What happened to Medicine and the Scientific Method?
By Joan McDaniel April 26, 2013
Folk Medicine continued
This is my second post on Alternate medicine, civilizations and traditions. Americas practiced Homeopathy medicine before the 1930s. It rested on tradition and philosophy. The Rockefeller Foundations and its unlimited funds created what we now know as Modern medicine. Heavily financed, patient profit guaranteed, scientific business would become the new American medical profession. It would be based on chemicals, chemistry, pharmacology, and science. It uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic process of diseases or conditions. It ignores body function and focuses on organ function.
I am recovering from being very sick and I have found many others along the way with the same story. Researching what causes illness has many concluding – it is life style and what you eat that made you ill. Modern medicine ignored me and could not help. Like myself, these people have found solutions and have “regain control of their health”. People have “cured themselves” from some pretty nasty diseases including terminal cancer.
It seems to me the general public is getting sicker, disease is increasing like antibiotic resistant super bugs, Auto Immune disorders, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, dementia, depression, diabetes, food allergies, cancer, Heart problems, immune suppressed disease, and obesity to list a few. People are asking questions. They are returning to their tradition – the system Grandma talked about – the systems that have worked for over 6,000 years – and finding healthy solutions like I did.
Allopathy was a term coined by doctors of homeopathy to refer to all forms of medication which are not considered alternative medicine. The modern allopathic doctor is taught to see the human body as a collection of organs that have independent function. They use Pharmaceuticals, and Lab test never really asking or caring how you feel or what you eat. The Pharmaceuticals have a huge list of nasty side effects, and the labs see only part of the picture but a very extensive list of profitable Pharmaceutical Patents. Today’s Doctor, also called, allopathic, modern, or western have little if any training in nutrition, hands on, or natural medicine and homeopathic medicine. A new scientific medicine was to be created concentrating on scientific solutions. This new approach replaced the well-established homeopathic Colleges and institutions all over the country.
These Doctors are the people who spend a fortune going to Medical School at some famous “Teaching Hospital”. Yet the field of Nutrition isn’t even an educational requirement. Today’s well educated Doctor is taught to turn toward the profit making patented medication, not our traditional teaching or Herbal remedies.
Folk Medicine has become Alternate medicine
Since the start of time, generations of civilizations have passed on life saving remedies and folk traditions. Every civilization had an elder or spiritual leader, who specialized in medical remedies. This knowledge was passed on to the next generation. Some traditions go back over 6,000 years. The knowledge was written down but in most cases it was verbally communicated in the form of things my Grandparents told me. Traditions using self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM). Below is a list of some of these traditions. I am writing this for I am afraid we are losing the concept of Folk medicine.
Some civilization traditional medicine
As I have listed in previous posts there are many traditional arts some of them are – African medicine, Alternative, Acupuncture, Atkins diet, Ayurveda, biofeedback, Biology-based practices, Breathing Exercises, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic, Dance Therapy, Folk Medicine, Greek Medicine, Herbalism, Herbal medicine, Herbal treatments, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, meditation, Mind-body medicine, Music Therapy, Naturopathic, osteopathic manipulation, Osteopathy, palliative care, self-healing, Shamanism Traditions, Self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and many others.
Alternative medicine vs. Western or Modern Medicine
In complete contrast to Western medicine, alternative medicine treats the body, mind and spirit as a whole rather than so many separate parts. It supports the human body’s immune system rather than destroy it. Modern medicines extensive use of antibiotics have created the Super Bug resistant to any antibiotic treatment (MRSA). In the process, the treatment has destroyed the body’s good bacteria (immune system) as well as the bad.
Alternative medicine is all about finding balance and harmony. This can be done through many techniques including natural cures, massage therapy, meditation and acupuncture. Unlike Western medicine, alternative medicine rarely creates unwanted side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have convinced people that side effects are just a normal part of medicine, when the fact is they should not be. True medicine works with the entire body.
Evidence Based Medicine
In this post I deal with the overall concept of evidence based medicine, a concept kept alive by what we call the scientific method. I explore the practice of folk medicine, alternate medicine and holistic medicine vs. the practice Western or Modern medicine. Future posts will deal with individual civilizations like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic from India.
