The Art of Healing Vol 4 Issue 77

Telehealth came to the fore during covid and showed the medical and mental health professions, along with people living with chronic pain, just how helpful it could be. Read about this in our latest issue for Summer along with what your sleeping position says about you, how to be a better ancestor for future generations, ideas to help your child eat if they are fussy, and how to strengthen your gut using an Ayurvedic approach. So much more in this issue, including some life-changing conversations and how to overcome our ‘negativity bias.’ Oh, and find out the difference between sympathy and empathy, what is Plan B, and what is medicine for our times. Some beautiful imagery from Muslim artists and fabulous recipes from Spanish chef Miguel Maestre. Perfect for a Christmas gift or your coffee table, and great Summertime leisure-reading – that will also improve your knowledge!

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editor’s note

I have been thinking about the land and how the land on which we live affects us. And how little, perhaps, we take note of this. I have always felt that different lands can affect our feelings somehow. Or another way of putting it .. the land on which we choose to live at any given time influences how we see ourselves – and the world. It’s an interesting concept isn’t it? One of the wonderful things Covid-19 has bought us (perhaps?), is more time for this sort of reflection. To extend this rumination further, consider the plant and animal life in your more immediate surroundings – and the sky. I moved a few years ago from quite lush tropical surroundings, to a more extreme and dry climate. One of…

2 min
physical health telehealth helps people living with chronic pain

The not-for-profit Chronic Pain Australia is calling on the Australian federal government to make telehealth consultations available on an ongoing basis after December 2021. The consumer advocacy group released their annual National Pain Survey to coincide with National Pain Week 2021, with key findings including: • 67% of survey respondents experienced a benefit from the pandemic pivot to telehealth • Respondents mentioned that they no longer had to miss a GP or other specialist appointment because of not being able to drive due to pain, distance, and costs associated with travel • 55% said they would consider using telehealth options with their health practitioner in an ongoing capacity The 2021 National Pain Survey was completed by 2233 people living with chronic pain nationwide, and found that the pandemic pivot to telehealth gave respondents better…

3 min
birds’ rhythm tell us something about how we form speech and movement

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a collaborative team of Tufts University biologists and psychologists looked at how birds perceive songs and found that like humans, zebra finches can recognise songs by their rhythmic patterns, even when played at very different tempos. Given the growing evidence that rhythmic timing problems are associated with a number of childhood language disorders, including dyslexia, stuttering, and developmental language disorders (formerly known as specific language impairment), having an animal model of human rhythmic processing could be helpful in understanding how it is linked to vocal communication in the brain. “Rhythm perception in humans involves complex neural connections between the parts of our brain that perceive sounds and the parts that control movement,” said psychologist Andrew Rouse. “It’s one…

4 min
what your sleeping position says about you

Chiropractor B.J. Hardick, D.C. says you can look at sleeping positions from a musculoskeletal perspective and/or from a psychological perspective. Previous research by sleep expert Chris Idzikowski, Ph.D., has looked into the psychological aspects of sleeping positions and says our posture - even while we’re sleeping - can reveal things about our emotional state. Below are the four most common sleeping positions and what they mean for our bodies and potentially our minds. The Foetus Position You can imagine what this position looks like. Gently curled inward with bent arms and legs, like a foetus in the womb. This position is the most common according to Idzikowski’s research (reported by the BBC back in 2003). Noteably, twice as many women prefer to sleep like this compared to men. Hardick says there’s undoubtedly something…

2 min
be a better ancestor

Now is an age of ‘frenetic short-termism’ writes author and philosopher Roman Krznaric in his book The Good Ancestor. One way to change this is to back political projects that look further ahead. So-called ‘guardians of the future’ have a focus on long-term public policy, but evidence suggests that citizens’ assemblies are better at taking a long view than politicians. Here are some ways we can act now to benefit those yet to be born. Back Justice For All Generations Increasingly, cases are being fought on behalf of tomorrow’s citizens. The organisation Our Children’s Trust has filed a case against the U.S. government on behalf of 21 young people for the legal right to a safe climate for current and future generations. In Europe, six youth campaigners have taken 33 countries to…

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the ‘fingerprint’ of cocoa beans could help trace chocolate bars back to the farm

Chocolate is a £61billion-per-year global industry that has seen the volatile price of cocoa lead to a surge in traders seeking to buy cheaper beans from deforested regions, with lower quality plants and human rights abuses. This has affected the prices and practices of legitimate farmers, reducing sustainability gains. In the findings, published in the journal Supply Chain Management, the multi-university research team reveal that biomarkers can create meta-barcodes, which are like biochemical fingerprints, an unchanging barcode extracted from the plant’s DNA, providing a unique identifier of a plant that is also observed in its beans and subsequent chocolate products. To make this new process a reality, a controlled data set of biomarkers of registered locations is required. The study goes on to explain that this missing piece - a biomarker…