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Cry for Health
The Casualty of Modern Times

Since the 1950s the prevalence of the so-called ‘diseases of civilisation’—cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, autism, and so on—has continued to skyrocket in Western countries. Today, as the same story is beginning to be repeated in newly industrialised nations, modern diseases are reaching pandemic proportions.

Why has this happened? The medical profession’s spin is that the culprit is the aging of the population. But, as Cry for Health (Vol 1) reveals, there is overwhelming evidence for why our populations are ailing, evidence health authorities and governments have chosen to ignore, or have refused to acknowledge, or have kept hidden from the public to keep them clueless to the real culprits: many modern technologies and our modern lifestyles.

In unravelling this story, the book firstly identifies the extent of the modern pandemic, the saga of death by doctoring, and the many reasons for iatrogenic disease; secondly it exposes the failure of medical science to fully understand life, health and disease because of its denial of the existence of the vital force; and thirdly it explores the impact of man-made chemicals, electropollution, and modern farming and food processing practices on our health.

Our most priceless possession

Our most priceless possession, though we often take it for granted, is health. Our very lives depend upon it. So does our enjoyment of life, our work and our relationships. This a two-volume book about how you can enhance or even recover that priceless possession. There’s a lot of good news about health:

  • Each of us possesses an incredibly intelligent body that knows how to heal itself. If we give it what it needs it will do the rest.
  • By making changes in any part of our lifestyle, our health will begin to improve. The more things we supply to meet the needs of our body and mind, the more our health flourishes.
  • When our health flourishes everything else in life is a bonus.

And yet most people ignore their health. That is, of course, until they become sick. So, if you’re ill, welcome. You’re in the same boat as at least 80 per cent of the population. If it’s any comfort, the Chinese have a saying: ‘Illness is part of the journey to perfection.’ Everyone in our culture, doctors included, takes the opposite view: that when we’re ill something has gone wrong with us.

But what if our doctors are wrong? What if our bodies are doing the right thing, what if they’re responding appropriately to the impact of things they don’t need? It would mean that we’d have to take a radically different look at how we treat illness. Instead of rushing to use drugs that mask our symptoms we might learn to read the language of our body, in sickness and in health. It would also mean that we’d learn to respect its needs; and avoid the very things that not only does it not need, but indeed harm it.

Most of us don’t though. In our turbo-charged world we focus on other things, like making money, working hard and cramming some fun into the remaining time. We hope, like gamblers at a roulette wheel, the dice will deal us winning health, that we won’t be attacked by some vicious germ, that our genes aren’t flawed. And if we lose, well, it’s just bad luck.

If we can blame our illnesses on germs or faulty genes or even bad luck, why bother changing? Such a fatalistic approach means we don’t have to take responsibility for our health. And in many ways, that’s what we’ve been taught.

Since the time of Louis Pasteur we’ve been told that germs alone are to blame for many diseases. What we haven’t been told is that germs don’t attack and proliferate unless we’re already unhealthy—call it a weak immune system, if you like. And armies of germs can’t survive when our environment is healthy. One component of that is sanitation and hygiene. But only one.

Many of those diseases that didn’t succumb to the onslaught of modern drugs can now be blamed on our genes. For that you can thank the modern quest for the holy grail of life—unraveling the human genome through the Human Genome Project. You’re not told this, but genes don’t work in isolation from the rest of our body or our environment.

So the message is, if you can’t change your genes, or eradicate all germs, change yourself. How? Through your mind and through the things you do and expose yourself to. In essence, it’s all about your lifestyle. This then is the focus of Volume 2. It’s about identifying and meeting your human needs: your psychological and spiritual needs, your bodily needs, and most importantly the need for connecting with yourself, with those around you, and with the world at large. Health does, after all, demand that we’re connected.

But in Volume 1 we’ll investigate the reasons for our rapidly declining health. In Part One, we’ll investigate how modern medical science undermined and hijacked our health.

In Part Two we’ll examine how the institution of science failed us because it buried its head in the microscopic world and forgot that life, and hence health, is far more than the workings of an incredibly complex chemical factory; how modern science, unlike every previous cultural approach to health and healing, has ignored the life force itself.

In part Three, we’ll present the shocking revelation that governments, the media and the institutions of science and technology continue to conceal from the public, that the cause of many modern diseases is known; that, in essence, we’ve drifted far from the lifestyles we are adapted to living and have exposed ourselves to new dangers. The result is that the health of the planet and all life, human included, is paying the price for the stampede to adopt many modern technologies.

