Food quality is an important issue for our modern world. There is an increasing awareness that empty calories and mass-produced food don't offer the quality nutrition that people need, and that smaller amounts of better-quality food could help combat the epidemic of obesity sweeping the Western world.
Karl König recognized the significance of human nutrition nearly one hundred years ago. In the 1920s he started lecturing on the subject as part of a program of social help in deprived city areas, and in 1936 gave a course for physicians and educators.
This book contains two essays and sixteen lectures ranging from the significance of nutrition in early childhood and during illness, and descriptions of the digestive process and the inner organs from a spiritual point of view, to his ideas about the future development of nourishment. König's work is introduced by three contemporary researchers into nutritional practice, and finishes with König's appreciation of the only mealtime grace given by Rudolf Steiner.
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Table of Contents
“Nutrition and Healing” by Erdmut Schädel
“Anthroposophical Research into Nutrition” by Petra Kühne
“Nutrition from Cosmos and Earth” by Anita Pedersen
“Cosmic and Earthly Nutrition” (4 lectures 1936)
“The Cultural Task of Agriculture: Food, nourishment, digestion” (3 lectures 1943)
“Streams of Earthly and Cosmic Nutrition in Man and Plant” (4 lectures 1953)
“The Meteorological Organs of the Earth and Human Beings” (6 lectures 1958)
“Intestines and Brain” (notes for farmers 1964)
“Nutrition and Healing” (notes of a lecture in Prague 1933)
“Much has changed—for both better and worse—since König gave these lectures, but the importance of two streams of nutrition and of our relationship with the cosmos has not.... There is much in these lectures that is thought-provoking.”—Paul Carline, New View
“Karl König would have certainly embraced and carried forward these scientific findings.... This book will be appreciated by many sympathetic readers who want to deepen their grasp on the past elements that have informed the growth and development of the Camphill Movement.”—Simon Hanks, New View
Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler's invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.