"Is Your Body A Mystery?" gives you a
straightforward explanation of some common medical problems, by giving you
insight into the condition and confidence in helping to resolve it.
All too often, advice generates fear
rather than shedding light on a problem - for instance, the phobia of
fever is still widespread, despite plenty of evidence to say that there's
no reason to fear a fever. In fact, often draconic measures are advised
such as stripping the child, putting them in a bath, put a fan on them;
things you would never do to yourself! In the chapter on fever it is
explained how to care for your child rather than make it uncomfortable.
"As a doctor in general practice and having worked
in the psychiatric service, helping people to overcome drug- and
alcohol problems, I noticed that what people in general present the
doctor with is commonly due to circumstances in their life.
When life is not balanced then all sorts of
symptoms can develop, for example acute conditions such as low back
pain, headaches, hyperventilation and indigestion. Furthermore,
later in life, chronic diseases can develop if there is a
persistence of the problem.
Medicine can not cure these chronic diseases
but can only offer symptomatic treatments. At the same time there is
often only symptomatic relief for acute illnesses.
In a lot of cases, stress is a contributing
factor. So, giving attention to help to remedy this is important.
Having an understanding of certain symptoms
gives confidence and helps to reduce stress. So, here it is, some
The secret is that not outside circumstances
create your life but how you react to them." Dr. Wouter Havinga
following medical topics are discussed in this book
||The common cold
||Inflammation and infection
||Fever and asthma
||Potentized remedies will be
introduced as used in anthroposophical and homeopathic medicines.
||The circulation system, breathing
system and the nervous system are also discussed here and placed in
a more worldly context.
||Effects of alcohol, and of opiates
such as heroin are dealt with along with possible treatment
||Childhood illnesses like measles,
mumps, rubella and scarlet fever are not examined separately, but
general information is given in a chapter on childhood fever.
Tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever are not within the scope
of this book.
At the end of each chapter you will find
references for further reading, covering books and articles from medical
This book aims to help people understand
their condition, rather than feel uncomfortable with it. It is the hope
that, alongside this understanding, there comes a renewed sense of wonder.
By showing how human beings interconnect with the world at large, I hope
to inspire in you a reverence for the natural processes of the body,
whether it is 'well' or 'unwell'.