While serving with the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Thomas Cowan encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Weston A. Price - two men whose ideas would fascinate and challenge him for decades to come. Both drawn to the art of healing and repelled by the way medicine was - and continues to be - practiced in the United States, Cowan returned from Swaziland, went to medical school, and established a practice. He remained intrigued by the work of Price and Steiner and, in particular, with Steiner's provocative claim that the heart is not a pump. Dr. Cowan believes that Steiner was correct that the heart is not a pump, and our understanding of heart disease is completely wrong. And this gross misunderstanding is the reason heart disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide.
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Some facts would have been a nice addition.
Dr. Cowan said twice that he stayed away from woo-woo, but then invoked the canonical woo-woo mantras -- skepticism about ordinary science, reference to ancient Egyptians, mystic connections with regular polygons and numbers, coining new words, using abbreviations without explaining what they mean, and never giving any statistical or clinical studies to prove his theories. His speculation about water vortices sounded possible, and I was hoping to hear some more explanation or background experiments to back it up, but there were none. There was, however, an abundance of the author's personal life story, and how much he loved his family, and pablum about sunshine and walking barefoot and body contact. I wasn't surprised at the end when he wrote that he gave his patients homeopathic medicine and medicines that were difficult to obtain in this country. There was nothing at all in the book about The Cosmic Heart, whatever that is.
His voice was extremely clear and pleasant.
Just about everything.
The sample audio segment was unrepresentative of the remainder of the book. The audio segment had a scientific tone, but the actual book was so trite that I had to grit my teeth to finish it so I could give it an honest review.
Fascinating ideas about heart disease and health
- M. Albert