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Welcome ….

The aim of this site is to bridge the gap between the worlds of mainstream and complementary medicine by reporting on a wide variety of health issues, from herbs and healing to the latest in cutting edge surgical techniques!

Good medicine happens when various healing techniques come together in cooperation rather than in competition.

This site is a middle ground, a place to look at many aspects of health and healing in an inclusive way and to focus on how the various forms of medicine and complementary therapies can work together.

Most of all we want to consider the whole person and the way that how we live affects and shapes our wellbeing.

We don’t often take the time to contemplate that we all come from a star. We are from planet Earth, which came from our Solar System, which came from the Milky Way Galaxy, which came from an exploding star – a star going supernova and, in the process, creating the material to create us and the planet we live on.

But we are not just this physical bodysuit of elements and chemicals. “We” are the beings that occupy the suit and this suit is our bridge between worlds.

Without the body we wouldn’t have the feeling machine to experience physical life. Without consciousness, we wouldn’t have the power to look deeply inside and know that we are more than what exists in this perception of reality. Without the heart centred connection we wouldn’t be able to love the experience of life in all its manifestations.

Life isn’t always easy and things can go wrong. Dis-ease can begin as an emotion or a thought that if untreated then manifests as a physical condition. Or the body can be damaged by accident, genetic mutation or external pollutant and this can have a knock on effect on emotional happiness and create a feeling of dis-ease in our being.

Whatever the case, our view is that all types of medicine are relevant. Whether it’s surgery, medication, therapy, herbs or energy medicine (or all of these combined) that brings a person back to a feeling of health and happiness, then each or all can be good medicine!

Also our view is that happiness, peace and the feeling that you ‘get it’, that you understand why you are here and you feel gratitude for your life, are really what define true health and healing.

We hope that some of the information and resources on this site will help you in your health journey.

Thathealthsite began as starbrydge.com and that site will remain in place as an archive as we know many people have links saved to there so it will stay in place for the moment.

And finally we love to hear your stories! So please use the contact forms or email addresses to get in touch and share your experiences and knowledge.

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Editors

Justina Hurley MA, MPH

JM HurleyJustina is an Irish writer, medical researcher and BioEnergy Therapist based in Southern Ireland.

Her main career after university was as a Corporate Public Relations and Marketing Consultant, working mainly in the UK.

Throughout her corporate life, Justina had a long affinity with meditation and mindfulness practises. She trained in Body Harmonics BioEnergy Healing and Reiki and later trained with Byron Katie, with Sonia Choquette and also trained in the Domancic Method of BioEnergy Therapy. She also holds a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health (MPH) from University College Cork, Ireland.

After many years of striving for a work-life balance and trying to find a meeting place between the ‘day job’  and the more ‘alternative’ interests she followed outside of work Justina took the plunge and became a full time writer and therapist.

Along the way she has faced stress, cancer and hysterectomy and found instead of wearing her down, these challenges just made her stronger and showed her that when the chips are down, your inner reserve, faith and the love and support of close family and friends is not only what gets your through but is what transforms what could be a negative event into a very positive and life enriching experience.

Justina’s healing approach comes from her own experience of living the practices she teaches. When working with clients she uses a combination of mentoring, bioenergy therapy and sound therapy to give people a chance to reconnect with their own inner ability to feel and know what they need to do to really feel happy in their own skin.

Her dual passions for science and the potential of the human being mean that as a writer she is equally interested in writing about the latest medical advances as she is about complementary healing practices.

She says: “Reading about scientific advances and developments in quantum physics and related areas are a continual reminder to me that the world we think we see is so much more magical and mysterious than we can imagine. Physics for me is now beginning to verify all that we knew instinctively in healing and intuition and has been the final piece that for me completes my understanding of how and why healing at an energetic level works.”

Publishing: Inspirational book Dance with Life (2004). Co-wrote Angel Prayers and Messages (2006) with Rosie Ismail. Edited West Magazine (2003) Numerous business publications, including a chapter in London as an International Business Centre (Kogan Page) Currently working on a series of children’s books and on a Healing Book on the use of the Solfeggio.

www.justinahurley.com

 

Professor Lynn Basford

(retired) Dean and Professor of Nursing and Health Science

prof lynn basfordLynn Basford has worked all her life in the field of health care as a practitioner, teacher, manager and researcher (primarily in the UK, but latterly in Canada), culminating her full time work as a Dean and Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences.

For the last few years she has worked as an Education and Research Consultant, undertaking work for South Africa, BC in Canada, University Unions UK, University of Derby (Buxton), The Wellness Tree Group and now Just Swiss Health UK. She also is the Director and owner of the Violet Light Reiki Centre being a Reiki Master/Teacher following the Usui and Karuna traditions.

The focus of her work has been quite diverse. She originally started out as a registered nurse specialising in Women’s Health, Community, Primary Care and Public Health.  Following which she moved into Nurse Education pioneering new and innovative curricula and promoting Inter-professional Education, with medicine, nursing and the allied professions.

