Monday, 23 May 2016

Mind, soul and body

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose – the more it changes, the more it is the same.



While most people would consider this a ridiculous claim to make about modern medicine, the fact is, when you look closely at the approach most people take to their health and the response of conventional, Allopathic, the most commonly used medical modality, the more it resonates with elements of truth – things have not changed as much as we might wish or hope.

I will preface this by saying that no-one disputes modern skills in trauma and reconstructive surgery, nor indeed the greater although not complete capacity, to alleviate physical pain. Having said that, modern painkillers are often ineffective and frequently do more harm than good and there are other ways to alleviate pain, they are just not able to be patented and provide less financial profit.

But as a healing mechanism or a medical modality which encourages and maintains robust health, modern or Allopathic medicine falls far short of the mark and frequently drifts into modern versions of ‘snake-oil’ and ‘smoke and mirror’ medicine. In this latter category falls ‘maybe medicine’ where people are treated for diseases they do not have and may never get and where assessing the efficacy of such treatment is impossible.

The catch-cry of ‘get it early’ cannot ever be proven since often that which is found ‘early’ may never have become serious anyway, and there is simply no way of assessing that. To be fair, there is a growing body of research saying exactly that and warning of the increasingly recognised dangers of ‘too many tests’ and too many ‘treatments.’

But of course, systems drive behaviour and the Allopathic medical system is now so dependent upon and entrenched in tests and treatments and maybes that it is reluctant to change, because, after all, what else would it have? And the money invested in the approach itself is so enormous that it would be a ‘waste’ not to use all these tests and treatments and machines and procedures, even if they are doing ‘more harm than good.’

And so it goes, the system is dependent upon what it is and only something dramatic and powerful can change it. Beyond of course patient pressure and demand but the chances of that are greatly reduced by the fact that most people live with deep fear about becoming ill and particularly in regard to death and most believe the mantra that modern, Allopathic medicine is as good as it gets and is going to be the only thing which can save you.  Even when demonstrably it is not.

Modern medicine rides like a ‘god’ on the back of society with hospitals, like temples of old, rising higher, growing bigger, standing grander and becoming more costly all the time.

Never before, have so many human beings had so much access to medical treatments and so many medical interventions, not to mention medications, vaccines, procedures, tests, checks and advice.

None of this would matter if people were generally healthier and disease less common, but they are not healthier and disease is in fact more common with serious and chronic diseases at levels never seen before, particularly in children.

You would think, nay, you would expect that it meant better and more robust health and a diminishing of disease in general, but it does not.

So, whatever Allopathic or modern medicine is doing, it is not contributing to robust general health.

Not only that, as the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer, and rising, it has become effectively a ‘disease’ in itself where one of the most dangerous lifestyle choices one can make, particularly if healthy, is to consult a doctor.

And this is because modern medicine, imprisoned in the mechanical and materialist reductionist mindset of modern science, is a business, an industry, and a system where profit, prestige and power hold sway and dictate that testing, cutting and drugging are the only approach which should be allowed or can be allowed.

Tests, surgery, medications are big business and in fact, science-medicine is probably the most profitable and powerful business after the military industrial complex. It is certainly the most pervasive of any industry and it is largely controlled by the pharmaceutical industry where the evidence has long been that profits come before people, despite claims to the contrary.

It is little wonder that research is beginning to show that the science-medical industry is itself, very sick indeed, with corruption, incompetence, malpractice, bias, distortions, so commonplace that researchers have said most research is just plain wrong. No wonder modern medicine has become so dangerous.

The third biggest killer, as iatrogenic – Allopathic doctor or medical induced – is mainly sourced in prescribed medication. In other words, drugs given to treat real, imagined or possible diseases, have a very good chance of injuring or killing you, as they do millions, worldwide every year.

How can that be good medicine? What other medical modality would be allowed to maintain such a high kill and injure rate? None.


Modern science/medicine is quick to mock and often ridicule the medicos of old for what was deemed to be their ignorance and their barbaric methods. However, any close study of Allopathic medicine in this day and age, quickly reveals that many treatments are used, with minimal healing effect, which are both barbaric and ignorant, and failure indicates their theory and practice are sourced in no real and useful knowledge.

Many treatments and procedures used by doctors today cause great suffering, even intense pain, without a healing or cure outcome. It was ever thus, it is just that failure in the present is accepted and failure in the past is ridiculed.

