an unguarded moment. They try to convert others to convince themselves that they are right.

You may think that I am also proselytising now, by writing this, but it is not so. My energy comes from a different place than my mind, level 3, namely my soul, level 2. It is an intention to share my experience to influence the actions of those responsible for commissioning healthcare. I see holism, not as a creed to which I want to convert you, but as an attitude to life which I experience as more empowering and sustainable and less destructive to our planet than the creed of materialism, which has infected most people.

22 Description of level 4 Puppet, physical body
The puppet is the physical body, which I experience as a goldfish bowl containing about 10 gallons of water within my skin, in which are swimming about 100 trillion cells, too small to see without a microscope. Biologists say that each cell is more complicated than London, and lives on average about 6 weeks, before it dies and is replaced by another. In other words, the body is being continuously created and destroyed, in a similar way to the continuous creation and destruction of the universe, described in (14).

Each cell consists of trillions of particles, structured into billions of atoms and molecules. The life force has the power to place all these in the right place, at the right time for every nano second of our life. This is a miracle. Having built a holistic model of a person, we are now in a position to understand disease, cures, and health.

23 What is health, and the cause and cure of disease in the computer model?
Health is harmony between the mind (level 3) and soul (level 2) enabling a peaceful body (level 4) We speak of a soul-destroying job, relationship, lifestyle, which is likely to make us ill. There is a common saying that ‘the cause of disease is all in the mind’, ( level 3) which is true.

To understand why we get ill, we need to augment the puppet metaphor with the computer model which information technology provides. This gives us a new metaphorical language by which to describe health in which it much easier to get complex ideas across, which earlier generations of writers did not have. In this :

• the body is the hardware,
• the mind (ego) is the software, (which should be the servant of the soul)
• the soul is the operator, (and should be the master running the show, but is not when we are diseased)
• the spirit is the internet.

Disease is faulty software creating an over busy, uncontrolable screen, which drives us mad. The diseased mind is a disobedient servant, having usurped his master’s (the soul) place and is running amok, causing disharmony.

Healing and health occurs when the operator (soul, master) has resumed his rightful place and is controlling the mind, and is running the show of our life.

Treatment is updating faulty programmes (our conditioning) through meditation, by which we can change a disharmonious screen into a screen saver or blank screen to achieve peace of mind beyond understanding of the mind, and health.

The computer model of people is illustrated in figure 3.

The soul, being, self, (puppeteer, level 2) is the operator, watching the screen, experiencing and controlling what happens to the body.

The mind, (strings, level 3) is the software by which the computer is programmed to behave habitually.

The body (puppet, level 4) is the hardware, including the screen by which the operator knows what is happening, and the keyboard and mouse by which he controls.

In the computer metaphor the spirit, (life force, chi, consciousness) which empowers and interconnects everything with subtle energy is the internet. This interconnects us all telepathically, and we may be able to hear it by intuition at soul level 2, as a ‘still, small voice’.

To avoid confusion from mixing my metaphorical models, I give the equivalent concepts in the table below:


Mechanistic, Puppet






spirit, life force











faulty software

diseased mind









24 How does meditation treat disease?
Talking therapies, (such as CBT) are trying to treat the mind (level 3) through the mind alone (also level 3). They seldom cure the patient because talking tends to churn ideas round and round, getting nowhere, as in a revolving door. To cure patients, treatment interventions have to go beyond the mind to the next level up, namely level 2, at soul level. This is what meditation does, and explains its healing power.

In meditation we just watch. With enough practice we become able to detach ourselves from the objects we are watching. We begin to see that we are not our body (level 4) We watch our body as if we are watching someone-else’s body. We then experience that our body is a separate entity from ourselves. We are the observer, (level 2) and our body is the object being observed, (level 4). This is what the body scan in the MBCT course trains us to do.

We also learn to watch our thoughts and feelings. (level 3) As long as we do not get identified with them, we see them as we see clouds in the sky (or cars on the road) just coming and going. Again we are the observer, (level 2) and our thoughts and feelings are the object being observed. (level 3) We then experience that we are not our mind, level 3. So we are neither our body (level 4) nor our mind (level 3)

Only in meditation can we find the answer to the spiritual question ‘who am I?’ By meditating we discover that we are just a watcher, namely pure consciousness, awareness. We experience that we are our soul, level 2.

