The treatment room

Written by Simon Mitchell

I openrepparttar arched doorway and enterrepparttar 147752 walled garden. As usualrepparttar 147753 plants contain their own inner lights, reaching up torepparttar 147754 sky they glow in luminous green. The deep black soil glints with touches of silica light as I walkrepparttar 147755 path acrossrepparttar 147756 garden. The scents of lavendar, rosemary, marjoram, jasmine and a thousand others hang in inrepparttar 147757 air, buzzing my nose like hardworking bees making trails betweenrepparttar 147758 rich flowers. Here inrepparttar 147759 garden is every plant, but I'm not working here today.

Onrepparttar 147760 other side ofrepparttar 147761 garden is another arched doorway set inrepparttar 147762 old, red-brick wall. I touchrepparttar 147763 rough wood ofrepparttar 147764 doorway which is warm withrepparttar 147765 sunlight andrepparttar 147766 door swings open. In front of me is a huge room, full of books and tapes and CD's, microfiche andrepparttar 147767 odd bit of electrical equipment. The tall shelves stretch away to vanishing point onrepparttar 147768 other side ofrepparttar 147769 room. I hearrepparttar 147770 warm wooden floorboards sound under my feet as I crossrepparttar 147771 room, enjoyingrepparttar 147772 way thatrepparttar 147773 afternoon sunlight slants down fromrepparttar 147774 tall windows creating pools of light and shadow amongstrepparttar 147775 shelves, dilating and shrinking my pupils as I pass. But I'm not working here today.

The other side ofrepparttar 147776 library has another door, beautiful oak hung on silent hinges, it swings open. The treatment room is full of jars and bottles, chests of drawers, salves, decoctions, tissanes, crystals, rocks, strange magnetic implements. Here is every cure.

Philosophy and cancer treatment

Written by Simon Mitchell

1000 years ago in Europe pre-Christian tribes originally had a Goddess culture - a matriarchy whererepparttar earth and nature and their cycles and secrets were revered. In pre-industrial societies illness was not seen as a 'random assault from outside' but as a deeply significant life event integral torepparttar 147751 sufferer's whole being - spiritual, moral, physical and life course - past, present and future. Dis-ease was interpreted as packed with moral, spiritual and religious messages as one ofrepparttar 147752 many ways through which 'God revealed his will to mankind'. Other philosophies of medicine such as Ayurvedic or Tibetan think similarly, in these, dis-ease has a karmic aspect.

Aroundrepparttar 147753 tenth century in Europe - afterrepparttar 147754 so called 'Dark Ages' - women,repparttar 147755 original stewards ofrepparttar 147756 land (men did 'animal husbandry'), were dispossessed of it byrepparttar 147757 new patriarchies ofrepparttar 147758 Church and State. This male hierarchy hidrepparttar 147759 things they were most afraid of, namelyrepparttar 147760 fact that it is women who holdrepparttar 147761 key torepparttar 147762 processes and powers of life. They took them as their own, decreeing laws about how we should behave to impose control and inventing 'original sin'. Allied to this there came a prolonged persecution of women, especially any of those involved in healing. Some sources estimate about 5 - 9 million women were destroyed across Europe during this persecution. Essentiallyrepparttar 147763 role of women as healers and midwives was discouraged and 'home-making' and its many associated skills is still regarded as a 'worthless' career according to our primarily fiscal values based on GDP.

When a patriarchy takes over a matriarchy as a fundamental paradigm shift, one ofrepparttar 147764 main things that happens is that 'healing' and 'spirituality' are separated out as an instrument of control. The world of spirit and physic were separated and became even more so duringrepparttar 147765 great male 'Age of Reason' that began with Descartes and continued with Newton,repparttar 147766 tail-end of which many are presently clinging to in desperation and a degree of applied self-interest.

Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) was a central influence onrepparttar 147767 17th century revolution that began modern science and philosophy. His 'Method of Doubt' was published in 1637: "I resolved to reject as false everything in which I could imaginerepparttar 147768 least doubt, in order to see if there afterwards remained anything that was entirely indubitable".

The philosophy of 'Cartesian dualism' became part of our science, whererepparttar 147769 mind andrepparttar 147770 body are seen as essentially separate. The 'self',repparttar 147771 conscious being that is 'me' was seen as essentially non-physical. Misguidedly (it was not Descartes intention) this philosophy contributed torepparttar 147772 mechanistic and rational philosophy ofrepparttar 147773 universe adopted by our culture. Descartes was one ofrepparttar 147774 first people to suggest that phenomena could be understood by breaking them down into constituent parts and examining each minutely. His view ofrepparttar 147775 human body as a machine functioning within a mechanistic universe took prevalence withinrepparttar 147776 'Age of Reason'.

"Considerrepparttar 147777 human body as a machine. My thought compares a sick man and an ill-made clock with my idea of a healthy man and a well made clock".

This attention to analytical detail is still atrepparttar 147778 heart of our scientific research methodologies. As a result Western medicine has produced 'World saving' vaccines and antibiotics. It has created drugs and surgical techniques that do utterly amazing things. It has virtually eliminated allrepparttar 147779 serious communicable diseases (inrepparttar 147780 First World) such as leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, tetanus, syphilis, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, meningitis, polio, septicaemia. There are very few women dying in childbirth compared torepparttar 147781 past. Western medicine has been, and is, a triumph inrepparttar 147782 face of these problems which worried us back thenrepparttar 147783 way cancer and heart disease worry us today. Evenrepparttar 147784 big medical problems ofrepparttar 147785 of 1930's and 40's have literally vanished.

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