1. Tell us about yourself.
Born in Cork, Ireland, I grew up with a wonderful mom and dad in a very loving and caring family outside Dublin, second oldest of seven kids, did not fit in or do well at school as a kid which left me with an identification with the underdog. Scraped into medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland which I enjoyed very much but not long after qualifying struck out on my own road into the arts and business.
On the business front, in my first venture, I built up Ireland's number one consumer electronics distribution company in the 80's.
In the early 80's I stumbled into alternative medicines led me back to medicine, the creation of a music therapy (Voce) and my own music, recording two albums, Voce 1996 and The Laundry Room, 2007 https://soundcloud.com/phil_harrington/sets , currently working on a third. From this time I started to act as a vocational patient advocate for friends and family.
I am the very lucky dad of two wonderful daughters Emily and Katherine who grew up with me half the time since they were 4 and 6.
My venturing into music led me to setting up www.youbloom.com whose mission helps artists to become viable in the DIY music business.
In the late 90's, not long after moving to LA, I became ill for a few years, which thankfully I recovered from. Inspired by my experience and difficulties of trying to navigate the medical system as a new resident of LA, I started working on trying to help people in the same situation as myself which has grown into the Human Health Project www.humanhealthproject.org
2. How did you find your path?
Not fitting in from early on got me started on looking for my path. I was reading psychology and philosophy and writing poetry as a teenager. The sudden death of my dad at 49 when I was 18 and the great disruption to my mom and family left me with burning questions. My stumbling into alternative medicines, reading a host of books, meeting many people in the area and attending workshops culminated in a number of epiphanies in my early 30's which set me on my path to this day.
3. What is the biggest benefit that people can receive from Human Health Project?
Human Health Project (HHP) allows people to support and share information about their conditions with each other. In addition, HHP collects and grades treatment Outcomes data (what works/does not work) and gives this data back to HHP members. So on the ground, so to speak, it's about people helping each other and at the same time HHP collects data on what works and does not work and gives it back to people to search.
4. If there were one thing you could tell people to try to do that would help them on their journey, what would it be?
"Listen to and trust your intuition"
5. Do you have a special affirmation or message that you would like to share with the readers?
My own is "trust and keep showing up" I also repeat to myself as needed variations on "zero self pity, resentments, total love, goodwill, compassion, acceptance, responsibility, kindness..."