Health and Wholeness
"According to the teachings
of Hermes Trismegistos earth is a replica of the heavens. Man, as a microcosmos,
represents the universe. He is made up of star dust, woven of the rays
of the sun, and in his life-sustaining fluids the ratio of ions of the
life-giving ancestral oceans indicate this universality; health and wholeness
exemplify the totality of time."
"At an equal distance from
the two absolute and unattainable colors, the blue of the sky and the redness
of hell, green, as a mean value, a transition between cold and hot, height
and depth, provides security and freshness; it is human. Every spring after
the winter has reminded man of his loneliness and the uncertainty of his
existence, after it has frozen the earth under his feet and turned it barren,
in the spring this earth dresses itself in new green robes which bring
hope and render the earth nourishing. Earth and man alike become warm.
And with the melting of the ice and the coming of nourishing rains, spring
arrives." (Source: Jean Chevalier - Alain Gheerbrant: Dictionnare des Symbols.
Health and Society
Life Without Symptoms
"Each age and each culture
creates a more or less unified concept, or picture, of the world and man
within it. ... Perfect, whole world concepts, or explanations, are mainly
provided by religions. To religions the world, the universe, is whole even
if in practice we don't actually feel it to be so. Absolution is simple:
man and demons, or bad ghosts, opposing God disturb the operation of the
perfect order taking to pieces that which, according to the intentions
of creation, is a perfect, complete, whole."
In Absentia, or Far From
Records of a Discussion
Which Never Took Place.
"This writing is a record
of a dispute which never happened. The time: July, 1990; the place: the
ornate baroque hall of the Teleki palace at Szirák. The gaunt aesthetist
from New York, Susan Sontag, does not meet with the writer László Földényi,
who cannot be present due to other obligations and sends a videotape with
his message on it in his place, nor with one of the hosts of the conference,
the psychoimmunologist (the writer of this very piece).
The meeting, which deals
with the spiritual physiology of culture, spans broad concepts. The imagined
version created in this text-collage fills the void of the non-existent
meeting of the poet, the psychiatrist, the personality-psychologist, the
neuro-anatomist, the human-ethologist, and the cultural anthropologist."
László Z. Antal:
Is it Best if We Don't
Know? On the Reasons of High Mortality.
"During the years following
World War II mortality indexes in Hungary and the socialist countries of
Europe improved dramatically. Until the mid-sixties it seemed that as a
result of the radical political changes these countries will 'catch up'
in this area as well. During the second half of the decade, however, the
improving trend in life expectancy was broken. This break was kept secret
for years by the leaders of these one-time socialist states, but due to
international obligations to provide data the undeniable truth came to
light in the statistical records of the WHO. For the past thirty years
life expectancy rates in the ex-socialist block have remained stagnant".
This Mismatch Between
Health and Economics
"Not only do traditional
economic methods and business goals have no interest in improving and maintaining
health; many times they have an adverse effect on it. Though they might
acknowledge the necessity of maintaining health - for example by taking
security measures and using environment-friendly equipment in chemical
and power plants - traditional economics handles it as an added expense
and considers it a burden obstructing the way of economic growth and business.
The very thought that raising
healthy people and forming a social and physical environment in which people
stay healthy ... is foreign to traditional economics. New Economics, however,
has re-phrased the evolvement of economics to include the establishment
Imre Baji Lázár:
"At the feast on Olympus
the parvenu Tantalos eagerly reaches for the food of immortality and behold,
the king drunken from the ambrosia receives his hellish gift: the unfulfillment,
unsatisfied hunger and unquenchable thirst inherent in immortality."
Dr. Andrew Weil:
"The biomedical model we
have been applying for the past century has reached its limit of effectiveness.
With only one exception contemporary medicine does not use the word 'healing'.
... In my book Spontaneous Healing one of the views I expound on is that
the human body has its own healing system. ... Still, it is disheartening
when I find that it is easier to talk with children about the body's capacity
to heal, than with most of my fellow physicians. ..." (Source: The Whole
Earth, Winter 1997)
Thoughts on Natural Healing.
