Dear Ms. Kidder at Ashoka:
I'm taking this opportunity of what is
developing into an ongoing serial letter, to announce some further
ground-breaking medical insights, from my 27 years of devotion to the art of
natural healing through Macrobiotics.
Please permit me to pick up some loose
threads from my previous letter (Part III).
There I brought forth a logical inference
that the AIDS Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa is caused mainly by the inability of
the natives to keep their skin dry in their hot, humid climate; which in turn
creates a phlegmatic condition from excess body moisture in the digestive
tract. Thus the body, clogged with mucus (phlegm), experiences stagnated
digestion, their food putrefies in them, making the person an ideal host for
micro-organisms, which feed on the unmetabolized food, especially the protein
and fat, which shows externally in a swollen nose in which the nostril-lines
are not clear and deep, as they should be in a person who is internally clean
from practicing effective personal hygiene.
The swollen nose may not be conspicuous,
especially in a person wasting away from AIDS. But if you look closely, you
will see that the sides of the nose are not concave, as they should be in a
body internally clean. Rather, the nose is wedge-shaped, indicating a body
clogged with mucus.
Another visual symptom detectable in people
with AIDS is glazed eyes, watery eyes, in which the pupil is generally
contracted very small, and there is no clear focus in the eyes. These are
unmistakable symptoms of sickness when the eyes have no focus.
I pointed to synthetic, non-absorbent junk
clothing, bedding, and home furnishings, all largely or wholly made of
petroleum, which has been dumped on the unsuspecting Africans and people of the
Third world around the globe, by the enterprising Western capitalists,
destroying thereby their native cottage industries which traditionally produced
high quality clothing of all natural organic fibers.
Further, I pointed out that there has been
nothing remotely comparable to this Material Revolution of this last half
century, since nylon stockings were invented during World War II, which has
changed the way of life of humanity from a natural way, based on natural
cellular, absorbent materials--cotton, wool, linen, wood, straw, horsehair,
clay, leather, etc.--to an increasingly unnatural way, which prevents the
TRANSPIRATION, the discharge of body wastes and excess moisture through the
pores of the skin into surrounding absorbent materials.
This has been my insight for about 20 years,
and every day I make new observations which confirm and deepen the profundity
of it. I could write a book of anecdotes of cases where people's and animals
health and lives are being destroyed by living amidst intranspirable petroleum
products that do not allow the body to breath. Put a cage of mice directly on a
polyester carpet, so that the animals have no access to contact with natural
materials, and they die within a few hours. Such experiments have already been
done; it is known as polyvinyl chloride poisoning.
Well, today in my scholarly reading, I
finally came across a historical precedent for THE BIOLOGICAL DEGENERATION OF
HUMANITY DUE TO THE STEADILY INCREASING INTRANSPIRABILITY OF THE SYNTHETIC
MATERIALS ON WHICH MODERN LIFE IS NOW BASED.
This is what I joyfully came across in an
old book, MALARIA AND GREEK HISTORY (Manchester University, 1909), by the
British scholar W.H.S. Jones, M.A., who subsequently, in 1923, did the Loeb
Library of Classics edition of HIPPOCRATES (1923), the 3 first volumes of that
On page 87, Jones cites an early 19th
century study, by an Italian scholar, of the ancient Romans, and why their
civilization declined into weakness and sickness amidst their marshy, damp
land, long before drainage systems were built.
"BROCCHI [1820: DELLO STATO FISICO DEL SUOLO
DI ROMA] held that the ancient Romans were as subject to unhealthy influences
[viz. marshy damp air] as are the modern inhabitants of Italy, but were saved
from the worst effects BY THE USE OF THEIR THICK, WOOLEN TOGA.AS WOOL GAVE WAY
TO [LESS ABSORBENT MATERIALS] LINEN AND SILK, SO DID THE FEVER [MALARIA]
The scholarly book written in Italian ("On
the Physical State of the Subsoil of Rome", 1820) is indeed a fascinating
geological study, which happens to exist in the Rare Books Collection of
Amherst College, where I've been privileged to pour over it. An American
scholar who first owned it inscribed his name on the flyleaf, with the date in
the summer of 1838, when he was apparently in Rome. Although I have no facility
in reading Italian without the aid of a dictionary, I was deeply moved by the
aesthetic quality of the handmade paper with feathered edge, and by finding
three places where the original owner had inserted fresh wildflowers between
the pages, where they dried perfectly and were still in good condition over a
century and a half after being put there.
