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  • HEART AND MIND: THE COST

    Dr Alexis Carrel, who won a Nobel Prize for having successfully transplanted a cat's kidney to the unfortunate animal's neck, admitted in his classic Man the Unknown:

    Medicine is far from having decreased human suffering as much as it endeavours to make us believe.... The suppression of diphtheria, smallpox, typhoid fever, etc., are paid for by the long sufferings and lingering deaths caused by chronic infections, and especially by cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

    Diseases have not been mastered. They have simply changed in nature. The organism seems to have become more susceptible to degenerative diseases.

    We would go further, and say that even the 'suppression' of the dreaded plagues was not due to vaccinations and inoculations, but to the efforts of Public Health departments and the sanitary engineers. The progress would have been much more spectacular had not so many citizens been polluted by injections of septic matter. Today, it is almost openly admitted that inoculations against typhoid or cholera are totally ineffectual unless backed up by decent sanitation and clean drinking-water.

    Elsewhere in the same book, Dr Carrel observed:

    The autonomous nervous system seems to become less capable of protecting the heart, stomach, intestines and glands from the worries of existence. Against the dangers and brutality of primitive life it effectively defended the organs. But it is not strong enough to resist the constant shocks of modern life.

    And among these 'constant shocks' there are probably none stronger than the pollution of the bloodstream with injections of foreign matter (from the sores and fluids of diseased animals) and the total disruption of nervous and hormonal balances by pills to speed up, to slow down, to excite or to obstruct. Add to these the increasing environmental pollution and the degradation of foodstuffs, and the failure of the body's natural self-protecting systems is not surprising.

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