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MEDICINE AND HEALTHspacerRUDOLF STEINER

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AN OCCULT PHYSIOLOGY

Given the upsurge of interest in complementary therapies and treatments, medical researchers are gradually being pressured to reassess and expand existing knowledge about the structure and organization of the human body. But in spite of the advances in modern technology, there are vast areas of human physiological activity, which continue to remain undetectable. Such processes, indicates Rudolf Steiner, are connected to spiritual forces.

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BROKEN VESSELS

The Spiritual Structure of Human Frailty

"Foundations of Anthroposophical Medicine" series
Previously published as Pastoral Medicine

Today a great deal is written about holistic medicine as an approach to healing that integrates body, mind, and spirit. In these lectures, given to a mixed audience of doctors and priest-theologians, Rudolf Steiner renews the ancient tradition of "pastoral medicine", which involves the working together of trained physicians with those having the care of the patient's soul and spirit. He shows that healing is not possible unless it takes into account the invisible as well as the visible dimensions.

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DISEASE, KARMA AND HEALING

Spiritual-Scientific Enquiries into the Nature of the Human Being

Today, illness is almost universally regarded as either a nuisance or a grave misfortune. In contrast to this conventional thinking, Rudolf Steiner places the suffering caused by disease in a broad vista that includes an understanding of karma and personal metamorphosis. Illness comes to expression in the physical body, but mostly does not originate in it, says Steiner, and thus a key part of the physician’s work involves gaining insight into the whole nature of an individual – his essential core being. From this perspective, illness offers us the opportunity for deeper healing.

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EXTENDING PRACTICAL MEDICINE

Fundamental Principles based on the Science of the Spirit

Dr Ita Wegman

In this classic introductory work on spiritual medicine, Rudolf Steiner worked in unique literary collaboration with the physician Ita Wegman. Their aim was to revitalise the art of healing through spiritual knowlege - yet in so doing they did not underrate or dismiss modern scientific medicine, but illumined it beyond its present materialistic outlook to a fuller realisation of the human condition.

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FREUD, JUNG AND SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY

5 Lectures

Intro. R. Sardello

"Imagine, just for a moment, how many people in the world practice psychotherapy, how many are patients of one therapy or another, and how many are now involved in the growing numbers of therapeutic groups focused on various addictions. One might think that a great deal of 'soul work' goes on here. But, due to the fundamental errors at the very founding of the discipline, it may well be that psychotherapy is oriented toward conquering soul rather than entering into soul wisdom."

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GOOD HEALTH

Self-Education and the Secret of Well-being

Rudolf Steiner offered numerous practical methods to enrich and enliven our daily lives. Drawing on these, the texts in this anthology provide a wealth of ideas to strengthen our health through self-education and personal development. The content ranges from tangible and easy-to-practise exercises to relevant observations on human nature.

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HAPPINESS

Fortune, Success and the Human Spirit

What is true happiness? This perennial question preoccupies many experts, including biologists, psychologists, sociologists and theologians, but their findings usually confirm what we already knew: that happiness is one of the most sought-after but elusive commodities.

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THE HEALING PROCESS

Spirit, Nature and Our Bodies

In all his lectures to doctors and in his explanations of anthroposophic medicine, Steiner emphasized that his medical concepts are not intended to replace conventional Western medicine, but to extend it; diagnosis and healing methods are expanded to include our soul and spirit.

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ILLNESS AND THERAPY

Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of Healing

‘An external view of states of health and sickness must be augmented by what we can also know about the inner, spiritual reality within the human being.’ – Rudolf Steiner

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INTRODUCING ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

Taking account of modern medical knowledge and practice, and deeply versed in alchemical, Paracelsian, and naturopathic approaches, as well as homeopathy, aroma therapy, and other 'alternative' therapies, Steiner demonstrates, on the basis of his own researches, how a truly integrated whole-person medicine is possible - one that understands the human as a being of body, soul, and spirit; a microcosm in the macrocosm, a mirror of the earth and of the heavens.

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MEDICINE

An Introductory Reader

Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Andrew Maendl, MD

Understanding man's true 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; Anthroposophical medicine in practice: three case histories.

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NUTRITION

Food, Health and Spiritual Development

Our instinctive knowledge of which foods are helpful and which are harmful appears increasingly to be fading. We are bombarded with advice, information and prescriptions as to what we should eat and drink, but the issues surrounding nutrition - questions of health, diet, taste, even ecology and sustainability - remain largely unresolved.

