In the grand tradition of presenting exciting alternative heath options, Inner Traditions have published Dr. Finley Eversole’s edited collection of essays on emerging therapies. Many have long been in use and are only just being researched properly. Others are new and reflect recent scientific advances. The common theme that runs through all of the essays is that modern, or Allopathic, medicine lacks something, and that something is consideration of the energy that holds our web of life together.

The book has nine chapters of varying complexity. In general the style is readable with supporting notes and bibliography. Very complicated scientific material is ably explained in the text for the layperson.

After the Introduction by the editor, the first of three parts addresses the range of new types of therapies that answer the need to treat the whole person. James L. Oschman reviews the history of scientific breakthroughs in the vibrational medicine area, moving through the 1930s and onward. He writes of the amazing work done by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, which has given rise to a host of present-day alternative therapies and exercise systems that are now becoming mainstream. These include Reiki, Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique, and many more.

The chapter on Life’s Musical Blueprint by John Consemulder is complex and bears reading more than once. The principle is that everything is in motion and everything has a sound or note. Sound can be harmonious or destructive, and effects every atom in our cells, body and environment.

Larry Dossey’s chapter on Consciousness and Healing looks at what we know and what we don’t know. He outlines the research on the efficacy of prayer for healing. As far back as the late 19th century some rather primitive research had been done, but in the late 20th century and in the 2000s, much more has been researched. Dr. Dossey examines some well-known and less well-known studies and the results may surprise you.

Part 2 deals exclusively with the electromagnetic or vibrationary nature of life.

Nenah Sylver delivers chapter 4 on Rife Therapy, named for Royal Raymond Rife. In the 1930s this was an emerging and highly effective therapy for serious illnesses including cancers. His device could weaken or destroy the pathogens by energetically exciting destructive resonances in their constituent chemicals. Threatened by this simple and effective treatment, interests like the AMA, cancer centres and ‘Big Pharma’ started a smear campaign in 1939 which led to a loss of funding and subsequent curtailing of the therapy by 1950. Despite this, Rife therapy is alive and well today, albeit on the fringes of alternative medicine. Rife equipment and its use are detailed in this essay.

Chapter 5 features the work of George T. F. Yao and his breakthrough technology of microcrystals, which provides the means for “neutralising environmental stressors which disrupt and disharmonise our natural balance and for clearing the effects of that stress in our personal energy systems.” This section addresses the Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) that completely surround us in this technological age of Wi-Fi, antennae, wiring in our homes, TV, and radio. The effect is believed to be cumulative and can stress our bodies. Emotional states of others can also cause stress.

The next chapter – 6, is my favourite. Nathaniel Altman features Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide in Healing, with subtitle of ‘A Safe, Effective, and Low cost treatment for a Wide Spectrum of Diseases’. Yes, dear reader, I am trying this one right now! Hydrogen peroxide therapy has been used for over 130 years. It can be used in baths, by infusion or injection, and orally, although this book does not recommend it, in contrast with sites all over the Internet that tout ‘The One-Minute Cure’. I would say do not embark on this therapy without guidance. This is a therapy that will gain momentum.

Part 3 has three chapters that address our food supply. Chapter 7 by Joseph D. Weissman details environmental toxins and the many diseases that have appeared since industrialisation. It will shock you. These toxins appear in our food, water, clothing, buildings, and vehicles. Some limp-wristed solutions are presented (like eating more fibre). There is a handy ten-point low-toxin program that makes this essay worthwhile.

Chapter 8 is all about the risks, known and unknown, of genetically modified (GM) foods and organisms (GMOs). The alarming increase in allergies and immune disorders in both humans and non-humans since the introduction of GM crops is hard to ignore.

The last chapter is Organic Foods by Melvin D. Epp. This is more than an apologetic for organic foods – it explains why and how we can feed ourselves in a more natural way.

This volume is an up-to-date sample of what can be expected now and in the future as we are required more and more to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. It is by no mean exhaustive, but will lead the reader to other information areas. I recommend this to anyone who wants to get well and stay well in the 21st century.

– Reviewed by Jennifer Hoskins in New Dawn 143