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When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

Fig. 3. Diagram

Fig. 3. Diagram representing part of the metabolic reactions in a liver cell. Every point marks an intermediate product along a metabolic route (line). The reactions form a typical network. Degradationof glucose to tricarboxylic acid cycle has been emphasized. (After Gerok) 64

causal steps will not permit clarification of the immune system. The method is not appropriate to the complex laws that pertain to life. Despite their complexity and incalculability, these biochemical processes always create a harmonious, unstable equilibrium that is far removed from the thermodynamic equilibrium and exactly for this reason highly adaptable. Health may thus be seen as a middle element between chaos and order, with disease a deviation from this middle position toward either extreme. W. Gerok has shown this rather well in the case of osteoporosis. 12 Blood levels of parathyroid hormone normally show irregular diurnal fluctuations. If osteoporosis develops the level remains rigidly the same, indicating a swing to excessive order. It is now also known that irregularity is the norm for the human heart beat and that excessive regularity as well as irregularity signal functional disorders that have to be taken seriously. There are many other examples, but space does not permit them to be discussed here. In fractal geometry, the balanced state in natural morphology is seen to lie on the boundary to chaos, which also means that chaos is essential to it. Healthy physiological processes may also be seen to be in balance between chaos and order, with the equilibrium constantly re-established on a narrow ridge between two unequal weights. Chaos theory offers equally startling new insights in other sciences; this will lead to changes in paradigm, and rightly so. The brief outline given above indicates that the level to which chaos theory is addressed is the level of the etheric. As already stated, the golden Fig. 4. Golden section in pentagram. Sides are divided in golden section, with b : a = a : c or a + b; a : c = c : 2a + b (whole side). 65

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