The End of Medicine
At the tender age of 15, the author set out to discover the answers to two questions – “What is disease?” and “What does disease signify?” His quest began in 1966 when he enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Liverpool. After 5 years of study he then worked as a Veterinary Clinician and Surgeon in large animal practice for 8 years. This experience did not answer the questions. In 1975 he began living, thinking and eating according to macrobiotic principles and philosophy, and as he did, the answers to these questions began to become clearer. In 1982, he discovered the work of Rudolf Steiner, and as he began to study his lecture cycles and books, the answers became revealed. The End of Medicine is the result of over 40 years of study, experience, and learning working with thousands of sick individuals from all walks of life. The contents of the book describe how and why illnesses develop, what illness signifies, and makes a distinction between illness, disease and health. The crucial significance of the digestive processes of assimilation and elimination in the onset of illnesses and recovery of health are described in detail. The book thus fulfils the indication given by Rudolf Steiner in a lecture, given in 1923, where he says, “a modern system of medicine must always take the metabolic system, that is to say the normal processes of digestion, as its point of departure, and starting from there it must deduce how internal illnesses in the widest possible sense can arise from the metabolism”. In addition, the book contains instruction on how to do self-diagnosis and then gives the reader, speaking imaginatively, a pair of new legs, a compass and a map. The reader who is sufficiently inspired can then learn to use the “new pair of legs”, comprising a change to a macrobiotic way of eating and doing the ginger compress regimen described, learning how to use “the compass”, yin and yang theory, and use “the map” contained in the latter chapters to explore the new territory which opens up before us as we do so.
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