Two Cultures of Healing
"Today we hear a lot about
natural healers, about their successes and their 'persecution'. We feel
that there are two types of medicine, one being the official one, and the
other being one that is not acknowledged, that those who've gone through
medical school cry shame upon, with reason or without. Through this writing
I would like to promote a balance between extreme and biased opinions."
Péter Szabó Szentmihályi:
"Hungarian literature, just
as the Hungarian nation, is presently in a difficult position. They seem
to be competing, which one is more effectively self-destructive. If writers
would open the nation's eyes and help it realize what it is committing
against itself, perhaps this diabolical vicious circle would come to an
end, and there would be a peacefully prospering and developing nation with
decent, responsible, civil, not heroic, writers and poets."
Health and Environment
Jenő Lőrincz: Environment,
Health and Ethics
"Do active, morally correct,
and adequate types of behavior exist at all, which would defend the global
eco-system and our health from dangerous effects?"
Victims of Science. A
Discussion about Animal Experiments.
" 'I consider the protection
of animals a serious, professional problem which I am convinced deserves
special attention today, in the age of animal exploitation of a never-before-seen
magnitude,' writes Richard R. Ryder who was eye-witness to animal experiments
first as an experimental and later a clinical psychologist. He has been
fighting for the rights of animals since 1969. In his book Victims of Science,
published in Hungarian two years ago, ... he directed the attention
of the international press and mass communication to the unacceptability
of 'human chauvinism'. This was the first time a modern-day scientist challenged
research involving experiments carried out on animals."
Hospitals that Poison
"Where does hospital 'waste'
go: unused blood and body fluids, I.V. bags and rubber gloves, bacteria
cultures, body parts, biopsy tissue; the 'pointy tools' (scalpels and needles),
the bodies of animals that have been experimented on (some including radioisotopes);
food scraps; handkerchiefs and sheets used by contagious patients; the
mercury from thermometers and sphygmomanometers; batteries; and EVERYTHING
made of chlorinated plastic?"
Conquering the Cell
"The dictionary of environmentalists
has increased over the past few months, or year; the term 'gene-manipulation',
and the concepts belonging to it, have slowly but surely permeated our
day-to-day lives. ... Ever since last summer, especially in Great Britain,
articles have been published nearly weekly on the dangers of gene-manipulation,
on activists 'occupying' experimental plantations, on stores and restaurants
refusing to buy products made using gene-manipulated organisms. Meanwhile
the other side tries to comfort us by proving the safety of technology,
by promising new perspectives opened through developments in life sciences.
Many speak of the 21-st century as the 'century of biology'."
Brian Tokar: Monsanto:
A Checkered History.
The Amazing Metamorphosis of a Chemical Plant
"What actually is Monsanto?
How did it become the world's second largest agricultural chemical company,
one of the largest seed grain producing company's in the world, and soon,
through its merge with American Home Products one of the largest pharmaceutical
company's in the United States? What do its workers, consumers and those,
whose life it has an effect upon, do? Is Monsanto really as 'clean and
green' as it's advertisements claim it is, or is this new image merely
the product of smart brainwashing?"
Is Health Care Thinking
Healthy and Wholesome?
A Discussion with Dr.
István Szolnoki, Chief Medical Officer.
"When we talk about the
harmful effects of the environment we generally mean our external environment:
air and water pollution, soil pollution, and perhaps noise pollution. At
the same time we must keep in mind that the direct harmful effects of indoor
pollution, which is directly related to the levels of outdoor pollution,
is in certain cases more dangerous than outdoor pollution."
The Gaia-House Charter
"In the interest of the
future we need a 'back-to-earth' concept with disregard to technological
dreams. We must apply life sustaining systems, materials, and spatial planning
in the home, which fulfills conditions detailed" under the headings: Planning
for Harmony with the Planet, Planning for the Peace of the Soul, and Planning
for the Health of the Body.
"Illness and sleep are the
relatives of death. ... The ill person is immersed in his illness, his
presence within the world is transformed into the world's presence within
him. He feels his life processes to a magnified degree; the world in which
he lives is a single great throbbing."
"This River is a Part
of my Being..."
