Discover the Power of Alternative Medicine

With Dr Anthony Sharkey

Do you want to explore alternative medicine but you aren’t sure where to begin?

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Alternative medicine, or ‘ALT’ MEDICINE, is a new medical solution that empowers anyone who takes 100% responsibility for their health. It’s about putting your health in your own hands, making you the captain of your wellness journey.

‘ALT’ MEDICINE is a compassionate response to the challenges of our rapidly changing environment. It acknowledges the unique pressures we face in the modern world and offers tailored solutions to help us thrive.

Those who want to take 100% responsibility are being called to be the healthiest versions of themselves.

May this website be a trusted companion, offering understanding and support for at least part of your way. We’re here to guide you through the complexities of alternative medicine and help you make informed decisions about your health.

Navigating the best therapeutic options can be a minefield when you are ill and feeling vulnerable.

As an experienced medical doctor with over 40 years working in both mainstream and alternative medicine, I can help you understand why you are ill and what to do about it. I will work with you to find the best natural and complementary medicine that works safely with your current medical regimen or as a safe alternative treatment.

 Why Patients Work With Dr Anthony Sharkey

Here are the top reasons I hear from patients as to why they are interested in exploring alternative medicine options.

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1. Conditions Not Improving

Chronic diseases are defined as conditions that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention and/or limit activities of daily living. 

According to the National Risk Assessment Report 2018 more than 60% of people aged over 50 in Ireland have at least one chronic condition, and 18% have two or more.

For many patients conventional medical treatments either don’t appear to be working, or cause more suffering through adverse side effects.

The majority of my patients come to me looking for alternative treatments because they don’t feel they are getting any better and are worn out and disillusioned with conventional medicine.

Some will continue with conventional medicine but use complementary treatments to alleviate side effects or improve results. Others find more effective alternatives. This can sometimes be as simple as as treatment through diet rather than medication.

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2. Worry & Confusion

Most doctors and consultants working within a conventional medical setting are so overworked that they are unable to give their patients the time to listen properly or to fully explain conditions and treatments.

It may take many months or even years to get an appointment, and when you do finally see your specialist, the consultation often feels far too rushed.

When you are ill and vulnerable if you don’t feel heard or are subjected to impersonal, by-numbers care this creates more worry and confusion.

I will take the time needed to listen to you, to explain the medical point of view if necessary, and also what potential complementary or alternative treatments are options for you.

There are now many excellent treatments in integrative and functional medicine that use more advanced diagnosis and treatment than mainstream medicine which can take a very long time to catch up with the latest knowledge.

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3. Empowerment

Recent studies indicate that patients seek alternative therapies because they see them as less authoritarian and more empowering. They also find them to be more congruent with their own values, beliefs, and philosophical orientation.

I concur with this and the experience with my own patients shows me that empowerment should not be underestimated.

At the very least, alternative therapies such as meditation, reiki and aromatherapy can help promote relaxation and a general sense of wellbeing.

This is important for patients and therefore complements conventional treatment by helping patients to feel better.

My role is to help you navigate your way safely through all the options because natural treatments are not risk free. For example, antioxidant supplements can interfere with chemotherapy, and herbal remedies can affect the way our bodies metabolise prescription drugs.

About Dr Anthony Sharkey

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Dr Anthony Sharkey MB Bch BAO DCH qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1982.

Recognised as a pioneer in alternative medicine in Ireland, Anthony works for the HSE in community medicine and has a private medical practice specialising in alternative medicine including non-drug based treatments of anxiety and depression.

He was the medical doctor and mindfulness teacher on the first mindfulness course for people with a medically diagnosed disease in 1996.

Dr Sharkey teaches that there are tried-and-tested, effective, and safe alternatives to prescription medication.

After qualifying from Trinity Colledge Dublin in 1982, He soon added traditional Chinese, osteopathic and homoeopathic principles into his medical practice. He opened the first purpose-built yoga and meditation studio in Ireland. He then lived in a meditation retreat centre for two and a half years, this entailed meditating for a minimum of 5 hours a day as well as organising and leading numerous retreats.

He helped establish the Dublin Meditation centre. This was a space dedicated to Meditation and was also one of the first dedicated Yoga centres in Ireland. During the 90’s he introduced over 4,000 people to the skills of meditation and yoga through evening classes and retreats.

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What Patients Say About Dr Sharkey

Dr. Sharkey was the first medical doctor I met who understood how difficult it is to access real help if you are in the medical system when you have had breast cancer surgery and now have lymphodema to deal with.  Marie, Dublin

Four years ago, we took our 9-year-old to Dr. Anthony Sharkey because of nosebleeds. We had already been to the ED department several times, and the ENT doctor didn’t have much to offer. In 10 minutes, Dr. Anthony Sharkey performed an energy Medicine technique. He suggested a traditional remedy; she had not had one nosebleed since. E. Dublin

Menopause has been a difficult journey for me.  I have been sceptical of alternatives before but when I knew that Dr. Anthony Sharkey had a foot in both camps I decided to book an appointment. before I consulted with Dr. Anthony Sharkey I had a lot of anxiety and I was having panic attacks. I found this very difficult to deal with. There was a build up inside of me – I was worried about my loved ones. I am delighted and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Sharkey. Meeting him has been a huge benefit to me. I definitely found these few months were so much easier to get through compared to all the other years especially last year. I now have a fantastic inner calm physically and mentally and I can handle panic and anxiety much more easily. Thank you! P. Kildare

My 17-year-old had a painful knee that was causing him to limp and to have to use a crutch at school. He loves GAA and had to stop training and playing. We brought him to physios, etc., who suggested he had a ligament issue and recommended an MRI scan. Before the scan, I got him to Dr Anthony Sharkey. After three sessions, he was walking normally and training usually. It is like a miracle. Also, we have not needed get a scan. R. Naas Co. Kildare

Our 7-month-old granddaughter had terrible eczema on her face. Her doctor prescribed a mild steroid cream that worked only when we used it. When we stopped using it, the eczema returned in a day or two. After advice from the first phone call session with Dr Sharkey she immediately started improving.

Previously, I had to go to Turkey to find a functional Medicine doctor. It is so great to now have my own medically trained doctor who can can understand the advanced functional medicine blood tests. Y. Dublin

I took one of Dr. Anthony Sharkey’s Mindfulness courses several years ago, and I can mark that time when all relationships changed for the better. Why? Because I learned how to love myself. The first of many benefits I noticed was that I was sleeping better. Denise, Galway

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