Some Previous Events & News

GP Surgery closed as emergency by CQC

Dr David Zigmond, founder member of the BHMA, veteran GP in one of London’s most deprived Boroughs, Bermondsey, prolific writer in support of holistic medical practice and against industrial medicine, has been closed down by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This followed an eight hour magistrate’s court appearance with only two days notice. The surgery was closed the next day.

The justification was his non-compliance with CQC requirements – effectively his conscientious refusal to tick their boxes.  See the Observer article published in their magazine section, 18th Sept 2016. (The article states that he does not use the computer in the practice, this is incorrect. He has one on his desk and uses it!) Please add your comments at the end of the article in the Observer/ Guardian website.

An outspoken holistic view from BHMA Chair, Dr William House, will appear on this website very soon. Please support us in this by joining the BHMA in speaking out for holistic medical practice. 

Dr David Zigmond, maverick GP in Bermondsey, South East London. He had the temerity to put patients before bureaucracy.

His courageous choice was to be a martyr for holistic practice. We should all stand by this much loved doctor.
Dr David Zigmond, maverick GP in Bermondsey, South East London. He had the temerity to put patients before bureaucracy. His courageous choice was to be a martyr for holistic practice. We should all stand by this much loved doctor.

11th to 13th November 2016

Yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion retreat for doctors

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What is the nature of your inner dialogue when you do something you regret?  Is it anything like this:

“You idiot!”…“What’s wrong with you?”…”You should have known!”?

If so, you are not alone.  We all have access to the blaming inner critic. In the school of life, however, is the inner critic really our best teacher? From educational principles, we know that the atmosphere for learning is important. Filling our internal classroom with shame and guilt is less likely to lead to learning and growth, and certainly less likely to lead to happiness.

How, then, to embed our ongoing development in an intention to enrich life for ourselves and others? By moving from the language of moralistic judgment – of ‘good’, ‘bad, ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ – towards connection with our needs and those of others. Our inner dialogue might then proceed along these lines “I am not behaving in harmony with my own needs”…”What needs are alive in me right now?”…”What need was I trying to address then?”.

A space to renew through Yoga, mindfulness and reflection

Come and join us for a luxurious weekend of self-care and renewal in Lavenham, Suffolk. We will be offering yoga to unwind, and reflective workshops to enhance your wellbeing. You will be nourished by home-grown, home-cooked food. And you’ll have free time to spend by the log fire or in nature.

More information and booking

In collaboration with The College of Medicine and Penny Brohn UK  and Bristol Green Capital Partnership

7th June 2016: Andrew Weil on Integrative Medicine: Whole Person Medicine for the 21st Century

9th June 2016: Conference: Food. The Forgotten Medicine

The BHMA co-sponsored this hugely successful conference, that was sold out at least a month before the date. It’s popularity hopefully signifies a resurgence of interest and enthusiasm for food in health and healthcare.

The conference was organised by the College of Medicine and held in London on 9th June 2016. The programme was busy with quick-fire presentations from good speakers from around the world.  We hope this will trigger a serious and informed debate about the value and importance of food. Read more

BOOK LAUNCH 1st October 2015: A remarkable holistic anthology

If you want good personal healthcare, See a  Vet M13738 A5 Booklet – Industrialised Humanity: why and how should we care for one anotherDavid Z new photo_4574
Dr David Zigmond is a founder member of the BHMA and veteran NHS general practitioner and psychiatrist in Bermondsey, South East London. He has been writing about his work and the NHS for many years. This is the first time his writings have been gathered together and this truly remarkable achievement can be shown to the world. You will quickly see how prescient have been his pleas and warnings to anyone who would listen. With every year that passes, his work becomes more relevant.

      ‘What kinds of human suffering constitute illness? What is the difference between treatment and healing? What do other people want and need? Who decides?’

       “The author conveys the human complexities confronting healthcare with sophisticatiion, clarity and delicate though rich imagination” Professor Sue Wheeler, University of Leicester.

Food conference programme

Meet David in these videos (short and full versions) speaking at the London launch of his books held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

David Zigmond – Industrial Healthcare: Replanting Humanity (full version)

February 2015
8 Week Mindful Self-compassion Course

This course based on the ground-breaking work of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week (9 session including a half day retreat), training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits.
Course venue: University of Westminster, Central London

Who’s reading the Journal of Holistic Healthcare?

Satish Kumar holding JHH400pxSatish Kumar, writer, broadcaster, speaker, publisher and activist for reverential ecology has discovered our journal.

The Journal of Holistic Healthcare is published three times per year and provides unique insights into holistic healthcare, the ecology of health and wellbeing and sustainability.



Microsoft Word - Doc1.docxWe asked complementary practitioner, John Kapp, and NHS GP, Dr David Zigmond to answer this question: 
“Would the mass provision through the NHS of standardised packages of mindfulness-based therapy be a good solution for the common mental health problems in our population?”

John says YES 
David says NO!
Read their fascinating essays HERE

Then maybe listen to the BBC Radio 4 documentary on mindfulness last broadcast on 11th January 2014. This programme balances the Buddhist origins of mindfulness with contemporary research into its use as a therapy. Like John and David it presents opposing views in a stimulating way.

Mutha Courage – read this BLOG

In the form of a weekly blog, Mutha Courage is an account of a young woman’s descent into postpartum psychosis. It is an extraordinary first person account of madness, of a husband’s and other’s attempts to hold the family together, of the response of the caring services. Reading from the beginning draws you into her world as it disintegrates and, we hope, is finally reassembled.

Thought for the Day

Try listening to this BBC Thought for the Day from Vishvapani, teacher   and writer on Buddhism and mindfulness. He speaks about medicine’s limitations, about our need to think differently in caring for ourselves, about the value of being mindful and the vital importance of strong well-connected communities. All of this in less then three minutes! It’s a good message.