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17 November:
The four humours of Hippocratic medicine like the four elements enunciated by Empedocles and Thales constitute genuine scientific tradition which pseudo-science eschews.  LaMarck and Darwin were agents of disinformation whose designated purpose was to confuse the study of biology.  A servant of the same masters, Rudolf Virchow's purpose was to conceal true knowledge of medicine from future generations by giving such knowledge a false stigma.

--- Quote from: Lorddave on August 25, 2010, 01:35:05 PM ---The 4 humors of the human body.  How is that an amazing truth of ancient and medieval world views with occultism and atheism has sought to destroy?  Last time I checked, medical science has cured far more than "the science of the 4 humors" ever did.
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Under the cover of capitalist backed modern medicine, occultism and atheism have caused the widespread proliferation of terminal diseases and degenerative illnesses like cancer which were unknown whenever and wherever the four humors philosophy prevailed.  Artificial food including chemical agriculture which includes mostly poisons is also part of the science of death which has replaced Hippocratic medicine and natural food.  
Modern diagnosis such as cellular diagnosis of disease such as used in a pap smear is inferior to virtually any branch of tradtional four humors medicine.  Modern medicine is simply garbage, and thus it goes under cover of mysterious and knowledgeable sounding names such as cytopathology (cellular diagnosis) which most people have to look up in order to know what it means, but complicated words, big buildings, and money do not heal people.  
Correct diagnosis and good treatment of a medical condition are what heals people.

Anti-cancer chemical (chemo) therapy consists of inserting poisons into a patient's body in order that the cancer be killed before the body.  The principle is the same as chemical agriculture which uses deadly poisons to fight bugs - a modern practice which previous generations found unnecessary.  Antibiotics are also poison.

Murder by Injection:  The Medical Conspiracy
By Eustace Mullins

This book is a critical history of the American Medical Association from the 1850's to the present and includes chapters on poisonous detriments to health since that time which the AMA has officially introduced to the public with false propaganda that such novelties as mass vaccinations or the insertion of rat poison into tooth paste and water supplies are allegedly healthy.

Louis Pasteur's germ theory is an example of modern medicine's misunderstanding of the body.  Pasteur's rival Antoine Beauchamp was more honest than Pasteur, and he used a traditional method of pathology (diagnosis).  Beauchamp was infinitely Pasteur's superior, but Pasteur made friends with money and his fame spread in concert with the deterioration of medicine.

Pasteur's False Germ Theory




The four humors are a method of pathology (diagnosis) which along with the Hippocratic oath are the central aspect of the greek medicine of Hippocrates.  Hippocratic medicine is the basis of Greek, Roman, Arab and Islamic, and renaissance era medicine.  It was used in western medicine until the nineteenth century.



Dioscorides was the physician of the Roman Emperor Nero.  He lived one century before Galen.  He also accepted humoural medicine, but his great contribution to medicine was his definitive and comprehensive herbal - the Materia Medica which was the standard guide to herbs in east and west for over fifteen hundred years.  Dioscorides is the father of herbology.


Six centuries after Hippocrates, the pagan doctor Galen also accepted the four humours.  The consensus of practitioners of traditional medicine is that Galen preserved the knowledge and practice of Hippocratic medicine.  Some students of medicine even contend that whereas Hippocrates provided the basis of true medicine, Galen constituted its pinnacle.    


After the franks usurped the papacy in A.D. 999, western europe became much more thoroughly separated from the tradition, knowledge and light of Eastern Christian Rome than it had been before.  Ignorance multiplied, and the spiritual and scientific traditions of the west were changed into a hideous civilization.   Thus, humoural medicine was viciously attacked during the early renaissance and late medieval west which resulted in horrors like the Black Death which annihilated over half the population of western europe.  


Occultists of sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain also began to add poisons and metals such as mercury and arsenic to the dispensary of traditional herbal medicine.  Poisonous metals were used until World War II.  The introduction of poisonous metals during the British renaissance constituted the origin of the replacement of natural medicine by artificial chemical medicines which are conventional to the modern western medical establishment.  This toxic process is also described in detail by Will Allen in 'The War on Bugs.'

