The Forming Of The Human Body And Gout
Ingestion of albumen is a process connected with one aspect of
the inner activities in the human organism. This is that aspect
which comes about on the basis of the absorption of physical
substance. All such activities result in growth, creation of form, or
new formation of material content. All that is related to the
unconscious functions of the organism, belongs to this domain.
The processes of this kind are opposed by those which consist of
excretion. These may be excretions directed outward; but they may also
be processes of secretion where the product is further elaborated
internally, in the forming or laying down of substances in the body.
These are the processes of secretion where the product is further
elaborated internally, in the forming or laying down of substances in
the body. These are the processes which provide the material
foundation of conscious experience. Through the first kind of
processes the force of consciousness is muted if it exceeds that which
can be held in balance by means of the second kind of processes.
A most remarkable excretory process is that of uric acid. The astral
body is active in this excretion. This has to take place throughout
the whole organism. It takes place to a particular degree through the
urine. In a very finely divided way it takes place for example, in the
brain. In the secretion of uric acid in the urine the astral body is
mainly active, while the part played by the ego-organization is only
subsidiary. In the secretion of uric acid in the brain, on the other
hand, the ego-organization is the important factor and the astral body
is in the background.
Now in the organism, the astral body is the intermediary between the
activity of the ego-organization and the etheric and physical bodies.
The ego-organization must carry lifeless substances and forces into
the organs. Only through this impregnation of the organs with
inorganic material can man become the conscious being that he is.
Organic substance and organic force would lower human consciousness to
the dim level of the animal.
The action of the astral body inclines the organs to receive the
inorganic impregnations of the ego-organization. Its function is in
fact to prepare the way.
We see, therefore, that in the lower parts of this human organism the
activity of the astral body has the upper hand. Here the uric acid
substances must not be received into the organism. They must be
excreted copiously. Under the influence of this excretion the
impregnation with inorganic material must be prevented. The more uric
acid is excreted, the more lively is the activity of the astral body,
while that of the ego-organization impregnating the body with
inorganic materials is correspondingly diminished.
In the brain, on the other hand, the activity of the astral body is
slight. Little uric acid is excreted, whereas more inorganic material
in the sense of the ego-organization is deposited.
The ego-organization cannot master large quantities of uric acid; and
thus they fall under the action of the astral body; small quantities,
on the other hand, enter the organization of the ego and there provide
the foundation for the forming of the inorganic in the sense of the
In the healthy organism there must be a correct economy in the
distribution of uric acid in the different regions. Whatever belongs
to the system of nerve-sense organization must be provided with as
much uric acid as the ego-activity can make use of and no more; while,
for the system of metabolism and the limbs, the ego-activity must be
suppressed and the astral enabled to unfold its action in the more
copious secretion of the uric acid.
Now since it is the astral body that makes way for the ego-activity in
the organs, a correct distribution in the deposition of uric acid must
be regarded as an essential factor in human health. For in this is
expressed whether the correct relationship between the
ego-organization and astral body exists in any particular organ or
system of organs.
Let us assume that in some organ, in which the ego organization should
predominate over the astral activity, the latter begins to gain the
upper hand. This can only apply to an organ where the excretion of
uric acid beyond a certain measure is impossible by virtue of
structural arrangement of the organ. The organ becomes overloaded with
uric acid uncontrolled by the ego-organization. Nevertheless, the
astral body begins to bring about a secretion of uric acid. Since the
organs of excretion are lacking in such a region, the uric acid is
deposited not outwardly but in the organism itself. And if it finds
its way to places in the body where the ego-organization is unable to
take a sufficiently active part, we find inorganic substance i.e.
something which is only proper to the ego-organization, but which the
latter leaves to the action of the astral activity. Foci arise, where
subhuman (animal) processes insert themselves into the human organism.
We are dealing with gout. If gout is frequently reputed to develop as
a result of inherited tendencies, it is due to the simple fact that
when the forces of inheritance predominate the astral-animal nature
becomes especially active and the ego-organization is thereby
We shall, however, understand the matter more clearly if we look for
the true cause of gout in this: substances are introduced into the
human body in the process of nourishment, which the activity of the
organism is not strong enough to divest of their foreign nature. The
ego-organization, being weak, is unable to lead them over into the
etheric body, and they thus remain in the region of astral activities.
If an articular cartilage or a portion of connective tissue become
over-charged with uric acid and, as a result, overburdened with
inorganic materials and forces, it shows that in these parts of the
body the ego's activity lags behind that of the astral. And since the
whole form of the human organism is an outcome of the organization of
the ego, this abnormality must necessarily give rise to a deformation
of the organs. In effect, the human organism will then strive away
from its true and proper form.