October 1 was a milestone day for me: my 60th birthday. It was a time for me to reflect on what I have done in my life, the people I have met who have helped me along the way, and also to realize that I am well into this journey we call life. These reflections, especially the last one, has motivated me to no longer put off things that are important in my life. Hence, this letter.
More than 30 years ago I learned that Rudolf Steiner said the “scientific” conception of the heart as the pump that moves the blood was one of the most egregious inaccuracies in our modern conception of life. He spoke about the many repercussions of this misconception, including how people understand and organize their world. I have lived with this alternative picture of the heart for decades, studying in every way possible the anatomy, physiology and function of the human heart.
Similarly, about 15 years ago, I was exposed to the idea that heart attacks, for decades the No. 1 killer of western people, are not primarily caused by blockages in the coronary arteries, as is widely assumed, but have a completely different etiology. The actual cause of most heart attacks is treatable with changes in diet, lifestyle and simple, natural medicines that would radically, and for the first time significantly, alter the landscape of people suffering and dying from heart disease.
Perhaps just as important, after I began to understand how our misconception of the role of the heart and the cause of heart disease have impacted how we understand our world, I began to see the urgency of putting a more accurate and humanistic conception of these phenomena out into the world. After these decades of study, I am glad (and relieved) to announce that my book on all things heart related, Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, is to be released this week from Chelsea Green, the publisher. The book has three parts: one is simply the story of my life and how my life has been profoundly influenced by my heart; the second is the critique of the heart as a pump and an exploration of my understanding of the true role of the heart in the human being; and the third concerns the cause and treatment of heart disease.
I had thought that with the publication of my heart book, I would be able to take a deep breath, or maybe a deep sigh and go quietly into the next, less active phase of my life. Something like “I did my part, so I’m done” kind of attitude. Luckily for me, my children had a different idea. After all these years of having to listen to me go on and on about the heart, and now the book, the obvious next step for them was to say, “we have to expose as many people as possible to this new way of thinking about the heart.” No slinking off into the night! This is the start, not the end of our journey of the heart. Our hope now is to have this new view of the heart become at least a small part of the conversation about how, as a people, we understand the human being and, in particular, our hearts.
Our new website, www.humanheartcosmicheart.com, is now live. Purchases directly from our site will help us make this new approach to the heart and heart disease accessible to anyone who is interested. And shipping is free!
My hope is you join us in our goal to help our world become truly a more heart-centered place for everyone and every being.
With gratitude for your presence in my life,