The Anthroposophic Doctor

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DharmaCafe asked Ori Hofmekler, author of The Warrior Diet Book, to comment on the regular use of flesh foods in the human diet. He provided the following from his book:

As for meat, let me say it upfront: Humans haven’t fully adapted to eating meat. Unlike other predators, we lack enzymes that convert degraded “D” proteins into live “L” proteins. All life forms on this planet are made from “L” proteins. Nonetheless, upon the death of an organism, “L” proteins convert spontaneously into “D” proteins. This process, known as racemization, typically occurs during the decomposition (rotting) of meat.

Meat has one of the highest rates of racemization. Improper storage or exposure to high temperatures increases the level of raceant proteins, rendering the meat unsuitable for human consumption. Our bodies are virtually defenseless against the intake of “D” proteins. Accumulation of these degraded proteins in the body’s tissues, particularly the brain, is associated with aging and disease. Racemization isn’t the only problem.

Due to inhumane treatment, livestock animals produce a highly toxic byproduct of stress. It’s an adrenalin metabolite called adrenochrome, which catabolizes (wastes and destroys) muscles and other tissues in the body. This metabolite occurs in high concentrations in the meat that we eat.

Meat is known to be a good source of protein, iron and zinc. Nonetheless, one should always be aware of the downside of meat eating. 
Cowan’s book opens with his theoretical approach to healing and diet and then moves on to a discussion of the other and subtler forms of healing that are almost always required. In the heart of the book, (25.US) Cowan offers his sometimes very unique considerations of the common human diseases, their causes, and his own approach to healing them.  His sections on cancer and heart disease are worth the price of the book. Everyone should read these chapters, since together these conditions are the great killers of mankind. 

Cowan calls for cancer suffers to contemplate great works of art. I was reminded of the time that I had the opportunity to view Adi Da Samraj’s artwork, The Breather, with a group of thirty-five people or so. After twenty minutes of viewing this monumental image, everyone had come to rest and balance, their nervous systems harmonized by the mere contemplation of the piece. Art is made great and it heals, when it invokes the Eternal Sustenance upon which the body the depends. 

Female clients will account for up to seventy five per cent of any clinician’s workload. Their complex reproductive physiology requires constant attention and they tend to seek out help more easily than men do. Thus as a group they have tended to be more easily exploited by modern industrial medicine.

The Fourfold Path to Healing contains an ample section on women’s health issues and it is written with a good heart. Dr. Cowan offers life positive and sex positive instructions to serve women in their wellness regimes.  His section on osteoporosis should be read by all women, but particularly those who may be underweight and at greater risk for this terrible disease. His instructions on how to target calcium supplementation so that it actually gets to the bones are quite unique.

Of course what every reader of health books wants is lots of exercises and lots of remedies that they can do on their own. Cowan does not disappoint in this matter as he details many of the homeopathic and herbal remedies that he prefers. All disease begins with a knot, a contraction or stagnation of energy in the natural flow of the body and so exercise can be a critical part of any healing regime. Cowan grants significant portions of the book to Jaimen McMillian’s Spatial Dynamics, which are designed to:

“Move in an economical manner using the laws known to physics, engineering, and biomechanics to maximize your mechanical advantage, thus benefiting the Physical Body.”

As McMillian notes, “by practicing movement that provides wholeness to the Emotional Body, an individual will progress from a condition in which he is a pawn of fate, to one in which he is the architect of his relationships, goals and health.”

Exercise lovers will derive many hours of pleasurable activity from the detailed instructions and diagrams included in the book.

Like many fine doctors, Cowan is not above commenting on how political and economic issues are effecting our personal and social health. Consider these statements from his homily on cancer:

“What can we conclude after over 30 years of a strategy that attempts to kill every last cancer cell in the body? In the case of the most common forms of solid tumors (breast, lung, pancreas, colon, prostate, etc.), when the tumor has spread (metastasized), this strategy never works. It never results in the permanent eradication of the cancer and the restoration to health. Never!


“In the war on terrorism, as with orthodox cancer treatment, the toll on the host increases as “treatment” progresses. To combat terrorists, we have already passed laws that define any citizen who speaks out against government policies as a terrorist and that allow the security establishment unprecedented powers to deal with non-conformists. Ask any oncologist. He knows where all this leads. The patient will soon die, partly from the assault of the “terrorists”, but also from the debilitating effects of the therapy.”

Thank you Dr. Cowan



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Currently, there is no course for the certification of AM practitioners, although every AM doctor is required to obtain training as a certified M.D. Afterwards, physicians may specialize in AM by taking a series of courses or by interning with specialists.
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