Friday, 24 June 2016

Should the Royal Society of Medicine be doing this?

After many years membership, I have just withdrawn from the Royal Society of Medicine's section on 'Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine'.  The section is due to host a workshop at the RSM on ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques: Tapping into Health’. 
Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of therapy based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of chi, the 'life force' that flows throughout the body. During treatment, patients focus their minds on a specific problem while tapping with their fingers on ‘end points of the body's energy meridians’. The theory on which the treatment is based is contradicted by science and there is no convincing evidence that its efficacy goes beyond that of placebo. 
Over a couple of years ago I attended a lecture at the RSM arranged by the same section on the topic of ‘Spirit release Therapy’ by a psychiatrist who believes in spirit possession.  See

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

'He's Autistic'

The other morning I was walking as usual down the road to the newsagent's for my daily paper when I became aware of something pushing at the back of my lower legs.  I turned around and as I did so heard a woman's voice in a loud harsh tone saying (I have changed the name), 'Nathan, I've told you before not to let him get so close to the person in front!'  I then saw a young lad with a dog on a lead and realised what had happened.  There was also another child.  I wanted to say to the lad that I was not bothered at all but before I could the woman said to me in a voice as loud and harsh as before, 'He's autistic!'  After that, somehow what I wanted to say didn't get said.  I carried on and when I looked to the other side of the road I noticed the family had crossed over, the woman had taken charge of the dog, and the boy was trailing behind looking most disconsolate.  Not the best way to start the day.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Make of this what you will

Make what you will of this story about an event that happened recently.  I am only the messenger, so please - no personal insults, abuse, threats, etc.

In a charity shop two members of staff were watching two customers very carefully.  The customers were both big men who had been in the shop a number of times before and could be quite intimidating.  They were known to other local charity shops for their stealing.  Their modus operandi was for one of them to distract the assistant who was on duty, while the other stuffed items for sale into a bag.  They never actually bought anything.  

Thanks to the vigilance of the two staff members, on this occasion they left the shop empty-handed. 

I think most people would consider it despicable for someone to steal items donated by the public to raise money to help those less fortunate in our society.  And most people would have sympathy for the staff who have to deal with this problem regularly.

When the two men had gone, a young lady customer turned to the two assistants and announced, ‘I’m going to report you!’

What reason do you think this person gave for saying this?
‘For being racist.’