End mandatory (or indeed any kind of) water fluoridation

I signed this petition back in Jun 2011. For four reasons.

1) I believe it is medically inappropriate to medicate me without personally assessing me for a) my need based on the number of teeth that need protecting b) my risk of developing the disease based on dietary and lifestyle choices c) my current exposure to the drug from both intended and other unintended sources d) the correct daily amount for me to consume based on those three factors plus my body weight and metabolism and e) how both they and i can control my daily intake so as to prevent over and/or under medicating.

2) Medical negligence aside (and even if this method of delivering medicine was one day proved to be medically sound), I believe it is unethical to medicate other Irish residents for this disease without also having their individual, informed and on-going consent to being treated.

3) Even if it was a medically sound practice, and the particular substance they were using was actually pharmaceutical grade (neither contaminated nor listed as a hazardous substance by the EU), and even if I and every single Irish resident had been personally assessed for both need and consent to being treated, I believe it is morally wrong to also treat every visiting tourist (as well as those living abroad) for this disease via their consumption of Irish beverages and foodstuffs grown, fed and/or prepared using fluoridated water.

4) The Department of Health have never satisfactorily explained why they have (apparently arbitrarily) deemed tooth decay to be such a serious issue – relative to other conditions we might also contract or develop during our lives – that we all need to be prophylactically treated for it regardless of our consent or need (including babies and the elderly who may not have a single exposed tooth in their heads!). For example, if it’s medically and ethically sound to try and prevent a disease by putting something in the water supply, why aren’t they also putting in calcium to prevent osteoporosis? Or something like aspirin to keep our blood thin and thereby reduce our risk of having a stroke? Or putting in vaccinating substances to reduce our risk of whooping cough, measles, mumps etc?

And if you’re already thinking “but they don’t do that because of the danger of some people having bad reactions or developing other problems as a result”… then I suggest you ask yourself why you – and they – have not yet applied that same criteria to fluoridation…


… causes a lot of problems.

So it’s good to be reminded of the wonderful things it enables us do.

Susan Austin’s “We Are Freewheeling” performance art event is being featured as part of the “Unlimited Festival” at the Paralympics 31 August 2012 to 9 September 2012


Know someone who snores?

I am currently planning for a 4-month project that might help people reduce their Obstructive Sleep Apnoea symptoms.

“Reduce” because the method I intend to replicate in Sligo did not entirely eliminate their problems. But they did feel less tired during the day because of having slept better. Quality of life also improved for both them and their partners thanks to the reduced frequency, intensity and volume of snoring.

What will participants have to do?

Sorry, the details are still being worked out… but to give themselves the best chance of progress, participating snorers need to be prepared to commit 20-25mins per day to a specific activity for the four months duration.

Of course, if they want to do less per day (or not do it all) then that’s their choice. But the scientific, peer-reviewed study on which this project is based showed that an average of 25mins per day, 6 days a week made a big difference to:

  1. Daytime Sleepiness (Epworth Scale)
  2. Sleep quality (Pittsburgh Quality of Sleep Index
  3. Partner rating of sleep disturbance (visual analogue scale)
  4. Apnoea-Hypopnoea index
  5. Health related quality of life.

Is there a fee?

Yes there is – but it has yet to be fully established.

I will need to be paid for the materials needed, my time interviewing participants, their partners as well as teaching this self-help method to participants and monitoring their progress (perhaps once monthly). The Wine Street Wellness Centre (my hosts for this) will also need to be paid for the use of their large room during the project.

However, the final cost will be divided equally between participants – of whom I hope to work with between 15 and 20 people. So the cost should not be prohibitive.

As soon as I have more details clarified I will update you.

Interested? Know someone who might be?

Have them get in touch with me here, or through Facebook.

Basic Watsu

Short notice, but am trying to get a sense of how many might be interested in a Basic Watsu course on the weekend of June 29th – July 1st.

The cost will be €495 (just €10 up on last September’s). Max 4 participants.

If it goes ahead, the course would be held in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim (25mins drive from Sligo). I can give pointers around accommodation and food. Might also be able to help out with transport if scheduling allows.

However… all of that is predicated on there being sufficient interest.  If we don’t get 4 people it won’t go ahead.

So if you are interested, drop me a line quickly through http://aquatictherapy.ie/


Lots going on these days.

Starting to use a lovely new Monolina monochord in my sound therapy work. Very pleased to hear yesterday about a deep, soothing and centering experience. Looking forward to doing more with it 🙂

Learning how to record and edit sound on the mac so myself and some friends can put out a nice trad album. Will also allow me put out my own music for healing / therapy work too.

Trialling a new supplement supposedly more significant than anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals etc. Didn’t quite believe it at first. But the Irish stories are starting to come in and I feel now that in a few years people will be talking about this just as much as they are talking about anti-oxidants now. Product launches in Europe in just two weeks so am paddling faster now on my surfboard trying to catch the wave. More info here.

Along with the above I will also be tipping away at…

  • getting my turbike up and running in a stationary-kind-of-way;
  • planning the development of a very exciting idea I’ve had about improving swim teaching using holistic approaches and a deeper understanding of how we humans tick;
  • developing healmyself.ie to promote my therapy work
  • developing deerswell.com and myorganics.ie as outlets for my skin creams
  • posting here when I have ideas, insights and news that might be of interest to people who think ‘naturally’
  • occasionally eating, drinking, sleeping – and having fun! 8)