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ON EPIDEMICS

Spiritual Perspectives

"If we can bring nothing up out of ourselves except fear of the illnesses which surround us at the seat of an epidemic, and if we go to sleep at night filled with nothing but thoughts of this fear, then we create unconscious replicas, imaginations, which are drenched in fear. And this is an excellent method for nurturing bacteria..." - Rudolf Steiner

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ON FEAR

Spiritual Perspectives

"We must eradicate root and branch any fear and dread in our soul concerning the future that is coming towards us... We must develop composure with regard to all the feelings and sensations we have about the future; we must anticipate with absolute equanimity whatever may be coming towards us, thinking only that whatever it may be will be brought to us by the wisdom-filled guidance of the universe." - Rudolf Steiner

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UNDERSTANDING HEALING

Meditative Reflections on Deepening Medicine through Spiritual Science

Rudolf Steiner’s third great lecture course to physicians has a completely different character to his previous presentations. Delivered in response to a group of young doctors – who approached Steiner with the specific request for a course that would be ‘quite intimate’, but should not contain anything ‘…which appealed only to knowledge and the intellect’ – it offers unique, ground-breaking insights into the practice and art of healing.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

Extending the Art of Healing

Victor Bott

In modern times western societies have become increasingly familiar and at ease with many complementary and alternative types of medicine, often derived from eastern sources. Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophical medicine, founded in the early part of the twentieth century, is a renewal of the original sources of western medicine. However, unlike many modern medical practices based on reductionist, materialistic thought, Steiner's truly holistic system encompasses a picture of the human being as an entity of body, soul and spirit. Anthroposophical medicine seeks to bring harmony to these various aspects of the human constitution.

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ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Recognizing and treating the most common disorders

Sergio Maria Francardo

This invaluable book not only provides practical suggestions and advice regarding common medical issues and ailments, but also presents the fundamental principles of anthroposophic medicine. It explains the underlying picture of disorders in the human organism and the therapeutic approach of anthroposophic medical practice, giving answers to the questions that, in an ideal world, a patient would like to discuss at length with his or her doctor.

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THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL APPROACH TO MEDICINE

An Outline of a Spiritual Scientifically Oriented Medicine: Vol. 1

Edited by doctors Friedrich Husemann and Otto Wolff

Today's medicine is strongly influenced by natural science, which focuses entirely on the material nature of reality. Molecular biology has become the foundation of modern medicine with the result that today's medical industry chases after technology to solve all its problems. In the process it is losing its own essence as it moves into fields increasingly alien to human nature as a whole.

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BLESSED BY ILLNESS

L. F. C. Mees

Illness may be seen as a helper and problem- solver in life, and the medical doctor can assist this function through a new approach to therapy.

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A CHILD IS BORN

A Natural Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood

Wilhelm zur Linden

Prospective parents are faced today with a huge selection of guidebooks on pregnancy, birth and early childhood. While many of these offer sensible advice and information, Dr zur Linden's long-established natural care book offers an important additional dimension. In clear and accessible language, he explains what the newborn baby and small child need to unfold harmoniously the full potential of body, soul and spirit. Based on this broad perspective, he offers many practical suggestions.

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THE COMMUNITY COOKS

Edited by Susanne Bennett

Illustrated by Elizabeth Auer

The Community Cooks is melting pot of favorite recipes collected from the families of the Pine Hill Waldorf School and the Wilton/Temple Farm Community in Wilton, N.H.

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COOKERY BOOK FOR PATIENTS WITH CANCER OR PRECANCEROUS CONDITIONS

Interesting and enjoyable vegetarian recipes from the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, Switzerland.

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DIET AND CANCER

Udo Renzenbrink

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FUNDAMENTALS OF ARTISTIC THERAPY

Founded upon Spiritual Science

The Nature and Task of Painting Therapy

Margarethe Hauschka

Based on many years of medical, artistic, therapeutic and anthroposophical experience, the author presents a concentrated foundation for the development of artistic therapy and the training of therapists. Although written with the painting therapist in mind, this clearly-formulated book – the fundamental work in its field – will also be of interest to those involved in medical and general therapeutic work, as well as to serious students of anthroposophy. It includes fifty full-colour examples from Hauschka’s course at the School for Artistic Therapy.

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HEALTHY MEDICINE

A Guide to the Emergence of Sensible, Comprehensive Care

Robert Zieve, MD

Forward D. Klinghardt, MD, J. Oschman

Dr Zieve - widely studied in anthroposophic and other types of complementary medicine - presents a new paradigm for health care that shows us how to go beyond the limitations and severe deficiencies of our current sickness care system. It embraces and synthesizes the emerging models of integrative medicine, energy medicine, and energy psychology into an effective and affordable approach to healing for everyone.

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HONORING LIFE

Medical Ethics and Physician-Assisted Suicide

A Consideration from an Anthroposophical Point of View

Sergei O. Prokofieff

Peter Selg

The reflections in this book by Peter Selg and Sergei Prokofieff on the soul-spiritual, ethical, and medical-therapeutic issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide (and suicide as such) will provoke thought, feeling, and the will. It takes its inspiration from both Rudolf Steiner and the ancient Greek Hippocratic Oath.

