Toxic Culture

toxic cultureWestern culture has much to be proud of. Its attainments are without comparison. But we are living on borrowed time because there is a serious flaw at the heart of our philosophy that has opened us all to dangers.

The contradictions implicit in a conspicuous consumer culture are evident to increasing numbers of people. The shortcomings of an economic system that uses its assets (the Earth’s resources) as income, and then messes its own doorstep with pollution, are becoming plainly visible.

Globally at the moment there are problems facing the survival of mankind. Diminishing natural resources and increasing populations who consume mean that we are already fighting over what’s left (ie oil, water, forest) and exporting many of our problems to the environment for our children to sort out. In effect our present global economy is stealing a future from our descendants.

Our investment systems have used the capital assets of our planet as if they were income since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Our whole system of investing for the future is based on extracting and exploiting the capital assets of the earth to create income, without any regard to the future. It is a house built on sand. Any accountant, in fact most four year olds can tell you that if you use finite assets as income, and then spend it, you’re going to end up with nothing. We are putting little back into our planet except for our waste materials. This is utterly exploitative at a deep level and has resulted in an environment and economy full of danger.

The way our culture relates to this planet is not sustainable. Many people have compared our culture to a cancer spreading on the face of the planet, eating away at its resources without replacing, acting only for itself without reference to other species of life. In this context the disease of cancer mirrors a crisis in our culture.

Cancer is a side effect of a culture that values unrestricted growth at any cost. The whole idea of ‘magic bullets’ and ‘a pill for every ill’ are symptomatic of a shallow, high tech, quick fix mentality of a dominator culture expecting the world to be as controllable as a laboratory.

Two hundred years ago 98% of people worked on the land in some way, living in farms and villages. Pretty soon half of the worlds population will be urbanites. The intrusion of humans into remote places, combined with the high speed of global travel combined with high density living in cities creates conditions that are ripe for microbes, viruses, bacteria and parasites to flourish amongst us. Modern conditions make us more susceptible to communicable diseases than we were just 50 years ago.

Biological enhancement of crops, growth hormones in milk and meat, mercury in our mouths, colorants and carcinogens in food are commonplace. The foot and mouth epidemic, B.S.E. in sheep and cattle, bird flu, S.A.R.S., nuclear radiation and the de-naturalisation of our food are examples of how common sense is abandoned to profit. The ‘Precautionary Principle’ is too often being overlooked in the rush of science.

The genetic modification of food for example is still largely untested and many of its results are open to interpretation. Scientific knowledge of the processes involved is still at an early stage.

Little is known about side effects, how gene function is controlled, and gene transfer into other organisms such as bacteria in the human gut. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that the potential adverse effects have not been sufficiently investigated and strongly recommend caution.

The United Nations’ safety body, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, has warned that the failure to carry out full health checks on GM foods could lead to toxic reactions, allergies and increased resistance to antibiotics. Experience has shown that genetically modified and organic foods cannot exist together because genetically modified crops will cross-pollinate with any others.

Contamination of the whole food chain has already occurred within a few years. Biotechnology companies that are facing opposition in Europe and the US are targeting less well resourced countries in the hope that genetically modified organisms will spread irreversibly before public opinion has time to intervene.

The common Western diet has become one based on convenience foods full of poor quality cholesterol, life-clogging trans-fats and processed sugar. Convenience often outweighs any considerations of nutrition or authenticity.

In addition to dangers lurking in our food supply, there are others waiting in the environment. Daily cocktails of synthetic chemicals, poisons, radiation and other stressors surround us. We find radiation from mobile phones and microwaves or toxic car fumes and aluminium and parabens in antiperspirant, rat poison in toothpaste, the convenience of chemical sprays or heavy metals and chemical effluents in the water and food. Slowly the sheer levels of non-natural substances have built up and now our environment is crammed with toxins we often consume unwittingly.

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Principles of Holism

principles of holism
Dr Julian N Kenyon

The ‘Principles of Holism’ are admirably described by Dr. Julian N. Kenyon in his book ‘21st Century Medicine’. These, written below, show just how far orthodox Western medicine is presently from a philosophy of health that looks at the whole person.

