A little while ago, I was in the optician’s with my kid, waiting for an eye test. As I sat there, I couldn’t help overhearing a loud conversation the optician was having with another dad-and-son duo: the optician was recommending a particular brand of lenses for the son, and the father was refusing to OK the decision until he’d spoken to his pediatrician.
It’s a small example of the madness that’s overtaken so much of the world, that’s encouraging us to outsource so much of our own ideas, and insights, and knowledge for that of the ‘experts’. And no-where is this madness more pronounced, or more destructive, than in the areas of mental and physical health.
As a society, we’re being scared to death by a culture of ‘experts’ who are demanding that we medicate every little pain, and panic about every little health issue, and obsess over whether we’ve got every new mental disorder they like to churn out. They like to pretend that they’re doing all this to help us, to save us from ourselves, to keep us happy and healthy – and sometimes, that may even be true.
But what is certain 100% of the time is this: the more patients or clients an ‘expert’ has, the more money they will make, and the bigger their bank balance grows. The more they can convince you that you need them in order to take proper care of your health, or to stay on an emotional even keel, the more hooked you’ll get on the service they provide, and the more you’ll be willing to pay for it.
Think I’m exaggerating?
Let me tell you another story: Before I got into the whole God-based holistic health scene, I used to coach people with their personal goals. One time, I had a client who was a doctor, and who wanted to start making more money. Sure, she was selflessly trying to help humanity blah blah blah. Sure, she was only committed to her patients’ welfare (despite bitterly resenting anyone who tried to ask for advice or reassurance outside of office hours). But really? She felt she should be making a few thousand dollars more a month, and that she wasn’t being paid what she was worth.
She’d figured out that the best way to get more people into her office, and paying her fees, was to scare them about the myriad things that could be wrong with their health. Very few people are 100% healthy, 100% of the time, so my doctor client figured that if she could encourage people to come in for more testing, more of the time on the off-chance that something might be wrong she’d hit pay-dirt.
That was one of my first introductions to the selfish, money-grabbing, ‘hey, I’ve got a bit mortgage to pay!’ attitude underlying all too many ‘experts’ these days, and it shocked me to my core.
Overtime, I watched one person after another walk into their office with a minor health issue, and walk out again with a bunch of prescriptions that they now needed to fill FOREVER.
None of the people being scammed by this ‘expert’ had any idea that their health and welfare wasn’t uppermost in the doctor’s mind. Every single one of them believed that the advice they were being given to start anti-depressants, or get an asthma inhaler, or to start taking pills for their minor cholesterol problem was 100% altruistic and honest.
But you and I know better.
And the problem is even more pronounced in the area of mental health, where new diagnoses and ‘diseases’ are being manufactured at an almost laughable rate. Does it sound realistic to you that the psychiatric community has really discovered 294 ‘new’ mental illnesses since the end of World War II?
Or that they’ve managed to figure out the inner working of the human psyche so minutely that they can tell you exactly what chemicals go into creating a mood, or a reaction, or a feeling, and they can also package that ‘feeling’ up into a pill?
The psychiatric community is full of arguments, counter-claims, bad science and ego. If things are really so clear cut, then why is there not one unified therapy approach, one pill for depression, or one single test that can be done to ‘prove’ a chemical imbalance in the brain – for any of the almost 300 ‘diseases’ they’ve claimed to have discovered?
Why do the definitions of mental illness and mental disorders shift like sand in the proverbial desert, where old ‘diseases’ disappear overnight, only to have another three grow up, hydra-like in their place? The ‘experts’ are full of arguments and contradictions, even when they believe themselves to be acting in your best interests. And the success rates for most therapies are dismal, at best.
Years go by, fortunes are spent lying on the therapist’s couch, and progress, particularly for those people most in need of it, is usually pretty scant and temporary.
So what’s a person to do?
And how does JEMI (now Spiritual Self-Help) fit into the picture?
I started JEMI to help people take control of their health and wellness back from the ‘experts’. I realized that in order for the lay person to start believing in themselves again, and their own ability to heal and mend, even without any ‘expert’ intervention, they had to have some solid facts and some solid information about what was really making them sick, and what would really help them to heal.
So many of us have been fed a line from the ‘experts’ about how much we need them, and how we can’t live without them, and how they are the panacea to all of our problems. But the truth – as revealed in scientific studies about the enormous numbers of people who die from medical negligence and the side effects of taken medication as prescribed every year; or the number of people addicted to over-the-counter drugs; or the huge number of therapists who are themselves suffering from serious mental illnesses, despite claiming to be able to ‘cure’ these issues in their patients – speaks for itself.
I started JEMI to give all us non-experts out there the most powerful weapon in the world, when it comes to learning how to live happily and healthily: knowledge.
But knowledge, while it’s valuable, also needs to come wrapped in the proper perspective, and to be grounded in practical advice for how to actually apply it in real life, so these things are also key ingredients of my website and books.
I don’t just want to help you find out the real, God-based holistic health reasons that are making you sick; I also want to give you tried-and-tested practical advice about all the stuff you can do – easily, by yourself, and often for free – to get better again.
So that’s what JEMI / Spiritual Self-Help is about:
- God-based holistic health that takes all three levels of body, mind and soul into account
- Scientific studies and research to back-up the ideas being presented on the website and the book
- Empowering you, the reader, by giving you the knowledge you need to figure things out for yourself, and make informed decisions about what you need to do to get better, or stronger, or healthier
- Easy, practical advice that’s been tried out by a bunch of other people, and actually works in real time, for real people – even without any ‘experts’ in the picture
- Keeping the focus on the positive at all times – because no matter how bad the situation looks to the ‘experts’, really there’s always hope, there’s always the ability to change and to improve in some way, and there’s always space for a small miracle or two.
So now you know what’s making me and this website tick, let me ask you something:
How can I help you?
How can I help you, to reclaim your health, happiness and decision-making abilities from the ‘experts’? What can I do for you that will make your life better, in some way? Or that will give you the missing piece of your own particular healthcare puzzle?
What’s stressing you out the most? What health issues do you most worry about? What piece of information, or knowledge, or insight do you wish you had, but can’t quite seem to track down?
Whatever it is, please drop me a line at: email@example.com, and tell me what’s on your mind.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I’m looking forward to sharing more health-improving, happiness-boosting, life-transforming ideas and information with you again soon.