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Society was founded in 1912 by Rudolph Steiner (1861-1925) at Dornach
in Austria. It is a spiritual movement based on the notion that there
is a spiritual world accessible only to those with occult faculties.
1919, the first of the Waldorf Centers was created to teach
anthroposophy, and there are now about 300 world-wide. Steiner also
established "Bio-dynamic Farming" which, in essence, is similar to the
homoeopathic approach in so far as it uses diluted amounts of compounds
bio-dynamic farming was Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, Steiner's chief
researcher who directed the anthroposophists' Biochemical Research
Laboratory at Dornach and the 800-acre experimental farm at
Loverendale, Holland. After the Nazi invasion of the Low Countries,
Pfeiffer went to the United States where he established a model farm at
(AM) refers to medical practitioners who adhere to Steiner's teachings.
based on cosmology. He believed in the existence of the mythical
"Akashic Records" — a history of the world available only to
clairvoyants, and in the epochs on the lost continents of Atlantis and
teach, among other things, a study of musical instruments, prayer and
meditation and eurythmics (a form of dance created by Steiner). In
Sweden, the casting of horoscopes and the belief that sprites inhabit
trees and rocks are also part of the curriculum. The former is central
to the belief that the phases of the moon and its zodiacal position
selectively influence the growth of different parts of plants.
use "natural" medicines, closely related to homoeopathy.
in Steiner's teachings and the practices of AM practitioners. Dr. van
Dam, of the Michael Medical Clinic in San Francisco, which specialises
in anthroposophical medicine, had this explanation when taxed on the
improbability that any molecules of the active ingredient remain in
typical dilutions such as those used by them:
accumulates 'periphial forces' in the solvent as the concentration of
the original substance vanishes. The periphial forces are then
'attracted' by tossing the solution into the air for three minutes at
each stage of dilution, which reduces the effect of gravity."
course is similar
to the dilution process and beliefs of homoeopaths and is based on an
unproven and unscientific theory.
remedy proposed as a
cancer cure by Steiner in 1920 was Iscador, a mistletoe extract. It is
promoted by the Society for Cancer Research, founded by
use of Iscador is
listed by the American Cancer Society as a questionable method.
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