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True Integrative Health

We all now have access to a previously unimagined volume of information on health and well being, while specialists in every field become increasingly specialised.

While this may lead to valuable discoveries, it has also been the case historically that much, perhaps most of human evolution has been characterised by a process of cross-pollination.

The integrative model of health states simply that all living forms, structures and processes are interconnected. Therefore genuine health requires us to integrate the micro and macro, inner and outer, the individual and communal. While taking care of our own body-mind we must equally pay attention to the needs of our community, society and the planet’s ecosystem.

While my own clinical work focuses on many details of individual health concerns, it is also true that we cannot attain full health until we also address wider issues such as economics, environment, education, gender equality and human rights.

Since the health of our society and planet appears now to hang in the balance, my attention has been drawn recently to the discussion around offshore investment, tax havens and international financial regulation. Until we have transparency of financial flow, the currents of currency, we allow a fundamental linchpin of global corruption and illness to remain unchallenged.

So I have signed the Avaaz petition below (with over 1 million others) which will be delivered by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the leaders of The G20 asking for major international financial review and reforms. It will at least be another step in the right direction for integrative health.

Spencer Joseph

Kate Tempest – Tunnel Vision (2016)

London-based poet, rapper Kate Tempest delivers a fierce and futuristic vision of global illness. From her 2016 album ‘Let them Eat Chaos’.


Al Green – Take Me To The River (1974)

From the album ‘Explores Your Mind’, this is the original version written and performed by ‘The Reverend’ himself. The musical and lyrical influences from both R’n’B and Gospel combine with Green’s unique vocal sound to make this one of the all time great soul tracks.

Slum Village – Get Dis Money (2000)

From the album ‘Fantastic Vol. 2’, this track from Slum Village still stands as one of the finest examples of hip hop’s development from jazz influences, using the sample from Herbie Hancock’s breezy, vocoder track ‘Come Running To Me.’

Jeffree (Jeff) Perry – Love Don’t Come No Stronger (1975)

Jeffree (Jeff) Perry is a true ‘hidden gem’ of soul music. His uncle, Robert Bateman, was one of the early engineer/producers at Motown, and by 12 yrs old Jeff was singing with his brothers on Atlantic records as the Perry Brothers.

Jeffree himself went on to work at Motown and became a close friend of Marvin Gaye. He launched his solo career on Arista Records and this track, ‘Love Don’t Come No Stronger’, was not only the label’s first R&B hit but stands as a masterpiece of soul music that simply never received the attention it deserved.

Managing Fear through Breathing


When equipped with an understanding of how the body manages the emotional system, we can easily trick ourselves into emotional balance.

The JB’s – You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I’ll Be Straight (1973)

While every day seems to bring another political twist or turn, we all know this is nothing new. In the ’70s, James Brown’s band ‘The JBs’ were not only the funkiest outfit in town, they also had a political voice. This track is an absolute classic, with horn arrangements from trombonist Fred Wesley and Mr. Brown expressing himself as usual.

“Watergate” is the general term used to describe a complex web of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of President Nixon’s administration between ’72 and ’74. The word specifically references the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. and ‘activities’ such as bugging the offices of political opponents and investigations of activist groups and political figures. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached but was subsequently pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.