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Why We Need a Completely Different Approach to Healing
"We are nature."
For at least 200,000 years, modern humans have lived, anatomically indistinguishable from you and me.
For most of that time, people have felt that everything is interconnected. Observing natural processes, humans - like all other living creatures - knew that god/spirit is all around them.
Our ancient ancestors had robust health, a relatively leisurely life, little disease, and effective techniques for helping to heal injuries. Their diets were varied and protein-based rather than starch-based.
When ill, people tapped into spiritual, experiential, and shamanic interfaces to find resolution and healing.
10,000 years ago
"We must control nature."
The beginning of the first Agricultural Revolution in the Near East marked a Great Forgetting: a fall from Grace and an expulsion from the natural world.
Recent changes in the climate had led to a proliferation of starchy food grain plants in the Near East. This proliferation of starchy foods led to a proliferation of the animals (including humans) that grazed on these high-calorie, easy-to-get foods. Over generations, this led to a tremendous population boom.
Both the humans and the animals that ate these easy-to-get foods became, over generations, rather "lazy." The animals were therefore easily domesticated.
The Great Forgetting occurred when humans in the Near East developed the belief that everything in Nature must be conquered and controlled.
The combination of high population and lack of diversity in lifestyle meant that people tended to be much more vulnerable to diseases than before. Consequently, there was a dramatic drop in average lifespan, people became much smaller in stature, and epidemics became common. This was exacerbated by the dramatic loss of forager skills, making people ever-more dependent on their limited food sources and reinforcing the desire to conquer and subdue natural forces.
Famine became a regular occurrence.
6,000 years ago
"Disease is a punishment."
After four thousand years, the landbase of the Fertile Crescent was depleted due to overfarming and overgrazing. Desertification began. The agricultural civilization that had been born in the Near East now began its relentless global expansion, in the form of what we call "civilization."
The Abrahamic religion story of Genesis developed, featuring the idea that humanity's fall from Grace (separation from Nature) meant that we must be punished. Our sentence was to live by hard work and to be forever marked with conquest, war, plagues, and death after a hard life.
As part of this new way of living, class division formed, creating separate roles for conquering Nature. Just as farmers fought off invading species and soldiers fought off invading societies, priests warded off evil forces.
Survival was now seen as a reward for being a good person, and illness became a punishment for the wicked.
4,000 years ago
"Health is a commodity."
As civilization continued to expand and become more complex, division of class and work also continued. By the time of the great lawmaker Hammurabi, a full-fledged medical "industry" had come into being.
In fact, Hammurabi set out a complete pricing system for different medical services and on a class-based price scale from nobility to slave. This effectively commoditized medicine, making medicine no longer a natural right of birth.
Medical services included surgery, bone setting, and prescription of drugs.
2,800 years ago
"Nature is a machine, made of parts we can understand."
When civilization had expanded all the way to Greece, Hippocrates influenced civilization by introducing the scientific approach to understanding Nature.
Thus, while the goal was still to conquer and control Nature, the approach became more refined.
This subtle change in philosophy was that Nature is a machine comprising elements that work together.
The word "science" comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "to cut off." By isolating the parts of the machine and observing them, it was thought that Nature could be subdued and controlled.
2,000 years ago
"Nature is a system that is different from the sum of its parts."
Galen's approach was called the Theory of Physiology.
The idea expanded on the Greek scientific approach, deliberately observing the body's functioning in order to understand health and disease. It also expanded on Hammurabi's approach, looking for Nature's laws as they apply to health and disease. At this time, the Christian idea of self-healing and self-realization, of an individual, personal relationship with the Divine, also came into western civilization.
However, despite Galen's introduction of the Theory of Physiology, anatomy - the mechanistic view of the body taken by the Greeks - remained the primary view of the body. To most philosophers, physiology was considered hogwash.
The Romans (again, similar to the cultures of the Indian subcontinent) also introduced the idea of "duty" into western civilization. This led to the development of extensive public health measures including sanitation and hospitals, which resulted in dramatically-improved wellbeing for average people.
1,500 years ago
"Both disease and cure come from outside the body."
Western civilization reached its zenith with the Roman Empire. Then it hit a resource limit and collapsed.
With the collapse of the (now-Christian) Roman Empire, there was a massive resource loss in Europe leading to loss of social, biological, and physical complexity at all levels. This meant that suddenly there was an effective massive overpopulation problem, as the system to support all these people no longer worked properly. Combined with another climate change (the "Little Ice Age"), this became a time of plagues and dark ages.
