The following excerpt is from Dr. Cowan’s book Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness, and is reprinted with permission from the publisher. In November 1890, a twenty-eight-year-old surgeon named William Coley amputated the forearm of a young woman named Bessie Dashiell. A dear friend of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Dashiell was afflicted
Have we gotten it all wrong? When we can move beyond fear into curiosity, we find that illness is the body’s wisdom playing out in its own highly designed and incredibly personal way. The labels. Depression. Pertussis. Breast Cancer. Hashimoto’s. These are more than words – these are modern day hexes. They have this power
What is Depression? Was depression once an adaptive response to the environment? I’m generally of the opinion that the body doesn’t make mistakes and that millions of years of evolution were in the service of millions of years more. A review in the Journal of Affective Disorders by Durisko et al attempts to answer the
Most women who have ever developed a post-antibiotic yeast infection are familiar with the now colloquial idea that antibiotics kill important regulatory bacteria. They think – I’ll just eat a little extra yogurt or maybe take a probiotic (to restore the changes to 87% of plasma metabolites!). It turns out that might not cut it.
The idea behind vitalism and holistic healthcare is that an environment for wellness can be cultivated once we recognize the body’s inherent complexity, wisdom, and its inextricable connection to the world it inhabits. While it is powerful to see studies like the one I am about to describe, supporting immunity is so much more than