Principles of Holism

principles of holism
Dr Julian N Kenyon

The ‘Principles of Holism’ are admirably described by Dr. Julian N. Kenyon in his book ‘21st Century Medicine’. These, written below, show just how far orthodox Western medicine is presently from a philosophy of health that looks at the whole person.

1. Relatedness of all things is of major importance

2. The concept of balance as succinctly described by traditional Chinese medicine is an indicator of health

3. Disease is looked upon as an imbalance arising from a faulty relationship or relationships either inside or outside the patient. The key to cure is to look for and correct the relationship

4. A recognition of the importance of the environment in its material, psychological and social aspects

5. Any patient is a potentially self-healing system and can be aided on his way by means of therapies which are participatory rather than passive or suppressive

6. A devolution of power to the patient, with equal power sharing between doctor and patient

7. A preference for causally directed therapy as opposed to suppressive therapy

8. An acknowledgement of the spiritual nature of mankind and a recognition of the validity of subjective experience

9. A willingness to look at, to use and to assess all the natural therapies and an open-minded yet critical acceptance of the various theories of biological energy

10. Lastly, but most important of all, a recognition, probably for the first time in modern medicine, that the healer, the physician himself, should heal himself, as he has been the neglected part of the healing circuit for too long

In holistic terms you are the best person to be responsible overall for your health maintenance and treatment. Although your doctor may be a good first choice for diagnosis, only you can get deeply in touch with your condition for self healing. Only you know all the details and at some level your body actually knows what it needs. In our reductionist Western philosophy we have separated out ‘food’, ‘medicine’ and ‘health’ as different areas, mainly to serve the needs of consumer capitalism.

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not finding that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work”.
Albert Schweitzer

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Energy as therapy

energy as therapy
water has a memory

In homeopathy the biological activity of a substance is transferred energetically to water. This vibrational treatment is one that works on a non-molecular basis, creating a specific energy field in the water that can be easily altered by ‘energy memory wiping’. Practitioners will advise their patients not to keep their remedy near a magnetic force or heat source but more subtle energy fields can be just as damaging.

The Italian physicist Emilio Del Giudice stated that “radiation fields of charged molecules create an interaction among the electric dipoles” of water molecules. This creates a permanent polarisation of the water, making the molecules coherent like the light waves in a laser. When a substance is almost endlessly diluted in water it leaves an energetic signature of that substance in the water that is the basis of a homeopathic treatment when tuned to the patient. But this is nonsense to most doctors.

Vibrational therapies such as homeopathy deal more with transferring frequency-specific energy patterns than any direct molecular effect. When diagnosed and chosen properly, the treatment gives the body specific energy information that helps its own healing capability. This approach remains completely unsupported by orthodox medicine.

Machines exist that transfer the energetic signature of a substance directly to water. They are considered illegal and some have been confiscated by the federal authorities that regulate such devices in U.S. making progression difficult in this field.

Vibrational treatments such as flower essences use the same idea of capturing the energy signature of a plant, as do many forms of aromatherapy, energised waters and massage oils. Sound, light, electromagnetism, crystals and colour are all being explored for their vibrational qualities in healing.

Many people are realising that the ‘life energy’ of the food we eat is more important than a host of rather more aesthetic features, such as the chemically-induced, regularity in size, shape, colour and convenience we find in our shops.

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Matter as Energy

matter as energyExperiments in ‘electro-acupuncture’ and Kirlian photography have led to an energy map of the body identical to that shown in traditional Chinese medicine.

The meridian system is seen as an interface between the physical body and the energy body. Applications of resonant energy to the meridian system promote healing in a number of diseases, by altering the energy of the ‘root system’ concerned in the disease. Much of this work seems to be ‘undercover’ and information and the manufacture of equipment for treatments of this nature is actually suppressed through legislation.

The etheric body, acupuncture meridians, chakras and nadis and other multi-dimensional aspects of the human are described by ancient schools of healing throughout the world. Western medicine in its reductionist stance, ignores these aspects because they can’t be studied under a microscope. Only now, at the beginning of the 21st century are some medical doctors starting to catch on.

Vibrational medicine interfaces with subtle energy fields that underlie the functions of a physical body. It is based on the idea of resonant frequencies, similar to a tuned string on a musical instrument resonating with anything tuned to the same frequency, or an opera singer breaking a glass by singing at a certain pitch.

Physical science and philosophy have recognised vibrational elements as an important part of the universe. It is proving difficult to link these new sciences with the dogma of Western medicine.

