Universal, Eternal and Comprehensive

During the Peloponnesian war, the great Athenian leader, Pericles, could see the end of the golden age of Greece. His building and rebuilding of the Acropolis left a legacy for the world. Using his tremendous oratorical skills he told the citizens of the great city-state that they should not mourn the demise of Athens. He explained to them that the Parthenon would last a long time but the exalted lifestyle of the citizens not so long. To assuage their grief, he expounded how Athens was not just a city-state but a state of mind. Pericles elucidated his vision of Athens as the eternal city, placing it into the realm of ideas and concepts of justice and democracy. Plato wrote The Republic to describe the perfect city-state with comprehensive descriptions of all facets of life. When Gandhi began his Satyagraha movement, his compatriots chided him that he and all he stood...

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The Winds of Change

The winds of change are blowing across the land. What are the signs we are looking for? When we watch for the change from summer to autumn we look for the brilliant transformation of the leaves or a shift in cloud patterns. If we observe nature closely we will realize that it is not when the sun crosses the equinoctal plain that spring begins, but when we feel a particular wind blowing from the southwest. Next we will see the buds begin to burst open and the gradual greening of the land. It is comforting to most nature enthusiasts to be able to recognize these seasonal patterns of change and rely on a measure of predictability. We look to the sky and ask: "Is it going to rain today?" We examine the soil and ponder which plants we might grow in our gardens this year. Picture this scene from a...

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The Heart of the Matter

When the original characters were gathering at Findhorn, a certain English chap took interest in their work as he had some overlapping experiences with them. As a young man he had been diagnosed with a heart condition that made him need to care for himself in a special way. He had to always be aware of his heart and its state of activity. R. Ogilvy Crombie, or” ROC” as he came to be known spent his life monitoring his heart and training his mind in academics. His was a gentle soul and he spent much time in nature to be sure that his pace was even. When not in some bucolic setting, he would wander in the large parks and gardens of Edinburgh. One day whilst resting at the base of a large tree, he spied some small children dancing around. Upon closer examination he realized that they were fairy...

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Suzerain or Steward

There is a saying that many of us are familiar with and it will be paraphrased here:

“ And you shall have dominion over all the Earth and all the creatures thereof…”
How we interpret this dictum will determine how we make many of our choices in life. We may be the reflective type and try to consciously deliberate on the consequences of our actions before embarking on a particular course. Deeper yet, we may observe that all of our actions are the manifest consequences of our thoughts and desires. When we organize our thoughts and desires using values and attitudes we begin to have rules and boundaries on our conduct. Many of our thoughts are given to us through culture and language. We participate in a social contract whereby we make “agreements” within ourselves as to the meaning of words & ideas and act accordingly. If we participate in...

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Some Basic Concepts

We are trying to define and legislate what is a herbalist and how do they operate. The Taoists have a parable about our original nature. In the Golden Age there was no history recorded; there were no great deeds and there were no great people. Birds flew in the skies and nested in the trees. Deer ran in the woods. Cobblers made shoes and farmers grew the crops. Children respected their elders. Since everything was as it should be no one thing was “great” and so there was no history to remember. Chuang Tzu advocated wei wu wei, “doing by not doing”. He meant leaving things as they are and not interfering in the natural way of life. Somehow simplicity is no longer considered a virtue. We have involved ourselves in such complexity that it is hard to perceive or believe in a natural order existing and persisting behind this...

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Should We or Should We Not?

At a “World Symposium of Herbal Medicine” (1995), sponsored by the OHA and Mohawk College, I attended many classes as well as after hour discussions into the night. I even gave a presentation. Speakers came from many countries and represented numerous national organizations. At a class on Premenstrual Syndrome that was filled with about forty women and two men, a lively discussion ensued as the floor opened up. Long lists of the usual “Do’s” and “Don’ts” were quickly tabulated as if the group seemed to have rehearsed the information. When the speaker made the last call for input, one of the men meekly raised his hand and suggested that some of the “Don’t” list items were high on his “Do” list. Specifically, he suggested strong cups of (black) tea ad lib, and chocolate, dark chocolate, the good stuff! Soon half the room confessed that they could recite the healthy litany...

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Rhythms of Wellness

Our lives here on earth can be measured by the ticking of clocks or the beating of our hearts. The heart beats a steady rhythm when healthy and varies in response to our immediate, changing needs. Everyone1s heart, like everyone1s life, is different; we all march to the beat of our own drum. Although our perception of time can vary according to how rushed - or relaxed - we feel, astronomers assure us that time itself never deviates from the precise and unwavering dance of measured steps evidenced by the progression of the sun and planets. Linear time is constant and predictable, but our attitudes can powerfully affect our experience of it and our ability to receive its lessons and gifts. People do not usually set out with the deliberate intent of becoming sick, yet many blindly accept the concept that debility is an inevitable fact of old age. With...

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I Read the News Today

Recently, I have read several articles in the newspapers that have stirred me up. Like any good Canadian citizen, who feels outraged to the point of taking action, I wrote a letter to the editor. Time has passed, my letters were not printed and fortunately, I can take the next step and write a letter from the editor. The first was this obsequious article listing the top CEOs of Canada, ranking them by total income and highest single paycheck. The feckless author breathlessly praised these corporate leaders for their “daring downsizing” (sheer number of people they could fire and claim savings) and their expert “handling of takeovers” (how much they got for selling off the company they were supposed to be running.) The sycophantic author continued his toady praise of how these few people could manage other peoples money and sequester so much for themselves in the doing of their...

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PNI & Herbalism

Over the years we have discussed in the pages of the Journal numerous ways of viewing living organisms. Most of us are comfortable with some form of systematic description with processes and patterns that appeal to our common sense and can be verified by either science and technology or traditional training. The sciences that are subdivided out of physiology can be learned at a fundamental level by beginners in medical health education. Digestion, endocrinology, neurology and immunology can all be grasped by our understanding if we want an overview. Specializing scientists look for increasing detail and complexity in each of these branches of study. Fortunately for us, an occasional “visionary” comes along and sees patterns that specialists have missed. The relatively new science of phsychoneuroimmunology is the progeny of the synthesis of these once “unrelated” physiological systems. Hormones are produced in endocrine glands and have specific targets (organs/tissues/cells) in the...

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Possible Treatment of SARS

One Possible Protocol for the Treatment of SARS in Acute phase:

  • Asclepias tuberosa radix (Butterfly weed)
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum radix (Boneset)
  • Echinacea angustifolia radix (Echinacea)
Equal parts Hot tisane or tincture in hot water. Then take a hot bath at bed time to produce a fever and induce sweating to break the fever( 38-40C). Do not stay above 39C for more than a few hours at a stretch and not at all with small children or pregnant women. Mustard plaster 30 - 60 minutes one or two times. (Skip a day if two.)

Second Phase

Inula helenium radix (Elecampane) X3 Ligusticum porteri radix (Osha) X3 Lomatium dissectum radix (Biscuit root) X3 Ganoderma spp fungi (Lingzhi) X2 Glycerrhiza glabra radix (Liquorice) X2 Lobelia inflata herba X1 Capsicum minimum fructus (Cayenne) X 1/10

For food

  1. Broth of gobo (Fresh arctium root) from a Chinese or Korean market.
  2. Add astragalus root,...

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