Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The body electric

While I am quick to challenge the limitations of science, I do look forward to the day when it can move beyond its narrow materialistic and mechanical paradigm, for then it will do less harm and good beyond imaginings.

No medical methodology lasts unless it works and TCM has worked for thousands of years. When science can understand acupuncture it will also be able to understand Homeopathy and Reiki and fully understand herbal medicine.

It is always heartening to see where those involved in science or science/medicine in particular, for it is in this field that the harm done because of the materialistic paradigm is greatest, despite the fact that mechanical and materialistic understandings can be of value, are pushing the boundaries.

Quote: Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores?

Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms `quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistress than with their wife), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did.

The book shows how the theories of western and Chinese medicine support each other, and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.



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