PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 1996, 12:00am

Tim Hamlett reviewed the book Evolution and Healing in the Sunday Morning Post, on May 18. One of the messages of this book is that we should give more research time to asking why our bodies have evolved to behave the way they do.

One particular example given is fever. Is it a symptom of a disease, or is it part of the body's defence mechanism? Orthodox Western medicine will treat the symptom with aspirin yet research with chicken pox has shown that it prolongs the disease.

There are alternative paradigms to health and medicine typified by holistic and natural healing which would encourage a fever whilst looking to cure an underlying cause.

They recognise that the body is not a machine but a complex evolving system within the system of nature as a whole.

A few years ago, we formed a society to explore ideas and claims of natural medicine from an objective point of view. Readers whose imagination was caught by this book review and would like to learn more can get membership information by dropping a line to The Complementary Medicine Society of Hong Kong, PO Box 8268 or fax to 2984 8838.