To the Ecological Theory
of the Personality
"The following reflections
on the science of cohabitance ... wish to prove that ecology, if it has
philosophical ambitions, cannot remain a natural philosophy. It needs to
be considered human-ecology..."
"As once the Silence of
the Logos and ideas ennobled to the rank of metaphysical existence was
the true origin of speech, now speech originates from the disrupted silence
of civilization and expires in its background noise."
Ways, and Ways Out
Homeopathy - the Art
"Homeopathy is a radically
new and a radically old experiment in unifying the scientific and artistic,
the scientific and faith-related characteristics of healing." The article
is a historical review of the science of homeopathy.
We Shall be Whole
"Science and spirituality
are two aspects of the same reality. There is no irreconcilable difference."
Edward J. Madara - Tom
Finding or Forming Your
Own Self-Help Network
"It seems that in our accelerated
society traditional forms of support - such as the nuclear or extended
family, the neighbors and neighborhood - are beginning to loose their importance.
It's no accident that with the weakening of these traditional ties we are
witness to the quick development of self-help networks."
From Industrial-Age Medicine
to Info-Age Health Care
"With the help of effective
Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) systems the individual with health problems
is able to conquer difficulties with these 'system maps' at the highest
(Source: The Millennium
Whole Earth Catalog, San Francisco, Harper, 1994.)
The Scenes of Our Lives
"The health care system
which is truly able to maintain the spiritual and physical health of individuals
must place emphasis on health rather than illness. It therefore must be
as decentralized as possible in order for it to be built into our daily
Masters and Workshops
"My Ars Poetica is to
Serve": The Teacher
"If the topic of conversation
is the relationship between children and nature you can be sure Dr. András
Victor's name will inevitably arise. András Victor is a teacher through
and through. He has been teaching for decades, has written books and studies,
has lead field work, and passionately cares for the future generation."
Suryodaya - Sunrise:
Secrets of Natural Health
"In Suffolk, England, there
is a natural healing center where we can find ourselves or discover our
new selves, where they use various therapies, and we can meditate. Dance,
singing, laughing and talking are all a part of meditation."
The Right to Life
Book review of Public Health,
Physicians, and Society, Volume 5 in the series Hungary on the Millennium.
Factors Influencing the Quality of Life in Hungary.
"In 1977, at the request
of the Parliament, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences began a research program
given the title 'Factors Influencing the Quality of Life'. ... The studies
write about the importance of maintaining health and preventing illness."
The Healer and the Healed.
Jung's Spiritual Healing - With Rembrandt
Book review of: C. G. Jung,
Spiritual Healing. Five lectures. Budapest, 1998.
"On the cover of the book
we see a detail of Rembrandt's The Dinner at Emmaus. Christ, the healer,
is a heavy silhouette carved of a single block; leaning back a little he
casts his own light on the mortal opposite him ..."
In his essay published as
an epilogue to Jung's work "the minister and psychologist Miklós Bodrog
... supplements and specifies Jung's recognition, that there is valuable
healing power in faith, that religions are spiritual healing systems -
unless they have become contorted."
The Second Medical Revolution
Book review of The Second
Medical Revolution. From Biomedicine to Infomedicine by Laurence Foss and
"Foss and Rothenberg state
that the whole organization of medical science is disintegrating, since
the contemporary biomedical paradigm can only be applied in cases of contagious
diseases, but does not work in chronic cases or cases where the illness
can be traced to environmental damage."
Strong in Body, Cheerful
Book review of Dr. Ingeborg
Cernaj's Environmental Illness - Illness Without a Reason?
"What is environmental illness,
and how can 'defenseless' man defend himself at the end of the 20-th century
from all the harm which attacks the body and weakens the soul?"
The Poison Conspiracy
"By today most people have
realized that we have poisoned our environment and that cancer is spreading
like an epidemic. However, we are not quite aware of the fact that we have
done nothing to stop this."
Will to be Well. The
Real Alternative Medicine
"The book is a guide for
patients. It offers insight into the dynamics of our inner world... The
author vows that all illness originates from the soul, and that a healthy
spirit is capable of healing."