The Tao of Immunology
A Revolutionary New Understanding of Our Body's DefensesBook - 1997
Dr. Marc Lappé crafts a radical new theory of immunity that stresses the concept of balance, and is remarkable for accommodating both Eastern and Western thought. Embracing the sense of harmony found in the "Tao Te Ching", he asserts that the best possible immune system is neither hyper-aggressive nor hyper-vigilant, since that type of system's over-reactions can ravage the healthy organs and cells along with the weak. He laments that scientists' Western bias of seeing the immune system as solely destroyer and attacker has led to the prevailing Maginot Line mentality that prevents us from dealing more knowledgeably and effectively with a wide range of devastating disease. The most desirable type of immune system is not highly reactive, but moderate and balanced.Cancer, heart disease, AIDS, arthritis, diabetes, Epstein-Barr, asthma, hepatitis, lupus, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatic fever, allergies, and reactions to implants and organ transplants are just some of the life-threatening and debilitating diseases and reactions covered in this encompassing new work. This ground-breaking volume opens our minds and sets us on the path toward a healthier understanding of the body's inner forces and the difference that can mean life or death.
Publisher: New York : Plenum Trade, c1997.
Characteristics: xiv, 317 p. ;,22 cm.