This was the main discovery of Prince Gautam Siddarata (the Buddha) after he became enlightened some 2,500 years ago. ‘Buddha’ means ‘watcher’ or ‘witness’ in Sanscrit. He taught that all our suffering (dis-ease and disease) comes from our identifications with our body (level 4) and mind, (level 3) and our attachments to the bodies and beliefs of other people.

The practice of meditation trains us to detach ourselves from all identifications, attachments and beliefs. They are all at level 3, and have no substance, nor reality. They do not exist. They are no more than ideas, illusions and delusions in our mind. We come to realise that our mind is not really ours. It is filled with all sorts of nonsense from a crowd of people, starting with our parents, known by Jung as the ‘collective unconscious, to which we tune in telepathically.

The more we do this meditative practice of detachment, the more it becomes habitual. We eventually become able to watch everything in our life as if we were watching a movie, or soap opera on TV, in which we are just one of the actors.

We then find that if we don’t like the script or the act, we can change it to what we do like. For example, if we are addicted and want to be free of it, we find that by watching and detaching we are no longer addicted.

It may speed up this process if we discover the reason for our addiction. This is usually a coping mechanism, learned in early childhood. It was useful at the time, but has long since ceased to be needed. We were hypnotised, enspelled, and did it automatically and habitually ever since. Meditation is self de-hypnosis, which enable us to break our habits.


25 Who has the power to choose treatments (such as the MBCT course)?

In the private sector, anyone wanting to put on a course such as this just does so, charging the participants the cost. No approvals from anyone are needed. The alternative health sector is free to follow the market. However, if you want your course to be publicly funded out of taxation in the NHS, (as I do) the scene is very different. Who in the NHS has the power to choose which treatments are provided for patients? I go through each possible contender in turn:

a) The PCT?
The PCT is the commissioner of healthcare, so ought to have the power to choose what they commission. Since April 2006, under the government reforms of the financing of the NHS, public money is supposed to follow the patient, in ‘Payment By Results’ and ‘Practice Based Commissioning’. The PCT holds the budget for every citizen in Brighton and Hove, which totals over £1 million per day. Each GP is supposed to hold the budget for each of his patients, but I do not know whether this is yet the case.

There are many PCT directors responsible for commissioning health services, under the chief executive, Darren Grayson. There is the director of commissioning ( ?) deputy director of commissioning (Geraldine Hoban) The director of public health (Tom Scanlon) The director of Strategy (Amanda Fadero) The director of mental health commissioning (Simon Scott) and others. They hold the purse strings, but do they really have the power to choose providers and treatments which do more good than harm, rather then the other way about?

b) The Sussex Partnership Trust (SPT)?
The SPT is the provider of mental health services in Sussex, and are paid around £40 million per year by the PCT for their services to treat patients form Brighton and Hove. (£100,000 per day) They employ the clinicians who see patients and provide treatments. Their head office is in Worthing. Their chief executive is Lisa Rodrigues, and their director is Richard Ford. SPT subcontract some service provision to the voluntary sector, such as Mind Charity, whose chief executive is Sarah Danily, who is based at the Allen Centre, in Hove

However, do the SPT have the power to choose the treatments which do more good than harm, rather then the other way about? If so, which of the above officers has that power? There are many other bodies who also may choose the treatments.

c) National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)
This body is supposed to decide on the treatments which may be publicly funded, from those which may not. They get much media coverage, as their decisions are contentious. Drug companies continue to market ‘magic bullets at £10,000 a time’ (such as Herceptin, anti TNT) Some patients demand them from their PCT as a human right, crippling the budget, and skewing the distribution of public funds.

NICE have approved the 8 week MBCT course that I want, so it is allowed to be publicly funded. However, it got that approval 3 years ago, and has not yet been provided to patients on the NHS.

d) Clinical Governance by the regulatory bodies
In the current climate of defensive medicine, clinicians are fearful of being sued by their patients, and shopped by their colleagues for breaching guidelines and putting their patients in jeopardy by giving or referring patients for treatments which are not authorised. This make it difficult to get new treatments (like the MBCT course) into the NHS.