Aside from the Christian/Roman duty to care for the sick, which meant that hospitals continued to exist, the various public health benefits of Rome disappeared, especially sanitation. Conflicts between societies, crop failures, and filthy living conditions made life very hard for people in western civilization.
In the Dark Ages, the ancient belief became strengthened that illness was an evil force resulting from being abandoned by God because of our sins. Medical "therapies" included punishments such as exorcism, blood-letting, and poisoning.
Meanwhile, the Muslims in the Near East preserved the Greek medical knowledge and developed extensive pharmaceutical knowledge.
1,200 years ago
"The Doctor is the Expert."
Christian hospitals in Europe became teaching hospitals, promoting basic anatomist teachings.
At the Salerno Institution in Italy, Arabic medical treatises and Greek texts had been carefully preserved, and scholars here preserved and built on the medical principles of Galen, Hippocrates, and other pre-collapse thinkers. It was here that medical practitioners, unrivalled in the western world at that time, began to be granted the title of "Doctor."
The medical schools taught Galen's Theory of Physiology, which meant observing natural laws. However, the church maintained the older position of anatomy, believing that the natural world is a machine operated by God.
500 years ago
"Only that which can be measured is relevant."
Christian Crusaders had begun a tradition of travelling far afield to look for new resource supplies. This began the process of European colonialism, which created new support systems and brought in new wealth to Western civilization.
After the horrors of the Black Death and the other miseries of the preceding centuries, a humanistic rebirth began in Western civilization.
Dominant philosophy in this time included a marked rejection of spiritual or religious sources of healing and support. There was now a renewed attempt to master Nature for once and for all.
With this rise of humanism, church and science - including scientific medicine - began to overtly disagree with one another. The physiology (natural process) versus anatomy (God-controlled clockwork) argument intensified to the point that physicians (scientific medical practitioners) and surgeons (anatomists working in hospitals) worked separately and as rivals.
Anatomists looked for answers in structure and preferred to physically remove disease, while physicians looked for causes of disease by observing the interaction of body systems with each other and with outside forces.
300 years ago
"Technology will save us."
With continuing influx of wealth from new European colonies, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and the return of Roman methods of hygiene and public health, scientists became very popular, the rock stars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Royal Society worked hard to make medicine "scientific," which by this time meant that spiritual matters had to be completely removed from the discipline.
Along with the rise of the popularity of the machine in every area of life, mechanistic (anatomist) approaches to medicine also began to dominate over physiological, self-help approaches.
Although Paracelsus' "New Medicine" proclaimed that "The knowledge of nature is the foundation of the science of medicine," this physiological approach to disease and healing became outshined by the fascinating feats of technological, mechanistic medicine.
Meanwhile, general improvement in living conditions netted a happier and therefore healthier European population. These improvements in wellbeing for the average person reinforced the belief in a technological solution to illness.
150 years ago
"Disease is caused by microscopic things."
Anatomists now dominated popular belief about why the body develops symptoms: it's mechanical.
The prevailing belief by this time was that Nature, the world, and the body are just machinery that God built and then left to run on its own.
From this perspective, illness must be a product of malfunction of the anatomy, a mechanical problem of the body. Anatomist surgeons backed by Christian hospitals performed Deus ex machina interventions into illness by cutting, burning, or poisoning illness away.
There remained a problem in this philosophy, however: an anatomist could not explain how illness spontaneously occurs in a perfectly normal body part.
The dazzling technologies of the Industrial Age came to the rescue with the microscope. The Germ Theory of Disease proposed that illness was still a product of a malfunction of the anatomy ...however, the mechanical forces (germs) which produced the problem had formerly just been too small to see with the naked eye!
The concept of the "immune system" was then invented to explain why some people get sick and others don't, when both are exposed to the same germs.
The Germ Theory of Disease was unfounded and was disproven in its own time. However, another technology had been developed at around the same time: anaesthetic. The use of anesthesia completely revolutionized health care, because it allowed patients to withstand enormous trauma without experiencing the trauma. The rate of infection and death for hospital patients dropped like a stone.
