Interview with Dr.Keiji Morii (part1)
Shinden, Adachi, Tokyo.
The greenery area located between Arakawa river and Sumida river, "Shinden Woods Animal Hospital" was opened 20 years ago. It is one of a very few "Integrative Medical veterinarians" existing in Japan.
There, Dr Keiji Morii practices alternative medicine such as homeopathy, acupuncture, medical herbs, and traditional medicine in addition to western medicine.
Besides working at the clinic, he studies thousands of kinds of medical herbs and Chinese herbs in different languages.
He is known for having a profound knowledge of Edgar Cayce's remedies. He has read most of Cayce's books and applies some of Cayce's remedies in his treatments.
In this interview, we asked Dr. Morii about his daily practices at his clinic, his encounter with Cayce and his long-term practice of meditation, including some mysterious and interesting stories.
Profile:Dr. Keiji Morii (Veterinarian)
The director of "Shinden Woods Animal Hospital". Specialized in integrative medicine for animals and surgery.
Born in Tokyo. After graduating Hokkaido University, studied at various hospitals in Australia. Started to practice integrative medicine as the director of the animal hospital from the late 1980s. Board member of Japanese Physicians Society for Homeopathy, Representative of Veterinarian department of JPSH, Qualified doctor of JPSH, Qualified veterinarian of Faculty of Homeopathy, UK.
Author of "Materia Medica: Homeopathy for Clinicians",
"Homeopathy for one-step advanced self-care".
His hobbies are meditation, Yoga, jogging and painting. Loves nature. Encountered Kriya Yogi 40 years ago. Practices Kriya Yoga.
Temple Beautiful: Dr. Morii, you are one of a very few holistic veterinarians in Japan. How did you start your career?
Dr. Morii: I think I became a vet because of my father who was also a vet and had a clinic here. As a child I naturally loved animals, so my father made me assist him on check ups and surgeries since I was a primary school student.
T: Really? You were already an assistant when you were in primary school?
M: Yes. In those days, demands for veterinarians were not so many, so I thought to myself "there's a job with a lot of free time!" (laugh).
The truth is, I used to love drawing scenery and animals, so I wanted to be a painter then. But I realized that if I became a vet, then I'd have lots of time to draw (laugh).
T: That's how you decided to become a vet, in order to do what you liked to do as well. You calculated this as a child (laugh).
M: Yes (laugh). So I kept my drawing as a hobby and I started to aim to be a vet seriously. After a while, I entered university, wishing to move out of Tokyo to a spacious place, and I chose Hokkaido. I was studying how to raise cattle and horses in the vast environment, but I wanted to go to a more vast place, so I decided to study in Canada. I contacted the association of veterinarians and local vets, and chose a school to go to. When everything was set and all that was left was to purchase a plane ticket, I suddenly changed my destination to Australia.
T: Why was that?
M: When I went to the airline counter for tickets, it wasn't open yet. So I went to a cinema to kill some time until it opened. The movie I saw was "Crocodile Dundee".
T: That's a comedy which features a tough adventurer surviving and fighting crocodiles, right?
M: Yes, that's right. As I saw the movie, I thought "Actually, I want to go to Australia". So I followed my instinct and went back to the counter and bought tickets and left to Australia right away.
T: Really!? You were prepared to go to Canada, right? It seems radical to change the destination completely after seeing a movie you just happened to have watched (laugh).
M: I agree (laugh). Thus, I suddenly changed my destination to Australia where I had no contacts or anything, so I had to start looking for a clinic for training soon after I arrived. Everyday I visited various veterinarians, but no one was interested. This was because to work as a vet in Australia, you have to have a license from the U.K., Australia or New Zealand. Having a license from Japan meant nothing.
So I was in despair and didn't know what to do. Then one day, I was invited to a veterinarian conference by a person with whom I became acquainted there, and I was given an opportunity to give a presentation. It received high recognition and I was offered the chance to study by many hospitals. So I decided to visit different hospitals every 2 weeks, since I was there to study not work.
T: That must have been a unique opportunity to study.
M: Yes, it was. And for about a year, I studied at various hospitals. I had many important experiences during this period. The most interesting experience of all was becoming "a flying doctor". A flying doctor is a vet who flies on plane throughout Australia.
