Everything Crash

By Matthew Fellows

“Everything Crash…Yeah!”   If like me you are slightly obsessed with 1970’s Jamaican reggae, then you will surely recognise this classic ‘Everything Crash’, by The Ethiopians. It’s a chirpy little song considering the gravity of the subject matter of economic collapse, poverty and civil unrest. In fact I think that’s what I like the most …

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My Loneliness is Killing me…

By Matthew Fellows

“My loneliness is killing me….”   These were the words of the great Daoist sage Britney Spears and it turns out she may not have been quite so off her rocker as we all thought! Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health. In fact a lack of social connections is …

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The Marvelous Fungus and the Secrets of the Divine Immortals

By Matthew Fellows

Hopefully I’ve caught your attention with such a fantastical sounding title, as quite frankly I’m sick of all the shit that is growing out this corona-virus situation. So I’ve decided to write about something else, something that often grows directly out of shit itself….mushrooms. There are over 50,000 known different species of mushroom, including moulds …

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Acupuncture is really Nice. (Really!)

By Matthew Fellows

Acupuncture is really Nice!   At the start of August the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a clinical guidance stating that a number of commonly used drug treatments for chronic pain don’t actually work and shouldn’t be prescribed. These include over the counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well …

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Con-spiritual Theories

By Matthew Fellows

Con-spiritual Theories I recently read a piece in The Guardian by the journalist Brigit Delaney entitled, ‘Evil Forces. How Covid-19 paranoia united the wellness industry and right-wing conspiracy theorists.’  In it she puts forward the idea that there is an increasing trend within alternative and complimentary health practitioners to adhere to the same ‘conspiracy’ theories …

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To Touch or Not to touch. That is the Question

By Matthew Fellows

To Touch or Not to Touch? That is the Question   I usually enjoy writing my monthly articles for the Glastonbury Oracle, not only as it gives me a chance to put across some of the complicated theories of Chinese medicine, but also as it gives me a chance to put my mind in order…and …

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Aye Corona

By Matthew Fellows

Aye Corona!   As I write this no one really knows what is going on with the corona virus. So far only two cases have been confirmed in Somerset but things can seemingly change rapidly. By the time this goes to print we could be in full panic lockdown and the only reason you are …

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Chinese Medicine and the Aura

By Matthew Fellows

Chinese Medicine and the Aura   The ‘aura’ is a term that is bandied around in new age communities though few are in agreement to what it actually is or how best to define it. The ancient Chinese however were expert anatomists of the energetic world and described the aura in great detail and divided …

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The Moon and Chinese Medicine

By Matthew Fellows

Chinese Medicine and the Moon What with the Goddesses, Witches and probable Werewolves of this town, it feels a bit like preaching to the converted but the recent moon rise over Glastonbury Tor in January was so spectacular I felt compelled to write about its importance from a Chinese medical and Daoist perspective. It is …

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The Bladders of Winter

By Matthew Fellows

The Bladders of Winter   Well we find ourselves here in the depths of winter and our tour of the internal organ systems of Chinese medicine brings us fittingly to the Bladder. The Bladder along with the Kidneys is part of the Water element cycle, which itself is associated with the season of winter. This …

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