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The Illness is the Cure- Peter Wilberg

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What if explaining an illness is one thing, but understanding it is quite another? What if illnesses have life meanings and not just scientific explanations and biological causes or cures? What if the biology of the human body cannot be separated from the biography of the human being? What if the life of the human body cannot be separated from the life of the human being in all its existential dimensions personal, social and economic? What if every bodily state is at the same time a state of consciousness and vice versa thus making nonsense of the separation between body and mind, medical treatments on the one hand and psychological therapies on the other? Last but not least, what if the illness is the cure - and not something to be cured? In a way that is clear and practically helpful to both lay readers, patients and health professionals alike, this book challenges the most basic assumptions of almost all forms of medicine modern or traditional, scientific or spiritual namely that illness is something to be cured rather than being the cure. To do so it draws on the work of Illich, Heidegger and many others to introduces a fundamentally new approach to health and illness Life Medicine and Life Doctoring. Life Doctoring is a new form of non-biomedical therapy for serious and chronic illness. Instead of employing standard forms of medical testing and treatment the Life Doctor is there to help the individual come to an understanding of the ways their own particular illness is the cure how it is a potential source of new healing understandings of themselves and of a healing transformation of their lives. Life Medicine is a new understanding of health and illness that does not separate science and life, biology and biography, the life of the human body and the life of the human being. Instead its focus is on the larger life context and specific life meanings that particular symptoms and illnesses hold for the individual patient. For as Marx wrote: The idea of one basis for science and another for life is from the very outset a lie. This lie unfortunately has dire consequences. For as research by the medical establishment itself has confirmed, conventional biomedical diagnosis and treatment through drugs and surgery is itself the leading cause of premature death ahead of both cancer and heart disease. By offering an entirely new framework for understanding the essential nature of health and illness, Life Doctoring can help patients understand the underlying sense of dis-ease in their lives that lies behind their clinically diagnosed illness or disease. In this way it can also serve to (a) prevent an individuals dis-ease manifesting as clinical disease, and (b) educate patients about the possible dangers and potentially sickness-causing or iatrogenic effects of many standard forms of biomedical testing and treatment. The continuing monopoly over knowledge of the human body that biomedicine claims has one basic reason namely that it is not actually science-driven but money driven turning illness into a source of vast profits for Big Pharma and the corporate health industry as a whole. Many people are angered by the global trend toward the privatisation of medical care or else concerned about the rising costs. Yet the roots of this trend lie in the fact that illness itself has long been privatised seen as bearing no relation at all to the social and economic ills affecting the patient and to the sicknesses of society itself. To argue that the illness is the cure is also to recognise that illness is also an expression of a fundamentally sick world. Through Life Medicine and Life Doctoring, illness can also help us to recognise and respond in new ways to this world and its politics - and in this way help to heal it. The first task of the doctor is ... political& Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception

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Author(s):
Peter Wilberg
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As new
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9781466417540
Number of pages:
300
Publisher:
New Yoga
Title:
The Illness is the Cure

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What if explaining an illness is one thing, but understanding it is quite another? What if illnesses have life meanings and not just scientific explanations and biological causes or cures? What if the biology of the human body cannot be separated from the biography of the human being? What if the life of the human body cannot be separated from the life of the human being in all its existential dimensions personal, social and economic? What if every bodily state is at the same time a state of consciousness and vice versa thus making nonsense of the separation between body and mind, medical treatments on the one hand and psychological therapies on the other? Last but not least, what if the illness is the cure - and not something to be cured? In a way that is clear and practically helpful to both lay readers, patients and health professionals alike, this book challenges the most basic assumptions of almost all forms of medicine modern or traditional, scientific or spiritual namely that illness is something to be cured rather than being the cure. To do so it draws on the work of Illich, Heidegger and many others to introduces a fundamentally new approach to health and illness Life Medicine and Life Doctoring. Life Doctoring is a new form of non-biomedical therapy for serious and chronic illness. Instead of employing standard forms of medical testing and treatment the Life Doctor is there to help the individual come to an understanding of the ways their own particular illness is the cure how it is a potential source of new healing understandings of themselves and of a healing transformation of their lives. Life Medicine is a new understanding of health and illness that does not separate science and life, biology and biography, the life of the human body and the life of the human being. Instead its focus is on the larger life context and specific life meanings that particular symptoms and illnesses hold for the individual patient. For as Marx wrote: The idea of one basis for science and another for life is from the very outset a lie. This lie unfortunately has dire consequences. For as research by the medical establishment itself has confirmed, conventional biomedical diagnosis and treatment through drugs and surgery is itself the leading cause of premature death ahead of both cancer and heart disease. By offering an entirely new framework for understanding the essential nature of health and illness, Life Doctoring can help patients understand the underlying sense of dis-ease in their lives that lies behind their clinically diagnosed illness or disease. In this way it can also serve to (a) prevent an individuals dis-ease manifesting as clinical disease, and (b) educate patients about the possible dangers and potentially sickness-causing or iatrogenic effects of many standard forms of biomedical testing and treatment. The continuing monopoly over knowledge of the human body that biomedicine claims has one basic reason namely that it is not actually science-driven but money driven turning illness into a source of vast profits for Big Pharma and the corporate health industry as a whole. Many people are angered by the global trend toward the privatisation of medical care or else concerned about the rising costs. Yet the roots of this trend lie in the fact that illness itself has long been privatised seen as bearing no relation at all to the social and economic ills affecting the patient and to the sicknesses of society itself. To argue that the illness is the cure is also to recognise that illness is also an expression of a fundamentally sick world. Through Life Medicine and Life Doctoring, illness can also help us to recognise and respond in new ways to this world and its politics - and in this way help to heal it. The first task of the doctor is ... political& Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception

Author(s):
Peter Wilberg
Condition:
As new
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9781466417540
Number of pages:
300
Publisher:
New Yoga
Title:
The Illness is the Cure

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