The Boiled Frog Syndrome
The Boiled Frog Syndrome - Your Health and the Built Environment
Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2002
ISBN 0 470 84553 8
The Boiled Frog Syndrome is now published in Portuguese in Brazil
Editora Pensamento-Cultrix Ltda.
Rua Dr. Mario Vicentre 374, Ipiranga, 04270-000 Sao Paulo SP, Brazil
A frog jumps into a pot of water which is gradually being heated. As the water gets warmer, the frog adjusts its body temperature and continues to adjust to the increasing water temperature until, ultimately, the frog is boiled alive.
Like the frog, we keep adjusting and reacting to the increasing health and ecological hazards to satisfy our expectations and demands for more comforts, greater convenience and easier living. Despite our Western materialism, few people seem to be satisfied and content.
The Boiled Frog Syndrome presents compelling evidence to show that the source of the majority of the Western diseases of civilisation that have multiplied over the past 100 years or so, ranging from cancers to debilitating sicknesses and allergies, can be traced to the modern built environment, our increasing exposure to electro-magnetic radiation and the indiscriminate use of untested advanced technology. It is also due, in part, to the 20th and 21st Century's repudiation of perennial wisdom.
The text explores how our subtle energy sensitivities respond to the external environment and suggests the steps we can take to ensure our home/workplace is safe and conducive to our continued good health; for this it draws on common sense and the author's personal experience as a practising architect and consultant. It is also based on the wisdom and teachings of the past, gleaned from those who knew how to create a healthy, harmonious environment.
Goethe’s quote: Architecture is frozen music led me to discover that when the fundamental principles of design, geometry and structure of a building are based on harmonic ratios, musical intervals and proportional volumes, they will resonate with the same harmonic ratios in our body. Such vibrational sounds and colours create a life-enhancing environment.
Everyone lives in a house/flat, many people have a place of work and most people are concerned about their health. The book is a challenge to the practitioners and their teaching institutions who are engaged in the built environment - town planners, architects, engineers, their clients, the building and allied trades, environmentalists, the medical and legal professions.