- The AIDS Miasm - Peter Fraser
The AIDS Miasm - Peter Fraser
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This book describes how disease has developed alongside technological advances. It traces the development of miasmatic illness in parallel with the evolution of human society, and shows how the recent communications revolution has resulted in a totally new miasm: the AIDS miasm. Part two illustrates in depth how the new homeopathic remedies are true pictures of the needs of today's patients and how vital they are to treat contemporary diseases. This book will enhance your understanding and practice of homeopathy in the 21st century. -Written by an experienced practitioner -Provides an understanding of the evolution of miasms. -Links contemporary society with the AIDS miasm and modern disease states -Provides an in depth understanding of the new remedies -Fascinating and useful for anyone with an interest in complementary medicine.
- Author: Peter Fraser
- ISBN: 9781874581239
- 336 pages
- Printed in UK
Reprinted with the permission of The Society of Homeopaths (from "The Homeopath magazine April 2003 edition):
Reviewed by Nick Hewes:
Peter Fraser is, at the present time, one of the UK's most original homeopathic thinkers. The fact that he chooses to plough a lonely furrow, beyond the confines of either medical or professional' homeopathy (is there not a more felicitous term out there?), signifies perhaps his defiant sense of philosophical independence. Certainly his new book, The Aids Miasm, could only have been written by someone who is clearly determined to think for himself.
The book is divided into two parts, the first of which examines the place of miasms in homeopathy. The second section examines some of the newly proved remedies; their jtoms are abstracted and compared, in order to support the writer's assertion that a new miasm has been born: - the AIDS miasm.
The first section of the book makes for a very gripping read. This is due to Peter fraser's strikingly original vision of how and why the miasms actually started in the first place. He claims that each miasm represents humanity's reaction to major changes in our cognitive or technological ability.
Thus, technological developments "will be reflected in the ailments of the individual". The author admits that his refreshing new angle on miasmatic philosophy is heavily indebted to the work of the '60s media guru, Marshall McLuhan, a writer of whom many have heard, but few have read. One of McLuhan's main tenets was that the medium of communication, whether it be speech, TV or e-mail, has far more impact upon us than the actual content of the message: - thus his famous aphorism, "The medium is the message". In the case of TV, for example, "The effect of the content dwindles into complete insignificance when compared to the effect that. television has in and of itself".
Peter Fraser believes that the arrival of speech, in our collective past, would have created a new awareness of past, present and future, which would have given rise to "apprehension and anxiety" in our distant ancestors. The end result of this anxiety was the psoric perception of life as a struggle for survival.
The next great miasmatic change would have been the discovery of writing, which allowed human beings to widen their scope beyond "the experience of a single person", and to thus go beyond the verbal confines of the tribe, towards "the establishment of a large and successful city-based society...Trade, money and banking are all the direct consequences of writing". The inevitable result of these changes would have been economic overgrowth, and the synchronous birth (twins?) of sycosis.
The conditions for syphilis, Peter fraser reasons, were born out of the discovery of printing, which was the first truly industrialised process. Industrialisation requires a completely regimented and suppressed population, which provides ideal fodder both for the dark satanic mills, and also for their equal and opposite image, the destructive maw of syphilis.
The most recent technological shift is the arrival, in the last fifty years, of the 'Electronic Age'. The book's central thesis - in fact its raison d'etre - is that the electronic media have brought about "an almost complete destruction of the concept of distance in both space and time...the result of this is that the world becomes a global village".
This has caused profound changes in the way we see the world, and the consequent adaptations we have been forced to make have given rise to a new miasm - the AIDS miasm.
AIDS is a disease that is characterised by a destruction of boundaries. The immune system, which is destroyed in AIDS, defines the boundary of the individual as a physical entity - between the self and the not-self. On a spiritual level, the provers of the AIDS nosode experienced an analogous dissolution of boundaries: "A feeling of oneness with my fellow man and the whole universe".
Peter Fraser believes that this sense of oneness, so characteristic of many of the new remedies, also carries within itself the seeds of its opposite: isolation, detachment and alienation.
On the basis that "A new disease may require a new remedy", the author has, in the second part of the book, trawled through dozens of new provings for evidence of post-modern feelings of 'boundary-loss' and alienation, which he believes are so characteristic of this brand new miasm. And to be fair, it is amazing how often the recent provings do indeed appear to express these themes. Take Coca Cola, for example: "I feel my heart open to encompass all humanity". (As Peter Fraser notes, this imparts an extraordinary echo of the false unity espoused by the 1970s Coca-Cola TV commercial: "I'd like to teach the world to sing".)
The second part of the book, occupying 250 pages, represents a massive task of compilation and classification, an achievement, which has been facilitated, ironically, by constant recourse to computerised word-searches, which have then been lovingly translated back into the old medium of the printed word. From a stylistic point of view, this diligent and scholarly use of proving data occasionally takes on the appearance of a series of lists - a fact that does not make for easy reading.
On the positive side, Peter Fraser's collation of proving data may serve as a valuable work of reference: - a kind of thematic repertory of the new remedies. The fact is, many of these provings may never get into print. If this is the case, this book may be elevated to the level of essential reading for the informed homeopath, due in no small measure to its excellence as a thematic catalogue.
Not all of the remedies in the book's second section are new: - a few older provings are included because they appear to bring out the 'boundary' themes very strongly. Thus we find established remedies such as Anhalonium, Anacardium and Cannabis indica. One wonders though, why certain remedies were left out. Why, for example, was Nux moschata included, and yet no mention was made of Camphor, a remedy whose nineteenth centuary proving could have served as a veritable soliloquy for David Bowie's mythical Major Tom, one of the more popular symbols of our age's free-floating sense of disconnexion?