I am not anti-science, if anything I feel the scientific method of the 17th Century, has been overtaken by pseudo-science. The science used by modern medicine is based on chemistry forgetting the overall philosophy of healing. The Health Care Ranger of Natural News calls traditional medicine “evidence-based science”.
The trust we gave science to find the truth using principles of reasoning seems to have been replaced by greed, cooperate profit driven motive, group think, distorted science based on falsified evidence, bribery and corruption of government regulators. If I spend more time thinking about it I find myself thinking — there is a War on Science.
The trouble ridden, and short term double-blind and placebo-controlled trial as the standard for the modern medicine’s scientific method has many questioning the results and length of study. Many stories have surfaced of rigged trials and findings. Yet the industry is quick to assert the “scientific proven” efficacy of a new drug. The very same industry that has been found conducted it’s the research on its own product.
Has modern medicine reverted back to bloodletting?
Bloodletting (or blood-letting) a medical practice performed by physicians from antiquity until the late 19th century. It is the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. The practice has now been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions.
Instead of testing, measurement and modification of hypotheses the new science seems to be based on propaganda, shelf life and is destroying the health of the population. As I continue my research, I am finding most of our traditional natural remedies have been proven using the Scientific method.
Are we re-living the Roman Inquisition?
Galileo Galilei – (February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642) As every school child should know, Galileo was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and physicist who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. He is considered to be the father of modern observational astronomy. He was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment in 1633 by the Roman Inquisition who found him “gravely suspect of heresy“. This was subsequently commuted to house arrest, under which he remained for the rest of his life.
His crime? He claimed the earth rotated around the sun not the sun rotated around the earth.
The Scientific method was used by different scientists to prove or disprove a theory.
Before the scientific method scientists came up with theories and everyone thought they were true, until Galileo proved Aristotle a Greek philosopher wrong. Aristotle thought that light stone would fall faster to the ground than a heavy stone. Galileo disagreed with his theory and set up an experiment that proved stones of different weights fall at the same pace.
Homeopathy a form of holistic medicine
Homeopathy formally developed by Samuel Hahnemann
Homeopathy is another form of alternate medicine. Many people think of homeopathy as the same thing as herbal medicine, but that is not necessarily true. Homeopathy seeks to treat diseases with the philosophy that “like cures like”. This means that when you have a disease, you will be treated with a medicine causes similar symptoms to what you have.
The principles of homeopathy go back to Hippocrates around 2500 years ago, but weren’t formalized as homeopathic medicine until 200 years ago. It was formally developed by Samuel Hahnemann and comes from the Greek words homios which means like and pathos which means suffering. One of the most interesting things about homeopathy is that many of the treatments are made from poisonous ingredients like rattlesnake venom which have been extensively diluted.
Doctors need to be philosophers.
Masaru Emoto wrote a book called The Hidden Message in Water. Masaru said, “Medicine is useful in the treatment of illness, but we don’t really understand why medicine works. In the Masaru Emoto’s opinion, a doctor who treats the human body must first be a philosopher. In the past, the doctor was the community shaman or priest, exhorting people to follow the laws of nature, live their lives correctly, and make use of the healing powers of nature. If doctors were to treat not only the sick parts of the body but also the human consciousness, then…] he thinks, […we would see a great reduction in the need for doctors and hospitals. …[many illnesses are the result of negative emotions and thoughts…]
Self-applied Health Enhancement Methods (SAHAM)
Dr. Mercola has an elaborate article on; The Five Levels of Healing. Follow the link for the detail information and Videos.
Health.net also has a great article on SAHEM.
Below is a brief summary of the concept of SAHEM:
The Five Levels of Healing are based on a healing model developed some 12,000 years ago. It has been the influence for Tibetan medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as well as Ayurvedic medicine and many others.
These self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), that spring from the Asian traditions, are tried and true techniques refined over thousands of years. Some of these ancient methods are listed below:
- Attitudinal harmony
- breath practice and self-healing
- emotional resolution
- gentle movement
- reflex stimulation (self-applied massage, stroking, thumping, pressure)
- toning, sounding or chanting
Until my next post
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto