Temenos Academy Lecture – “Hippocrates: The Lost Way to Health”

Temenos Academy talk poster

Dr Eleni has been invited by the Temenos Academy to give a lecture on “Hippocrates: the Lost Way to Health”. The lecture is on the 2nd of May in the atmospheric building of the Royal Asiatic Society in central London.

The Temenos Academy is an educational charity which aims to offer education in philosophy and the arts in the light of the sacred traditions of east and West. The word ‘temenos’ means ‘a sacred precinct’. 

You can read more about the Temenos Academy programme here 

“Health depends on the harmony of the basic elements in the human body”, wrote Hippocrates the Father of Medicine  2,500 years ago. ‘Diaita’ which, from ancient Greek, means literally  ‘way of life’, preserves or disrupts this inner harmony influencing our health and state of being. Hippocrates understood the properties of foods, the importance of exercises, music and social interaction in maintaining harmony. Emphasising the relationship between the quality of food and the soil, his practical advice on cooking and the impact of fasting on health can help us today in our search for a harmonious, healthy life.

Tuesday 2 May, 7-8:30 pm

In the Chair: Ian Skelly

Venue: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Nearest Underground Euston Square / Euston

The event is open to the public

Admission: £8 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions

To reserve a place please email temenosacademy@myfastmail.com

What are we made of? The Elemental in the Body and Cosmos

WHAT ARE WE MADE OF?

On one level, this philosophical/existential question has been pondered by our ancestors since the beginning of time. Is it relevant today? Yes increasingly so.

On another level, ‘what we’re made of’ can be answered in physical terms. We’re made of atoms, cells, minerals, nutrients, genes etc. But, if we put these together, can we create a human being? Can we create a flower with the knowledge of its’ structure, components, colour and scent? No we can’t, not yet, at this particular epoch in history.

However, ‘what we’re made of’ is becoming more known and uncovered by recent scientific breakthroughs, such as the genome and the epigenome. What they show is a much greater complexity than we previously anticipated. These modern studies also reflect how past knowledge – such as Ayurveda and Hippocratic Medicine – are more applicable and practically beneficial to our busy lives in the 21st century, for example:

  • the importance of diet on health
  • the significance of gut function on the body and mind
  • the effect of fasting on health and wellbeing

Come on the 16th of April to find out more, meet people who are interested in similar ideas and discuss these with an open mind in a friendly space, allowing for the scientific element to mingle with philosophical, cultural, historical elements and… cooking. Bring a friend if you want but, let me know beforehand, so that we can prepare the Ayurvedic snacks.
Warmest wishes,

Eleni
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Hippocrates Timeless Still

My article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 

J R Soc Med. 2013 Jul;106(7):288-92

can also be read in full here in the James Lind Library online

Hippocrates UCL

Hippocrates put the person at the center of his attention, while modern medicine focuses on the disease. Hippocrates was first and foremost interested in finding out what led to the development of the symptoms experienced by the person. He distinguished lifestyle patterns and personal characteristics that predisposed to certain conditions. Although modern medicine is increasingly accepting the importance of lifestyle in the development of chronic diseases, it continues to give priority to examining the illness and treating the symptoms. Hippocratic therapies involved primarily changes in food, exercise and other lifestyle patterns while modern medical treatments concentrate on pharmacological and surgical interventions.

In The Art, the writer gives general advice on how a patient should be treated. He explains that medical treatment consists of much more than drugs:

The most famous doctors cure by changing the diet and lifestyle of their patient and, by using other substances. Such capable doctors have the knowledge and ability to use
the therapeutic properties of most natural or man-made products (The Art 2.6; Jones 1923)

 

“Ancient Wisdom and Harmonious Diet” Introductory Workshop

Introductory workshop on Saturday 8th of November from 1-3 pm

(including herbal tea made with the famous Greek Mountain sideritis flowers & Kozani saffron, Dr Eleni’s joy biscuits and recipes)

Nutritional Medicine meets Greek Philosophy

Our food & the way we eat, combined with the exercise we take and other lifestyle factors, are key factors for our health and well-being.

Come and learn in this 2 hour introductory workshop how to combine the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosopher & father of Medicine Hippocrates, with the science of Nutritional Medicine. Use the lessons and aphorisms of Hippocrates and the knowledge of modern science to begin transforming your health and achieve a harmonious diet, lifestyle and way of being.

To register, e-mail ihealthbeing@gmail.com

or call 07958 495537

Workshop to take place at the Health Being Institute, Woolman room, Quaker Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH

Fee £20

Dr Eleni's Ancient Wisdom & Harmonious Diet

 

Diet and Hippocratic Philosophy

If you are interested in using diet and Ancient Greek wisdom to live a more healthy life,  join the Health Being Institute education program on: “Diet and Hippocratic Wisdom”.

The program will be launched next Monday in the birth country of Hippocrates, Greece. A number of workshops will be given from September onwards in Central London.

What you will learn:

* How ancient Hippocratic philosophy still teaches us methods to be healthy

* How to use the wisdom of Ancient Greek philosophers to uncover you long-term beliefs and unconscious attitudes towards your body, health and well-being

* What are the lessons that Hippocratic philosophy can teach us today

* What modern science has proven to be true of the Hippocratic medicine and how to use it to move towards a healthier you

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“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 & 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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