Mother's Nature: A Novel of Life and Death
by Steven Ira
A brilliant young pharmaceutical research scientist, Dr. Sarah Mathews, is personally offended at the very idea of death, believing it to be totally “unnatural” and therefore unnecessary.
Making certain adjustments to the orthodox Biblical world view of her missionary father, Sarah sees in Nature more than a mere abstraction; she sees an “Ascendant Consciousness” which intended man, Nature’s crowning achievement, to live indefinitely in his wondrously crafted body. Death for man results from a mistake, a single flawed genetic sequence, and Sarah is convinced that flaw can be eradicated.
Sarah also believes Nature has provided defenses against the whole panoply of afflictions which arise from man’s primary genetic misfortune in the form of naturally occurring plant medicines. In fact, from Sarah’s perspective, rain forest plants are a veritable pharmacopeia just waiting to be discovered and refined. Her life’s work is to find plants from which to extract a wide range of medicines while she searches ultimately for the one which will provide the cure for mankind’s genetic death sentence.
But her life’s work is threatened by an immediate and very personal crisis. Sarah discovers she is going blind. She fears she is victim to the same hereditary time bomb which twenty-one years ago suddenly took her mother’s sight while she was on a missionary trip with the whole Mathews family to the rain forests of Peru. Now, if Sarah is to continue her search for the cure to mankind’s death sentence, she must also save her own sight.
Until she can find a naturally occurring compound which treats her genetic blindness, Sarah calls upon a technique she has used all her life to ward off common childhood diseases and to hasten recovery from bumps and bruises: the use of healing mental pictures designed to tap into the deep tissues within the human brain which appear to do little if anything and which are not consciously accessible. Sarah is awed by how remarkably well that technique works, even with something as serious as genetic blindness.
Despite all the forces arrayed against her Sarah eventually finds she’s been right all along. There is a central genetic flaw in man, a flaw which blocks his use of a significant portion of his massive brain and therefore subjects him to a wide variety of diseases, including aging. And she confirms Nature has indeed provided a plant which can cure that flaw.
But Sarah also discovers there is a downside, a devastating downside, to securing earthly immortality: the price Mother’s Nature will impose upon Sarah—and ultimately upon the whole human family—in exchange for providing the most wondrous plant medicine of all.
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