The geological importance of knowing what
the subsoil under a city consists of in various places was extremely critical
in the days before paved-over cities and poured-concrete basements. It was
because one had to know what "effluvia", as it was called, would be rising up
from the depths of the soil under any building that might be constructed. In
those days, what we now call "sick building syndrome" arose from the physical
state of the soil, whereas in our time it arises from the quality of the
petroleum-based synthetic materials used in the construction of the
This is another example of "The reversal of
the Tao." Whereas formerly, man might harm his health by building in the wrong
place, today he harms his health by building with the wrong
"So great are the damage AND THE MORAL
DEGENERATION CAUSED BY THE DISEASE [MALARIA]" (p.87)...THE VICTIMS OF MALARIA
FALL AN EASY PREY TO OTHER DISEASES..."(p.19, footnote 5). The parallel between
MALARIA and AIDS is surely striking! In both diseases there is a process of
fever, sweating and chills, and the progressive wasting away unto
But the important point is that the Romans,
at the height of their culture, had the best protection against damp air in
their thick woolen robes, which produced ample transpiration of body wastes
from their diet.
Why did the Romans gradually discontinue
their heavy robes of wool and switch to lighter garments of linen and silk?
Obviously, they undoubtedly felt more comfortable in the lighter weight smooth
materials which caress the skin, rather than cause itchiness when heavy dietary
wastes are drawn out from the skin by coarse wool.
Hasn't this cultural pattern been repeated
in our time, 2,000 years later, as we see so few people wearing wool any
longer? Moreover, our switch to lighter weight smooth materials in the past
half century has been much more disastrous in the unprecedented epidemics of
killer diseases our civilization has produced through the artificial synthetic
I am convinced that heart disease,
arteriosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism (especially so) are
all produced through failure to metabolize our food completely, with the aid of
good quality clothing and footwear, leaving the body clogged with dietary waste
matter that causes many kinds of complications and diseases, depending upon
where it gets deposited.
I have pointed out that the dramatic rise of
breast cancer in women is directly correlated with women increasingly covering
their bodies with petroleum-based intranspirable fabrics. First it was nylon
stockings, which prevented women's legs from discharging their waste matter
through the skin.
Then it was pantyhose, which brought the
petroleum covering up to the belly-button, beginning in the mid-1950s. Then
nylon panties and bras, slips, petticoats, garters; the whole undergarments
Women's fashions have recently turned to
increased use of polyester and other petroleum materials in the outer garments
as well. Dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes, suits, jackets, coats: there is
nothing they won't succumb to if it is sold as fashionable.
So then, let me conclude: The World Health
Crisis, which became evident in the 1970s, is directly tied to the
transformation of the TRANSPIRABLE NATURAL WAY OF LIFE into an increasingly
INTRANSPIRABLE UNNATURAL WAY OF LIFE.
Jesus, born in a manger, amidst transpirable
straw and wood, had the luxury of coming into this world in far healthier
surroundings than the offspring of affluent families, born in a modern
hospital, where there is virtually no possibility of human contact with any
organic material made of cells that expand and contract according to the
condition of the air, and which provide healthy comfort to the human
The modern way of life, the world over, is
relentlessly being transformed away from the natural materials that allow our
body to breathe, and have the power to absorb our dietary waste products. Thus
we see obesity, the thick bullnecked condition, swollen noses, bloated
cheeks--all the signs of ill-health that are so conspicuous in the images of
the Roman Caesars on their coinage.
Just as the Romans progressively debased
their way of life and fell into self-indulgent gluttony, weakening themselves
until they could no longer resist the barbarians at their gates, so we too are
doing the same thing. But the barbarians are no longer outsiders. Those who
fail or forget how to learn to feed and clothe and house themselves amidst
natural transpirable materials gradually revert to a barbarous way of
And just one sign of the uncultured,
unhygienic barbarian way of life may be seen nowadays in the numbers of people
who do not wear an undershirt. The difference between barbarism and
civilization is the wearing of an undershirt, which conserves body heat
essential for smooth digestion, without the need of violent
activity--prerequisites for the creation of culture by tranquil
No. Pleasant St., Apt. 2
Amherst, MA 01002-1719
1-413-253-2277 by 9