CRY FOR HEALTH

VOLUME 1
HEALTH: THE CASUALTY OF MODERN TIMES

PART ONE—SICK SOCIETY, AILING MEDICINE 14

Introduction 15
Our most priceless possession 15
The unsung story 16
The flawed argument on ageing 19
The band-aid solution 21
What on earth is stopping us from changing? 22

CHAPTER
1 Death by Doctoring 23
The unfolding story 23
The truth revealed 24

2 Tools of Medicine 27
Where are we going? A summary 27
Two clues 27
The perennial tools of medicine 27
The new tools of medicine 29
Why create new tools? 29
Patents 30
Drug companies 30
Making sense of drugs 31

3 Why Modern Medicine May Be Harming You 33
Doctors and drugs—a dangerous mix 33
A common scenario 33
Drugs 35
Pushing and pulling 35
Ignoring our uniqueness 36
Drug interactions 37
Clinical tests 37
Why trust drugs? 41

4 Drug Hype 43
Did drugs rid the world of infectious diseases? 43
A brief history of human illness 43
Why the death rate declined 44
Are we really living longer? 45

5 To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate 47
The hype 47
If not for vaccines 49
The first vaccine to fail 49
The second vaccine to fail 53
The emperor's new clothes and the medical courtiers 58
Tetanus 59
Whooping cough 61
Measles 64
Mumps 68
Rubella 69

The polio scam 73
The culprit: poisons or germs? 74
The quest for the saviour 80
The first shots in the war on polio 82
A rose by any other name 83
The living virus lurking in the Salk vaccine 85
Out of Africa 86
The Sabin vaccine's fall from grace 88
Polio's great disappearing act 88
The aftermath 89
Revelations 93
The legacy 95
The charade, the subterfuge and the propaganda 97
Whistle-blowers 98
The importance of infections 102
Hidden footnotes to the vaccination saga 103
AIDS 103
The Gulf War Syndrome 108

PART TWO—BLINKERED SCIENCE AND THE VITAL FORCE 110

CHAPTER
6 How Do We Know? 111
Where are we going? A summary 111
Science 111
Two modes of consciousness, two kinds of knowledge 112
The waxing and waning of knowledge 115
The dream of a certain Descartes 116

Life seen through the prism of modern science 117
A slice of Bacon 118
Science's failings 118
The challenge 120
Why science is not scientific enough 122

7 Two Ways to View Health and Disease 123
A modern perspective 123
A vitalistic approach 124

8 Vital Force, 1: Stuck in the Whole 127
Where are we going?—a preview 127
The universal glue 128
Acausal connections 129
Foucault's pendulum 129
The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon 130
Common acausal connections 130
Causal and acausal connections, and health 131
Table 1: Concordances of humours in Traditional Chinese Medicine 133
Table 2: Concordances of humours in Greek Medicine 134
Table 3: Concordances of humours in Ayurveda 135
Table 4: Concordances of humours in Astrology 136
Figure 1: Chinese Medicine—five phases (Wu Xing) 138
Figure 2: Greek Medicine—four elements and humours 138
Figure 3: Ayurveda—five elements, and three humours (doshas) 139
Figure 4: Astrology—four elements, twelve signs, and three qualities 139

What modern science says about connections 140
Beyond your doctor's philosophy 141

9 Vital Force, 2: Spinning Energies 143
A Chinese perspective 143
Yin and yang 143
Table 5: Yin-Yang attributes 145
How yin and yang dance together 146

Divisions all the way down 146
Control and balance 146
Smooth qi 147
Using yin-yang polarities to assess and treat illness 147
Figure 5: Approach to treatment 150

Indian and ancient Greek perpectives 151
Throwing light on spinning energies 151
The eyes have it 152

10 Vital Force, 3: Signs of Intelligence 153
Of one mind 153
Babble or communication? 153
Stability in the midst of apparent chaos 155
Life finds a crafty way 157
Made to order 157
Accident or design? 158
The odds of the random formation of life 158
Other explanations 160

Does intelligence jump ship when we're sick? 161

11 Health and Disease Revisited 163
What is health? 163
What is disease? 164
The two phases of disease 165
Positive, tolerant and negative disease processes 166