Continuing the theme of selection, one wonders why some of the newer remedies are also omitted. Nuala Eising's excellent proving of Granite, for example, does not merit a mention, despite that remedy's crippling sense of isolation, whilst Ignis and Vacuum, two of her more recently proved remedies, are given fulsome coverage. This seems very odd, especially since Granite has been used curatively in the treatment of Ukrainian children damaged after the Chernobyl meltdown, thus proving itself a prime remedy for the Electronic Age.
A good book will sometimes ask more questions than it answers. The AIDS Miasm falls into that bracket. The first question that needs to be asked is: - do we really have a new miasm out there? Do we really need a new miasm? Could we not say that the idea of boundaries being destroyed is really a syphilitic process? Dissolution and destruction are essentially syphilitic, and the physical symtoms of AIDS, after all, do seem to almost mimic syphilis at times. (As if to underline this point, there is even a book by Harris Coulter with the title AIDS and Syphilis.)
The idea of escaping boundaries could also be seen as a tubercular process; the apparent liberation bestowed by electronic media is really only a form of mental travelling, after all. The tubercular miasm is all about breaking through boundaries: - it evokes a sense of dynamic optimism, consuming one with the idea that literally anything is possible. If you want to know about boundary loss, try reading Keats' Endymion, or Shellev's Ode to the West Wind. Both of these romantic poets went as far as they could, and then further, without the aid of either a laptop or a mobile.
Another weird possibility is that, at this point in our history, we may somehow be rowing upstream towards some kind of enlightened recognition of oneness, approaching the very source of psora. For is not psora, at its most simple level, a result of the rigid walls we have built around ourselves over thousands of years, walls which have served to separate us from creation, from each other, and from ourselves? Perhaps the modern phenomenon of boundary-loss indicates that we, and our world, are undergoing a truly seismic change, and that we have actually entered a New Age -a pre-psoric age - without realising it. Thus, Niro Asistent, one of the very first people diagnosed with AIDS in 1983, says of the disease:
I think it is the most powerful teacher that has ever existed on the planet".
Taken from WDDTY, Feb 2003.)
So when modern provers, irrespective of whether they are proving Placenta or Plutonium, talk about a sense of the brotherhood of man, or of being lost in space, is it possible that this is not necessarily a result of the particular remedy that is being proved, but more a reflection of the vast spiritual changes that we are all undergoing? If Sulphur was proved today, perhaps its selfishness would come across as a sense of isolation, whilst the speculating and â€¢-eorising would be seen as a loss of boundary. It would :nen become one of the 'new remedies'.
But forgive me for speculating. Whether or not one chooses to call it the AIDS miasm, it is obvious that something in us all has changed profoundly in the last forty years; Peter fraser's book traces and plots these changes in a gritty and incisive way. Whatever your point of view, The AIDS Miasm is a book that will make you think.
Reprinted with the permission of The Homeopathic Links magazine, volume 20, Winter 2007:
Reviewed by Dr. J. Rozencwajg, New Zealand:
The AIDS Miasm appears to be this century's emerging miasm, as much as Cancer was the twentieth century one and Tuberculosis that of the nineteenth century.
Peter Fraser's approach in explaining and teaching it is a very original one; he starts in Part 1 by explaining the chronology of the different miasms through technologiÂcal evolution and the progress of commuÂnication methods up to the electronic age characterized by a disappearance of bounÂdaries, which is also the main characterisÂtic of the AIDS miasm. Clever.
In Part 2, he goes through the full picture of AIDS (the Miasm, not the disease), dissectÂing the main characteristics: connection, disconnection, indifference, dispersion, inÂstability, extremes, confusion, feminizaÂtion, vulnerability, infection, lack of confiÂdence, boundaries and obstruction; each one of those chapters is divided into relatÂed subsections.
But the originality lies in the fact that this is not an ex-cathedra expose of Peter's underÂstanding and knowledge of the miasm; he simply puts together the parts of provings from the AIDS group remedies related to each section. So when he writes about IsoÂlation or Death or Debauchery, you can read in the prover's words what the remedies have brought up in regard to those subjects. This means that while getting the detailed picture of the miasm, you also learn about each and every remedy. And that is an absoÂlutely remarkable way of teaching!
At the end of the book, not only do you have a feel for the miasm, but you have learned a lot about the remedies, their reÂsemblances and differences, their relationÂships, as if you read their materia medica, albeit in a disconnected sequence (which is very fitting as this is a main characterisÂtic of the AIDS miasm...); now the next step would be to read the materia medicas or the provings of each remedy as a whole.
Although I was a bit unsettled by this unÂusual way of writing when I started, I ended up enjoying it very much: it is alive, not a catalogue enumeration of symptoms and signs boringly listed one after the other.
I have one reservation though. On page 16, Peter uses the example of the Fall of Troy and the narratives of the Iliad and the Odyssey; but he names the main character of the Odyssey... Odysseus, whereas anyone who has properly read it is Ulysses. The confusion appeared in Mangas and other cartoons transposing the Odyssey into galactic adventures. Am I nitpicking? Well I am a purist when it comes to literature but I kept asking myself: "If Peter did not read the Odyssey and refers to it, did he really read all the provings he refers to, so can I trust the extracts to be genuÂine?" I did a few spot checks with the provÂings I do have in my library and could not find any error, but this is still nagging me. On the other hand, this is the only flaw I could find in the book.
One useful addition to a subsequent edition would certainly be a Repertory of the AIDS Miasm.
Read it: it is worth it and very enjoyable.