'The War on Bugs'
By Will Allen

Thus over time, non-therapeutic and unnecessary elements were gradually added to Hippocratic medicine.  These corrupt practices such as bleeding or ingestion mercury were eventually used as part of a pretext for the rejection of the Hippocratic system itself which occurred during the nineteenth century.  The truth is that these non-therapeutic practices are essentially akin to modern western medicine as proven by medical history and experience.

The official British and american medical establishments were very corrupt and deadly in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.  Hippocratic greek medicine including humorism was officially eliminated as a practice of diagnosis by the British during the nineteenth century when Rudolf Virchow reasoned that diagnosis of individual cells was superior to the philosophy of the four humors and the medical establishment decided to follow him, but they wrongly assumed that the acquisition of quantitative knowledge disproves the humoural philosophy.  If humoural medical philosophy is correct, then its principles would consistently apply to new medical discoveries.  Less than half a century later, Victor Rocine methodically applied the mass of new discoveries to humoral analysis and proved that Virchow's assumption was baseless.  The western medical establishment's rejection of humoural medicine was unscientific, and it was based upon Rudolf Virchow's baseless presumption probably due to a bias against humoural medicine merely because of its antiquity.  


The very famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper is the best known doctor of Elizabethan England.  He was persecuted as a leftist democrat like the Levelers, and he used Hippocratic medicine and four humors pathology.  Nicholas Culpeper is a landmark of the persistence of ancient Greek medicine in England before such medicine was forced underground during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Culpeper was already ridiculed by the medical establishment in the early seventeenth century.  Culpeper's Complete Herbal is probably the most famous herbal in the world.

The Complete Herbal
By Nicholas Culpeper


"The classification of people into inherent constitutional types became of much greater importance than previously in the 19th. century and reached its height of sophistication towards the beginning of the 20th. century. These developments were primarily driven by the decline in the medical practice of the humoral model, and by scientific discovery of the macro- and micro-nutrient chemicals, which appeared to expand knowledge beyond the simple system of the temperaments, although this information did fit in remarkably well with the metabolic model represented by the functions of the humors.  One of the major researchers in this area was Victor Rocine (1859 - 1943) who by 1908 had developed and implemented a inclusive genotype system of classification which contained twenty distinct inherent constitutional types that correlated perfectly with the classifications of the classical temperaments of Graeco-Arabic Medicine."



Neither Ayurvedic medicine nor Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a theory of four humours, but they have good aspects such as the use of herbs.  In my opinion, both of these systems do include occult and religious aspects combined with the treatment, especially in Ayurvedic medicine.  Traditional Chinese medicine contains less of this except for its focus on "chi" (energy) which, in my opinion, could involve some characteristics inherited from Buddhism involving demons.  Any possible negative effects of these two systems is negligible compared to the horrors of modern western medicine.  Although neither Ayurveda, TCM, nor modern western medicine adhere to the philosophy of the four humours, both Ayurveda and TCM practicioners have been far less hostile to it than modern western medicine.


Hippocratic medicine was preserved most intact by Arab and Islamic medicine.  The Greek medicine of Hippocrates constitutes the original basis of Islamic medicine.  Hippocratic medicine survives most strongly in the branch of islamic medicine from India known as Unani medicine.  Unani is the arabic word for Ionia or Greece.  (The Turks, for example, say "Unanistan" when referring to Greece.)  Therefore, the Unani islamic medicine which survives intact in India is the Greek medicine of Hippocrates.  British colonialism tried to annihilate the practice of Unani medicine during the nineteenth century and replace it with its own lethal western medicine, but the colonialists failed to conquer it, and Unani medicine has experienced a gradual resurgence since the fall of the British empire.

'Islam and Healing: Loss and Recovery of an Indo-Muslim Medical Tradition, 1600-1900'
By Seema Alevi


The Traditional Healer:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice of Unani Herbal Medicine
By Hakim Chishti

The Traditonal Healer's Handbook
By Hakim Chishti



A very in depth and intelligent study of a vital topic.