PART THREE—THE HUMAN CONTINUUM AND BEYOND 168

CHAPTER
12 The Human Continuum 169
Time to take stock 169
The setting 170
Primed for the wild 170
Trial and error, or instincts? 171
Stone age instincts 174
Babies, stone-agers, and wild animals 176

The health of hunters and gatherers 177
Aboriginal health 177
Yekuana health 178

Lessons of the human continuum 179
Moving beyond the continuum 179
Table 6: Lessons from the human continuum 180

13 Beyond the Continuum 181
An idea whose time had come 181
The benefits 181
The costs 182
Adaptations 185
Moving towards the cusp 186

The Chemical Deluge 186
An ingenious idea 187
The war on pests 188
The war on weeds 190
Life fights back 190

Drowning in man-made chemicals 192
The tip of the toxic iceberg 192
Scientific uncertainty 194
The trade-off between health and profits 195

14 Drowning in a Sea of Electropollution 199
Basking in electromagnetic fields 199
Awash in a sea of electropollution 199
Table 7: Characteristics of electromagnetic radiation 201
Table 8: Comparison of intensity of EMFs from various sources 202
A cautionary tale 203
Table 9: Biological effects of radiofrequency/microwave electric fields 205
Table 10: Biological effects of ELF magnetic fields 206
Harm by any other name 208
Harm at work 209
Harm at home 210
Harm in the shadow of broadcasting towers 211
Harm in the lab 213
The smoking phone 215
The birds and the bees 218
In the shadow of the phone towers 219

Standards for safety or for profits? 221

15 The Rape of Life 223
Vanishing varieties 223
The rise of the food barons 224
The grocery grab 225
Strength in diversity 228

Frankenfoods 229
The genie of life 229
The procedure: raping the genie 230
The lie 231
GE glee 233
GE gloom 233
Chilling warnings 235
Hogwash for the hungry 237

Nuking foods, and nanotech nonsense 238
Irresponsible irradiation 238
Nanoed be thy name 242

Who speaks for life? 244

References 245

Index 348

Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society September 2010 Volume 16 Issue 3
Reviewed by Raymond Khoury

Cry for Health is the first volume of a brilliant treatise that explores vitally important issues for everyone working in healthcare. In essence, it analyses the real causes of man’s gradual disempowerment over his health, and the resulting deplorable lack of wellness.

This tome considers the reasons why an ailing population undervalues, and has relinquished responsibility for its health, and examines the pivotal role of vital force in both health and disease. It examines anciently-founded health systems, including traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic, Egyptian and Greek traditions.

The development of the concept of ‘germs’ and vaccination is objectively discussed, using numerous references to inform the discussion. The proliferation of modern day diseases is discussed from the perspective of adversity from vaccination. The dominance of pharmaceutical mega-companies is beautifully scrutinised. The author builds a solid argument as to why orthodox medicine rewards the care of disease, and not its prevention.

Implications of powerful mega-chemical companies and the effects of chemical and electro-magnetic pollution are thoroughly discussed using numerous research sources. The resulting biological effects at work, home and in the environment are evaluated. The perils of diminished biodiversity, the transformation of nourishing foods into damaging products are critically examined.

The multitudinous causes of illness; how a plethora of diseases of modern civilization: cancer (Australia leads the world in melanoma), diabetes, arthritis, autism, auto-immune disease, asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis, multiple sclerosis, infertility, psychological disease and suicide have come to dominate lives. The author cleverly and convincingly argues that if every person took responsibility for their health, the current state of health crisis would not be so.

This tome by Jesse Sleeman cannot be recommended highly enough for its honesty, and the depth and breadth of its scholarship. It took 10 years to research and compile, and every page reflects this decade-long commitment. The passion of the author is palpable.

Cry for Health is a treasure trove of information, logically set out and examined so that it is an indispensable reference for healthcare practitioners, seekers of good health and their loved ones.

This book is not merely a collection of commonplace beliefs that tend to dominate in the self-preventative healthcare sector. This tome is an elaboration, an examination, an expounding of the scientific research literature that diffuses the hazy belief structures that mankind is progressing in the health arena. As Jesse Sleeman so cleverly articulates, this is far from the truth.

The hegemonic position of the pharmaceutical companies in our daily lives is little appreciated. This book exposes the harsh reality of this phenomenon, and helps the reader to understand the depth that our lives are medicalised. This is why this book is essential reading for all healthcare practitioners.