Clinicians who are accused can be put on trial before their Royal College, or the General Medical Council (GMC) etc, and risk being struck off the register, losing their livelihood. To protect themselves, they have to take out professional indemnity insurance at high premiums.

They are fearful whether or not they are insured for the treatments to which they refer patients, in case they go wrong, and the patient sues them for damages. High profile cases, like Dr Wakefield who has been on trial since April regarding his statements about MMR, increases clinicians’ anxiety.

e) Government, Department of Health, SHA, Regulators
The prime minister (Gordon Brown) the secretary of state for health (Alan Johnson) ministers (such as Ivan Lewis) keep making public statements about treatments, so appear to wield power. There are a large number of regulating bodies, such as Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) Healthcare Commission (HCC) reporting to them.

I have written to all these bodies, and never had any acknowledgement, let alone response or action. It would appear that the ‘buck’ of responsibility just goes round and round, and never stops anywhere.

Gerry Robinson, the management consultant, tried like me to ‘fix’ the NHS, appearing on two series of TV serials in Nov 06 and Dec 07. He was driven mad by the inability to find anyone who could or would take responsibility to change.

f) The patient
In a patient-centred NHS the patient is sovereign, and his wishes should transcend those of all the above mentioned bodies. He should take responsibility for, and determine what is done to his body. The alternative health service in the private sector is like this. The therapist is on tap, not on top.

The government has long wanted a patient-centred NHS but it is still provider-centred. The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) policy is designed to change that culture. Hitherto it has largely been tokenism, consult and ignore. The PCT has wisely asked us patients, and at last it seems to be listening.

It is the patient’s body which is being treated, so he should be empowered to choose what happens to it. No treatment should be given without his informed consent. The GP should become what he was before nationalisation, the family doctor. Both should know each other personally, and only treatment which both believes will do more good than harm, and is within the budget should be given at taxpayers expense.

Polls show that 3 out of 4 patients want complementary and alternative treatments free on the NHS, but they hardly ever get them, because of the above problems.

26 Who should be the first trialists of the sandwich MBCT course?
In the event of somebody being found agrees to put on a trial, where should it be launched, and who should the first trialists be?

I suggest that they should be the staff of the Sussex Partnership Trust (SPT) particularly the clinicians who are responsible for the provision of mental health services in Sussex. The reason for this are as follows.

As mentioned in my earlier paper, meditation stirs up dormant, repressed emotions. This is why it is it works to cure disease. Part of that cure may be a breakdown which the patient needs to get out of the trap, and allow self-healing to occur. People having breakdowns need to be supported, and the staff of the SPT are trained to give that support. If anyone in the pilot (say a psychiatrist) has a breakdown, he will be surrounded by colleagues who can help him.

The course in the enhanced sandwich form has not been tried before, as far as I know. The purpose of the pilot trial is to find out what happens in practice. If the clinical staff do it first, their personal experience of it will enable them to develop an optimised protocol for it. They will then be best placed to refer their patients.

It will be hard for clinicians to humble themselves to do this course. They are used to standing on a pedestal talking down to their patients, and not used to stooping to their level. Their pride and ego will be hurt as they admit that they are also in need of therapy because they are suffering from materialitis.

Proud or not, this is the case. Staff sickness and burnout rates are 50% higher than average. Doctors have above average addiction rates, and have a decade less expectation of life. Psychiatrists have double the average suicide rate. The adage in the NHS should be ‘physician heal thyself’.

Managers responsible for commissioning should insist that all the clinicians eat humble pie and take the course for their own good, and that of the NHS and the patients. Managers should set a good example and walk their talk by taking the course themselves. This is the only way that staff sickness rates can be reduced.

27 Conclusion – meditation as healer for the planet
I know that this paper, and the one that preceded it overturns the applecart of conventional medicine, and that it will be hard for clinicians and those steeped in the medical model to even follow my reasoning, let alone act on my recommendations.

