I recently came across a quote by hygienist R.T. Trall, M.D. who says that
"This truth, understood, will remove your belief in pills, potions and drugs..."
Always curious, I recovered the quote which goes
"It is also taught in all their schools and books, that disease is an entity, a thing foreign to the living organism, and an enemy to the life-principle. The truth is exactly the contrary. Disease is the life-principle at war with an enemy. It is the defender and protector of the living organism. It is a process of purification. It is an effort to remove foreign and offensive materials from the system, and to repair the damages the vital machinery has sustained. It is a remedial effort. Disease therefore, is not a foe to be subdued, or "cured" or killed; but a friendly effort to be directed and regulated. And every attempt to cure or subdue disease with drug-poisons is nothing more nor less than a war on the human constitution."
I have known this to be the case for the cold and flu, and I think it is true as well for tuberculosis, but it may well be the same for a number of other diseases we see as caused by microbes ... perhaps even the vast majority of them. One might add that microbes, rather than being the menace we make them out to be, may merely be aiding us in the cleansing process that is disease.
More information on Trall and his view of disease can be found on this page: http://www.whale.to/v/trall2.html
Then a few days later, a friend asked me to transform an article available only in the form of a scanned image into quotable text. The article is an interview with Prof. Peter Kingsley, author of In the Dark Places of Wisdom. The interview was first published in "NETWORK" The Scientific and Medical Network Review of August 1999.
Prof. Kingsley discusses the importance of Parmenides, the father of Western logic, and considers whether his wisdom could perhaps be brought to bear on Western medicine. I found the view on incubation especially interesting. Our understanding of incubation is that disease is caused by germs and that those germs need time to actually start causing the disease - they need to "incubate". In the Kingsley interview, you will get quite a different understanding of the word. How things change with time.
Here is the Kingsley interview. In it, the Professor not only discusses the medical wisdom of the old Greeks and the initiation of shamans, but also the very foundations of Western thought, the difference between 'rational' and 'irrational'. There is even something for the skeptics, those supposedly impartial upholders of the scientific view who like to bash millennial healing arts and indeed anything that does not strictly follow Western 'rational' thought ...