Human Healing Unlocked: transforming suffering into wellbeing | David Reilly | TEDxFindhornSalon

Published 2017-04-03
From germinating 30,000 year old seeds to the effects of Type II diabetes on the National Health Service, Dr David Reilly MD's fast paced talk on how to unlock the potential of human healing is both fascinating and touching. Using the example of one of his patients, and with a moving twist at the end, David interprets 40 years of academic research into an amazing story.

David Reilly trained as a physician and a GP and evaluated aspects of complementary medicine and mind-body medicine. He approaches medicine and human caring in ways that emphasise the innate healing capacity in people, the factors that modify the healing response, and their interaction in the therapeutic encounter and relationship – ideas adopted as the core of The Fifth Wave document exploring future health in Scotland.

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All Comments (21)
  • @jackmilloz150
    “Don’t take yourself so personally” and “understand how the mind works” incredibly powerful words for anyone battling anxiety or depression
  • As a healthcare practitioner of over 40 years I can say that this talk by Dr. Reilly is brilliant and spot on! I am in the United States and would love to see more of this dialogue happen here.
  • @onumahobart8832
    After thirty years of working in ICU as an RN I know for certain that kindness shown the patient is an important part of the healing process.
  • Bringing balance to the suffering through compassionate connection and teaching self-care towards healing with self-compassion. Teach the parents this and have schools teach towards human health choices like this ☺👍👍
  • @user-rc9zx6hg1q
    Your comparison of the darkness people perceive inside themselves with the conditions surrounding a resting seed, as well as your invocation of other natural imagery, reminded me very much of the following poem by Louise Glück, called The Wild Iris. I've included it here, with the hope that you, and anyone who reads this post, may find it somehow useful and interesting:

    At the end of my suffering
    there was a door.

    Hear me out: that which you call death
    I remember.

    Overhead, noises, branches of the pine shifting.
    Then nothing. The weak sun
    flickered over the dry surface.

    It is terrible to survive
    as consciousness
    buried in the dark earth.

    Then it was over: that which you fear, being
    a soul and unable
    to speak, ending abruptly, the stiff earth
    bending a little. And what I took to be
    birds darting in low shrubs.

    You who do not remember
    passage from the other world
    I tell you I could speak again: whatever
    returns from oblivion returns
    to find a voice:

    from the center of my life came
    a great fountain, deep blue
    shadows on azure seawater.

    -- Louise Glück

    Thank God for you, Dr. Reilly. Thank you for your bravery, and for asking publicly the important questions you pose in your talk. 🌷
  • @lightdweller1
    So refreshingly authentic and inspiring, and very timely too, thank you 🙏🏽 .
    I’ve always explained to my own clients that all illness is a teacher; our bodies are a living portrait of our psychological state.
    The NHS has been wonderfully helpful in its time, but mass consciousness has outgrown the NHS which has now become disempowering. It’s wonderful to be alive during the this era of natural healing, this cyclical return to the ancient healing wisdom.
  • @Sunvio
    ‘Life responds to nurture.’ Be kind to yourself and everyone. And that means forgive both as well. Sending love to all reading this.
  • @Grace4ever22
    I've listened to thousands of TED talks till date, but THIS is the most life transforming one, and somehow it is closest to my own "inner belief system" so in many ways I totally understand and agree with the things he shared! God Bless You , and God Bless me & God Bless Us all.
  • @BWellXoxo
    What profound wisdom this doctor shared with us, in such a humble manner. There was this punchline at the end, that was so significant, but his mild manner didn't express it fully - Wow. I took so much from this, for my own work on wellness & healing. Hope people world wide get that there are better alternatives to the "there's a med4that" theory, and try simple, commonsense treatments, instead. Enjoyed the talk. Thanks, B. Well.
  • @lilishafai9648
    This was one of the best lectures I have heard among the many awesome teachings in TEDX. I am married to a pediatrician and will share it with him for sure. I wish you would teach this in medical schools and to Therapists and Psychologists. Thank you for all these wonderful teachings. YOU ARE TEULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE and I will try to go to sleep earlier because if you.
  • @gesswa4755
    "Nurturing self compassion ", "finding a sustaining reason", "become the gardener of your own life / plant" are brilliant advice. Thank you Dr Reilly for encouraging us to open our hearts and connect to the healing energy of love.
  • Got to say.. this has been soul food for me. Extremely wise, informative and also beautiful. Very, very well done. An excellent presentation. After hearing this, I truy feel better right now than I have for weeks. Evidence of this contents veracity itself, I believe.
  • Absolutely great. We are blessed that there are people like this!!!
  • @heatherhall3452
    That was absolutely fantastic 🙌🏽💗🕯 you are the only type of Doctors we need!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🥳
  • @Ron20042004
    Great talk. I’ve learned to self love and take the time to nurture myself and it’s made a huge difference. A ways to go but I’m on a new journey.
  • @susiequie7620
    We had a bereavement in the family and my poor mother just couldn’t let go and this happened to her bladder so the doctors gave her a bypass for the rest of her life. I was lucky and discovered self healing and was able to overcome mine without surgery or medication.
  • @emmawanjiku4533
    I enjoyed listening to Dr. Reilly's TED talk video from beginning to end. I activated my inner nurturing through prayers because only God heals when the doctor cannot find what is ailing you. All you need is to have Faith in God and start experiencing the healing.
  • @saranohmusic57
    Yes we need trauma informed care!!💖 Deal with the root of the problems!
  • @olivem.9588
    I especially loved it when Dr. Reilly asked his patient,
    'Do you daydream?'
    And then they went on to daydream.