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The Natural Mind: A Revolutionary Approach to the Drug Problem Paperback – December 9, 2004
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I have now read the first 80% of the book. Weil discusses the universal human urge to experience different states of consciousness either through drugs or with no drug. He did his Harvard Medical School internship in the San Francisco Psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s, and treated people who were hospitalized for taking every imaginable street drug. He has also traveled to other cultures around the world who have different consciousness altering as part of their culture. He goes into the main street drugs and explains what they do medically, psychologically, and Spiritually. He covers every argument for and against and discusses medical research. He explains the solution to all of today's "drug problems," and this analysis is so general that it extends to modern allopathic medicine and its alternatives. He also covers Psychiatry, and social problems. His conclusions on all of this are sharply critical of the current status of all of these areas. Most people who have experienced consciousness altering drugs would probably love the book. Strong anti drug people would hate the book. Allopathic doctors -- the only kind covered by Medicare -- would angerly reject the book, and so would Psychiatrists. Weil is sharply critical of all of them and says they create the very problems they are trying to solve. He calls these people "straight thinkers" where "straight" does not refer to drug slang or gender orientation, but to the Linearity of thinking. Strait thinking rules in universities like Harvard, by most lawyers, and by most psychiatrists and medical doctors, as well as much law inforcement.
Although drugs are discussed as examples through out the book, its not really a book about drugs. It is more about consciousness, and thinking. Weil now heads up an Integrative Medicine instute, and many of the examples are from general medicine.
I will continue this review as I read rest of the book -- just wanted to post this so like minded folks can be advised.