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4. BRINGING COMPLETENESS TO HEALTH CARE
It is recognized that the health of the individual is determined not only by the physical factors that are the main focus of the current medical system, but also by more far-reaching psychophysiological, social, and environmental factors. The Natural Law Party's health programme encompasses the full range of factors that influence health, as found in the 40 areas of the Veda and Vedic Literature. This includes the following essential aspects of health care, which have previously been neglected by modern medicine:
The basis of human physiology is the field of intelligence or consciousness - the field of Natural Law. Because this basis of health - consciousness - has not been included in the theme of prevention and cure, the effectiveness of health care has been seriously restricted.
The development of consciousness as a means to improve health has been missing from health care due to the absence of a technology of consciousness. The Natural Law Party will supply this missing element by introducing the science and technology of consciousness - Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme - into all aspects of health care.
Extensive research has demonstrated that these simple techniques improve all aspects of human health. This overall effect of balance and integration is graphically demonstrated by research documenting numerous effects that are directly opposite to the deterioration that occur with ageing (please see section 10)
The Natural Law Party's health programmes promote activity in accord with Nature's principle of least action, which does not allow stress, strain, or disorder to accumulate in the physiology.
Self-pulse reading for good health
Health means wholeness - the whole is more than the collection of parts. A perfect approach to health must take care of the parts and the whole simultaneously. In this context, the key concept is homeostasis or balance: balance between the whole and the parts; balance between the holistic value of life and individual values of life; balance between consciousness and its expression, the physiology; balance between different qualities of consciousness and their divisions and subdivisions; and balance among all the various expressions of consciousness, the different parts of the physiology. Existing health care systems do not consider health in this way and this is why they ultimately fail to serve their purpose.
The Natural Law Party will make available to the whole population courses in reading their own pulse according to the special principles laid out in Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health. Through this procedure of self-pulse reading, the individual is able not only to assess accurately the degree of balance in every aspect of the body, but at the same time to contribute a balancing influence from the level of consciousness where the parts are connected to the whole.
Pulse reading provides a unique means for diagnosis of the condition of the whole and its relation to the parts. The quality of the pulse is thus the indicator of the degree of health or ill-health - the degree of balance in the relationship of the whole with the parts.
Pulse reading assesses not only the effects of such factors as diet and behaviour on the physiology, but also the influence of the entire environment, from the immediate environment of the home to the cosmic influence of the planets, stars and galaxies. All these influences contribute to balance or imbalance. The quality of the pulse therefore reflects the extent to which a person is able to live according to the laws of nature that govern consciousness, physiology, and indeed all levels of existence - individual and cosmic.
As well as being an essential diagnostic tool for every doctor, Maharishi Ayur-Veda pulse diagnosis is also easily learned and used by everyone. Through self-pulse reading, individuals can detect imbalance before it gives rise to disease and then take the necessary preventive measures (using diet, exercise, herbal preparations, Transcendental Meditation, etc.) as specified in Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health. It is also the perfect tool for every mother to maintain the good health of her children.
Creating collective health for the nation
For a national health service to be worthy of its name, it must take care of the national health - the vitality and integrity of the nation as a whole. However, the concept of national health has until now been missing from the nation's health policy. The Natural Law Party government will implement scientifically-proven programmes for improving the collective health of the nation by disallowing the growth of stress in collective consciousness. Crime, violence, turbulence, economic failure, and other negative trends are disorders of national health and have their origin in violation of the laws of nature by the population of the country. In turn, these expressions of negativity create an adverse effect on the health and well-being of everyone.
The Natural Law Party government will create a strong, integrated, and harmonious nation by establishing a permanent group of experts in Yogic Flying. More than 40 scientific research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this technology in reducing negative tendencies and promoting positive trends in all areas of national life.
Cosmic counterparts of human physiology
Of paramount importance for health is the discovery by Dr Tony Nader (please see section 2) that different aspects of human physiology have their cosmic counterparts in the structure of the universe. Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health includes the knowledge of Jyotish, which provides systematic methods for calculating the influence of these cosmic counterparts on all aspects of individual and collective life. These calculations provide valuable information on existing and future health trends and allow appropriate steps to be taken in order to correct imbalance and avert disorders.
No one can ever remain healthy at all times unless this missing knowledge is introduced into health education and unless programmes are made available to rectify or neutralise the negative influences that impinge on the individual from outside, and to enhance those influences that are positive. Through emphasis on this area, the Natural Law Party government will ensure that individual health is supported by the natural cycles that exist in the universe.
The Natural Law Party recognises the importance for health of the knowledge of Maharishi Sthapatya-Veda - the Vedic science of architecture, construction, interior design, and planning. This science explains that it is vital that the physical environment of the home, work place and whole community is in tune with the laws of nature and therefore does not generate imbalance and disease.
The orientation of buildings, for example, has important consequences for health, bringing support of Natural Law and upholding success and health when the entrance of a property faces east. Conversely properties with south entrances lead to problems and difficulties for the occupants.
Currently there are innumerable dwellings in Britain with south facing entrances, including the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street, as well as south entrances to the country as a whole, all of which are contributing to problems in the nation. The Natural Law Party will implement a programme of National Planning and Reconstruction (please refer to the Housing, National Planning and Sustainable Development section) in order to neutralise negative influences on individual and collective health arising from incorrectly designed buildings and improper planning of urban and rural areas.
Making medical education complete
It is vital for the health of the nation
that doctors are trained to make use of these and other preventive programmes.
The Natural Law Party promotes the incorporation of Maharishi's Vedic
Approach to Health into undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
in existing medical schools. We will also establish new medical schools
- Maharishi Medical Colleges - whose curriculum will include all that
is truly useful and non-detrimental in modern medicine, while adding
this profound knowledge of Natural Law based health care, which uses
the body's own inner intelligence to maintain perfedt health.