Whole Person Medicine
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Welcome to my website. My name is Dr David Beales, and I’m a retired GP with a special interest in mind-body medicine. I wish to highlight, through medical stories, how medicine responds and relates to the whole person within their life situation.
For 50 years I was on one side of the desk, but with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease I now find myself on the other. I want to share stories from medical practice and my own personal experiences in order to break down doctor-patient barriers and build more constructive partnerships.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
My own experience of a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in August 2017 prompted me to explore my new situation through poetry.
I would like to continue expanding my experience of living with Parkinson’s with ongoing expression through poetry.
Patients very rightly protest when a General Practitioner is not paid for carrying out a postnatal examination on a woman at six weeks, presenting with their new baby. This is simply not in the GPs contract! But why has NHS general practice come to this? I recently read a brief letter to the Guardian, from… Read more
I am currently re-reading a book called When the Body Says No – The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor Maté. Descriptions of many medical stories are detailed where serious ill-health is a consequence of sustained stress. Our book Reclaim Health also details symptoms resulting from chronic stress that are often misinterpreted as due to… Read more
“Deaths jump five-fold as doctors dole out opioids like Smarties” – Sunday Times, August 28, 2019. This blog takes as its theme chronic pain and the experience of novelist Tim Parks. This is a topic dealt with in both my book Reclaim Health (which includes a chapter on breath and its role in healing), and… Read more
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