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.
As International Stress Awareness Week passes, let’s take the ‘stress definition’ as the launch pad for this blog. We all need stress and challenge, and too little stimulation can be just as stressful as too much. On the whole, the challenges we face in our daily lives keep us active, engaged and alive, in constant… Read more
In short, I believe it is not. The NHS needs to understand the value of the placebo response and its effectiveness in relieving symptoms. Having said this, I firmly believe that homeopathy should not be offered as a treatment for established disease or to create an immune response when given instead of vaccination. It does… Read more
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
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