17 November:

Traditional Chinese Medicine was also very persecuted by British colonialism and suffered a decline during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The rise of communism and repulsion of colonialism under Mao Tse Tung represented the end of opium addiction and the return of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.  Maoist China revived TCM and retained the best aspects of western medicine which resulted in health statistics in China turning dramatically for the better overnight, and these have remained good ever since.  Two books in particular have been central to Traditioanl Chinese Medicine in modern China:

1) 'Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion'
By Cheng Xinnong is the the preeminent classic of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the twentieth century.  An english translation has been published and kept in print by Foreign Languages Press in Beijing ever since 1949:

2) The Barefoot Doctor's Manual was the standard medical book in Maoist China.  Very unfortunately, the great social medical system - of which this book was a part - was partially done away by the capitalist policies of Deng Xiaoping.

The decline of the common man after Mao's death in 1976 and due to China's adoption of capitalism during the Deng Xiaopeng / Ronald Reagan years and ever since is chronicled in:

Red Cat, White Cat:  China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism
By Robert Weil

17 November:

--- Quote from: clovis2 on August 26, 2010, 07:51:08 PM ---A very in depth and intelligent study of a vital topic.
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Appreciate your interest in this topic of which I am most certainly your inferior in knowledge.  I am simply interested in the truth which has led me to Unani medicine.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention that, of course, some Eastern Orthodox Christian monasteries have preserved traditional greek Hippocratic medicine as well.  I possess a couple of books (in greek) of traditional medicine which were published by monasteries in Cyprus.


I just received my copy of Hakim Chishti's 'Traditional Healer' which is very satisfactory in that it goes beyond a natural medicine book that merely outlines herbal remedies as opposed to western medicine.  The book is a self contained guide to medical diagnosis.  Other books such as the well known 'Prescription For Nutritional Healing' by Phyllis Balch are excellent, but 'The Traditional Healer' by Hakim Chishti takes the place of the chief medical book in a medical library.   

The Traditional Healer:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice of Unani Herbal Medicine
By Hakim Chishti

'Prescription For Nutrional Healing'
By Phyllis Balch


Below is an excerpt from the introduction to Hakim Chishti's 'Traditional Healer':

'Many people may be unaware that herbal medicine served as the primary mode of medical practice in the United States until almost 1935.  A review of the then-current physician?s drug handbooks shows that physicians routinely used ginger, garlic, valerian, lobelia, and hundreds of other herbs as the primary therapeutic agents.  Of course, this practice did change as chemical medicine burst on the scene with penicillin.  Yet, prior to 1935 - for perhaps two thousand years prior to that date - ALL physicians accepted and adhered to the humoral basis of both human and herbal constitution.'

  'The theory of humors - semivaporous substances that maintain the proper temperament of the organs - are the heart of the medicine of Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna, of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and of virtually all other traditional systems.  Yet this tremendous consensus among prominent medical authorities for two millennia is ignored.  Instead, yielding to the underpinnings of orthodox medicine, even most herbalists today are interested in determining what the "active principles" of drugs are, which is to say, what herb will work as an anti-bacterial instead of penicillin.'

  'Ever since 1976, when the World Health Organization formally adopted its policy of promoting traditional remedies, Unani medicine has enjoyed a worldwide upsurge of interest. ...'

17 November:

On page 29 of the 'Traditional Healer' by Hakim Chishti, we read:

"The invention of the microscope has taken us away from the source and origin of the problems associated with disease.  For example, most physicians would attribute an infection to one or more bacteria and will produce actual living specimens of those bacteria which they say caused such and such an infection.  From the Unani Tibb point of view, the deviation from the normal state of the humour provided a suitable environment for the bacteria to grow to larger than normal populations.  While admitting the existence of the bacteria, the Tibb scientist must look deeper to the cause of the imbalance in the humour and its characteristic temperaments.  Thus, the mode of current medical practice that "attacks" the red- and white-cell-forming organs does not take into account the fact that blood itself is living and not simply a conglomerate of chemical components."

"Thus in Tibb, the dictum "Health is a harmony of the humours" is the only valid point of view if one desires to cure the cause of the disease.  Chemical destruction of the abnormal growth of microscopic life may result in a temporary decline or total eradication of the population of microorganisms, but if the imbalance of the humour is not corrected, the disease will recur or arise in another place in the body.  More important, the dramatic effects of the chemical drugs themselves on the humours result in new imbalances, as evidenced by the many so-called side-effects of drugs..."





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