Her national and international research interests embraced Women’s Health, Health Education, Positive Ageing, Health Promotion, International Centenarian studies, Life Styles and Living Conditions on Health, and, Coping Mechanism of Older People with Chronic Disease.

In addition, Lynn has had an avid interest in complementary therapies and traditional healing methods, not only as a stand-alone therapy, but as an integrated modality with contemporary health care practice.  More recently, the focus has been on energy medicine.

Lynn has published in textbooks, scholarly and academic papers and in national and international conference proceedings.

 

Richard Cawte

rcRichard Cawte is an author, Business Consultant and Alpha Technique consultant. His main area of interest is in how the brain works and how we can achieve optimum balance in a world that is becoming increasingly fast-moving and complex.

For more on Richard please click here.

 

 

Pete Le (Oh Gahk Nim)

Peter LePete Le trained as a Tao Guide at the Tao Healing Center in Sedona.  He learned the foundational principals of Tao Healing including: Tao Tai Chi Yoga, Chakra Opening and Vibration, Intuition development, Channeling, and Physical-Energy-Spiritual body training.

He has applied this practice in the business world, and runs an Intuitive marketing company in Singapore, where he provides consulting services to investors and entrepreneurs to help develop their intuition and concentrate their focus on positive to balanced energy for running their businesses. He also offers spiritual boot camp and tao consulting sessions.

His business philosophy asserts that business is completely personal and unseparated since every action a person makes is connected universally no matter how unrelated it appears. He says: “Whatever you do is always a reflection and an expression of your soul through the temporary use of your physical body.”

With over 15 years experience in business and technology consulting, he has become a liaison or bridge between these groups, providing businesses with development, international planning and architecture, and technology integration.

After briefly pursuing art history and fine arts, he ‘insanely’ chose applying his creativity to business. He holds a triple degree in Marketing, Finance, and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

He is in the camp of believing we are all ‘crazy’ and everyone should just allow and embrace their insanity and redirect that energy into a positive or balanced vision!

 

Please bear with us – parts of this page are still under construction!

Contributors

 

Christian Pankhurst

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 18.17.01Personal Empowerment with Heart IQ, Winner of Britain’s Next Top Coach and Founder of the Heart IQ Coaching Method.

Christian is a sought after speaker and trainer and is recognised as the leader in the industry for heart based work. He was a protege of Neale Donald Walsh and toured extensively with Walsh, teaching the messages from Walsh’s best selling Conversations with God for many years.

Christian’s work now is influenced by all his experience to date. From his early training as a Chiropractor and Martial Arts Teacher to the deep lessons of the Conversations with God Series and subsequent work with inspiring visionary Tej Steiner who introduced Christian to the Heart Circle Model.

In 2011 Christian opened the Heart IQ Academy, a professional coach training university that teaches others how to apply the Heart IQ Method in their own practice.

 

Casey Chainee 

Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 22.26.55Based in California, Casey Chainee offers Pranic and Reiki Healing.

She also teaches Mindfulness and Acceptance strategies to help clients recognize how our reactions, thoughts, and feelings impact our life. For more on Casey and contact information please go to www.acceptancehealing.com.

 

 

Gaye Abbot

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 17.28.51RYT/Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist and Author of Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Gaye is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher/Therapist and has Advanced Training with Integrative Yoga Therapy as well as being a Master Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner working deeply with balancing and harmonizing energy patterns in the body.

She has been in the medical/alternative health/healing professions for over 30 years, practiced massage therapy for 16 years, and has extensive experience with 100′s of people in classes, workshops, private sessions, retreat settings, special needs and health challenges, and in shifting the breathing patterns that limit creativity, vital life energy, and vibrant health.

Gaye developed a yoga based stress management series for breast cancer survivors, and has worked with women and men who have been abused as well as at risk teenagers. Gaye works with those interested in developing their own individualized yoga practices, those in transition and major life shifts, and individuals that are either challenged by health issues or simply desiring to enhance their vital health and aliveness. www.GayeAbbott.com

 

Robin Harford

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After many years as a successful consultant in the “City”, Robin returned to his first love – nature, the countryside and the ancient art of wild food foraging.

Robin says: “Foraging re-awakens your senses so you gain a greater appreciation of Land, and your place in the natural cycles and rhythms of life.” He now runs wild food foraging courses & walks around Britain.

“A revelation!” – BBC Good Food Magazine

“Move over River Cottage we want to go foraging with Robin” – Sainsbury’s Magazine

 

Dr Vikki Petersen

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 00.13.00Dr. Vikki Petersen, a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, is founder of the renowned HealthNOW Medical Center in Sunnyvale, California.

She is co-author of The Gluten Effect: How “Innocent” Wheat Is Ruining Your Health
a bestselling book that has been celebrated by leading experts as an epic leap forward in gluten sensitivity diagnosis and treatment.

HealthNOW Medical Center serves San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View – and all cities of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. It is also a Destination Clinic, treating patients from across the country and internationally. Tel:  408-733-0400

 

 

 

Rosie Ismail MA (Child Counselling and Education)

 

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