Even as long ago as 1928 Thomas Sugrue recognised vibrational elements at work in the human body:

“The human body is made up of electronic vibrations, with each atom and elements of the body, each organ and organism, having its electronic unit of vibration necessary for the sustenance of, and equilibrium in that particular organism. Each unit, then, being a cell or a unit of life in itself has the capacity of reproducing itself by the first the law as is known as reproduction-division. When a force in any organ or element of the body becomes deficient in its ability to reproduce that equilibrium necessary for the sustenance of physical existence and its reproduction, that portion becomes deficient in electronic energy.

This may come by injury or disease, received by external forces. It may come from internal forces through lack of   eliminations produced in the system or by other agencies to meet its requirements in the body.”
Edgar Cayce (1928) from There is a River by Thomas Sugrue.

Experiments in high-energy particle physics and the fields of quantum physics show us that nearly all matter is energy. In some sense we are made from ‘frozen light’. As beings of energy we are influenced by and can be treated by energy. Modern scientific medicine is as yet unable to make this shift in perception.

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Medicine Gone Bad

bad medicineIn pre-industrial societies disease was not seen as a ‘random assault from outside’ but as a deeply significant life event integral to the sufferer’s whole being – spiritual, moral, physical and life course – past, present and future.

In modern culture this whole aspect of treating disease is lost. Disease was interpreted as packed with moral, spiritual and religious messages as one of the many ways through which ‘God revealed his will to mankind’. Other philosophies of medicine such as Ayurvedic or Tibetan think similarly, in these, disease even has a karmic aspect.

Around the tenth century in Europe – after the so called ‘Dark Ages’ – women, the original stewards of the land (men did ‘animal husbandry’), were dispossessed of it by the new patriarchies of the Church and State. This male hierarchy hid the things they were most afraid of, namely the fact that it is women who hold the key to the processes and powers of life. They took them as their own, decreeing laws about how we should behave to impose control and inventing ‘original sin’ allied to the curse of Eve and the demonisation of women..

From the early Middle Ages there came a prolonged persecution of women involved in healing. Some sources estimate 5 – 9 million women were destroyed across Europe during this persecution although others claim this a gross exaggeration. Essentially the role of women as healers was discouraged as part of a shift to a patriarchy. This resulted in the destruction of indigenous folk medicine in Europe.

The roles of women in mothering and ‘home-making’ and its many associated skills are still regarded as worthless according to our primarily fiscal values based on GDP. One of the most important things for our future, bringing children into the world, is totally financially unsupported.

When a patriarchy took over, one of the things that happened was that ‘healing’ and ‘spirituality’ were separated out. This shift left our culture bereft of many means of self-healing as a personal journey. The world of spirit and physic were separated and became even more so during the great ‘Age of Reason’ that began with Descartes and continued with Newton and Darwin, the tail-end of which many are presently clinging to in desperation and a degree of applied self-interest. Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650) was a central influence on the 17th century revolution that began modern science and philosophy. His ‘Method of Doubt’ was published in 1637:

“I resolved to reject as false everything in which I could imagine the least doubt, in order to see if there afterwards remained anything that was entirely indubitable”.

The philosophy of ‘Cartesian dualism’ became part of our science, where the mind and the body are seen as essentially separate. Misguidedly (it was not Descartes’s intention) this philosophy contributed to the mechanistic and rational philosophy of the universe adopted by our culture. Descartes was one of the first people to suggest that ‘phenomena could be understood by breaking them down into constituent parts and examining each minutely’. His view of the human body as a machine functioning within a mechanistic universe took prevalence within the Age of Reason.

“Consider the human body as a machine. My thought compares a sick man and an ill-made clock with my idea of a healthy man and a well made clock”.

This attention to analytical detail is still at the heart of our scientific research methodologies. Even during the time of Sir Isaac Newton the human body was viewed as an intricate biological machine. The Universe was an orderly, predictable but divine mechanism, a ‘grand clockwork’. Although hundreds of years have passed, Western scientific medicine still holds the same basic philosophy, but is more sophisticated in studying biological mechanisms at a molecular level. Our cultural values are more biased towards examining constituent parts as unrelated than ‘seeing a whole picture’.

The first Newtonian approaches were essentially surgical. The body was seen as if it were a complex plumbing system. If it went wrong the offending piece was removed or bypassed. These days instead of using knives, drugs are often used to do more or less the same things.

