Simon House was born in academic Oxford. As a young man he aimed for the jungle of commerce and spent some time navigating through national service in Mogadishu and Natural Sciences at Cambridge, before hopping onto a low branch at pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals company Fisons. However, marketing’s opportunity for inventive thinking about products and health was restricted by the profit motive and the objectifying and distancing of consumers. Wanting to share life with them, and to plumb existence, Simon became a priest, becoming a vital part of communities in Yorkshire, Derby and Southampton. Where new communities lacked heart, people assembled to find heart and healing.
But marketing’s global view had left its mark. Driven by the park of innovation, Simon designed a new model for overseas partnerships, for personal relationships and sharing between communities. This manifested in various areas, from developing modern styles of counselling to meaningful ways of worship; from wells in Uganda to cracking rickshaw monopolies in India.
Various aspects of this work, particularly the re-experiencing early-life events through Primal Integration Therapy, led to profound personal change and general discoveries. Only since the unravelling of epigenetics and genomic imprinting do many people find it credible that birth circumstances, and even conception, can have such a powerful effect on a person’s life. The lasting effects of a mother’s stress at the time of conception is now demonstrable scientifically, as is the long evidenced effect on a child of the mother’s nutrition before conception. This has been Simon’s incentive for decades, which is how he was lucky to have come across Michael Crawford. Since then he has been working with Michael and the McCarrison Society, as well as with the pre- and perinatal societies, Ludwig Janus in particular, towards bringing children into the world healthy.
It was thanks to a book, The Unborn Child, that Simon came across these individuals and societies. He immediately set out to meet Roy Ridgway, the book’s author, just awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Roy made Simon Chair of his charity, now Child Health International. We took initiatives in Russia & Ukraine on Health of Future Generations, and on cystic fibrosis management. On Roy’s death while still working at 85, his hard-working widow Dorothea asked Simon to update The Unborn Child, which he gladly restructured and extended. He has also presented to societies in various countries holding together preconceptional effects of nutrition and emotions on a person’s life, and effective means of preventing damage. These presentations are written up and published in the societies’ journals. Inevitably epigenetics has become part of this fascinating study, and include in his presentations and articles.
For several years Simon chaired the McCarrison Society and is still on its board, and the Mother and Child Foundation’s, the Royal Society of Medicine’s Food & Health Forum’s, and editorial board of Nutrition & Health.
Currently Simon is surveying the lifetime costs of developmental disorders, and highlighting ways of improving an unborn child’s health. Prevention of many problems lies in both partners’ assessment and preparation for conception, in ways validated by controlled trials and clinical records. In financial terms, let alone human, the possibilities are amazing.
Contact: Rev Simon House, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Epigenetics in Adaptive Evolution and Development: the interplay between evolving species and epigenetic mechanisms. (2011). A chapter in: Handbook of Epigenetics: The New Molecular and Medical Genetics. Ed: Trygve Tollefsbol, Elsevier
- Nurture of the brain, nutritional & emotional, in the context of evolution and the lifecycle. (2010), J of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Lawrence KA: Allen.
- Nurture of the brain, nutritional and emotional, in the context of evolution, ecology, and the lifecycle. (2009) International Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Medicine. 21.3-4:162-70. Heidelberg: Mattes.
- Schoolchildren, maternal nutrition and generating healthy brains: the importance of lifecycle education for fertility, health and peace. (2009) Nutrition and Health 20.1:51-76.
- Nuturing the brain, nutritionally and emotionally, from before conception to late adolescence. (2007) Generating Healthy Brains. Nutrition and Health 19.1-2. (Medline)
- The Prenatal Child and Society – Moscow Congress 2007 – Coordinated Summarised Congress Articles. International Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Medicine. Heidelberg: Mattes. (2008). – also in McCarrison Newsletters.
- The Unborn Child. (2006) Ridgway & House. Karnac Books – Amazon.
- Stages in reproduction particularly vulnerable to xenobiotic hazards and nutritional deficits. In: Generating Healthy People. (2000) Nutrition and Health 14.3 AB Academic, Bicester UK. http://www.healthierbabies.org/simon/simon.htm. Also (Medline)
- Primal Integration Therapy – School of Frank Lake MB, MRC Psych, DPM, (1999) International Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Medicine. 11.4. Heidelberg: Mattes. (2000) J of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Lawrence KA: Allen. 14.3-4.
- The Struggle for Wholeness in People and in the World, (1978) S George’s House, Windsor Castle: The New Cooperatives; Alternative Technology; Communities for Healing.