Goals and Objectives
• Understanding medical history in development of modern pathology
• Understanding dietary factors as core cause of bodily inflammation
• Understanding bodily humors in light of modern science and epidemical Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Hyperglycemia (syndrome X)

Humoral medicine became the foundation of all advanced indigenous medicines both East and West. The books of the Yellow Emperor laid the foundation for the five element theory of today's Traditional Chinese Medicine, while the Hippocratic Corpus advanced the bodily humors. Both systems view homeostasis as the balancing of the humors of the body. In the East, accomplished with needles, herbs and diet; in the West, balanced with purging, herbs, diet, and bloodletting.

In the background was another concept of the toxic humors - miasmata: pre-Pasteurian orthodoxy held that sickness arose from pestilential miasmas given off by the environment, by towns, and by their fetid populations. Stench was, in fact, disease. And as experts increasingly sniffed out the sources of stench among the "great unwashed," sanitary reformers and social engineers joined forces in campaigns against filth in all its modes—physical, moral, and verbal.

Medical science in those days suggested that some individuals exhaled an animal stench. The human who had always wallowed in the depths of poverty smelled strong because his humors did not have the necessary digestion and the "degree ofanimalization proper to man." Therefore, if he did not have a human odor, it was not because he had regressed but because he had not crossed the threshold of vitality that defined the species. Accordingly, por- traits of madmen and some convicts reflected the model of a chaineddog squatting in a trough, turning its bed into a dunghill, and dripping urine like a liquid manure sump. These portrayals gave birth to the image of the "dung-man," impregnated with excrement.

Lavoisier's chemistry of oxygen made it possible to define precise norms of ventilation. Pastuer, Koch, Finlay, and many others identified the causative agents of disease: microbes. It had appeared that the concept of the humors would simply dissolve away in the annals of time. Disease would be seen as the battleground for integrity, a body at war with its environment.

However, biochemistry has returned with a new humoralism, the body's own toxic secretions morbidly lurking within the cytosol as free radicals, and in the interstitial spaces of the body's fluid, acting as near hormone like cellular wastes, fostering and causing SILENT INFLAMMATION. That is what this course is about!