Humans though are far more than walking sacks of chemicals. The animating life-force central to other medical systems is an energy that is not addressed by modern scientific methodology and there are no medical models that explain what it is and what it does. It is misguided by the concept that all illnesses are cured by physically repairing or eliminating abnormal cells. This reveals a deep conflict between ‘Western’ and Eastern’ medical philosophies that has its roots in the division of science and religion.

Degenerative disease cannot be treated effectively under a philosophy of reductionism. Research has failed to find effective cures for modern diseases because it is looking in the wrong places with the wrong tools.

Modern disease needs to be understood as a ‘whole’ disease in relation to each individual’s experience and the culture of which they are part. It has multiple causes that vary with each patient. General ‘same cure for everybody’ pills are only produced in the interests of drug manufacturers and they occlude self-healing as an option.

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Medical Philosophy

medical philiosophyWith self-healing it is always worth exploring the options. Often there is a therapy, or a combination of therapies, that is perfectly suited to you and your situation.

The problem is finding it. There are very few people whose understanding embraces all forms of healing. For example if you go to a Chinese herbalist for treatment, you will get Chinese herbs! As with medical doctors who promote drugs and surgery, each practitioner has a vested interest in prescribing their preferred form of treatment. A basic understanding of the philosophy behind alternative treatments will help you find options that are best suited to your unique situation of ‘dis-ease’ or genetic inheritance if you are searching for your own healing.

Chinese medicine

Western medicine will treat a ‘disease’ whereas Chinese is based on a subtle and detailed diagnosis of a particular patient. Western medicine sees in terms of the pathology of isolated organs whereas Chinese sees the dysfunction of a normally harmonious, complete, living entity. Western medicine will prescribe drugs to modify a system whereas Chinese medicine will nurture a system back to a balance where self-healing becomes possible.

Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ in Sanskrit. It is India’s oldest holistic healing system. It treats the mind, body and spirit with herbal medicines, oil therapy, massage, yoga and meditation. It works to create harmony in the patient through balancing the three bodily humours. It focuses on cleansing, purification and rejuvenation.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own defences to deal with disease. The word ‘homeopathy’ is Greek in origin and is based on ‘homoios’ meaning ‘like’ and ‘pathos’ meaning ‘disease’. In essence ‘let like be treated by like’. It uses substances that mimic the illness in some way to stimulate the body’s recuperative powers. It is a patient centred treatment that seeks to tune remedies to the patient’s emotional and mental state. The forms the treatment takes can be tablets, granules, powder or liquid, cream or drops.

Naturopathy

The practice of Naturopathy asserts that the body is a self-healing mechanism. Given the right set of circumstances it will heal itself. Disease happens in the body due to an unbalance of some kind and the role of the Naturopath is to bring it to a state where self healing can take place.

This is done through a ‘whole person’ approach to health and disease (often called holistic) that may include activities and experiences that don’t even seem medical in intent.

Mind-body interventions

This philosophy of medicine looks at the role of the mind in creating health and illness and is sometimes called ‘psychoneuroimmunology’. Environmental and nutritional factors are recognised as important root causes of cancer. Also psychological and physical states often work together in bringing about the conditions for disease to develop. Early trauma or prolonged emotional stress create all sorts of physical changes, altering hormone balances, changing body acidity, provoking malignant cells and suppressing the immune system.

Massage

There is always room for the unexplained cure and anecdote records many brought about by a ‘spiritual intervention’. In tribal cultures this has been a mainstay of the medicine man for many thousands of years.

Reiki, for example, is a form of healing which channels a flow of energy through the body in order to activate the body to detoxify, rebalance and heal itself. A premise of Eastern medicine is that all living things have an energy system and that it is blockages in the energy that can lead to disease. The practice of Reiki has roots in Tibetan Buddhism and practitioners are shown how to be a conduit for life force energy.

Chiropractic

The word Chiropractic comes from a Greek root, ‘cheir’ meaning ‘hands’ and ‘practikos’ meaning ‘done by’. Chiropractic concentrates mainly on the spine, muscles, joints, ligaments, muscles bones and tendon to improve function, relieve pain and increase mobility. For example a minor displacement of the spine can create nerve irritation, which disturbs the nervous system and can lead to disease. Therapists believe that joint and muscle problems can be bought about by stress, postural problems and accidents and that the physical manipulation and correction of the joints has a positive effect on the nervous system. Examples of physical dysfunction not relating to joints that are successfully treated this way include asthma, constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Vibrational

Studies of electrical effects of implanted tumours in mice have suggested that electrical currents may enhance cancer-killing effects of chemotherapy. Albert Szent-Gyorgi, the discoverer of vitamin C, has been exploring the bio-electronic model in cancer.

