A Guide to Child Health - Fourth Edition
A Holistic Approach to Raising Healthy Children
Dr. Michaela Glöckler & Dr. Wolfgang Goebel
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This acclaimed guide to children's physical, psychological, and spiritual development is now available in a fourth revised edition. Combining up-to-date medical advice with issues of development and education, this is a definitive guide for parents.
If you've ever wanted a deeper understanding of your child's illnesses, or to take a more holistic approach to your child's health, this is the book for you. As well as comprehensively covering medical issues, it's also about parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play—a truly integrated approach to all aspects of raising healthy children in the broadest sense.
The authors based their theory and practice on more than twenty years of experience in the children's outpatient department of the Herdecke Hospital in Germany, which follows anthroposophic principles.
The first section covers childhood ailments and home nursing. The second part looks at the healthy development of children and how to create the best conditions for them. The authors go on to examine issues of development and education, and their consequences for later life. Throughout, the book is extremely practical, with example situations of conflict and crisis presented, along with possible solutions. It includes medical and health practices in North America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the UK and Europe.
The fourth edition includes updates on treatments for tonsillitis, croup, sunstroke, and head lice, as well as possible complications arising from measles and ultrasound scans. The section on vaccinations includes the latest recommendations and has updates on measles, meningococcal and HPV. There is also a new section on electromagnetic pollution, including mobile (cell) phones and UHF and SHF radio frequencies, and their effects on respiration, the immune system, and fertility.
The Therapeutic Eye
How Rudolf Steiner Saw Children
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Rudolf Steiner’s extraordinary ability to perceive the inner nature and development of children provided insights at many levels and areas of the creative learning process. He spoke of this ability as a precondition for all forms of healthy childhood education—including special education—and suggested that teachers should develop such a capacity within themselves.
This process involves the recreation of the child within oneself, based on what we are able to observe in the child’s physical appearance, temperament, ways of moving, and environment. In The Therapeutic Eye, Dr. Peter Selg discusses Steiner’s views on childhood development, how teachers can look at children, and ways that these approaches can be used to develop lessons and classroom activities to deal with behavioral extremes and learning challenges.
The Therapeutic Eye is a valuable resource for teachers and parents - well worth studying again and again.
Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing
Anthroposophical medicine as a medicine founded in Christianity
Dr. Peter Selg
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For those who are in daily contact with people who are ill or in need, there may be a tendency to forget the larger purpose of healing because of a need to focus on the day-to-day mechanics of healthcare. Anthroposophic medicine, however, encompasses more than the physical body—it is also concerned with the soul and individual biography of patients, which brings a broader dimension to conventional medical care.
Peter Selg shows how anthroposophic therapies draw heavily on the Christian concept of healing as seen in the Christian Bible. In practical terms, he suggests that, through meditation, healers and caregivers can allow the healing power of Christ to work through them. They must come to recognize that sickness is part of a person’s destiny and that the healing process can help realize the purpose of the sickness for the person’s individual life story.
Nurses, caregivers, social workers, therapists, counselors, and doctors can all benefit from this insightful book.
Practical Home Care Medicine
A Natural Approach
Christine Murphy, Editor
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This little book is a gem! Like a homeopathic remedy, it's small size belies its power to heal. Christine Murphy has gathered together what I believe is best collection of home remedies ever presented in one place. Most of them them are ones she grew up with and many of them I used for my own children. I can personally tell you that you will be astonished at how effective they are - and how quickly they act!
I can remember when one of my children would begin to get an earache, just placing a simple onion poultice on the ear brought instant pain relief and sped the healing so much that things were often back to normal within a day. Really. This is the type of remedy you will find in this wonderful book - organized by illness, with special how-to sections on preparing the compresses, poultices, baths; stocking your remedy chest, and more.
Once you start using this book, you'll find it indispensable. And, you'll learn so much about the gifts the world brings for our health. Recommended without hesitation and with much hope that Practical Home Care Medicine finds its way into home after home after home.
Healing the Skin
Holistic Aproaches to Treating Skin Conditions - A practical guide based on anthroposophic medicine
Lueder Jachens, MD
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Our skin is the visible barrier between what is inside and what is outside our bodies. It can respond with sensitivity to tender contact, allowing us to experience pleasure, or, when harmful influences arise, it can contract or erupt and lead to pain. The increasing prevalence in recent years of various types of skin conditions is an indication that toxic influences are on the increase.
A dermatologist, allergist, and physician, Lueder Jachens offers wise advice in Healing the Skin, an expertly written and helpful “owner’s handbook.” His concern is not only to offer his insights into the individual conditions, their causes, and how best to treat them, but also to present a holistic understanding of the skin itself—the largest human organ—to help us develop better health and harmony in the longer term.
