“Hellenic Dancing – an ancient form of art to warm the soul”

“The dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul.

Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of the gods” Plato

Hellenic folk dancing is a form of art still very much alive in the 21st century.

Some of the dances performed today originate in the very distant past, hundreds and thousands of years ago.

They often have a story to tell and, together with the music, they touch the heart and soul of people.

Dances carry the memories of societies and equally shape society and culture.

In this successful event we talked about dancing as an ancient form of art and communication.

Afterwards we took part in one of the most ancient sacred Greek dances,

symbolising in slow movement the efforts of Theseus to get out of the Labyrinth.

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Nature – the Primary Medicine for Health & Way of Being

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‘Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature Be Your Teacher’. William Worsdworth’s call to be immersed in Nature comes with a promise of a deeper understanding of life and of ourselves. In this Health-Being meeting we will explore what we can learn from Nature for our Health and our Being, but also how in the modern world, our relationship with her has created problems and challenges that we cannot afford to ignore.

Some say: ‘what use is Nature in the 21st century’? We simply reply that: the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we grow our food determine our existence. Nature can provide us with many products to sustain and support our physical, emotional and spiritual balance. What did Hippocrates mean when he wrote: ‘a physician is first and foremost Nature’s helper’? What natural resources can we use safely to help ourselves in times of good or ill health? And what can we give back to our Mother Nature, so that she doesn’t get emptied from the energies that we so much depend on? How can we make sure that we use and not abuse our natural environment given the inextricable connection it has with human health?

If we look and listen carefully to Nature’s geometry and language, we will understand everything better. This isn’t just a ‘trend’. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.

“Health and Nature”

You are invited to the June Health Being Event.

Number of places are limited so please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to:

healthbeinginstitute@gmail.com

When? Saturday 7th of June, 11:30-13.00

Where? Society of Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EA, London

Join like-minded people and come to a discussion on the theme of:

‘Health and Nature’

‘Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature Be Your Teacher’. William Worsdworth’s call to be immersed in Nature comes with a promise of a deeper understanding of life and of ourselves. In this Health-Being event we will explore what we can learn from Nature for our Health and our Being, but also how in the modern world, our relationship with her  has created problems and challenges that we cannot afford to ignore.

Some say: ‘what use is Nature in the 21st century’? We simply reply that: the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we grow our food determine our existence. Nature can provide us with many products to sustain and support our physical, emotional and spiritual balance. What did Hippocrates mean when he wrote: ‘a physician is first and foremost Nature’s helper’? What natural resources can we use safely to help ourselves in times of good or ill health? And what can we give back to our Mother Nature, so that she doesn’t get emptied from the energies that we so much depend on? How can we make sure that we use and not abuse our natural environment given the inextricable connection it has with human health?

If we look and listen carefully to Nature’s geometry and language, we will understand everything better. This isn’t just a ‘trend’. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.

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Health begins in the Gut – Bacteria help to ‘put out fires in our body’

Bacteria who live with us in our gut & lungs and on our skin affect our health.
A new study has shown how a type of friendly bacteria in our gut tell our immune system to ‘wake up’ and create an anti-inflammatory response.
This means that our gut bacteria help our immune system to keep our body healthy, free of inflammation i.e. ‘fires’ which irritate it.Such inflammations can lead to chronic diseases

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CELL-Gut microbes modulate anti-inflammatory response

Health & the Self: from Hippocrates to the 21st century

Health Being Institute is now on Meetup.
Join a great group of people and come to a public lecture on:
“Health & the Self: from Hippocrates to 21st century”

http://www.meetup.com/Health-Being/

When? Saturday 5th of April 1:30-3:00pm
Where? Society of Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EA, London

In antiquity, from Greece to the Middle East, from India to China, there existed theories of health based on finding balance within the self and a respectful communion with Nature. Is 21st century medicine only concerned with curing disease by killing pathogens, removing tissue or tinkering with genes? Are ideas about the Self confined to psychiatry and religion? Have vital principles about health, which so interested our ancestors, been forgotten – overshadowed by the success of penicillin, the surgeon’s knife and gene therapy?

Everyone experiences periods of sickness affecting their Self, their body and mind. If we can’t help ourselves to get better we turn to doctors for help. We trust them to tell us what is wrong with our health. Their interpretations vary and so do their treatments. Over the millennia we have witnessed the development of medical theories from the East to the West in an attempt to manage the human organism. My talk will explore the essence of medicine focusing more on the Hippocratic tradition. Drawing on my research, I will highlight the Hippocratic method of distinguishing personal and lifestyle characteristics which predisposed to certain conditions, always relating them to the Environment in which the person lived. This method can inspire modern medicine to put again the individual at the centre of its attention and focus on the influence of the environment on the Self.

This meetup is for anyone of all ages interested in lifestyle and health – I look forward to meeting you.

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Latest talk (London) Be Active Against Cancer: Diet and Lifestyle Tips

The conditions in which we live and work, and our 21st century lifestyles, influence our health and quality of life, increasing the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer. Although cancer is a difficult and emotive subject, talking about it can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level. Many people know of the usual risk factors. Tobacco use is the most common risk factor, as well as alcohol which current trends show an increase in consumption which results in many more cancers, even more so in women. Overweight and obesity is increasing globally at an alarming rate, including among children and adolescents. Also of concern is the high proportion of overweight people living in low resource settings (two-thirds of the global total). Overweight and obesity is also strongly linked to increased risks of bowel, breast, uterine, pancreatic, oesophagus, kidney and gallbladder cancers. Rising rates of obesity will lead to increased cancer rates unless policies and actions are taken to improve people’s diets and levels of physical activity.

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, I am going to dispel the myth that there is nothing we can do about cancer. Research shows that, with a healthier diet and lifestyle a third of the most common cancers can be prevented. I will discuss lifestyle and food choices that can help prevent cancer.

You can join me either at East Sheen Library on the 4th of February at 2:30 or at East Sheen Primary School on the 12th of February at 6pm.

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