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What About Medicine?
Contrary to popular belief, life before civilization was not "'nasty, brutish and short," but, in fact, healthy, stable and leisurely. Primitive peoples had little or no problem with diseases until coming into contact with civilization.
Ultimately, anarcho-primitivism is all about healing - healing the wounds that have opened up within individuals, between people, and between people and nature, the wounds that have opened up through civilization, through power, including the State, Capital and technology. The German philosopher Nietzsche said that pain, and the way it is dealt with, should be at the heart of any free society and in this respect, lie's right. Individuals, communities and the Earth itself have been maimed to one degree or another by the power relations characterizing civilization. People have been psychologically maimed but also physically assaulted by illness and disease. This isn't to suggest that anarcho-primitivism can abolish pain, illness and disease! However, research has revealed that many diseases are the results of civilized living conditions, and if these conditions were abolished, then certain types of pain, illness and disease would disappear. As for the remainder, a world which places pain at its center would be vigorous in its pursuit of assuaging it by finding ways of curing illness and disease. In this sense, anarcho-primitivism is very concerned with medicine. However, the alterating [sic] high-tech, pharmaceutical-centered form of medicine practiced in the West is not the only form of medicine possible; there are many, many natural and/or herbal methods of dealing with illness that could substitute for Western techno-"medicine." The question of what medicine might consist of in an anarcho-primitivist future depends on what is possible and what people desire, without compromising the life ways of free individuals in ecologically-centered free communities. As on all other questions, there is no dogmatic answer to this issue.
Leading Causes of Death
(Data are for the U.S.)
Number of deaths for leading causes of death
Heart disease: 616,067
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
Alzheimer's disease: 74,632
Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 46,448
Although its name sounds tame, this deadly neurotoxin is anything but. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener (over 200 times sweeter than sugar) made by the Monsanto Corporation and marketed as "Nutrasweet," "Equal," "Spoonful" and countless other trade names. Although aspartame is added to over 9,000 food products, it is not fit for human consumption! This toxic poison changes into formaldehyde in the body and has been linked to migraines, seizures, vision loss and symptoms relating to lupus, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other health destroying conditions (even Gulf War Syndrome). Learn more information about this crime against our health.
Buddhist Meditation and Health
Disease of the modern age, such as cancer, AIDS or psychological conditions caused by the stress and strain of daily life, have complicated symptoms and are progressively more difficult to treat. Consequently, modern medicine has started to look for different methods of treatment to cure such conditions and to help people get their lives back on an even keel again. This kind of research is carried out objectively within the confine of the medical science. However, on a more spiritual level, we can find within Buddhism various principles and practices which can be used to bring peace and happiness to the mind and the good health to the body. In particular, meditation has brought beneficial effects to the many people who have learned how to practice it.