I am a physician. I have retired my medical practice (cum emeritus) in order to concentrate on what is an educational, not a therapeutic process. This only no longer allows me to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for medical conditions. I have, however, been trained, first as a medical doctor, then through post graduate residencies, I have acquired knowledge, though not certificates, in psychiatry and neuropathology. I have also trained in causes and management of addictions. I have worked for forty years in this field of mental health and addictions. In that time, I have published numerous opinion articles, research papers, and a book on looking at the underlying cause of mental health insufficiency and unhealthy behaviours. The book is not about diagnosis and treatment of an end condition, but about searching for the underlying states and examining the exercises needed to fix them. I have been invited to present talks to professional associations, educators, corporate management teams, and lay community including people with addictions. This allows me to use my knowledge, if not to treat, then to teach what I know. In these pages, I wish to share this knowledge.
In this website, therefore, I will try to educate the viewer in areas that are not commonly examined or even considered. As intelligent beings, we have a penchant for trying to solve a problem when the problem appears. We have developed sophisticated equipment to help us to identify and even treat a condition when it appears. We have not spent a lot of energy looking into the preventive aspect. In fact, the common quip, “If it ain’t broke’, don’t fix it”, is more a reality than the humor it was meant to convey. Yet, when we are determined to look for the preventive causes and manage them, we can much more effectively treat even the precipitating problem. Let me give you an example. It stretches the imagination but it gets to the point.
You notice that your stools are bloody. You see red blood. You search the most direct solution and apply it. You use a suppository that is meant to stop the bleed. After a few days, you notice that the bleeding has stopped. Are you satisfied that the problem has been addressed? No. You still don’t know the cause.
So you go to a physician who looks into the rectum, confirms that there is bleeding but from higher up. He suggests that you may have an ulcer and treats you for that. The bleeding stops. Are you satisfied? No. Do you really rave an ulcer? Or could it be something else. You go back to the physician who sends you to a specialist who looks insider with a scope. He confirms that you do have a stomach ulcer that is bleeding. You treat that. Are you satisfied? Some people are, but why do you have an ulcer?
You seek further. A physician takes a history of what you eat, drink, do. Your diet is okay and you have no stress, but you take ten to twelve aspirins a day to treat a headache that comes every morning. He takes note and sends you to a neurologist who discovers that you have a small benign tumor in your meninges of the brain. You get that removed. The headaches stop. You do not need daily aspirins. The ulcer heals and the rectal bleeding stops.
You see? Every symptom can have a cause if we look deeply. Yet we treat an addiction by immediately focusing on stopping the use. But who does this? Who will look that deeply for you? The answer is YOU. But you have to have the guidance to do it, the information on what to look for, and the desire to build the capability. This is why I choose to use Prometheum Institute as an educational facility rather than a treatment facility. Education – in the right area – gives you ownership, not of your behaviour, but of the source of your behaviour – your attitude and the understanding that drives it.