Butto (Unified Integrative Medicine, 2014, etc.) offers a treatise on the overlapping worlds of science and healing.
Stating at the outset that it is obvious “that chemistry and physics are not enough to solve the riddle or explain the full complexity of the physiology of the human body,” the author, a cardiologist, makes it clear that he will attempt to fill some of the holes. Outlining, as the title indicates, seven principles that “embrace the universe and unify the forces of physics, biology, physiology, religion, and spirituality,” the book explores a wide variety of fields. Those who read the introduction will likely wonder whether such unification could be possible in less than 200 pages. Whether providing a discussion of the golden ratio (“two quantities are in the golden ratio if the ratio between the sum of those quantities and the larger one is the same as the ratio between the larger one and the smaller”) or stomach chi (“an example of rebellious stomach chi would be hiccups or vomiting”), the volume offers a plethora of information. Linking all that material to create “the principle of oneness” is no simple task, however, and the work presents its share of hits and misses. At its best, when focusing on lesser-known phenomena, there is undoubtedly a lot to uncover. Even those well versed in the world of quarks may, for instance, be surprised to find that an organization called the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Institute once investigated the ways in which human consciousness affected random processes. Statements from the author such as “I have been using the seventh sense since 1990” and that this sense “helped me step beyond the boundaries of the physical and reach a level on which I could detect and understand energy” are likely to produce skepticism in some readers, though the main purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between the established and the esoteric. The success of this enterprise depends greatly on a reader’s willingness to see items such as the logarithmic nature of a flower and the “balance between the male and female energies” determining the sex of a baby combined into one text.
Bursting with information, this intriguing, if uneven, book delivers a wealth of scientific and spiritual subjects for readers to ponder.