My name is David Antebi and some of you may recognize me in this community ; I used to manage a downtown community pharmacy here in Midland. Until I became seriously ill with an aortic aneurism, it was "us" and "them" ...and I thought I represented the good guys...How many of us have experienced true old fashioned caring ? The way we did for our kids so long ago? The way a doctor used to show up on a house call?
In my view , 'care' was conscripted to bring in money.
There is a value in having others help us with our health decisions. Have you ever experienced a change in your attitude or clarity , and felt unable to guarantee yourself good personal decisions
"How do I decide whether to take this prescribed antibiotic, narcotic, antidepressant?"
The mind is not removed from the body, so a sickness can often corrupt the decision making process.
Doctors are not encouraged to prescribe for themselves or their own families. At Harbourlife, we focus a lens on the skew on perspective caused by ill-health. We aim to provide an objective' 'filter funnel' through which we offer a more clear perspective, as we are removed from your personal or family circle of associates .
Of course, I can layer on the benefits of a lifetime of experience. Since 1982, when I graduated as a pharmacist in Scotland, I have worked in retail (a chain of pharmacies as a manager) until eventually taking a trip to Canada where I was offered a job in a hospital in North Bay, Ontario. I was given charge of the clinical department , along with the prescribing of medications for all palliative patients admitted.
That was the dawning of my lack of appreciation for the health system as being "health care professional" centred, not 'patient' centred.
Fast forward, after having had my own pharmacies in St Jacobs and Elmira, and working in rehabilitation in Cambridge Ont., finally covering for pharmacists around Georgian Bay looking for a holiday.
That's where I found the biggest holes in our system, and pledged not to keep cycling on the spot I left the comfort of our cozy regulated profession.
It was a tricky decision but the best one I ever made. Having re-trained in natural medicines, finally I have access to the tools to help people and, in doing so, fulfil my higher purpose on this planet
And here's your formal welcome and introduction video...
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Before David was an holistic practitioner, he trained as a pharmacist . Faced with a need to find an answer outside of prescription solutions for his Mennonite clients, he was prompted to grow his understanding of health beyond medication, and conventional wisdom.
Now, his wider scope provides insight for many, whose health has fallen into the black hole of a less-than-helpful shoulder shrug, or a "let's do more tests" strategy. To add strength , he has a way with words to translate his understanding in a way that you will appreciate. regardless of your education or background.
STILL ON THE FENCE?
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David's Early Interest
I acquired an interest in plant intelligence, growth and nurturing around the age of 16 when I came across a book in the house where I grew up in UK. 'the Secret Life of Plants' , I still have (and flick through from time to time) Later on , I was given as a gift , a book about ethnobotany which I treasure. I became a pharmacist, yada yada, always , greatly influenced by these choice books .
Ethnobotany is the science of the background and history of man's relationship with plants. The secret life of plants explored the extent to which plants exhibit intuitive life expression, and extrasensory definitive talent in detecting human emotions and other non-verbal communications.
I studied pharmacy in UK , and was inspired by my courses in pharmacognosy and phytochemistry to take things a step further.
Pharmacognosy is the science of recognizing a plant's identity by it's macro (large ) characteristics as well as it's cellular (microscopic) features.
This quote sums it up for me..
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." Steve Jobs
I haven't found it yet, though I feel I've done great work, and been a positive influence on those around me.
So I'm looking for an opportunity to meet me in the electronic isles of the cannabis industry. In the meantime , you can find me at Harbourlife Holistic Remedies
Did you know that plants don't need to move to get everything they need , and they don't become overweight!
Most of us humans believe that plants produce drugs for us...I don't. I am confident that nature has created drugs in plants so that even in it's limited mobility, Plants can access those drugs for their own survival. We have evolved alongside them and have found, by trial and error, that we species share similar illnesses , similar remedies. Imagine living in the rain-forrest and not knowing which root would counter a snake venom? There is magic and evolution at work in the same cauldron.!
Imagine a plant. It has no legs, and it goes slowly, veeeeery slowly. But it's ALIVE!
And just because you can't talk to it, doesn't mean it can't talk!
It has cells, just like us, and we even have about a tenth of the same genetic material as they do.
Marijuana, daffodils, grass, tulips, dandelions, we've a long way to go before we can get a grasp of how intelligent they all actually are.
Perhaps they are inspired by living and , unlike humans, don't mind dying. Maybe not, though?
Did you know that plants will grow faster and become more healthy overall when having Beethoven's concertos playing in the background.
I have so MUCH to share with you.
As much as anything, plants survive by absorbing what they need. Sure , they're susceptible to sickness and weather challenges (perhaps more do) even malnutrition, but the way they choose to nourish is amazing don't "pig" out. We need to listen a lot closer to what plants are doing to survive.
More next post!