Dr. Jachens’ authoritative guide begins with an anatomy of the skin and its relationship to the physical and spiritual levels of existence. He then goes on to study various specific conditions and their treatment, including psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, boils, hayfever, alopecia (hair loss), melanoma, abscesses, impetigo, fungal infections, herpes, scabies, head lice, sunburn, and much more.
Translated by Alan Stott
Previously published in an earlier translation as Curative Eurythmy
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Steiner’s comprehensive lecture course, republished here in a thoroughly revised translation, describes the principles of therapeutic eurythmy and provides many specific exercises. Intended primarily for practicing eurythmists, these lectures also contain much material of special interest. Steiner reveals the intricacies of rhythmic interplay between human physiology and the life-forces in the world around us. He describes the qualities of language and the dynamism contained in the individual vowels and consonants, elucidating their relationship with eurythmy movements and human experience. Through such movements, individuals are able to access the healing etheric forces.
The exercises, which Steiner calls “inner gymnastics,” contain enormous potential for psychological and physiological well-being. Gaining increasingly wide recognition today, they complement conventional medicine and offer a therapeutic process for mind, soul and body.
This new edition of these important lectures includes an appendix with reminiscences by early eurythmists, as well as commentary from Dr. Walter Kugler.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color
Research on Different Types of Depression
Chantal Bernard and Janny Mager
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The goal of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color is to show how Liane Collot d'Herbois's understanding of the therapeutic uses of painting can provide the basis for precise, complete and reliable diagnosis of a patient's condition with regard to different symptoms of depression.
Using this diagnosis, it is possible to create a therapeutic plan in collaboration with a doctor that is specific to an individual's particular needs.
Part 1 uses Collot d'Herbois' lecture by the same title to develop a basis of understanding of the human constitution in relation to its spiritual, soul, etheric and physical parts. The authors present a conception of pathology from two essential notions: the formation of foreign bodies and the tendency to an illness similar to congenital consumption. They also offer some general elements as to how to conduct a therapy.
Part 2 shows how these elements correspond directly to the conceptions of the human being in health or illness according to the Collot d'Herbois' approach.
Part 3 demonstrates through analysis of free pictures by the patients in charcoal and in color how we can begin to establish a diagnosis in relation to the two pathological tendencies describes. The the elements of diagnosis and therapy are assembled for the different types of depression related to the cardinal organs.
An Introductory Reader
Original texts compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Andrew Maendl
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This a small book that is nonetheless potent with an excellent selection of Steiner's key lectures and essays on the topic of the medical arts. If you are looking for a readable overview of the basic tenants of anthroposophical medicine, you've found your book.
- true human nature as a basis for medical practice;
- the science of knowing;
- the mission of reverence;
- the four temperaments;
- the bridge between universal spirituality and the physical;
- the constellation of the supersensible bodies;
- the invisible human within us: the pathology underlying therapy;
- cancer and mistletoe, and aspects of psychiatry;
- case history questions: diagnosis and therapy;
- anthroposophic medicine in practice: and three case histories.
An Introduction to Anthroposphical Medicine
Extending the Art of Healing
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In modern times, Western societies have become increasingly familiar and comfortable with the numerous complementary and alternative forms of medicine, often derived from Eastern sources. Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical medicine, founded in the early part of the twentieth century, renews the origin of Western medicine. But unlike many modern medical practices based on reductionist, materialistic thinking, Steiner’s holistic system encompasses a picture of the human being as an entity of body, soul, and spirit. Anthroposophical medicine brings harmony to these different aspects of the human constitution.
Victor Bott, a medical doctor, offers a comprehensive overview of this remarkable system of medicine. He presents a new approach to understanding various types of diseases, including a discussion on the stages of human development; the roles of organs such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart; specific diseases; and indications about why people become ill. He also discusses the increasing prevalence of cancer and specific phenomena such as the menstrual cycle.
Education as Preventative Medicine
A Salutogenic Approach
Michaela Glöckler, MD
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How and when something is taught affects the student's disposition towards health or illness for life. The whole Waldorf curriculum is built on an understanding of the development and physiology of the child. … The healthy development of the physical body is the basis for a healthy unfolding of the soul-spiritual individuality of the child. Therefore it is of great importance that doctors and teachers work together.
- Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann
Dr. Glöckler has brought together for the first time in English research and insights into the relationship between how we educate children and the health they enjoy both as children and later as adults. This is a book to read deeply, to ponder over. The application of these insights in our teaching and working with children has the power to resonate far into the future, creating a healthier world as it does.
