Charities exposed for Cold-calling: What is True Charity?

How charitable is cold calling?

Eunice Minford
Eunice Minford

You may say, “what a ridiculous question, it’s obvious there is no charity in cold-calling,” yet we have recently seen how a number of large charities in the UK think it is appropriate to ‘cold-call’ people to raise money for their charities, including Oxfam, Save the Children and Cancer Research amongst others.

They employ companies to do the dirty work – and dirty work it is indeed. The undercover videos (1) (2) accompanying the recent media article – “VICTORY! After Mail exposé reveals shame of charity cold call sharks, PM pledges tough new laws to tackle ‘boiler room’ tactics targetting the elderly and vulnerable” – published by the Daily Mail UK (3), show the tactics that are used to get people to part with their cash. No one is spared from being given this opportunity to donate including elderly pensioners and those with dementia. Continue reading “Charities exposed for Cold-calling: What is True Charity?”

Depression, Bi-Polar & the Medicinal Qualities of Love & Choice

by Gina, Brisbane, Australia

For many years I have been diagnosed with depression: at one point in my thirties when my behaviours were even more erratic than usual, I was diagnosed with bi-polar. As a human being needing to operate in the world, I have sought medical advice from doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors. I have searched into the spiritual world for ways to help my personal angst and I have sought support from friends and family. Earlier in the year, I finally was able to admit to myself that although I have moments where things appear okay, the real truth of it was, at the very best each day was a painful upheaval and struggle, and at the very worst, there was little will to carry on.

A few months ago, I hit rock bottom. All my symptoms escalated, I was not coping and had no will to deal with my day. Life was impossible and I just wanted to check out; it was too painful, too hard. I was shouting a lot, in overwhelm, crying and just wanted to end it all. These symptoms were what had led to my diagnosis of bi-polar a few years previously. I saw my GP regularly at this time, who was very caring and supportive because I was scared. I also saw some practitioners from Universal Medicine (UniMed). All suggested I get on some anti-depressants to support me and give me some space to explore possible causes for these symptoms, which had arisen all my adult life.

I am not a stranger to anti-depressants. Continue reading “Depression, Bi-Polar & the Medicinal Qualities of Love & Choice”

Self Care at Work Does Make a Difference: (Part 2) – PhD

by Jane Keep, MSc, MPhil. FCIPD, MIC CMgr FCMI, Associate at two Universities, Part-Time Manager in a Hospital and Freelancing Management Consultant in the Healthcare Industry, UK

As a busy professional working in the Health care system in the United Kingdom I witnessed firsthand, and became acutely aware of, the sobering statistics of work-related health problems, absences and stress. The doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff who work hard caring for the population were not truly taking care of themselves. Continue reading “Self Care at Work Does Make a Difference: (Part 2) – PhD”

Self-Care at Work Does Make a Difference

by Jane Keep, MSc, MPhil. FCIPD, MIC CMgr FCMI, Associate at two Universities, Part-Time Manager in a Hospital and Freelancing Management Consultant in the Healthcare Industry, UK I met Serge Benhayon eight years ago: at that time I had worked in the National Health Service in the UK for 25 years. Something that constantly baffled me at work was how it was possible for the nurses, doctors, cleaners, managers, secretaries, porters, lecturers, teachers and other staff to offer their services to others while they were themselves out of sorts, and/or not taking care of themselves. These staff were passionate, caring, well trained, professional, and highly skilled, yet there was something missing; absence through sickness was high, as was turnover, and there were too often mistakes made at work. Continue reading “Self-Care at Work Does Make a Difference”

Nurse Re-embraces her Work

by Jen Smith, Australia

I had always tried to convince myself that I was healthy and happy. To be honest, I was overweight, never exercised, watched a lot of TV and spent a lot of time at the pub. Not to mention the fact that I completely ignored everything that I knew I needed to address – like how and why I ate, the excuses I made to myself about not going to the dentist and doctor. It goes on, but you get the picture. All of this and I work as a Nurse and a Herbalist!

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Esoteric Chakra-Puncture: A Practitioner’s Perspective

by Rebecca Poole

I am writing in response to false claims recently made in the media about the safety of Esoteric Chakra-puncture.

I will qualify my response by including my professional background. I have studied a 4 year Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Acupuncture, a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (through the University of Western Sydney), lectured in musculo-skeletal anatomy within an acupuncture degree program as well as writing subjects for the Bachelor of Health Science (acupuncture). I have also worked in several hospitals in China, my first internship was for 6 weeks specialising in acupuncture and then again 4 years later specialising in herbal medicine and gynaecology. I have been in practice for 10 years this November, during which time I have owned a successful clinic where I have employed up to 8 staff including admin, massage therapists, acupuncturists and nutrition medicine practitioners. I would consider myself well respected as a health care practitioner, working with and receiving referrals from GP’s, physios, gynaecologists, IVF specialists and the occasional endocrinologist. I have been practising Esoteric Chakra-puncture for 3.5 years and was part of a small group of qualified acupuncturists who worked with Serge Benhayon in the development of Esoteric Chakra-puncture.  I am therefore well equipped to discuss the safety of Esoteric Chakra-puncture. Continue reading “Esoteric Chakra-Puncture: A Practitioner’s Perspective”