The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine

Shigehisa Kuriyama

This book is such an extraordinary work! It explores the very different ways in which early healers of the West (the ancient Greeks) and the East (the ancient Chinese) viewed the body and its capacity to heal.

I love the first sentence in the book’s Preface: Versions of the truth sometimes differ so startlingly that the very idea of truth becomes suspect.

Dr. Kuriyama leads the reader through a fascinating exploration of medicine, language, culture and art, and life itself. If you are intrigued by so-called “alternative” healing, you’re going to love this book!

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Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life: The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force

Robert C. Fulford, D.O.

This amazing book includes Dr. Fulford’s fascinating theories about the three respiratory systems (the lungs, the skin, and the cerebro-spinal fluid), his conviction that the body can always heal if given the correct stimulation, and his philosophical musings about how we learn. Dr. Fulford ends his book with several suggested exercises to be done each day that will ensure good health and longevity.

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Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself

Andrew Weil, MD

Andrew Weil is a most unusual physician. After completing his
medical studies at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weil continued to
have an open mind about how the body heals and what factors
contribute to healing. His undergraduate degree in botany and
extensive travels to the rainforests of Asia and South America
piqued his curiosity about indigenous people’s use of plants in
healing. Dr. Weil’s unusually open mind and curiosity paved the
way for his promotion of “integrative medicine”—the use of
conventional western medicine in combination with alternative
approaches to healing.
Spontaneous Healing is a classic introduction to alternative healing
approaches and to the body’s own capacity to heal. Dr. Weil is also
a terrific storyteller. I especially like the story about his worldwide
search for “the perfect shaman.”

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Angel of Peace

by Charles Bibbs (2014)

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A Plague On Your Houses

Deborah Wallace, PhD Rodrick Wallace, PhD

The Wallaces (one an ecologist, the other a social science researcher) studied the closing down of fire houses in the South Bronx in the 1970s, eventually tracing these closings back to New York City’s official policy of “Planned Shrinkage.” They describe in detail City planners’ rationale behind the closings and the resultant uncontrolled fires, i.e., the deliberate attempt to “kill off ‘sick’ neighborhoods.”

The authors’ combined insight helps us to connect the dots between public policy, discrimination, urban blight, and human suffering.

For anyone who still has blinders on, the diabolical analysis and murderous intent of City planners revealed in this book will chill you to the bone.  Not recommended reading for after dark…

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Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

Kelly A. Turner, PhD

Okay, first of all, this book is not only about cancer. It appears to be all about cancer, given the title. But the reason I’m recommending it is because Dr. Turner’s findings are important suggestions for good health for ALL of us, whether or not we have had a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Turner’s study started in grad school. She wanted to find out what individuals whose cancer had gone into “radical remission” had in common. The cases she reviewed were individuals with late stage cancer, brain tumors, cancer in major organs such as the pancreas –not a lightweight diagnostic crowd. But every single one of these cases had experienced a complete remission of cancer. Their doctors were mystified; remission was not even possible in their opinion.

What Dr. Turner found, and what she shares with us in her book, are the “nine key factors” that all of the 1,000 radical remission patients she studied had in common, such as what they ate (and didn’t eat), release of negative emotions (e.g., through psychotherapy or energy medicine treatments), asking for help, herbal remedies from Japanese and Chinese traditions, etc.

In my opinion, a great read and very good advice for anyone who wants to prevent cancer!

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Eugene Jarecki

This documentary film by Eugene Jarecki traces the origins and intentions behind the War On Drugs in the U.S.

The film is exceptional. It touches on the personal dimension of the drug war, it highlights the war’s structural imprint on our society today, and it lays the blame for both the war and its after effects at the feet of every American President since Richard Nixon.

Available on Netflix.

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Asante’s Erasing Racism is one of the best books on racism I’ve ever read. The string of newspaper headlines reporting lynchings was tough to get through, but it’s really essential to help people not of color to understand…

Asante is a brilliant academic, whose writing is fortunately accessible to those of us non-academics.

This book should be required reading for EVERY white person in America!

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When I first picked up this book, I had no idea that MK Asante was Molefi Kete Asante’s son. But once I realized their family connection, I became very intrigued about what the son had to say.

The book starts off in young people’s “speak” and I was worried that I would get lost. But the more I read, the more I realized that this young man is a poet with very important things to say.

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