Vibrational medicine attempts to treat people with various forms of pure energy. This can be light or sound or even a vibrational value transferred to water. We readily accept imaging heat, even though we can’t see it, because heat is something we can sense through touch.

With the ‘energy body’ it is not so straightforward. Very few of us have experienced this for ourselves and there is apparently no sensory backup to tell us it is there. Although modern physical science tells us we are made of energy, modern medical science so far refuses to consider this.

Nutrition

The body has natural defences against free radicals, antioxidant enzymes and nutrients can ‘mop up’ free radicals and render them harmless. These include iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium as well as vitamins A, C and E. Beta Carotene and bioflavonoids are other plant substances that help protect against free radical damage. If your diet is low in these particular substances, or you have a lifestyle that uses them up very quickly, you are often without defence. The body is a self-healing mechanism, but only if it is functioning properly.

Nutraceuticals and botanicals

Pharmaceutical companies are screening plants from all over the world and even plundering folk medicine in the search for chemicals. After 200 years of being ridiculed by orthodox medicine, herbal medicine is stronger than ever and the clinical effects of natural medicines are being clearly demonstrated in research. This is because companies such as Monsanto have found out that they can ‘copyright’ the formulas found in such plants (bio-piracy) and hence render them illegal for use by other people.

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Alternative Choices

alternative and complementaryIf you go to a Chinese Herbalist for treatment, you are likely to be prescribed – Chinese Herbs. Likewise if you go to a Western ‘allopathic’ doctor, you are likely to be prescribed drugs or surgery, the main tools of the typical Western doctor.

There are many ‘alternative treatments’ available but each practitioner has a vested interest in treating you with their preferred method of intervention. There are very few practitioners in any domain with enough experience and knowledge to direct you, the patient, to a form of intervention that is ideally suited to you and your dis-ease.

Off the top of my head, here are some ‘alternative’ forms of diagnosis and treatment:

Acupuncture
Affirmation and visualisation
Alexander technique
Amino acid supplements
Aromatherapy
Astrology
Autogenic training
Ayurvedic medicine
Biofeedback
Biogenics
Castor oil lymph cleansing
Chakra therapy
Chi Kung
Chinese nutrition and herbalism
Chiropractic
Cold therapy
Colonic irrigation
Colour therapy
Cranial electrical stimulation
Cranial osteopathy
Crystal therapy
Diet and nutrition
Dietary supplements
Dorsal column stimulation
Dr Bach’s flower remedies
Dream therapy / questing
Education and learning
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Enneagram
Fasting
Feldenkrais therapy
Feng Shui
Folk remedies
Hair analysis
Herbalism
Inversion therapy
Seitai
Shamanic questing
Spiritual healing
Tai Chi
Tibetan medicine

Some ‘alternative medicine’ treatments are gaining credibility without the blessing of doctors. One example of conventional doctor’s treatment being superseded by a popular treatment is in osteoarthritis. Conventional medicine often prescribes a palliative drug to ease the pain which may actually worsen the condition.

Osteoarthritis has been viewed, according to many doctors, as something that we have to put up with as a ‘normal part of ageing’. Now, ingredients that have been used for years in Europe and Asia are combined in a natural remedy that physicians are increasingly prescribing. But such information takes a lot of time to filter through. Even though this particular remedy has been reviewed in the Lancet (McAlindon T. ‘Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis: dawn of a new era?’ Vol.357 No. 9252 p.247 2001) my own doctor was asked for it by a patient and replied “You’d be better off with a gin and tonic.”

Patients are still too infrequently told about complementary or alternative treatments or research. Doctors are supposed to offer patients alternatives as part of ‘informed consent’. Due to the workload of doctors they don’t have time to keep up with the research into every field except their speciality. Important research in other countries is often not translated or even made available to doctors.

Little research exists on simultaneous multiple treatments at levels tuned to the patient because it is impossible to test the validity and reliability of these using current scientific, medical research methodology. Double-blind placebo testing simply does not work in this context.

If your doctor is not familiar with or open to alternatives you are unlikely to even be told what they are. According to a report in the British Medical Journal, half of the UK population uses complementary medicine but doctors are rarely able to advise on such therapies because the research is contradictory or not rigorous enough.