The uniqueness of this book lies in its depth of explanation. Facts are not churned out merely for the sake of having facts in a book. The facts are supported by research evidence, the level of evidence that is published in medical journals.

This tome must surely be a reference text for all healthcare students. The second volume is still being compiled. It promises to be as intriguing as this first volume. In short, all bookcases need to have this masterly work on its shelves.

Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism
December 2011 Volume 23 Issue 4
Reviewed by Linda Bates

Reprinted with permission from the National Herbalists Association of Australia

At last a book by Jesse Sleeman, one of our masters of traditional herbal medicine, a philosopher, a teacher and a scientist in the truest senses of the words; a man who questions everything. Specialising in social psychology at university before becoming a herbalist, his studies gained him a Master of Arts in Psychology. The knowledge and skills Jesse acquired then would later underpin his approach to health matters and are clearly evident in the composition and presentation of this thoroughly researched and referenced volume.

The book is divided into three parts which lead us through a passionate and brilliant argument in support of life on earth. He shows us how and where we lost the traditional philosophies of healing and health and why we need to resume them. He demonstrates how our lives and individual health have become an industrial commodity. We have become the animals experimented on. With the statistics to back his ideas he gives us his references in a 100 page list of published academic research papers.

In part one, Sick society, Ailing medicine, Jesse presents a history of the use of pharmacy in modern medicine through the 20th century and shows us some of the results. The chapters are: Death by doctoring, Tools of medicine, Why modern medicine may be harming you, Drug hype, To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. The subsections of each chapter are clearly defined in the table of contents where we are offered comprehensive help to find the information with such listings as: The band aid solution, Making sense of drugs, Drug interactions, Clinical tests, A brief history of illness, Are we really living longer, The hype, The charade, the Subterfuge and the propaganda, The importance of infections, and Hidden footnotes to the vaccination saga. One thousand published studies are listed as references for this part of the book.

In part two, Blinkered Science and the Vital Force, the chapters are How do we know, Two ways to view health and disease, Vital force: Stuck in the whole, Spinning energies, Signs of intelligence; Health and disease revisited. Jesse's references list here is wide and includes Aristotle, Plato, Blavatsky, Capra, Descartes, Suzuki, Bacon, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Jung, Hippocrates, Eddington and Campbell along with many scientists acknowledged in the quantum world such as Bohm, Davies and Mindell.

Part three, The human continuum and beyond, contains chapters titled The human continuum, Beyond the continuum, Drowning in a sea of electropollution, and The rape of life. It offers such sub-sections as The health of hunters and gatherers, The chemical deluge, A cautionary tale, Vanishing varieties, and Nuking foods and nanotech nonsense. Jesse tells us about the current state of aboriginal health, electromagnetic radiation, satellite and mobile phone risks, the politics behind genetic engineering of food crops and what it really means for us.

In the final subsection, Who speaks for life, we read 'Individually we can change our lives for the better ... collectively we can heal the world'. Volume 2, coming soon, is about how we do it.

Thank you Jesse Sleeman. This book is an important work for anyone involved in health, ecology, sociology, environmental and biological sciences. In fact for anyone concerned about our survival. What an interesting, intelligent, generous and educated tome you have presented us with. A book we've needed for a very long time to help us move towards repairing and restoring the awful state of life on earth.

Book Author Jesse
About The Author

For the past 25 years Jesse Sleeman has been the court jester of natural therapies in Australia, playfully challenging the established beliefs of public audiences, as well as complementary medicine practitioners and students alike with his oftentimes apparently radical ideas.

He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1949; it was a time when nearly everyone’s mum was at home when the kids got home from school, when children made billy carts and transformed their bikes into motor cycles with cigarette cards in the spokes. In the early ’60s his family migrated to Sydney, Australia, where he soon took to surfing the wild winter waves off Sydney’s northern beaches. By the late 1960s, with a Commonwealth Scholarship to his credit, he was a student at Sydney University, embroiled in the anti-Vietnam protest movement (the ‘flower power generation’ considered that making love, not war, was a far more intelligent pursuit, and certainly more fun), a reporter for the student newpaper Honi Soit, and learning the art of Method Acting from Hayes Gordon and Zika Nester at the Ensemble Theatre, and the art of film making from Phil Noyce.

