My philosophy

2021

DR DAPHNE LYELL

I am Daphne Lyell – I am an integrative medical doctor (GP)
and a homoeopath. My philosophy lies in educating and assisting clients and parents in creating healthy, balanced and resilient human beings that can bounce back from imbalance and stress.

Together, we identify the cause and root of the problem. We talk, we explore and through your stories, we braille the way to go.

The way I understand this life is that we go through our days collecting experiences and forming relationships. The first, and most important, relationship is the one we forge with ourselves – which is an ongoing process of reflecting, reshaping, self-forgiveness and growth. This impacts every other relationship we form. This affects how resilient we are to stress, which in turn affects our susceptibility to disease.

Health is more than the mere absence of symptoms. It is the interplay of the physical, emotional and mental realms with a dynamic interaction with our environment. We are complex and integrated beings, with our minds affecting our health and body. It is the sum total of the experience of being alive. Being fully human.

We are born into a lineage with a genetic history. This is our blueprint and provides certain building blocks. Some of this is set, some of this acquired and a lot of it is what we expose ourselves to. What we do, how we think, the quality of the food we eat, how it’s prepared, what we drink – whether water or wine – what we read or write, the company we choose, the words we speak to ourselves, the air we breathe, our thinking about what we experience – all of these determine what we become. Another big contributor is our family narrative: the story you believe about yourself in this world. Your experiences – the positive ones, the traumas – all these weave the complex colourful carpet of dreams that makes up you.

Along another line, I have always had a deep love for the childbearing years. I support midwife-led care for low-risk mothers as this normal physiological process of becoming pregnant, carrying a child and birthing our offspring is not only a rite of passage for new mothers, but a pivotal time of creating parents that can find their inner compass again. We live in a society that supports finding outside sources to make us feel OK. In finding the courage to turn inward again and connecting with our gut and instinct, we can create a safe support for our young that allows them to blossom into conscious, loved and loving beings.

I was told very early on by one of the ‘matriarchal midwives’ that I must ‘unlearn’ my medical approach to birth. Only after tending to home birth moms alongside midwife colleagues do I understand what she meant. I’m grateful to her for bringing me to question what I was taught and I am passionate about sharing this with parents.

Following from birth, I see and treat some kids that are vaccinated, some whose parents have decided to delay and others have decided to avoid altogether. I am keen to inform parents on how to guard the integrity of their young one’s gut/immune systems. I really enjoy that I have two toolboxes to choose from: the orthodox medical, and the alternative. I prescribe from whichever is necessary, within reason. Some parents look for a quick fix and prefer a more mainstream approach, while others want a much more holistic view. We do what is best for the client at that time.

Ideally, future parents will get themselves into a place of optimal health before conception. They’ll continue with this during pregnancy while the child benefits from this in utero. There is very exciting evidence emerging of how something as simple as a healthy gut microbiome* can prevent a myriad of dysfunction such as premature labour, Group B Streptococcal overgrowth and more. So getting the mother’s gut health optimised, allows for her to pass the healthiest possible bacterial/viral/fungal ‘heirloom’ on to her baby.

A healthy newborn gut assists in optimally digesting and assimilating nutrients – starting from breastmilk. It affects, teaches and orchestrates the immune system and, in the long run, forms the cornerstone of a balanced and appropriately responding immune system. In a nutshell, this decreases the likelihood of developing food sensitivities and potentially decreases the severity of chronic inflammatory conditions
like eczema, asthma, and autoimmunity, to name a few.

I look forward to working with you. The road of creating health as opposed to fighting disease is so much more fulfilling, exciting and wholesome. I’ll happily walk next to you.

*The microbiome is the term referring to the vast number of bacteria and viruses living in and on our body. We have an intricate relationship of interdependence. They assist in protecting us against germs, help us breakdown food and produce certain vitamins.
They outnumber us by about ten to one.

The way I understand this life is that we go through our days collecting experiences and forming relationships. The first, and most important, relationship is the one we forge with ourselves – which is an ongoing process of reflecting, reshaping, self-forgiveness and growth. This impacts every other relationship we form. This affects how resilient we are to stress, which in turn affects our susceptibility to disease.

Health is more than the mere absence of symptoms. It is the interplay of the physical, emotional and mental realms with a dynamic interaction with our environment. We are complex and integrated beings, with our minds affecting our health and body. It is the sum total of the experience of being alive. Being fully human.

We are born into a lineage with a genetic history. This is our blueprint and provides certain building blocks. Some of this is set, some of this acquired and a lot of it is what we expose ourselves to. What we do, how we think, the quality of the food we eat, how it’s prepared, what we drink – whether water or wine – what we read or write, the company we choose, the words we speak to ourselves, the air we breathe, our thinking about what we experience – all of these determine what we become. Another big contributor is our family narrative: the story you believe about yourself in this world. Your experiences – the positive ones, the traumas – all these weave the complex colourful carpet of dreams that makes up you.

Along another line, I have always had a deep love for the childbearing years. I support midwife-led care for low-risk mothers as this normal physiological process of becoming pregnant, carrying a child and birthing our offspring is not only a rite of passage for new mothers, but a pivotal time of creating parents that can find their inner compass again. We live in a society that supports finding outside sources to make us feel OK. In finding the courage to turn inward again and connecting with our gut and instinct, we can create a safe support for our young that allows them to blossom into conscious, loved and loving beings.

I was told very early on by one of the ‘matriarchal midwives’ that I must ‘unlearn’ my medical approach to birth. Only after tending to home birth moms alongside midwife colleagues do I understand what she meant. I’m grateful to her for bringing me to question what I was taught and I am passionate about sharing this with parents.

Following from birth, I see and treat some kids that are vaccinated, some whose parents have decided to delay and others have decided to avoid altogether. I am keen to inform parents on how to guard the integrity of their young one’s gut/immune systems. I really enjoy that I have two toolboxes to choose from: the orthodox medical, and the alternative. I prescribe from whichever is necessary, within reason. Some parents look for a quick fix and prefer a more mainstream approach, while others want a much more holistic view. We do what is best for the client at that time.

Ideally, future parents will get themselves into a place of optimal health before conception. They’ll continue with this during pregnancy while the child benefits from this in utero. There is very exciting evidence emerging of how something as simple as a healthy gut microbiome* can prevent a myriad of dysfunction
such as premature labour, Group B Streptococcal overgrowth and more. So getting the mother’s gut health optimised, allows for her to pass the healthiest possible bacterial/viral/fungal ‘heirloom’ on to her baby.

A healthy newborn gut assists in optimally digesting and assimilating nutrients – starting from breastmilk.
It affects, teaches and orchestrates the immune system and, in the long run, forms the cornerstone of a balanced and appropriately responding immune system. In a nutshell, this decreases the likelihood of developing food sensitivities and potentially decreases the severity of chronic inflammatory conditions
like eczema, asthma, and autoimmunity, to name a few.

I look forward to working with you. The road of creating health as opposed to fighting disease is so much more fulfilling, exciting and wholesome. I’ll happily walk next to you.

*The microbiome is the term referring to the vast number of bacteria and viruses living in and on our body. We have an intricate relationship of interdependence. They assist in protecting us against germs, help us breakdown food and produce certain vitamins.
They outnumber us by about ten to one.

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