My name is Dr Paul Ogilvie. I am a medical doctor. I qualified in 1994. I work in the UK.
I also use specific alternative or complementary therapies. In certain conditions, I find they can be very useful. Anecdotally, they can provide good results. Particularly when combined with principals from cognitive behavioural therapy CBT and coaching, together with a structured approach.
The alternative or complementary therapies I have trained in are: hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy CBH, neurolinguistic programming NLP, thought field therapy TFT, emotional freedom technique EFT, time line therapy and NLP coaching.
If you would like to contact me, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is this website all about?
It is busy working as a doctor. As a GP I have, on average, 10 minutes with each patient. Which is very little time in which to address just the physical aspects of medical conditions. Never mind the psychological and emotional issues.
Here in the UK, 19 out of 20 medical problems are dealt with in general practice.
One GP when asked to give a description of his job, replied “Anything, for anybody, anytime, anywhere”. This is one of the privileges of being a GP. It is both challenging and rewarding. And you get involved in many problems, far beyond the scope of what normal conventional medicine has on offer to treat.
Today, modern conventional medicine offers many effective treatments, which could only be dreamed about 20 or 30 years ago. To date, there have been significant advances in surgery, drug and psychological treatments. There are many more treatment options available to a doctor today, than 30 years ago. And that’s good.
But despite that progress, there are still some problems for which conventional medicine has limited or no effect.
And in these situations, advances and developments in complementary medicine can fill some of this gap. Therapies such as hypnotherapy, Thought Field Therapy TFT, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR can be effective treatments, in the appropriate setting. For example, for conditions like anxiety, panic attacks, stress, insomnia, confidence, phobias, irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, and stopping smoking.
Over the years, I have seen many dramatic results from using complementary techniques.
As a GP, I have seen many people who are stressed, or anxious, or depressed, or suffer with irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes I have exhausted the normal conventional treatment options, or the patient themselves want to try something different. And many of these have made significant improvements after a few weeks of using the complementary techniques available on this website. Also some people have stopped smoking, and some people have lost weight, using these techniques. The most dramatic case (briefly described here with her permission) is someone who lost 8 stone (112lb or 50kg) in weight over 2 years using these complementary techniques, and she has kept it off despite many other stresses in her life.
But my anecdotal case studies, are not clinical evidence that it works. However, hopefully one day the clinical evidence will catch up with cases like these, and also cases reported elsewhere. The disadvantages complementary medicine has in producing the clinical evidence, is that it lacks the funding the big pharmaceutical companies have, or the acceptance within the traditional teaching and research institutions. And also, individuals within complementary medicine who use hype, or false promises, to market themselves, do not help the cause.
However, as time passes, I am sure the acceptance of some of these techniques will become more widespread.
For example, here in the UK, the NHS National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence, NICE does recommend hypnotherapy as a treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome. Also, the alternative therapy called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR, is gaining more recognition within the traditional psychological services, and is used by the charity Combat Stress to treat soldiers suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD.
There is no quick fix
That is why there is an emphasis on regular practise on this website.
You often see products that promise a quick, easy, no-effort way of doing things. That promise is more of a marketing approach, rather than a results-orientated clinical approach.
There is no quick fix in life. I’m sorry, but there isn’t.
For example, if you see a weight loss product promising you that you will lose lots of weight, very quickly, without any effort on your part, then RUN. You will get more of a weight loss effect running away from these products than you will get from using them.
Whatever the technique you use to help yourself, you often need to practise it regularly to get any good and lasting benefit from it.
This website is not the place for a quick fix.
However, there are alternative techniques on this website that make the process easier, but not easy.
This website is about having some alternative options, within a framework of safe and ethical conventional medicine.
So, as always, you should consult with your own doctor for any symptoms or medical conditions you may have. And if your doctor has no objection, then using some of the resources on this website maybe worth a go; you might be surprised by how much help you can get from them.
Dr Paul Ogilvie
MBChB MRCGP DCH MRCOG DFFP HPD DipH PTFT PNLP