Aim The Kingfisher Companion Group researches and writes about current biomedical science demonstrating how its understanding can be broadened by the insights of inclusive thinking. The Group aspires to pioneer investigative approaches to complement and innovate conventional scientific views and research techniques, such as the 4-step approach that is employed in the Bolk’s companion series.
Our approach We apply a scientific approach that uses four consecutive steps, the 4-step approach. With this approach we seek to recapture a coherent and comprehensive understanding of human nature and the environment.
In the 4-step approach,
- the data known about the system are listed and categorized;
- this is followed by an evaluation, which serves to demonstrate typical patterns in the system processes that are studied;
- then we compare typical system processes with others within the organism, the environment or in living nature;
- this inspires us to draw conclusions as to the role or meaning of system processes in the whole of the organism or environment and in the processes in nature at large.
Activities and Results With the 4-step approach, a greater overview of the subject is gained. In addition to studying the details of biomedical texts, the study will aid natural scientific and intuitive medicine in finding the coherence between organs, organisms, and living nature. This results in
- Bolk’s Companions series: Publications on Embryology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, The Healing Process, Respiratory Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Wholeness in Science, Dementia and I. In preparation are publications on: The Spleen, Endocrinology, Intestinal diseases, Childhood Developmental Disorders, Neurophysiology, the Patient/ Child Conference.
- Articles in scientific journals
- Courses and lectures for healthcare students, professionals, and patients
The Kingfisher Companion Group works at the Louis Bolk Institute (Driebergen, Netherlands). The work of the Group is facilitated financially and otherwise by the Kingfisher Foundation. The Group has cooperative partnerships in research with the Universtity of Applied Sciences Leiden (Netherlands) and University Witten-Herdecke (Germany) and in developing conferences and courses with the Academy of Anthroposophic Medicine (Zeist, Netherlands).
Louis Bolk (1866-1930) was a professor of anatomy and embryology at the University of Amsterdam. He developed and employed comparative scientific methods of investigation that conveyed new insights into his subjects such as the principle of neoteny. Neoteny describes how certain characteristics in the human organism rather stay underdeveloped compared to for instance the apes, remaining true to their embryological shape. Good examples are the relative embryologic shape of the head and the relative position of the foramen magnum in humans compared to the apes. With the insights he gained, he could put his subjects into a meaningful context.