One doctor who was doing that job showed me a video, in which he was on the way to a client, flying at a low altitude over the valley of a world heritage site. This inspired me and I wrote to that hospital and said "I'd like to come".
T: That is an incredible job! Sounds amazing.
But as you told us how difficult it was to find a hospital at which to study, your application could not be so easily accepted, could it?
M: No, you're right. Usually, they don't accept an application from a stranger, but fortunately I was accepted straight away. I think that they made their evaluation before I wrote the letter. I was already well known for visiting various hospitals and I had given presentations including one at the University of Sydney.
Also I was teaching in universities and had been given reference letters from university teachers, veterinarians and the head of the associations of veterinarians, etc. which meant a lot too.
T: You had made many connections in a short period of time after arriving in Australia. You were recommended by so many people because of your ability and of course your communication skills. That is impressive.
M: Thank you. I attended this hospital to become a flying doctor. The place was surrounded by nature and was like heaven for me. Actually, the house in which I was lived had a 50km hall way from the entrance to the first door. It was built on a 1 million acre piece of land in such a vast space. It was too vast for a car so we used a private jet and a Cessna to move around.
T: Wow! That is Australia. A much bigger scale.
M: At that time we were working on the "Tuberculosis Freedom Assurance Program" for cattle, conducted by the government. So we flew in search of wild buffalo and cattle in the outback (desert) area and checked their tuberculin reaction and gave them vaccinations.
Every morning I'd take off in the plane from the runway by my house and I looked forward to flying over the beautiful nature, like the unexplored Bungle Bungles which I often passed by.
In fact, the 80-90% of the land of Australia is either an aboriginal sacred place or private property, so generally it's forbidden to enter about 10% of the land. But when you're involved in such governmental projects, you can go anywhere. This also granted me great experiences.
After a year of such studying, I came home and re-opened this clinic which my father was just closing to retire.
T: You had such an intense experience in just one year. Do you think you were meant to go to Australia, and not Canada?
M: Yes, I do. If I'd gone to Canada, I'd probably have just studied ordinarily and come home. In Australia, adding to it's grandeur of nature, I spent time relaxing, thanks to the character of Australians who do not worry about small details.
Also, in Australia, veterinarians were polarized to the majority of practicing western medicine thoroughly, and to the minority of practicing alternative medicine thoroughly. I could say that I was in a good environment to experience both in a good balance.
T: I see. So did you start to become interested in holistic medicine then?
M: No, it was before then, to be precise. It was just after I entered University that I discovered Edgar Cayce. One day, I went to a book store to kill some time and I put my eyes on "The World Within" by Gina Cerminara. I was intrigued by it so I bought it and read it at home. It was so interesting. I started to read books about Cayce and I found out that he was not only an extraordinary psychic, but that he gave many diagnoses of illnesses and instructed how to cure them using ordinary medicine and alternative medicine to that which was given by medical doctors.
Thus I started to have interest in holistic medicine and studied various ways of treatments. But it was not popular in Japan then so I actually started to study when I moved to Australia.
T: Which books did you read?
M: "Many Mansions" in Japan. Then I went to Australia so I bought many books in English there, and read widely and lightly. The interesting thing about the Cayce readings is that you understand differently when you read the same material after some time.
There is always something new to find each time I read them.
T: Did you actually try applying Cayce's remedies in hospitals?
M: Yes. When I was in Australia, I purchased most of the Heritage Store products (an American manufacturer specializing in Cayce products) and tried them on animals. Like the castor oil pack.
T: How about cats? I have two cats at home, but it is impossible to apply the castor oil pack to them. The only thing I can do is to let them lie on top of my pack when I'm doing it (laugh).
M: In fact, cats would not accept anything quietly like dogs. It'd be difficult unless they are so weak that they can't move. They'd like the warmth, but the stickiness of oil they'd hate and runaway. Also, especially with cats, the treatment wouldn't work if the individual cat was not happy with it.
T: What else did you try?
M: A violet ray for improving blood circulation, Calcious, various formulas, cough syrup, and Ipsab, etc. Almost everything I have tried. I still use the violet ray and other Heritage Store products for treatments when it's necessary. I bought the charred oak keg as well, but I couldn't use it for animals.
At present, we apply these alternative medicines in addition to the ordinary treatment and surgery at our clinic. The most applicable method is homeopathy because its effectiveness on animals is very obvious.
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