However, this holistic revolution is like a tide of public opinion relentlessly flooding, and anyone who resists, like King Canute, will get their feet wet. I am trying to explain the scientific evidence behind it, to help the NHS staff to understand and flow with it, rather than resist.

What I am saying is not new. Meditation has been the message of the mystics for thousands of years in the east. The evidence base for holism is increasingly being confirmed by science (quantum physics, neurophysiology, behaviour as hormonal reactions)

Materialism is the default programming which we in the west were born with as a result of the Judeo-Christian, Islam religions. It has created technology, but also brought us to the edge of the destruction of our own life-support system.

Luckily the eastern mind got an update of holism some 2,500 years ago from Buddhism, Taoism, Zen. The only way that humanity can survive is for the west to follow the east and update the software of our mind, and heal ourselves and our planet.

The easiest way to learn the language of holism is to learn to meditate, by doing a meditation course, such as the MBCT, Osho dynamic, TM, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhist etc. Places where you can drop in an meditate are shown in appendix 3.

28 Recommendation – commission appendix 1
I recommend the PCT to adopt the strategic commissioning plan 2009-11 shown in appendix 1, and promote a paradigm shift to holism among clinicians as set out in this paper.

29 Author
Holism is not just a belief system or paradigm to me. It is my conscious experience of how my mind and body works. I speak holism because I have been downloading it from birth. My father was writing a book called ‘Science versus Materialism’ when I was conceived, and he published it in 1940 (5) when I was 5. I read it avidly when I was a student, together with his 3 subsequent books (6)

I have since become more articulate about holism by going to SMN conferences, reading books, and doing many Osho meditation courses, and leading Osho dynamic meditation 3 times a week fior the last 6 years. I am particularly influenced by the papers and books of the Scientific and Medical Network, (SMN) whose website is Also the British Holistic Medical Association

I would be pleased to discuss any of these ideas with anyone who wishes, and can be contacted at 22, Saxon Rd Hove BN3 4LE, tel 01273 417997,

30 References
1 Paper ‘Improving Health by ending the Prozac Nation’, published in section 9.28 of my website.
2 News bulletin 25.2.08 ‘Antidepressants don’t work’
3 Paper ‘Saving the Planet by promoting a paradigm shift fro0m materialism to holism’ see section 9.19 of
4 TV programme by Prof Richard Dawkins ‘Enemies of Reason’ 13.8.07
5 TV programme by Prof Richard Dawkins ‘Charles Darwin’ 4.8.08
6 Reviews of ‘Trick or Treatment see section 9.26 of
7 See ‘Science versus materialism, by Prof Reginald Kapp see section 2.2 of
8 Book ‘Cosmos and Psyche’ by Prof Richard Tarnas
9 Book ‘The Field’ by Lynne McTaggart
10 Prof Fred Alan Wolf, in film ‘What the bleep do we know?’
11 Book ‘Biology of Belief’ by Dr Bruce Lipton
12 See report of Healing intention conference see section 9.29 of
13 Paper ‘Cathartic Meditation for Prevention and Therapy’ see section 9.27 of
14 Book ‘Towards a Unified Cosmology’ by Prof Reginald Kapp see section 2.4 of
15 Book ‘Mind Life and Body by Prof Reginald Kapp see section 2.3 of
16 Book ‘The Passion of the Western Mind’ by Prof Richard Tarnas
17 Paper ‘The Evidence Base for Astrology’ see section 9.22 of
18 Books ‘Star Wise’, ‘Labours of Hercules’, and ‘Virtual Lives’ by astrologer Phoebe Wyss (my wife) see
19 Books by Korotkov.

Appendix 1
Draft PCT Strategic Commissioning Plan 2009-11

There have been big changes since our last strategic plan was published, causing this plan to differ radically from it in the following ways.

1 Lord Darzi reported to the government in July 08, and set the priorities of the NHS as preventing illness and improving health (not just relieving the symptoms of sickness) Under the new NHS constitution patients have a right to have NICE approved treatments which their doctor says is clinically appropriate for them.