Not knowing that it was trauma which caused illness, the anatomist doctors of 150 years ago believed that it was the use of antiseptics which were making the difference. This confirmed their belief in the Germ Theory of Disease, even though it had been scientifically disproven. Thus, the mechanistic, anatomical view of the body continues to dominate Western medicine today.
100 years ago
"Everyone must participate in the war against Nature."
The modern pharmaceutical industry was created by John D. Rockefeller for the same reason as he created the oil industry, the auto industry, the pesticide and chemical fertilizer industry, and many other industries: to create a new market for petroleum-based products.
Rockefeller's father, "Devil Bill" Rockefeller, had been a con artist and philanderer, a travelling salesman of homeopathic remedies who didn't send much money home and who had bastard children in many communities.
John D. Rockefeller's approach to business was to eliminate competition for his products. He would buy up all the competing businesses and create a monopoly. (Some say this was the beginning of modern capitalism. "Competition is sin," is one of John D.'s famous quotes. He believed in controlling entire industries in order to be able to control wealth to be able to give to the poor).
Following this strategy, he facilitated the creation of the American Medical Association, whose mandate was to eliminate "quackery." Thus, John D. deliberately got rid of most of the remaining schools of physiology-based medicine in the Western world.
Within two decades, schools of homeopathy and other physiology-based schools of healing had largely been discredited as "real" forms of medicine. At the same time, the A.M.A. strongly promoted mass vaccination programs and other government-distributed use of pharmaceutical medicine.
70 years ago
"We are controlled by our (selfish) genes."
With the idea of a mechanistic and microscopic basis of the body now widely-accepted, attention turned to investigations of how the genes inside our cells make our bodies do what they do.
In the 1940s and early 1950s, biologists hypothesized that the chromosomes inside the cells of our body contain a code that controls how our bodies work. Chemists then discovered the double helical structure of DNA in 1953, marking the transition to the era of molecular genetics, which exploded into a focus on attempting to solve all symptoms at a chemical level, either with drugs or foods ...as well as a fear of chemicals in the form of carcinogens, toxins, allergens, and more.
60 years ago
"Small changes can lead to big changes."
With the new analytical power available from computers, the field of systems dynamics came into being. Founded by MIT engineer Jay Forrester, "systems thinking" arose from a recognition of a need for a better way of testing social ideas. The approach of systems thinking is fundamentally different from the thousands-of-years-old scientific approach of breaking things into smaller and smaller parts in order to look for their mechanical underpinnings. Instead, systems thinking focuses on how whatever is being studied interacts with everything else around it.
The implication for understanding illness and healing is that, instead of breaking your body down into smaller and smaller parts (your anatomy, then your cells, then your genes, then your genetic molecules), a systems-thinking approach would keep expanding the view to take into account larger and larger numbers of interactions that your body is experiencing until your overall health situation is understood in complete context.
The systems-thinking approach often results in strikingly different conclusions than those generated by traditional forms of analysis, because while those other approaches focus in on smaller and smaller parts, systems thinking addresses all the feedback from different sources, both inside and outside your body.
30 years ago
"We are nature."
Dr. Ryke G. Hamer was a German physician working at a teaching hospital in Tubingen, Germany when he discovered that every cancer is actually an emergency biological response to a traumatic shock which poses a threat to the organism's survival. This was a re-discovery of the Natural Laws of Healing.
With this realization, Dr. Hamer was soon able to see other consistent patterns, present in 100% of patients he observed.
In all, he discovered 5 biological laws that govern the course of every cancer and cancer-equivalent health issue.
Dr. Hamer's findings continue to be rejected by the medical industry.
The Wake-Up Call.
Today there is a global cultural revolution.
In this global revolution, there is a question each of us needs to answer:
"Are we going to be victims of a mechanistic society that's facing economic, environmental, and social collapse?"
"Or are we going to take charge of our own destinies?"
I like to take the best of all worlds. I am selfish about wellbeing. I study the Natural Laws of Healing and use them to stay healthy. I have overcome several serious health issues and have helped others to do so as well.
I also study what's out there in conventional and alternative medicine. If I get hit by a bus and need my leg sewed back on, I want to be taken to an emergency room. If I want improved vitality or tools for personal development, I might visit an Ayurvedic or Chinese doctor, or maybe a hypnotist or a psychotherapist.
Whatever expertise I seek, I always remember that my health is my responsibility alone. And your health is your responsibility alone.
But you don't have to do it by yourself. There is help
Welcome to the self-healing revolution.
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