Even when asked directly doctors are unable to offer advice on alternative or complementary options because they often lack any experience, knowledge or training in non-allopathic medicine. Medical history (which reveals a basis for some alternative treatments at least) is rarely taught in medical schools.

Many complementary therapies and alternative healing sources are available. It is rare that you will be prescribed any of these by a doctor, who is usually the first point of contact for a diagnosis, because their interest is focused on providing drugs or surgery as a response to illness.

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Patient Advocacy

patient advocacyHealth Services have identified that the needs of patients are central in 21st century medicine. ‘Patient advocacy’ is a term that describes this process that recognises the role of the patient in their own cure.

In alternative medicine, self-healing means first making a decision to take conscious control of a situation, maybe a ‘crisis’, and then making a shift in your emotions and vibrational orientation. Moving from a dis-eased state to a healing one, means leaving behind the old ways of thinking and the emotions that produced the need for the disease. If we use orthodox medicine to remove the ‘effects’ of the disease without changing the underlying patterns that caused it, the disease is likely to re-occur or ‘come out somewhere else’.

The ‘World Cancer Research Fund UK Expert Report: Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective’, suggests that as many as 100,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in the UK each year through healthy diet and lifestyle choices alone.

But we are creatures of habit and comfort and rarely change ourselves unless we have some incentive. With an established ‘nanny state’ in UK, combined with a lack of common education about health and ‘self-maintenance’, medicalisation is creeping into many aspects of life. Traditionally our doctors are respected and educated people who know more about our bodies than we do. If our body goes wrong it needs ‘medicine’ which is a highly specialised field.

Several factors are combining to make this ‘deference to authority’ concerning our bodies a dangerous choice. In other cultures where spirit and physic are still joined, such as China, people will actively try to increase their understanding of disease and seek out different treatments on different levels.

With chemical manufacturers producing many harmful rather than nutritional foods the onus has to be on us as individuals to make ‘healthy choices’ and read the labels at least. This would seem straightforward until we enter the world of dietary supplements. In the UK there are still many of these available (although legislation is changing this).

These supplements are not allowed to carry any information as to their use on their labels, which makes preventative self-medicating a problem for those who want to take responsibility for their own well being.

Although patient advocacy is an important move towards ‘self-healing’ it can only occur when the patient has real knowledge of the choices that are available.

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Chemical Consumerism

chemical consumerismAn expanding medical establishment is faced with a generally healthy population in the West so medical consumerism is on the increase. Medicine is an increasing part of our economy, with many normal processes such as childhood excitability, puberty, ageing or menopause are becoming medicalised and subject to treatment by pharmaceutical drugs being a normal ‘over the counter’ purchase in our shopping.

Medical consumerism, like ordinary consumerism, is designed to be unsatisfying. Doctors and many consumers are locked within a fantasy that everyone has something wrong with them that can be ‘cured’ by medical means, treating trivial complaints with fancy procedures. This is partly based on the medical successes of the 1930’s and 40’s and has led to inflated expectations that are basically unfulfillable. The ‘silver bullet’ approach to modern disease is an anachronism (see ‘the-power-of-immunity‘).

However pharmaceutical companies are quick on the uptake and always on the lookout for profit. They have already bought in to the consumer led craze for pill popping and convenience chemicals and surgery. They have a vested interest in developing expensive synthetic products or processes for us to buy, over easily found and more natural treatments, especially if they are ‘free’.

Any supermarket now stocks a whole range of medical treatments for a variety of minor afflictions. It is an interesting experience to view how many products on sale in a supermarket are of chemical origin. Think back even only ten years and there were far fewer products of synthetic origin. Every synthetic drug or chemical has side effects and these are contributing to the development of toxic overload in our bodies that stress our immune systems and prepare us for serious illness. And the ‘cures’ for these dis-eases? They come from the same pharmaceutical industries. It’s just like the glazier who sent his young son out smashing windows.

For example most non-organically farmed animals are routinely treated with antibiotics. A high-yielding cow might be killed off after three lactations, whereas in a less intensive farming practice she might still be in her prime. The quality of life these ‘cow units on a production line’ can actually be tasted in the foodstuffs they supply. Try it yourself – get some fresh organic milk and some farmed milk and just taste the difference!

The drive to cut corners and costs in food mass production means antibiotics are used routinely on animals and crops are often covered in pesticides. Research presented by the Soil Association shows a 60% increase in Tylosin given to pigs in their feed, creating resistance to front-line antibiotics given to humans. Similarly with Enroflaxin routinely put in the drinking water of farmed chickens.