To surf for hours at a stretch, and without a wetsuit, required superb health and fitness. This sparked his interest in health, and particularly in what was then called Fringe Medicine. By the early 1970s he had graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, Psychology and Philosophy, and went on to gain a Master of Arts in Psychology, specialising in Social and Abnormal Psychology. He would later apply this knowledge to health matters.

Soon after he and his new wife moved to Bath in Britain, he began a course in medical herbalism with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Over the following 10 years, working as a carpenter by day and studying herbal medicine by night and, later, managing to juggle time for a carpentry business together with a busy herbal practice in Bath and Chippenham, he fathered and, together with his wife Su, raised five children, none of whom were vaccinated, and all of whom maintained excellent health through dietary and herbal means. By this time, because of increasing public disenchantment with conventional medicine, Fringe Medicine had become known as Alternative Medicine.

Upon the family’s return to Sydney, he established a herbal practice in Dee Why, and then later in Balmain, began lecturing at various colleges of natural therapies, and added both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to his medical repertoire. At that time, with increasing numbers of people beginning to abandon conventional medicine in favour of traditional therapies, Alternative Medicine was becoming known as Complementary Medicine. Then in 1989 the family moved to the tranquil city of Adelaide where he established herbal practices in Adelaide City and the Adelaide Hills. He ceased practising as a full-time medical herbalist in 1995 to devote more time to writing and lecturing.

Over the past 25 years he has been a lecturer in herbalism and medical philosophies at the NSW College of Natural Therapies, the Australasian College of Natural Therapies, the Sydney College of Natural Therapies, Southern Cross School of Herbal Medicine, Nature Care (as an occasional lecturer), the SA School of Herbal Medicine (for which he designed and wrote a correspondence course), the SA School of Natural Therapies, the Adelaide Training College of Complementary Medicine (for which he designed and wrote, and was the course coordinator for, a four-year full-time course in Western Herbalism), Health Schools Australia, the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies, and the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jesse Sleeman was a member of the Executive of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, and one of its Vice Presidents between 1992 and 1993. He represented the Australian Traditional Medicine Society on the Profession and Industry Committee for Liaison, an organisation that liaised with the Commonwealth Government regarding the Therapeutics Goods Act, which was enacted in 1989. He has presented talks on health matters at numerous professional meetings and conferences, and at public meetings, including training sessions to members of Neways International, and to participants in his lectures on the Buteyko Method at the WEA in Adelaide. He has also developed and written many original research articles for professional journals, as well as for newspapers and magazines.

Today, he continues to write, having completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing, lectures at Endeavour College of Natural Health in Adelaide, and runs Buteyko Breathing courses, a therapy he learned from his partner Carola Maier, who trained with Dr Konstantin Buteyko in Moscow.

About Dragon Lair Publishing.

Dragon Lair Book PublishingDragon Lair Publishing is an independent publisher based in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. It was established in 2010 by two South Australian health professionals—and now children’s authors—Jesse Sleeman and Carola Maier, to not only publish their own works free of the constraints of traditional large publishers but also to provide self-publishing advice to other writers.

For many years Jesse has been a medical herbalist, Buteyko practitioner, and lecturer in western herbal medicine and medical philosophies. He is also a health writer. Carola is a Buteyko practitioner, psychotherapist and energy healer, and specialises in helping people suffering from the effects of various traumatic experiences, including victims of crime, and adult survivors of child abuse. She is also a book illustrator, and delights in painting pictures of dragons.

With their respective fields of expertise in helping and teaching others about health and healing, they chose, as the name of their publishing business, the powerful and ancient symbol of healing, the dragon; and the place where that magic is hatched—the dragon’s lair. Thus the mission of Dragon Lair Publishing is to hatch magic through its publications, and to help other writers with that desire.

The first book to be published by Dragon Lair Publishing was the first volume of Jesse’s Cry for Health, in August 2010 ( ISBN: 978 0 646 54233 1). The second, in February 2010, was Jesse and Carola’s co-authored children’s book, The Magic of Dragons (ISBN 978 0 646 54816 6). To cater for international demand for Cry for Health, and because of prohibitive postage costs, Dragon Lair Publishing created a print-on-demand edition of the book (ISBN 978 0 646 55216 3) by globally publishing on Lulu, a US based company. In October 2011 Lulu published an EPUB-formatted edition of Cry for Health, Vol 1, (ISBN: 978 1 4477 0401 0).

Many more publications are planned. Next will be Volume 2 of Cry for Health.

 

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