I was fortunate to attend a VPSCIN talk by Don Tolman recently. He was a most impressive speaker as he related his life story that directed him towards how we can live healthier and more vital lives. He gave a similar message to others that I have heard and read including Phillip Day, Sherril Sellman, Rob McIntyre, and Samuel Epstein as my family has been on a pretty strong natural health kick over the past few years. We then went along to his evening session which helped sink in many of the points that he made earlier.
Some of the key points that I obtained from his talk included:
- You have to honour your ideas – they are a gift and if you do not act on them quickly by writing them down and sharing them, then you dishonour the idea and its potential.
- We are nothing but tubes and 90% of all diseases can be thought of as clogged tubes
- Western medicine tends to focus on symptom management rather than finding and dealing with the root cause of illness
- The healthcare industry uses the language of war and fear to fight diseases
- The emerging revolution of self education and self care is coming but is still 20 years away from reaching a tipping point
- To know, to do, to be – gnosis, praxis, entelechis – a never ending cycle of development and empowerment. As we obtain knowledge, we are empowered to do, which then empowers us “to be” – lifting us then to a higher level of knowing and the cycle continues.
- The importance of observation and more observation, a period to ponder, then reflect and letting a seed incubate until your imagination takes over and an idea is born
- And his seven principles of health sound like a pretty good guide for longevity.
He made the caveats that he is not a medical doctor, that he is unable to provide medical advice, and that his views may not be true. Despite this, his arguments and style of delivery were compelling. He combined not just interesting views on health but also on using your whole mind as well, to think clearly and differently to the approaches that we are traditionally taught.
What I also found interesting about Don (apart from his dress sense and moustache) were the words that he did not mention. Words like prevention and paradigm. He talked about eating wholefoods to stay well and of his radically alternative views towards education and health that go against standard practice.
I know that some people find this sort of material very difficult to comprehend; it goes against their belief systems and their reliance on the current authority structures in society. But I believe his message of simplicity and self-education is right on track. Ten years ago, I would not have been ready to hear the message, but with my own path of self-education, wider reading and even further wider reading, as well as conversations with key learned people, I now feel in a position to better understand the problems that we face as a society and the systemic issues that have been built up to protect key interests and retain the status quo. We witness the growth in cancer rates, Type II diabetes, obesity, and the push towards certain educational styles that may not be well suited to the future jobs on offer and the life skills required. It’s not until there are enough people hear the voices of people like Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and Bill Mollison (Permaculture) – people that railed against the prevailing paradigm and were eventually listened to and acted upon once the weight of evidence and opinion tipped in their favour.