Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Doctor disputes Western medicine's approach to disease

Late World War II physician's unique medical views published in new book

NEW YORK – While practicing medicine overseas during World War II, Morris Hyman, MD, was astonished at how often an autopsy of a seemingly fit, young soldier revealed the arteries of a much older man. That started him on a quest to understand how diet, stress and lifestyle contributed to premature aging and disease.

He came to realize that modern medicine functioned as an illness maintenance system rather than a health system, and that medical doctors were not trained in keeping paients healthy and free from illness, but rather stepped into the relationship with patients only once they were already ill. He decided to study why disease exists so he could better understand how to prevent rather than react.

During his decades of research, the now deceased Dr. Hyman wrote down his findings which his daughters are now publishing in a new book, "Congenital Alterable Transmissible Asymmetry." The book describes disease as being congenital, alterable, transmissable and involving the asymmetry of cells in the body. He stressed that true disease should be clearly distinguished from viruses and bacterial infections.

Spiritual and metaphysical health is also inextricably linked to physical health, according to Dr. Hyman. He was a vocal advocate for changing to an herbivorous diet, avoiding smoking and the excessive use of hormones, and leaving the Earth a better place than how we found it.

This last objective was clearly reflected in one of his final conversations with his wife when she
 asked him, "What will I do without you?" He responded, "Take the love you have for me and spread it around."

Congenital Alterable Transmissible Asymmetry: The Spiritual Meaning of Disease and Science
By: Morris Hyman, MD
ISBN: 978-1-48081-373-1 (softcover)
978-1-48081-375-5 (hardcover)
978-1-48081-374-8 (e-book)
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Archway Publishing online bookstores

About the author
After returning from duty in World War II, Morris Hyman, MD, practiced medicine for 30 years in Manhattan, making house calls and never raising his fees for the entirety of his practice. The late Dr. Hyman is survived by his wife Shirley, who recently turned 101 (see "Shirley and Moe," a You Tube video created by Brandon Stanton, author of "Humans of New York"), and two daughters, Sally Laura and Judith Isabelle. "Congenital Alterable Transmissible Asymmetry" was originally written in 1970 and later published by his daughters.
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