Accordingly we will increase the budget spent on prevention from 4% to over 50%. We will be paying for NICE approved treatments and courses which teach citizens to take responsibility for their own health, and empower them with self-help techniques by which they can maintain their own good health, such as Expert Patient Programme, (EPP) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses.

2 Economic Climate. This has dramatically worsened in the autumn of 2008 into a worldwide recession. This requires us to limit the amount of public money spent by each individual patient to a maximum budget of £3,000 per financial year. Patients may make top up payments out of their own pocket for treatments costing more than their publicly funded budget allocation.

3 Drugs The evidence base for drugs is changing rapidly. For example, the Prozac study announced in the press on 25.2.08 stated that it is no more effective than placebo. This brings into question the evidence base for all drug treatments.

Drugs poison the body with toxins and cause stress on the body by having to be detoxified in the liver. A number of new drugs have received wide press coverage. These may be commissioned, subject to the above budget limit.

Generally, however, our policy is to reduce what we used to spend on drugs for the above reasons. We will make special efforts to help patients to come off drugs, and will help them with withdrawl symptoms by organising self help groups for that purpose.

4 Exercise There is a good evidence base that group exercise is a preventative measure and treatment for mental disorder. Accordingly we will commission season tickets for classes in gyms, walking, cycling, yoga, pilates, relaxation, nia dancing, meditation, MBCT courses, Expert Patient Programme courses for patients who choose them and agreed by the GP, subject to the above-mentioned budget limit of £3,000 pa.

5 Alternative therapies. There is good evidence for reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, Reiki, homeopathy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy. These can be particularly helpful for patients with long term conditions, those suffering the withdrawl symptoms when coming off drugs, and in end of life care. We will commission those therapies for patients who choose them and agreed by their GP, subject to the above-mentioned budget limit of £3,000 pa.

6 End of life care. Polls show that 3 out of 4 patients want to die at home, so that intention will drive our commissioning. Acute hospitals are not designed for dying in, so we will assist GPs to make strenuous efforts to support their patients to die at home, by supporting their families with hospice at home services.

We will also instigate an Advance Decision (living will) form, to go prominently in their notes. This will empower terminally ill patients to specify interventions that they do not wish to have, such as rescusitation for loss of consciousness, antibiotic for chest infections, intravenous feeding, ventilation, hospitalisation. It will also specify to whom they wish to give power of attorney to make decisions for them should they lose capacity. This will help staff and paramedics to take action on which the patient has made a conscious decision.

30 Appendix 2
Executive summary of evaluation of pilot staff meditation course at Brighton General hospital from Feb-April 2004.

18 Appendix 3


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Brahma Kumaris Hove
20, Neville Rd, Hove BN3 7BQ
(west of Hove Park)
Hindu Yoga tradition - free
Mon 730-830pm, other days see website:
e mail
Queries to Linda 01273 279481

Brighton Buddhist Centre
17, Tichbourne St, Brighton BN1 1UR,
(near the station, east of Queens Rd,)
Buddhist tradition 01273 772090
Tues 1.15pm – 1.45pm cost: £3 (£2 conc.)
Wed 7.30pm – 9.30pm cost: by donation
Wed 1.00pm – 2.00pm cost: by donation
Thu 1.15pm – 1.45pm cost: £3(£2 conc.)
Sat 11.00am – 1.00pm cost: £5 (£3 conc.)

Coral Stadium Hove,
off Neville Rd Hove BN3 7BG
Osho/Veresh Aum meditation from Sufi path of love tradition,£12/£10 concs
Second Sarurday of each month 330-7pm
optional meal together afterwards
Queries to Marliesa 07872 643317

Revitalise Hove via back door
86, Church Rd Hove BN3 2EB
(opposite Hove town hall)
Osho Dynamic meditation, from Sufi
path of love tradition, for donations or months season ticket £20
Tues mornings 7.30-8.30am Thurs mornings 7.30-8.30am Sat mornings 8-9am with optional
breakfast together afterwards
Queries to John Kapp see PTO

Yogahaven, Hove
Donkey Mews, Brunswick St, Hove BN3 1AW
(off Western Rd, near Old Market, opp Sanctuary café)
Buddhist tradition, donations
Every Monday evening 745-930pm 557610
e mail

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