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Thomas Cowan was a 20-year-old Duke gradbright, skeptical, and already disillusioned with industrial capitalismwhen he joined the Peace Corps in the mid-1970s for a two-year tour in Swaziland. There, he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Weston A. Pricetwo 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 wasand continues to bepracticed in the United States, Cowan returned from Swaziland, went to medical school, and established a practice in New Hampshire and, later, San Francisco. For years, as he raised his three children, suffered the setback of divorce, and struggled with a heart condition, 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. Determined to practice medicine in a way that promoted healing rather than compounded ailments, Cowan dedicated himself to understanding whether Steiner’s claim could possibly be true. And if Steiner was correct, what, then, is the heart? What is its true role in the human body?
In this deeply personal, rigorous, and riveting account, Dr. Cowan offers up a daring claim: Not only was Steiner correct that the heart is not a pump, but our understanding of heart diseasewith its origins in the blood vesselsis completely wrong. And this gross misunderstanding, with its attendant medications and risky surgeries, is the reason heart disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide.
In Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, Dr. Thomas Cowan presents a new way of understanding the body’s most central organ. He offers a new look at what it means to be human and how we can best care for ourselvesand one another.
|Publisher:||Chelsea Green Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Thomas Cowan, MD, has studied and written about many subjects in medicine, including nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, and herbal medicine. He is the author of Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing, and co-author (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine), has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and is the co-founder of a family business, Dr. Cowan’s Garden. He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.
Table of Contents
1 Doubting Thomas 1
2 Circulation 7
3 The Misery Index 21
4 The Geometry of the Heart 29
5 Defining the Questions 41
6 What Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks 47
7 What Does Cause Heart Attacks 55
8 Stepping Forth 65
9 Treating the Heart 75
10 The Cosmic Heart 87
11 A Heart of Gold 95
12 What's Love Got to Do with It? 111
Appendix A The Cowan Heart Diet 121
Appendix B Preventing and Treating Angina, Unstable Angina, and Heart Attacks 133
Appendix C Cholesterol and How to Read a Lipid Profile 137
Recommended Reading 151