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I AM FOR GOING AHEAD

Ita Wegman's Work for the Social Ideals of Anthroposophy

Peter Selg

"Ita Wegman is not only an inspiring genius of Anthroposophy, but she is also a healing genius of anthroposophic medicine. Perseverance, courage, greatness mark her being." - Emanuel Zeylmans van Emmichoven

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LIFTING THE VEIL OF MENTAL ILLNESS

An Approach to Anthroposophical Psychology

William Bento

Mental illnesses are too often seen only in abstract terms. In keeping with this, mainstream psychology, which seldom acknowledges the psyche or soul, relies increasingly on pharmaceutical treatment.

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LIVING WITH YOUR BODY

Health, Illness and Understanding the Human Being

Walther Bühler

How can we truly understand the vital questions of health and illness, which are so much part of our everyday lives? Good nutrition, exercise and relaxation are only some of the answers, says Bühler. What we really need is a comprehensive insight into our true human nature, including the various forces working within and through us.

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MEDICINE, MYTHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY

Recollecting the Past and Willing the Future

Ralph Twentyman

In this mature discussion of the art of healing, Ralph Twentyman sets the problems of modern medicine in the context of the evolution of consciousness and the crisis of selfhood and community facing mankind today. He speaks about the modern experience of loneliness and relates it to the experience of individuality. In contrast, he points to the dawning vision of mankind as a real Being - a living organism. The illnesses characteristic of our time are set in the light of these birth pangs of a new evolutionary era and consciousness.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE HEART

Studies on the Sacramental Physiology of the Heart

Aristotle | Thomas Aquinas | Rudolf Steiner

Peter Selg

"Every moral deed and every physical action in human life is connected in the human heart. Only when we truly learn to understand the configuration of he human heart will we find the true fusion of these two parallel and independent phenomena: moral events and physical events." - Rudolf Steiner

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NUTRITION

A Holistic Approach

Rudolf Hauschka

Today's understanding of nutrition is based largely on physical, chemical considerations and analysis. Hauschka takes a radically different approach, viewing matter - and food in particular - as having a spiritual aspect. From this holistic perspective he presents a new, practical approach to nutrition.

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THE ONE OF THE EMERALD TABLET

Illuminating Ancient Cryptic Truths

Anna Lups

“Interpreting the final drawing from the Child Artist is for me the beginning of an exploration into the meaning of this exquisite gift he placed in my hands. As in the Gnostic myth, it involves a polarity. The Good and the Evil present themselves in their balanced capacity. Humanity meets the devouring monster and can slay it only after many painful sojourns into the depth of the Earth. On the horizontal plane, the domain of darkness, cacophony, and false gods, the overpowering jaws can annihilate me. It attacks my life force; it comes to me in the guise of a huge head with ferocious teeth; its small triangular body is chaotic, and the limbs are rudimentary. Is this me? The question lingers: Who can be identified as the Child Artist? Still in our midst, how can he be met? Do we want to pave a way to better listening and understanding?” (from the book)

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A PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DIGNITY

Ad Dekkers

Originally published in the Netherlands in 2011, this book is the result of a life's work devoted to developing the craft of psychotherapy in a way that leaves the therapist's and the client's own responsibilities intact and that stimulates a direct, open, and honest link with day-to-day reality.

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WALDORF BOOK OF BREADS

Edited and introduced by Winslow Eliot, Illustrated by Jo Valens

Marsha Post

Like the bestselling Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book and the Waldorf School Book of Soups, this newest book in the series provides yet another a rich resource for spending time in the kitchen with young children - this time baking bread. What child doesn't like to feel and knead bread dough, watch it rise, and then taste it fresh from the oven? Not only is such hands-on sensory experience fun for everyone, it is also invaluable to young children as they continue to incarnate into our world.

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THE WALDORF SCHOOL BOOK OF SOUPS

Collected by Marsha Post

Edited and Arranged by Andrea Huff
Illustrated by Jo Valens

Whether as a quick snack, part of a full-course dinner, or as the whole meal, there is nothing quite like a good bowl of soup. These recipes reflect the care and awareness that goes into providing proper nutrition for children and adults alike, while never ignoring the palate. Many Waldorf schoolteachers, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the Waldorf school movement have contributed their favorite recipes to make up this collection. You will find everything from stocks and broths to selections of vegetable, bean, cream, tomato, seafood, chicken, beef, and dessert soups ... and, of course, no book of soups would be complete without a recipe for Stone Soup! This cookbook has something here for everyone.

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THE WARMTH MEDITATION

A Path to the Good in the Service of Healing

Peter Selg

Rudolf Steiner wrote the text of the “Warmth Meditation” on two sheets of A4 paper in neat handwriting and without revisions or corrections, complete with two small, sketch-like drawings. He gave the meditation to the medical student Helene von Grunelius in early 1923 and “described it as the way for medical practitioners to behold the etheric Christ.” It was intended for use by her and her circle of friends in their medical studies. The warmth meditation became their central esoteric medical meditation and has been maintained and practiced by countless individuals during the past eight decades, becoming for many the existential core of their therapeutic practice and perspective.

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