Factory Medicine is for Factory People
Someone I greatly admire, a master herbalist once said that "maybe factory people are best served by factory medicine". This was said at an herbal medicine conference and created some controversy, but it certainly captured my attention.
Date: 7/13/2007 9:44:54 AM ( 6 y ) ... viewed 968 times
Factory Medicine is for Factory People
Are You mass-produced, or are You one of a kind? If your body is Your hardware and Your mind Your software, what kind of operating system do You have running?
Are You a product of mass-production, with Your morals, ethics, world-view, self-awareness, habits and loyalties programmed into You by outside influences? Or are You an independent thinker with a healthy sense of skepticism? Do You believe the hype they are trying to feed You?
What do You eat? How do You eat? How much of Your diet is mass-produced factory food arriving in a box, bag or can with dead energy and depleted nutrients?
Or do You make time to cook most of the time and make meals full of Your own intent? Even if You don't cook, eating food made by someone who loves You or a chef that loves to cook is a very different experience than eating mass-produced factory food.
The same can be said for medicine. Someone I greatly admire, a master herbalist once said that "maybe factory people are best served by factory medicine". This was said at an herbal medicine conference and created some controversy, but it certainly captured my attention.
I think my esteemed colleague is probably right. Maybe if You are living a mass-produced factory lifestyle then maybe mass-produced drugs and supplements are best for You. Maybe You are too alienated from the natural world for holistic medicine to resonate as strongly with You as it would for someone who is more connected to themselves and nature. Maybe You wouldn't be ready to take charge of Your own healing and have the highly individualistic and demanding experience of tuning into Your own body. Maybe You wouldn't be willing to give up your bad habits and make the changes and distinctions needed for living a healthier lifestyle.
The ironic thing is that science is slowly catching up to what healers have known for eons, that the presence of a human being and his or her intent makes all the difference in the world. Quantum physics theorizes that that the mere presence of an observer changes how particles behave. Human involvement in any process makes a positive impact whether it be cooking or the making of medicine or anything else.
We usually value hand-made, personally-made things far more than the mass produced. Hand made cars such as rolls royces or ferraris are valued the most. Hand-made one-of-a-kind designer couture clothing is far more expensive than their mass-produced ready-to-wear lines in stores. An original painting, sculpture or persian rug is far more expensive than factory reproductions. A home designed by an architect specifically for You and the site You've chosen and the life You lead will give You a home much different than a pre-fab factory house.
Don't get me wrong, I love mass-produced things. My macintosh computers are mass-produced as is my volkswagen jetta tdi and my clothes and almost everything else I own, and I appreciate them and appreciate consistency and quality control in mass-production. But I don't depend on those things for my health or healing. When it comes to my food and medicine I run away from sterile, dead mass-production as much as possible.
There are no quick-fix gimmicks in holistic medicine and many of its modalities are ancient and low-tech.
Instead of that flashy pill You're seeing over and over again on TV there are healing teas You can make in Your own kitchen, yoga You can do on Your own home, healing plants You can grown in Your garden, seaweeds You can soak your feet in, and so much more.
Who convinced You that your great-grandparents were wrong? That the natural medicine they believed in and relied on for 30,000 years or longer is now something to ridicule or ignore? Something to exile to the fringe , to dismiss, to deny? Maybe it's the same people who promised You better health and instead gave You a long list of harmful side-effects, massively expensive medical bills and a lack of caring.
If You are a factory person ready to go wherever the medical industrial complex wants to blindly lead You to, then factory medicine is likely the best fit for You.
If You are not a product of mass-production, if You are interested in cooking some or all of Your own meals, eating better, supporting organic farmers when You can, exercising, stretching and tapping into Your own unlimited healing potential then the ancient low-tech world of natural medicine has more than a life-time of wonders for You to discover.
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