The new era in public health

The new era in public health is personal responsibility and cleaning up the internal environment.

It is about dealing with the disregard, the unresolved issues, the emotional concerns, irritations, reactions, the checking-out, the lack of self regard, the lack of self nurture and to put an end to the blame game, because all these behaviours and un-dealt with emotions travel with us wherever our legs walk. Even though the intensity of any emotional disturbance may momentarily be quietened by a ’prop’ or distraction (an alcoholic drink, smoke, drug abuse, sugar, comfort eating, relationship drama), the stress of any of these woes, and then the substance we feed our body with, places an enormous strain on our physiology, our cardio-vascular, and endocrine system, as well as toying with our mental health.

The Industrial Revolution (1820-1840) saw the birth of a formalised public health system in the UK, with the emergence of an organised approach to cleaning up the public environment. This focus on the external environment of cleaning the streets up off refuse, rubbish and roaming animals, building water treatment and sewage works made significant improvements in reducing communicable/infectious diseases, and improving the health and well-being of people and communities.

Since this inception, public health has developed and grown, where it now includes occupational health and safety, food safety, immunisation, notifiable disease register, disaster management, global health organisations and many more departments that work to ensure the safety of the public. So here we have the human frame, surrounded and supported, even buoyed by a public health system through addressing a person’s external environment, which have made significant improvements on health.

And yet, in our cleaner, organised environment, we are now seeing unprecedented rates of illness and disease emerging from within the human frame – less the communicable diseases, but more non-communicable/lifestyle diseases.

These are diseases that are not transferred through the air, water or through cross contamination of poor hygiene into the human frame, they are diseases which are surfacing from within the human body and affecting people … we may be living longer, but we may personally be living with, or have a member of our family with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, obesity and mental health issues.

Here are some staggering facts ...

Diabetes: Globally [i]

  • One in 11 adults has diabetes (415 million)
  • One in two (46.5%) adults with diabetes is undiagnosed
  • Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes (5.0 million deaths)

Cardiovascular disease [ii]

  • Is heart, stroke and blood vessel disease that kills one Australian every 12 minutes
  • And affects one in six Australians or 3.72 million people

Breast cancer in Australia

  • An estimated 42 women diagnosed each day in 2015 [iii]
  • 1 in 8 Australian women will develop breast cancer and 1 in 37 women will die from it before the age of 85yr [iv]
  • Is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012 (second most common cancer overall) [v]


  • Is a bigger problem than world hunger [vi]
  • The number of obese people worldwide has blown out from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014 – that’s an increase by 167 per cent since 1975 [vii]
  • In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these, over 600 million were obese [viii]

  • 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2014
  • Obesity is preventable [viii]

Mental Health [viiii]

  • One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year (most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder)
  • Almost half (45%) Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
  • Every day, at least six Australians die from suicide and a further thirty people will attempt to take their own life

We have come to rely on our health system to help fix, even cure our ailment, but one has to wonder, with a rise in lifestyle diseases, will the system which has been there supporting us thus far be able to keep up with the demand we are placing on it, logistically and economically? At what point do we say ... OK, we have to change something here ...

Having addressed and cleaned up our external environment, it’s now time to focus on our internal environment, to clean up the way we are living in and treating our body. What does this mean exactly? The internal environment is about connection, body awareness and self-care.

Our body is governed by choices we make, and it’s the human body that cops the brunt of our choices. The body literally is a battlefield, the war zone between the ‘should’ and the ‘should not’, the knowing what is true and yet the behaviour pattern that goes... “Naa, she’ll be right”... Our body really is the ‘meat in the sandwich’. It will walk, run, dance, drink, eat, literally go anywhere and do whatever you direct it to do, but, there comes a point in the road where we either are brought to a stop, by a diagnosis, an accident, or, find ourselves waiting in a queue in an over-filled and stretched emergency department, possibly even surgery.

Relying on someone else to take care of us, could be the coal face realisation that perhaps we need to take better care of ourselves first, to make changes in the way we are using the body, and not wait until it is too late to think that things could have been different.

If we don’t care, nurture, connect and look after our body, it eventually tells us loud and clear.

The disturbance of e-motion affects our body’s biochemistry. We see this easily with tension headaches from stress, elevated blood pressure or heart rate with the ‘fight or flight’ response of the nervous system in response to a potential hazard. In the short-term, our body can cope with these responses, and re-adjust, but for long term, the body becomes exhausted and fatigued in all systems. This is not suggesting we be unrealistic and live in a cave away from everything, or even avoid responding to something that raises a concern. On the contrary... it’s this very avoiding, that niggle, that hurt that is bothering us, but easy to ignore, bury, pretend its not there, is what disturbs the internal environment.

The burden of diseases on our health system, that is doing its very best to support people, is not a one-way street. We have to do our bit in partnership with the services we have in our system.

And this is the thing, the e-motion, that we allow to dominate and dictate our every move, is a disturbance that is the polar opposite to our natural state of being which is stillness, harmony, love and joy.

Universal Medicine, a complementary health business is ahead of the game in restoring and empowering thousands of people worldwide about reconnecting to our natural state of being to what naturally resides within the human frame. Our physiology responds to the stillness by re-establishing its natural homeostasis state, less demands & stress resulting in vitality, true health and well-being. This is the new era approach to addressing the rise of lifestyle diseases, and thanks to Universal Medicine, there are many, many people, worldwide who have discovered the missing link, the gap in wholistic-health care.

There is a change already taking place in global health care, by people all over the world, inspired by the teachings of Universal Medicine.

And this is self-care, this is living with the connection and awareness to the stillness within our human frame, our energetic state of being, dealing with, and addressing emotional issues that lay there like a buffer preventing access to this stillness, this quality that is inherently love, and is who we all are.


  • [i]

    International Diabetes Federation (IDF),

  • [ii]

    Australian Heart Foundation:

  • [iii]

  • [iv]

    AIHW 2012,

  • [v]

  • [vi]

    Sydney Morning Herald April 2nd 2016,

  • [vii]

    NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (2016). Trends in the adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975-2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. The Lancet. Vol 387:1377-96)

  • [viii]

    WHO (June 2016). (

  • [ix]

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