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Chronic Illness in the 21st Century

“In modern scientific medicine, questions concerning the aetiology of autoimmune diseases do not take us beyond establishing a number of hypotheses with a theoretical basis. Findings made in anthroposophical spiritual investigation by Rudolf Steiner can help us to see autoimmune diseases as an attempt to make untransformed (not individualized) remnants of the inherited body one’s own at a later time in the biography, i.e. create an individual body that accords with the I or self also in this organic site. Inflammatory and digestive processes to destroy matter and then give a new configuration are pathophysiological in the case. Suppressing them with anti-inflammatory drugs or immunosuppressants is counterproductive, for the self is impeded in its efforts to heal itself. World substances such as Phosphorus, Quartz or mistletoe treat the causes by guiding and supporting I-activity. Reconciliation with the world of the ancestors from whom the body primarily comes is another element in causal treatment.”