One can only wonder how research is stifled and largely unsuccessful treatments, chemotherapy comes to mind, are retained because the pharmaceutical industry which profits from their use, dominates and controls Allopathic medicine. Would we have advanced further if this were not the case and if science-medicine was free to research where, when and how it wished?

The power of the pharmaceutical industry over science-medicine corrupts the core principles of science as an objective, rigorous system of enquiry and research. And in the doing, not only manipulates modern medicine but the health of everyone who uses it.

The male domination of science and medicine has made both systems, mechanistic and militaristic at core. The scalpel is the new sword and the drugs take the place of cannon balls and bombs with the body as battlefield and enemy.

It is oxymoronic to use military terminology, as happens all the time, for a medical system which claims to do no harm, even though it does, too often, and which seeks to heal. Smiting, smoting, striking, destroying against the human body is counter-intuitive if we are to have optimal health. And yet that is the approach and people are encouraged not just to mistrust their body and expect it to betray them, as some enemy would, but to fear it.

The words make the mindset. We see things not as they are but as we are is a maxim which resonates. Science-medicine sees the body as a machine or ‘bag of chemicals’ as one erstwhile doctor put it and that is the maxim which underpins modern, conventional, or Allopathic medicine and which flavours and limits it.

No-one disputes that in some areas, surgery, preferably absolutely necessary and often it is not, or crisis/trauma, the mechanistic, materialist reductionist approach is of benefit although more healing and less harm would be the case if non-Allopathic medical modalities were also used to limit the wielding of the knife and the toxic dose of drugs.


The practice of medicine, Allopathic or conventional medicine, today, embraces, encompasses and treats virtually all people at levels never seen before in human history. You no longer have to be rich to see a doctor or to have access to all that modern medicine has to offer. All that there is, certainly in the First World and even to far greater levels in the Third World, is available to you from the time you are born until the day you die.


Logic suggests that we would expect people in general to be healthier, i.e. to have robust health and to fall sick infrequently and when they do, to recover quickly. We would expect vastly lower levels of serious and chronic disease because of the advances in medicine and its availability.


But that is not the case. There are in fact higher and rising levels of chronic and serious disease in general and more so in children. Cancer rates have risen from more than one in ten in 1900 to one in two today.


Children today have poorer health than their parents did and suffer, often at epidemic levels, rates of Autism, Diabetes, Auto-Immune Disease, Allergies, Behavioural and Learning Difficulties, Coeliac Disease and as some data shows, earlier rates of strokes and heart disease in young people.


Of course there are many other factors at work in our society which no doubt play a part, but the fact remains that conventional, modern, Allopathic medicine is unable to deal with the results, and when you look at the increased rates of vaccination, often experimental, given earlier, more often, in multiple form, and increased medication rates and the overuse, if not abuse of antibiotics, the problem, as it often was in centuries past, may well be medicine itself.


Whatever modern Allopathic medicine is doing, it is not making or keeping people healthier.


With all the advances in technology and knowledge and skills, people in general should have generally vastly better health. And they do not.


The argument from conventional science/medicine is that people live longer. Note they do not claim that people are healthier, they say that people live longer, completely ignoring the fact that such claims are sourced in distorted data and that many people who live longer, experience often miserable lives of poor health, pain and great suffering.


The fact is human beings do not live longer now than they did thousands of years or even centuries ago, as research into Egyptian and South American mummies, and a little research into history and ancestry, also reveals, where they have good nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, people lived to similar ages that we see today.


Life evolves slowly and the human organism is essentially no different and recorded history is so very brief, that common sense dictates that a relatively healthy human being, from in utero and beyond, with good nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, is going to live to a certain age. And they did. And they do.


The biggest factor in longevity was improvements in nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, as the records show. And as still occurs in developing countries where such improvements are put in place.


The shockingly high infant, maternal, child mortality rates up until the early 20th century, were  largely because of poor nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. Rickets meant deformed pelvic structures and babies and mothers at risk in childbirth and it meant less robust babies born to poorly nourished mothers.


Poor sanitation and hygiene meant higher rates of disease in general and epidemics and infectious diseases in particular, and when combined with less robust health, because of inadequate nutrition, disease and mortality rates were often at astronomical levels. Fix the nutrition, sanitation and hygiene and you start to see disease, epidemic and mortality rates plummet.


Syphilis was the other huge factor in infant and child mortality rates, a disease often unrecognised in the parents, but deadly all the same. It could and did kill anytime from conception and through the first five years of life, and often without parents and doctors knowing what had caused the death. One would have thought the vastly higher rates of blindness and deafness, Syphilis also brought, would have been indicators, except for the fact that it was a slumbering sickness which could appear, disappear and reappear again, many years apart.


