Full Moon in Taurus

Posted to Subscribers on 19 May 2008

It has been said that the Buddha was born during the full moon in Taurus, attained enlightenment during the full moon in Taurus, and entered Nirvana during the full moon in Taurus. The full moon today is very important in the Buddhist world, including Burma where the recent cyclone has left an already politically devastated country in deeper ruin.

My prayers are with the people who are suffering worldwide, including so many who are ill or grieving. I hope each of you will take a moment today to send some goodwill in the direction of the earthquake and cyclone victims in Asia as well as all those you know who need a little encouragement in facing the challenges in their lives.

Hildegard of Bingen
On another note completely, I have been discussing a technique attributed to Hildegard of Bingen in which venous blood is drawn from the arm just before the full moon. The first blood that comes out is black and then, depending on the person and toxic load, the blood becomes a normal color. As soon as the blood is red, they stop drawing more. The blood is left in a jar and observed. Usually, it becomes fungal in a few days.

This triggered an avalanche of associations in my mind, including a recent study called to my attention by a subscriber to my lists:

In today's excerpt--from Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, LLC--the idea that cancer can be detected long before a tumor is formed. Myhrvold, one of Microsoft's pioneers, brings intellectuals from different disciplines together to brainstorm new ideas--in this case physicist Lowell Wood meets with a group of doctors:

" 'Lowell came in looking like the Cheshire Cat,' Myhrvold recalled. 'He said, 'I have a question for everyone. You have a tumor, and the tumor becomes metastatic, and it sheds metastatic cancer cells. How long do those circulate in the bloodstream before they land?' And we all said, 'We don't know. Ten times?' 'No,' he said, 'As many as a million times.' Isn't that amazing? If you had no time, you'd be screwed. But it turns out that these cells are in your blood for as long as a year before they land somewhere. What that says is that you've got a chance to intercept them.'

"How did Wood come to this conclusion? He had run across a stray fact in a recent issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. "It was an article that talked about, at one point, the number of cancer cells per millilitre of blood," he said. "And I looked at that figure and said, 'Something's wrong here. That can't possibly be true.' The number was incredibly high. Too high. It has to be one cell in a hundred litres, not what they were saying-one cell in a millilitre. Yet they spoke of it so confidently. I clicked through to the references. It was a commonplace. There really were that many cancer cells."

"Wood did some arithmetic. He knew that human beings have only about five litres of blood. He knew that the heart pumps close to a hundred millilitres of blood per beat, which means that all of our blood circulates through our bloodstream in a matter of minutes. ... 'It turns out that some small per cent of tumor cells are actually the deadly ones,' he went on. 'Tumor stem cells are what really initiate metastases. And isn't it astonishing that they have to turn over at least ten thousand times before they can find a happy home? You naïvely think it's once or twice or three times. Maybe five times at most. It isn't. In other words, metastatic cancer--the brand of cancer that kills us--is an amazingly hard thing to initiate. Which strongly suggests that if you tip things just a little bit you essentially turn off the process.'

"That was the idea that Wood presented to the room in St. Louis. From there, the discussion raced ahead. Myhrvold and his inventors had already done a lot of thinking about using tiny optical filters capable of identifying and zapping microscopic particles. They also knew that finding cancer cells in blood is not hard. They're often the wrong size or the wrong shape. So what if you slid a tiny filter into a blood vessel of a cancer patient? 'You don't have to intercept very much of the blood for it to work,' Wood went on. 'Maybe one ten-thousandth of it. The filter could be put in a little tiny vein in the back of the hand, because that's all you need. Or maybe I intercept all of the blood, but then it doesn't have to be a particularly efficient filter.' "

Malcolm Gladwell, "In the Air," The New Yorker, May 12, 2008, pp. 58-59.

Though it is a bit of a leap, I cannot think of any better reason for periodic detoxification and use of internal blood cleansing tonics than what is suggested by Myhrvold. Of these, our Sundance Elixir is probably the first to consider. I am saying this partly because hardly a day goes by when someone doesn't write me about an escharotic salve they have been using on themselves or a pet. People are astonished by the extent of the reactivity. I believe it is usually as extreme as it is because no internal support was used in preparation. I discuss this on a page called speculations:


Our version of a Hoxsey-like tonic is discussed on a page on the same site.

It seems like an appropriate time to draw attention to this tonic because last week was the week of "horse issues" -- many of you have horses with tumors and I think animals have as much need for natural support as people.

Many blessings and try to take a moment to meditate, reflect, or contemplate today.


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