Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional
is a quote from
Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In my 30s I
learnt that my mother, Mavis had Huntingtons Disease (HD). This has empowered us as
a family to make the very most of our lives, from learning to ski at 40 and travelling
widely. In order that my family would have more support than we had with Mavis I have
supported the Wellington Huntingtons Disease Association since its inception. While
I was Chairperson we appointed our first Social Worker. This has improved the quality of
life for many families with HD.
Many Huntingtons families have
complained that their medical doctor is unable to cope with HD symptoms and their effect
on the family and friends. I believe that naturopathic medicine and natural therapies are
appropriate and easily available if you know something about them.
The tradition of
naturopathic medicine and natural therapies arises from the needs of our ancestors to cope
with problems and illnesses. They are all holistic philosophies. They consider the whole
person and what each needs to do to be responsible for themselves to live healthy and
satisfying lives. They aim to remove those things which hinder healing. They do not use
drugs. Practitioners are trained in many ancient and modern healing skills, from
traditional herbalism, to genetic research, nutritional science, diet and exercise,
manipulation, homeopathy, counselling, and pharmacology.
As a consumer in
NZ there is a huge range of practitioners to select from. Homeopathy, Osteopathy, and Traditional Chinese
Medicine are the GPs of Naturopathic medicine. The others are the specialists. They
all have their training schools. All good therapists are affiliated to the relevant NZ