Han Marie Stiekema Sermes
Speaking out (BBC 14.09.2004)
Almost one in six Americans - or 45 million
people - are thought to be without health insurance. Defannie Davis is one of them, as was
her husband Roy when he suffered a massive stroke in 2002, leaving him unable to speak and
care for himself.
The family has run up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
They have fought to keep their home and to get government assistance to pay for Roy's
care. Now Defannie feels it is her responsibility to speak out.
Q. One of the pillars of your work is A New
Health Care. It consists of various elements. One of them is a free two month's internet
course, aiming at optimizing health. Could you please, elaborate?
A. Yes, of course. It is called
"Personal Health Plan"*.
* See: Personal Health Plan in www.vitalworld.org step 1.
Q. Why did you publish this program in the
A. From the beginning of my
medical career (in 1972), I know, that a healthy life style is the key to optimal health,
prevention e.g. cure of disease and regeneration. In the mean time, the necessity has only
become much more urgent. The various harmful factors from within and without has
dramatically increased. At the same time, the health care system is less and less
able to cope with the situation.
Q. Despite the billions of Euro's, that are
pumped in every year?
A. The money serves to keep the
system going - which benefits from disease - rather than improving the health of the
people. This system has a "terminal" approach, which means, that one has to
wait, until disease has become so serious, that only pharmaceutical, surgical or radiation
treatment can bring relief. In the years (often decades) before chronic disease is
manifesting itself, people are palming off with suppression of symptoms only.
Q. So what did you do?
A. After many years of treating
people naturally, the common denominator of health and disease became clear to me. It is
called the "flow system"*. The logic behind is, that at the level of metabolism,
health can be defined as "the dynamic balance between input, processing and
output" of nutrients, water, toxins and oxygen.
* See www.vitalworld.org chapter "Flow System Therapy".
Q. So health is depending on what comes in, how
it is processed and what comes out. Humans, it seems are not different in this regard from
worms, fishes or chicken.
A. Exactly, this universal
principle is so simple, that it became easily overlooked. Now, as everybody knows, at this
basic level, many things may go wrong, to begin with the input. People eat too much, they
eat the wrong things, they eat at the wrong time. The "processing" is depending
on a proper digestive system, eating habits, combustion (which is related to proper
exercise for instance) and oxygen-utilization, while the output relies on proper
detoxification and elimination of waste products and toxins. All these factors have a
great impact on your health.
Q. How you did you put these principles into
A. First of all, this principle
can be split up in seven steps. First there is nutrition of course (step 1). Nutrition is
going to be digested in the digestive tract (step 2). After that the nutrients are going
to be absorbed in the blood-circulation (step3). This transport system brings the
nutrients to the cells, where the latter become burned (combustion: step 4) or where they
serve the regeneration of the cell (assimilation: step 5). After cell-metabolism,
waste-products and toxins are detoxified (step 6) and finally excreted (step 7). The
miracle is this: rather than examining, diagnosing etc. the manifestations of countless
diseases, I turned to just examining, diagnosing and treating (optimizing) these basic
metabolic functions. To my own surprise, the former "automatically" were
improved or totally cured, usually much more thorough, in comparison to any other
Q. So, you looked at the nutrition, the
digestion, the blood-circulation etc., rather than bothering about rheumatism, asthma,
high blood-pressure, psoriasis, RSI, diabetes, migraine, PMS, osteoporosis and all the
A. That's right. Working with
it during so many years, it became increasingly clear, that my system could become very
beneficial to larger groups of people. The therapies were all relatively simple, so people
could start using them as self-help techniques. It was at that moment, that I realized my
responsibility: the heart of the approach should lie with self care. Hence, I started to
write down my experiences in a handbook holistic health, called "Flow System
Q. This was one step, which was the other?
A. In order to make it
practical for everyone, I subsequently distilled a summary from the many therapies
available. In such a way, that people could use it as a health program for themselves. It
consists of ten steps, reflecting the logic of the flow system. It is a most powerful
combination, consisting of a two month's program, aimed at optimizing your health.
Q. Thus, it is not a therapy for all kinds of
A. What it is doing, is
improving your basic metabolic functions, with the aim of optimizing health. Obviously, if
health becomes improved, quite some disorders will be automatically taken away. You may
call them "beneficial side-effects". In practice, the results are often rather
Q. Which encouraged you to promote it as an
"alternative health insurance".
A. One thing is sure, I cannot
guarantee any improvement. The liability obviously, is entirely yours. But, yes.
Especially, after our * experience in Brazil in 1998 we concluded, that the Personal
Health Plan deserved widespread distribution, especially in countries with a poor health
care system. It indeed could replace health insurance. For free!
* My wife MeiMei and I.
Q. Who may benefit from your
A. My concern applies to every
person in need, wherever he or she lives. Our plan could really make a difference for
countless people worldwide: from Americans to Brazilians, from Ghanese to Peruvians, from
Turks to Australians. In many cases, women would be the best promoters of the plan, since
they care most about the health of their children and that of the community. That's why we
lay emphasis on empowering women. The further promotion of the Personal Health Plan is
crucial. Everybody, who sincerely wants to support its distribution is very much welcome
to joining us*.
* See Step
6 of The Great Learning.
Q. Is that the reason, that you made it
available to everyone through the internet, for free?
A. Giving without the sense of
giving is most rewarding.
Q. This project was already in operation,
before the Great Mother came into play. Is there nevertheless a relationship with Her?
A. The recognition, that
everything comes from the Mother, obviously. This awareness makes the project more
complete. Gratefulness for being able to giving this to Her children, for instance.
The Mother cares.
But each of us has his or her
own part to do.
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