Nicarbazin is another chemical shown to cause birth defects and hormonal imbalance in animals. It is used in chicken feed and levels up to 20 times the legally permitted level have been found in about 10% of chicken livers.

Total farm antibiotic use has increased by 11% in 3 years when it was supposed to fall. Most farm animals in UK are still given antibiotics in feed on a daily basis. In Britain over 3 times the weight of antibiotics is fed to each pig compared with Denmark.

Unheard of chemical exist in our foodstuffs: Acrylamide is a toxin linked to cancer and nerve damage that is present in many foods in Britain – cakes, chips, crisps, biscuits and bread, in amounts that may cause long-term damage.

Iprodione is a suspected carcinogen and suspected groundwater contaminant and hormone disrupter that is in food including carrots.

Aldicarb is used on potatoes and described by the World Health Organisation as ‘highly toxic’. Around 25,000 tons of pesticide is applied to UK
crops every year. Almost half of UK fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues.

The most dangerous, such as organophosphates, have been linked with cancer, foetal abnormalities, chronic fatigue syndrome in some children and Parkinson’s disease.

Many of these manufactured, synthetic chemicals fail to break down and actually accumulate in organic life forms. For example organochlorines such as those found in solvents, propellants, coolants and many forms of packaging (including food) are concentrating in the food chain. These chemicals accumulate in life forms such as plankton.

As a result fish have been found with 159,000 times greater concentration of some organochlorines than are found in the water they inhabit. Accumulation of these poisons have been found at 3 billion times the background rate in polar bears.

Inuit Indians living far from traditional industry have been found with phenomenal amounts of chlorine derivatives in their body tissues. These organochlorines are passed to their children during pregnancy and in mother’s milk.

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in US carried out a random survey of the average diet of American children.They found 66 known carcinogens (cancer causing substances) in an average child’s diet. In amongst all those toxins we consume are some really dangerous ones. Lots of chemicals are used in our homes, in food production and agriculture. Current testing procedures can only detect about 40% of known chemicals and only a hundredth of the foods you will find on a supermarket shelf in the UK have been tested for chemicals.

Our manufacturing industries produce much de-natured food, grown on increasingly de-mineralised soils. Important minerals in the soil of many farms are depleted and are replaced by chemically engineered growth aids. This leads to low mineral levels in non-organic foods.

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Medical Methodology

alternative v complementary medicineAlthough orthodox medicine is slowly letting in complementary therapies, there are still important, but alternative ways, of looking at modern disease that are  incompatible with existing scientific medical models in medicine.

Right now we are stuck between two worlds. In one, the world of medical science tells us that such and such is not proven and therefore not a valid treatment. In the other world of alternative medical models, many things are possible and although they are not proven by medical science – they often work. Mixing medical science with alternative philosophies,  for example Chinese medicine or acupuncture, makes any research difficult. Due to the complexity of Chinese herbal mixtures and the different philosophy of Chinese medicine, tests for the compatibility of orthodox Western treatments with Chinese medicine are only just beginning.

For example, researching the effects of chemical drugs in a ‘Western way’ on the Chinese population involves double-blind testing, with a test group receiving a placebo. This method of testing doesn’t work because Chinese people will naturally search out all possible treatments for a cure, including their local herbalist and this invalidates the research.

Practitioners claim that double-blind testing is not easily conducted on many aspects of Chinese medicine. Giving one group of patients a placebo is morally questionable because the Chinese medical philosophy values treatment of the sick over scientific detachment.

They ask if any medical practitioner can be justified in giving a sick patient a bogus treatment. China is behind the West in state-of-the-art chemical drug therapy but their philosophy of medicine is one that has stood the test of time more than any other, and one that values natural sources of medicine over synthetic. It is also a philosophy that treats the person rather than the illness. Eastern medical systems such as Ayurvedic or Tibetan medicine hold similar difficulties for the methodologies of western reductionism.

Little medical research exists on simultaneous, multiple treatments at levels tuned to the individual patient because it is impossible to test the validity and reliability of these using current medical scientific research methodology.

Despite the extremely rigorous testing of controlled drugs, once they are approved, doctors can prescribe them for any purpose they deem fit. This unapproved use of the drug is known as ‘off label’ use, and it happens frequently. Estimates show that as much as 60% of drugs prescribed by doctors in the US, a staggering billion prescriptions a year are for off label uses. This means that highly potent drugs are being dispensed with no more proof for their efficacy than exists for an alternative remedy.

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