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Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves
Kenny Ausubel, ed. with
J. P. Harpignies
Drawn largely from luminous presentations
given at the annual Bioneers Conference, this pathfinding book--the
first in a new Bioneers Series published by Sierra Club Books--focuses
on pragmatic solutions emerging at the fertile edges between the
overlapping worlds of environmental restoration and holistic healing. In
this kaleidoscopic collection, many of the world's leading health
visionaries show us how human health is inescapably dependent on the
health of our environment.
The rich array of voices in this book reflects the collective
intelligence of the emerging movement known as Ecological Medicine. Its
advocates look to the strategic public health measures that first do no
harm to the environment and, in turn, successfully improve human health.
They call for prevention and precaution as the first line of action.
They seek to heal the tragic split that conventional medicine made from
nature and to conjure nature's own mysterious capacity for self-repair.
They celebrate the virtues of ancient natural-medicine practices but
also embrace an integrative medicine that uses the best of all
approaches to healing--with special emphasis on the centrality of the
human spirit in the healing process. Their inspiring work, described so
compellingly in this book, is of critical relevance to everyone
concerned about health and the environment.
Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies (2004),
Kenny Ausubel, ed. with
J. P. Harpignies
"Biotechnology" as generally understood is a
misnomer, having less to do with biology than with generating profits
from genetic manipulation. The corporatizing of genetic science is just
the latest risky manifestation of a dysfunctional industrial paradigm
based on consuming natural capital and producing toxic waste--an
economic model totally at odds with the evolutionary intelligence of
But there is another way. The "true biotechnologies," described in this
second volume in the Bioneers series, are working strategies grounded in
the innate complexity, relatedness, and sustainability of natural
ecosystems. The contributors to this volume are visionary leaders in
fields such as biomimicry (mimicking nature in order to restore nature
and serve human ends harmlessly), "living machines" that break down
toxics biologically, natural design for industrial processes and
buildings, and the restoration of natural capital. Their guiding
principles include diversity, kinship, symbiosis, reciprocity, and
community. These brilliant innovators illuminate a future environment of
hope by "wedding human ingenuity with the wisdom of the wild," as
contributor John Todd puts it.
Human beings are a keystone species with an essential role to play in
the ecological well-being of our world; we are only just learning how to
go about it. Sector by sector--from energy and agriculture to
transportation, industrial production, and land management--the true
biotechnologies described here show how nature has already orchestrated
a symphony of intelligent design that we can emulate and adapt, to the
benefit of humanity and all life on Earth.
When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies (2000)
A powerful and substantiated expose of the
medical politics that prevents promising alternative cancer therapies
from being implemented in the United States.
Focuses on Harry Hoxsey, the subject of the author's award-winning
documentary, who claimed to cure cancer using herbal remedies.
Presents scientific evidence supporting Hoxsey's cancer-fighting claims.
Published to coincide with the anticipated 2000 public release of the
government-sponsored report finding "noteworthy cases of survival" among
Harry Hoxsey claimed to cure cancer using herbal remedies, and thousands
of patients swore that he healed them. His Texas clinic became the
world's largest privately owned cancer center with branches in seventeen
states, and the value of its therapeutic treatments was upheld by two
federal courts. Even his arch-nemesis, the AMA, admitted his treatment
was effective against some forms of cancer. But the medical
establishment refused an investigation, branding Hoxsey the worst cancer
quack of the century and forcing his clinic to Tijuana, Mexico, where it
continues to claim very high success rates. Modern laboratory tests have
confirmed the anticancer properties of Hoxsey's herbs, and a federal
govenment-sponsored report is now calling for a major reconsideration of
the Hoxsey therapy.
When Healing Becomes a Crime exposes the overall failure of the
War on Cancer, while revealing how yesterday's "unorthodox" treatments
are emerging as tomorrow's medicine. It probes other promising
unconventional cancer treatments that have also been condemned without
investigation, delving deeply into the corrosive medical politics and
powerful economic forces behind this suppression. As alternative
medicine finally regains its rightful place in mainstream practice, this
compelling book will not only forever change the way you see medicine,
but could also save your life.
The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence (1995, 2001)
Meet the Bioneers—visionary “biological pioneers” who use
nature to heal nature. The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence,
presents the fascinating and inspiring stories of 14
people at the cutting edge of solutions-based approaches to
environmental restoration, whose work includes technological innovation,
economic strategies, social justice, and a spiritual connection to the
natural world. These scientific and social innovators are helping to
define a coming Age of Biology founded in principles of kinship,
interdependence, cooperation, and community. They share working models
for restoration that can be replicated, refined, and spread around the
world as vital keys to environmental and cultural renewal. Learn about
John Todd, Monika Griefahn, Francisco X. Alarcón, Kat Harrison, Fred
Kirschenmann, Jason Clay, Vandana Shiva, and many more.
The Bioneers are inspirational role models demonstrating that
individuals can make a positive difference toward creating a sustainable
future—on the ground, in communities, in corporate boardrooms, and in
the corridors of government. As noted entrepreneur and author Paul
Hawken (The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism) says, “The
Bioneers are central to the re-imagination of what it means to be
Seeds of Change; The Living Treasure
Takes a look at the mission of the national
company Kenny Ausube co-founded to bring “backyard biodiversity” into
the food web as a hedge against the extinction of the traditional and
native seed stocks essential to the biodiversity of farming and survival
of our food systems.
Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes A Crime (1987)
Ken Ausubel, director with Max Gail and
Peter Barry Chowka
In 1924, Harry Hoxsey claimed a cure for cancer
using herbal formulas. Organized medicine has banned the therapy,
exiling it to Mexico.
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