In addition to Dr. Glöckler's insights, Education as Preventative Medicine also includes contributions by:
Johannes Bockemühl, Ernst Bücher, Wolfgang Göbel, Wolfgang Kersten, Daniela Greif, Mariana Kayser-Springorum, Armin Husemann, Gisbrt Husemann, Helmut v. Kügelgen, Karl-Reinhard Kummer, Hans Müller-Wiedemann, and Maria Theresia Pehm.
Healthy Body, Healthy Brain
Alzheimer's and Dementia Prevention and Care
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This book is the result of Jenny Lewis’s research and experience as a caregiver for her mother, who has suffered from senile dementia for fifteen years. Despite her mother’s worsening condition, Jenny has continually fostered an attitude of hope and a determined effort to improve her mother’s quality of life. In Healthy Body, Healthy Brain, she shares her advice.
Jenny Lewis discusses the importance of valuing and caring for the elderly, encouraging mobility and independence for as long as possible. She emphasizes prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through nutrition, physical activity, and positivity and offers suggestions on how to improve the health and well-being of those already suffering from these conditions. Jenny goes on to discuss residential care and nursing homes and the importance of adopting a fresh approach toward caring for the elderly in our society.
This practical and encouraging guide also includes practical suggestions that can be introduced easily into daily routines, including recipes for nourishing soups and Brain Gym exercises.
Understanding the critical period between conception and the first birthday
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Odent, a leading pioneer for natural childbirth, indicates that the period between conception and a child’s first birthday is critical to lifelong health. In this prophetic book, first published in 1986, Odent argues that different parts of the “primal adaptive system” develop, regulate and adjust themselves during fetal life and the time around birth and infancy. Everything that happens during this period of dependence on the mother has an influence on this primal health.
The author suggests that the later well-being of adults, and their ability to withstand hypertension, cancer, alcoholism and failures of the immune system resulting in AIDS, allergies and viral diseases, can all be traced back to society’s ignorance of the vital importance of the primal period. This book is essential reading for all who care about the health of our children and the ongoing health of society as a whole.
The Vaccination Dilemma
Christine Murphy, Editor
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"This book should be read by all physicians, health care providers, and families with children."
—John R. Lee, MD
In their first five years of life, children are expected to undergo 37 doses of eleven different vaccines, yet relatively few parents are aware of the risks of chronic disease, injury, or death that some vaccines can present. A growing body of research has linked immunization with autism, seizures, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and even hyperactivity and learning disabilities; yet we continue to use vaccination as “insurance” even against diseases that no longer pose a significant threat.
Christine Murphy has compiled a book that presents the vaccination dilemma from multiple perspectives. It clearly describes the immune system and its workings—and what science does and does not know about them. It offers suggestions and resources for parents whose children are sick, whether from a common childhood illness or from a vaccination reaction. And it makes a case for an alternate view of disease—as a teacher that allows us to develop physically and spiritually, and as a necessary test of strength that we have chosen out of our destiny.
This book will help educate parents about the vaccination dilemma and prepare them to make, in consultation with one or more health professionals, educated vaccination decisions for their children.
Fundamentals of Chirophonetics
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Dr. Baur and his wife Dr. Ilse Baur developed Chirophonetics therapy in 1956. Since that time, Chirophonetics has been successfully used in remedial and educational work. It has shown outstanding results with the developmentally disabled, children with behavior difficulties, adults suffering from strokes, as well as children with speech and language difficulties. It has also supplemented and supported prescribed medicines in cases of chronic illness.
In Dr. Baur's experience, speech is more than a means of communication - each sound of spoken language has a life of its own, with qualities and properties of remarkable potential.
His years of research and treatment of communication disorders in both children and adults, coupled with in-depth studies of philology and Anthroposophy have given Dr. Baur a deep understanding of the creative power of the spoken word in all its manifestations.
Healing Sounds introduces the therapeutic approach of Chirophonetics, placing this approach in the hands of caregivers, healers and teachers. It is an outstanding resource and guide to a therapeutic modality that shows enormous promise in precisely the sorts of situations where many other approaches fail.
The Harmony of the Human Body
Musical Principles in Human Physiology
Armin Husemann, M.D.
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This is an exploration of the cosmic origins of human beings and the evolutionary laws that govern their development. Husemann applies musical principles as a method of gaining insight into the structure of the human body and the forces that work on it, seeking to use our experience of music to explain the physiological and anatomical relationships in the body and the spiritual influences that determine physical development.
Secrets of the Skeleton
Form in Metamorphosis
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In this book, we are not dealing, as is usually the case, with statements that are, in my opinion, established facts.... The artistic part that lives in some form in each human being can be used as a means of observation. Thus, it is possible to observe things that would escape those who take the purely analytical, scientific approach.... It is of prime importance to discover a certain order, a plan, in the multitude of shapes. To achieve this, we must study the skeleton as a whole. For our purpose, it is also necessary to study the shape of a number of bones in a new way and by mutual comparison.