This is why parents, in times of large families could have four or five healthy children, four or five dead or diseased and then another four or five healthy children, or a variation on the theme.


Conventional medicine did come up with effective treatment in the early decades of the twentieth century for Syphilis and brought this scourge largely to an end. Having said that, other medical modalities like Homeopathy, Herbal and various forms of Traditional Medicine were also effective in treating disease in general and Syphilis in particular, but never took precedence as medical treatments and so the effect was scattered, occasional, and because of the emphasis on mechanistic materialist reductionist science/medicine, largely ignored.


All of these factors played a part in reducing child and infant mortality rates and that boosted longevity.  None of it increased one whit the capacity of a human being, in optimal circumstances, to live a given amount of time, but removing those early kill factors, gave the impression that people lived longer even though they did not. And they do not.


Number-crunching can be useful but it is also a tool or weapon to distort and distract. As an example, you can be told that in this African country the average age at death is forty-two. Many assume that most people die at forty-two but of course they do not. The same ‘rules’ apply as they did in centuries past in that if someone survives the vulnerable first few years of life, when immune function is beginning to be established and nutrition, sanitation and hygiene are most crucial, then the chances that you will live to a reasonable age, increase.


In countries where the average age of death is forty-two, many people live into their eighties, nineties and beyond. In other words, if they avoid accidents, HIV/Aids, and have reasonable nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, their longevity is not so different to those in the First World.


And it was ever thus. It is simply not true that people live longer with modern medicine. What is true is that improved sanitation, hygiene and nutrition means more people survive the first few vulnerable years and have better health in utero, but they do not per se: live longer.


Although a qualifier is needed here because mechanistic modern medicine can keep people alive for longer but in a state of suffering and often misery that we would not allow a pet to endure. If a few years of such ‘extra life’ nudge up the longevity factor provided by conventional Allopathic medicine, or rather the mindset in which it operates, then perhaps we need to question both the mindset and the application.


Longevity, like health, is about quality not quantity. The best medicine maintains and helps to restore, if needed, robust health where one has optimal quality of life. And the best medicine can only do that when it works with the body, which is the only healer in any true sense, all treatments being mere support, allowing the body to maintain and restore, optimal function.

What is health, is a question which would be answered pretty much the same today as it would have been hundreds or thousands of years in the past.


Health is not necessarily complete absence from occasional sickness, and in times past, minor diseases, particularly in children, were considered to be an important part of the process of gaining robust health as an adult, and they still are by those who practice non-Allopathic medicine in the main, but it is generally a robust, energetic, vigorous constitution, which recovers readily from periods of sickness and does not suffer from serious or chronic disease.


In other words, your constitution is strong, you don’t get sick much and if you do you recover relatively quickly, and suffer no lingering after-effects. Whatever you do to support your body’s health is in essence the best medicine you can ever have.

Few probably realise that medications and vaccinations are designed to deceive the body and trick it into acting unnaturally. How can that not be confusing to such a complex organism? How can that not create dysfunction? One wonders if the massive rise in Cancer, those rogue cells which have forgotten how to suicide, apoptosis, for the good of the whole, might be sourced in such confusion and designed unnatural responses.

Less is more is probably a good approach and the old saying that erring on the side of moderation is wise, is particularly sensible when applied to medical treatments.

Doctors and scientists may well know more at a material and mechanical level than they knew a century or even fifty years ago, but they still remain largely ignorant about the How, What and particularly the Why, of bodily function.

They design treatments based on the erroneous belief that the body can be treated mechanically and materially and that no other factors are at play in disease. As of course they must given the belief system which underpins modern science at this point in history and which has done so for a few centuries now.

But each of us has responsibility to and for our own body and the more we take charge and do our own research, our own thinking, our own intuiting, the better health we are likely to have. Your body is your best friend and the two of you are in it for life. Working with the natural function of the human body, something modern science/medicine does not generally do, is going to optimise your capacity for health.

Having said that, if conventional medicine and regular trips to the doctor has you in robust health then keep doing what you are doing. We are all different and what matters is that what you are doing is working for you.

Every symptom is your body’s attempt to speak to you and every disease is your body’s attempt to heal. Listen and respect all of it.

Living a spiritual life means connectedness and your body is as important as your mind and your soul, at least while you are living in this material world.


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