1. Relatedness of all things is of major importance

2. The concept of balance as succinctly described by traditional Chinese medicine is an indicator of health

3. Disease is looked upon as an imbalance arising from a faulty relationship or relationships either inside or outside the patient. The key to cure is to look for and correct the relationship

4. A recognition of the importance of the environment in its material, psychological and social aspects

5. Any patient is a potentially self-healing system and can be aided on his way by means of therapies which are participatory rather than passive or suppressive

6. A devolution of power to the patient, with equal power sharing between doctor and patient

7. A preference for causally directed therapy as opposed to suppressive therapy

8. An acknowledgement of the spiritual nature of mankind and a recognition of the validity of subjective experience

9. A willingness to look at, to use and to assess all the natural therapies and an open-minded yet critical acceptance of the various theories of biological energy

10. Lastly, but most important of all, a recognition, probably for the first time in modern medicine, that the healer, the physician himself, should heal himself, as he has been the neglected part of the healing circuit for too long

In holistic terms you are the best person to be responsible overall for your health maintenance and treatment. Although your doctor may be a good first choice for diagnosis, only you can get deeply in touch with your condition for self healing. Only you know all the details and at some level your body actually knows what it needs. In our reductionist Western philosophy we have separated out ‘food’, ‘medicine’ and ‘health’ as different areas, mainly to serve the needs of consumer capitalism.

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not finding that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work”.
Albert Schweitzer

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Matter as Energy

matter as energyExperiments in ‘electro-acupuncture’ and Kirlian photography have led to an energy map of the body identical to that shown in traditional Chinese medicine.

The meridian system is seen as an interface between the physical body and the energy body. Applications of resonant energy to the meridian system promote healing in a number of diseases, by altering the energy of the ‘root system’ concerned in the disease. Much of this work seems to be ‘undercover’ and information and the manufacture of equipment for treatments of this nature is actually suppressed through legislation.

The etheric body, acupuncture meridians, chakras and nadis and other multi-dimensional aspects of the human are described by ancient schools of healing throughout the world. Western medicine in its reductionist stance, ignores these aspects because they can’t be studied under a microscope. Only now, at the beginning of the 21st century are some medical doctors starting to catch on.

Vibrational medicine interfaces with subtle energy fields that underlie the functions of a physical body. It is based on the idea of resonant frequencies, similar to a tuned string on a musical instrument resonating with anything tuned to the same frequency, or an opera singer breaking a glass by singing at a certain pitch.

Physical science and philosophy have recognised vibrational elements as an important part of the universe. It is proving difficult to link these new sciences with the dogma of Western medicine.

Even as long ago as 1928 Thomas Sugrue recognised vibrational elements at work in the human body:

“The human body is made up of electronic vibrations, with each atom and elements of the body, each organ and organism, having its electronic unit of vibration necessary for the sustenance of, and equilibrium in that particular organism. Each unit, then, being a cell or a unit of life in itself has the capacity of reproducing itself by the first the law as is known as reproduction-division. When a force in any organ or element of the body becomes deficient in its ability to reproduce that equilibrium necessary for the sustenance of physical existence and its reproduction, that portion becomes deficient in electronic energy.

This may come by injury or disease, received by external forces. It may come from internal forces through lack of   eliminations produced in the system or by other agencies to meet its requirements in the body.”
Edgar Cayce (1928) from There is a River by Thomas Sugrue.

Experiments in high-energy particle physics and the fields of quantum physics show us that nearly all matter is energy. In some sense we are made from ‘frozen light’. As beings of energy we are influenced by and can be treated by energy. Modern scientific medicine is as yet unable to make this shift in perception.

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Cultural Paradigms

cultural paradigms
Nicholas Copernicus (1473 – 1543), mathematician and astronomer, established a model of the universe with the sun, rather than earth, at its center. His most notable book, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Bodies, was highly controversial when it was published in 1543 but nevertheless became a fundamental turning point in the history of science.

A paradigm is a sort of cultural, consensual pattern of thought or model of something, for example the ‘current consensus in scientific medicine’. Paradigms change, like the impact of Galileo’s work on disproving the flat-earth theory or Copernicus’s heresy that the Earth moves round the Sun. These new ideas met a great deal of resistance from orthodox philosophy but eventually gave rise to a changed perception of the world we live in.

We live now in a time of ‘paradigm shift’, which creates fundamental changes in our assumptions about the world, and even this contributes to modern stress! Although our physical sciences have discovered new fields of quantum reality, medical science is still lagging behind.

Philosophy has traditionally been an important part of medical practice since the medieval days of Paracelsus, even Hippocrates, the originator of the Hippocratic Oath. How we perceive the world and our part in it is central to how we perceive the role of disease and our reaction to it.

One of the present problems of finding effective treatments within Western scientific medicine is a ‘paradigm gap’. There are different perceptions of the world at work speaking incompatible languages. These have deep roots in our philosophy. This gap is presently condemning millions of people world-wide to suffer treatments that can be as destructive, or sometimes more destructive, than the diseases.

Paradigm 1: The Mechanistic View

This can be traced back to Descartes and other scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. The universe is a vast machine and we are all cogs, all with our part to play in its function. The healthy body is a well-made clock and if it goes wrong we simply take it apart and tinker with the insides until it goes again. If it breaks it doesn’t really matter because there are plenty more where that came from. Nothing exists unless it has been proven through logical methods.

cancer: something had gone wrong with this body, it has a lump. Cut it out and throw the lump away.

Paradigm 2: The Anthropocentric View

This paradigm is central to the philosophy of Darwinism and others who helped set humans as ‘apart and above’, or at the head of other life forms. Humanity is the supposed crown of creation, we are created to lord it over every other creature as ‘head of the food chain’. The planet is ours to dominate and exploit to our own demands. We must conquer every mountain and battle against disease.

We are the most evolved and dominant species in a process of natural selection. We exist for no purpose and have just evolved through sheer luck. In this world our media fantasy industries create pigs and fish that can talk human. Animals are anthropomorphised through culture to have the same needs, desires and dreams as humans.

The animals, forests, oceans and environment around us exist purely for our convenience. This paradigm is human self-centred and exploitative to everything including ourselves.

cancer: something has gone wrong with this body, it has grown an enemy inside it. I will root it out and battle with it.

Paradigm 3: The Gaian View (an emerging paradigm)

This paradigm started with Einstein and the science of energy. Its inception combines an age when we saw the first images of the Earth as a whole entity from space. James Lovelock and his search for life on Mars is a central figure in its development through his identification of the Gaia Hypothesis regarding Earth.

This planet we inhabit is a self-balancing, homeostatic system similar to our own as single biological entities. It still (just) maintains the optimum conditions for life despite our best efforts to pollute it. Our bodies are a miracle of biology, constantly flexible and adaptive but easy to harm. Anything we do to it or each other, we do to ourselves as we are part of the same ‘web’ or ‘circle’ of life. We exist for a purpose but do not yet know what it is. We are part of an evolving cycle of life, a happening miracle.

cancer: something has gone wrong with this body, it is trying to tell me something. I will listen to it and get help to understand why it has happened and what I need to learn and do to get better.

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Medical Philosophy

medical philiosophyWith self-healing it is always worth exploring the options. Often there is a therapy, or a combination of therapies, that is perfectly suited to you and your situation.

The problem is finding it. There are very few people whose understanding embraces all forms of healing. For example if you go to a Chinese herbalist for treatment, you will get Chinese herbs! As with medical doctors who promote drugs and surgery, each practitioner has a vested interest in prescribing their preferred form of treatment. A basic understanding of the philosophy behind alternative treatments will help you find options that are best suited to your unique situation of ‘dis-ease’ or genetic inheritance if you are searching for your own healing.

Chinese medicine

Western medicine will treat a ‘disease’ whereas Chinese is based on a subtle and detailed diagnosis of a particular patient. Western medicine sees in terms of the pathology of isolated organs whereas Chinese sees the dysfunction of a normally harmonious, complete, living entity. Western medicine will prescribe drugs to modify a system whereas Chinese medicine will nurture a system back to a balance where self-healing becomes possible.

Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ in Sanskrit. It is India’s oldest holistic healing system. It treats the mind, body and spirit with herbal medicines, oil therapy, massage, yoga and meditation. It works to create harmony in the patient through balancing the three bodily humours. It focuses on cleansing, purification and rejuvenation.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own defences to deal with disease. The word ‘homeopathy’ is Greek in origin and is based on ‘homoios’ meaning ‘like’ and ‘pathos’ meaning ‘disease’. In essence ‘let like be treated by like’. It uses substances that mimic the illness in some way to stimulate the body’s recuperative powers. It is a patient centred treatment that seeks to tune remedies to the patient’s emotional and mental state. The forms the treatment takes can be tablets, granules, powder or liquid, cream or drops.

Naturopathy

The practice of Naturopathy asserts that the body is a self-healing mechanism. Given the right set of circumstances it will heal itself. Disease happens in the body due to an unbalance of some kind and the role of the Naturopath is to bring it to a state where self healing can take place.

This is done through a ‘whole person’ approach to health and disease (often called holistic) that may include activities and experiences that don’t even seem medical in intent.

Mind-body interventions

This philosophy of medicine looks at the role of the mind in creating health and illness and is sometimes called ‘psychoneuroimmunology’. Environmental and nutritional factors are recognised as important root causes of cancer. Also psychological and physical states often work together in bringing about the conditions for disease to develop. Early trauma or prolonged emotional stress create all sorts of physical changes, altering hormone balances, changing body acidity, provoking malignant cells and suppressing the immune system.

Massage

There is always room for the unexplained cure and anecdote records many brought about by a ‘spiritual intervention’. In tribal cultures this has been a mainstay of the medicine man for many thousands of years.

Reiki, for example, is a form of healing which channels a flow of energy through the body in order to activate the body to detoxify, rebalance and heal itself. A premise of Eastern medicine is that all living things have an energy system and that it is blockages in the energy that can lead to disease. The practice of Reiki has roots in Tibetan Buddhism and practitioners are shown how to be a conduit for life force energy.

Chiropractic

The word Chiropractic comes from a Greek root, ‘cheir’ meaning ‘hands’ and ‘practikos’ meaning ‘done by’. Chiropractic concentrates mainly on the spine, muscles, joints, ligaments, muscles bones and tendon to improve function, relieve pain and increase mobility. For example a minor displacement of the spine can create nerve irritation, which disturbs the nervous system and can lead to disease. Therapists believe that joint and muscle problems can be bought about by stress, postural problems and accidents and that the physical manipulation and correction of the joints has a positive effect on the nervous system. Examples of physical dysfunction not relating to joints that are successfully treated this way include asthma, constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Vibrational

Studies of electrical effects of implanted tumours in mice have suggested that electrical currents may enhance cancer-killing effects of chemotherapy. Albert Szent-Gyorgi, the discoverer of vitamin C, has been exploring the bio-electronic model in cancer.

Vibrational medicine attempts to treat people with various forms of pure energy. This can be light or sound or even a vibrational value transferred to water. We readily accept imaging heat, even though we can’t see it, because heat is something we can sense through touch.

With the ‘energy body’ it is not so straightforward. Very few of us have experienced this for ourselves and there is apparently no sensory backup to tell us it is there. Although modern physical science tells us we are made of energy, modern medical science so far refuses to consider this.

Nutrition

The body has natural defences against free radicals, antioxidant enzymes and nutrients can ‘mop up’ free radicals and render them harmless. These include iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium as well as vitamins A, C and E. Beta Carotene and bioflavonoids are other plant substances that help protect against free radical damage. If your diet is low in these particular substances, or you have a lifestyle that uses them up very quickly, you are often without defence. The body is a self-healing mechanism, but only if it is functioning properly.

Nutraceuticals and botanicals

Pharmaceutical companies are screening plants from all over the world and even plundering folk medicine in the search for chemicals. After 200 years of being ridiculed by orthodox medicine, herbal medicine is stronger than ever and the clinical effects of natural medicines are being clearly demonstrated in research. This is because companies such as Monsanto have found out that they can ‘copyright’ the formulas found in such plants (bio-piracy) and hence render them illegal for use by other people.

wizcov800optIn a world going toxic, you owe it to yourself, your friends and your family to protect your very being, increase your immunity to modern disease and limit harm to our planet. With WildFood Wizard you enter a place of nutrition, of living lightly on the earth and enjoying radiant health. By bringing more of nature’s healing gifts into your life you will find a quiet joy, feelings of belonging, links with natural seasons and cycles – and nature wants you back.

We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…