—L. F. C. Mees
In this seminal study of human bone forms, Dr. Mees reveals the skeleton as an articulate work of art. But who is the artist? Using a blend of phenomenological observations and artistic intuition, the author carefully explores the anatomical facts of the human skeleton, with the beauty of many bones impressively described and illustrated through numerous parallel photographs and illustrations.
Dr. Mees discovers numerous intriguing correspondences of form, especially between bones of the lower body and those of the skull. Interpreting the gestural language hidden within the skeleton from the background of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the author reaches startling conclusions concerning those correspondences — conclusions that support the reality of reincarnation and the concept of a body of formative forces, or what some call the human “etheric body.”
The book also contributes a discussion of polarity and intensification — the essential laws of metamorphosis, as discovered by Goethe and revealed in his writings. Mees clarifies the various types of metamorphosis as characterized by the living realms of plant, animal, and human, and this, in turn, sheds new light on the creationist vs. evolutionary controversy, as well as several other contemporary spiritual dilemmas.
Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer
Prevention, Treatment and Healing
Dr. Johannes Wilkens, Gert Böhm
Translated by Peter Clemm
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Mistletoe is a parasitic evergreen plant that lives on trees such apple and elm. Modern complementary therapies for cancer increasingly make use of mistletoe preparations. However, mistletoe grows on many different trees, and the properties of the plant vary according to the host. Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer presents, for the first time, an important reference for practitioners on the characteristics of each type of mistletoe and the kinds of cancers they are best suited to treat. Thirteen host trees are described, covering aspects from mythology and botany to homeopathy and flower essences. The authors pull the various characteristics together, providing a unique guide to the different types of mistletoe and which patients might benefit most from the individual varieties. The results will be useful not only in treating cancer, but also in prevention.
Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer includes specific case studies, as well as notes on supplementary therapies using metals.
Iscador: Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy
Christine Murphy, Editor
In recent years, the plant-based cancer remedy Iscador has been gaining increased media attention. But, Iscador has been known for its therapeutic benefits for over eighty years. As early as 1917, Rudolf Steiner suggested using injections of mistletoe extract for the treatment of cancer. His recommendations were taken up and put to clinical use by Ita Wegman, MD, a Dutch physician. Dr. Wegman, who founded a clinic that later became the Lukas clinic, also first developed Iscador in 1917.
In Iscador - Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy, Christine Murphy gathers together some of the work of doctors and clinicians who have been using Iscador today. Dr. Richard Wagner answers many of the questions about Iscador asked him by his patients during his many years of practice as an oncologist in general practice, treating cancer patients with both conventional and alternative therapies. Dr. Thomas Schuerholz, a medical doctor specializing in cancer, offers an overview of the terms, procedures, and different approaches to treating cancer. Phoebe Alexander examines the role of art therapy in healing, Dr. Erika Merz offers suggested dietary options for cancer patients, and a full list of resources allows those diagnosed with cancer to understand fully the options available to them.
This is the first and only book to date that really explores this topic. It does so in a thorough yet easy-to-understand way that is truly empowering. Highly recommended!
Extending Practical Medicine
Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman
Translated by Anna Meuss
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We have experienced anthroposophic medicine and its remedies, as an extremely effective approach to regaining and maintaining health and are hopeful that this new edition will help it to become more widely known. This is the founding volume, a pioneer work, where Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman first moved to extend medicine beyond the boundaries of materialism, toward a deeper realization of the human being within all creation. Anna Meuss's clear and penetrating new translation brings a new vitality, depth and accessibility to this classic that gave birth to an entire field of medical practice. Very highly recommended.
A Holistic Approach
Dr. Marga Hogenboom and Bob Woodward
With a foreword by Colwyn Trevarthen, Professor Emeritus of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Edinburgh
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This is the first really useful book on autism that I've found. Autism - A Holistic Approach caused me to breath a sigh of relief: "Finally, someone is discussing what can be done to help!" as well as a smile of hope: "Now, perhaps we can move ahead on this!"
The authors have written a wonderful guide to the phenomena of autism - they offer a penetrating and thorough description of the symptoms and what they say about the world of the autistic human being. More importantly, in my opinion, they document case after case and describe in clear detail what sort of therapeutic work was done with the individual and what the results were! This is what I've been looking for over all these years - a source that would clearly describe these simple therapies and clearly document the results that were observed.
The therapies used are so simple in most cases that should you have an autistic person in your care, but no experts in autism within your reach, I believe that most people could safely and effectively follow through with these activities. And this is the real joy of this book - that it presents a clear picture of what to do, a picture so clear that caregivers and professionals alike can take up this work.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for anyone working or living with someone with autism.