Written 7:19 AM Dec 12, 1997 by gtimes@post8.tele.dk in igc:pna.news
Medical Revolution Needed
A PNA dispatch
archives: June 1995

Medical Revolution Needed
By Brian Hammer

The losses to poor health worldwide can probably be measured in hundreds
of billions, if not over a trillion dollars yearly; the losses to personal
happiness and effectiveness have no yardstick except perhaps suffering and
loss opportunities. Ill health is a fact of life, but its extent and
methods of treatment are subject to change and review.

The prevailing Western or modern medical paradigm is in need of profound
reevaluation. Because of its emphasis on biochemical origins of disease,
this paradigm sees symptoms as the result of distorted biochemical
processes, be they genetic or acquired. However, the biochemical model,
which results in therapy based largely on control or suppression of
symptoms through drug treatments, has still not integrated the
implications of the Einsteinian revolution in physics. Einstein, with his
predecessors Faraday, Maxwell and Planck, discovered a universe in which
all matter is intertwined with energy fields, and this must include human
beings also. The logical consequence of Einsteinian physics for medicine
would be to adopt and develop medical models based on energy concepts,
including categories more appropriate to human beings, such as vital energy.

Several already exist, some developed over thousands of years, in various
parts of the world including the West: homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture
and Chinese herbal medicine. The restriction of mainstream Western
medicine primarily to biochemical concepts, and slowness if not obstinance
in investigating "energy medicines", could very well explain the effective
limitation of Western medicine in many cases to controlling symptoms and
preventing the advance of disease. A better goal is curing diseases and
achieving the higher criterion of an increased sense of well-being and
improved patient physical and mental functioning. Western medicine is in
many ways settling for compromise with disease and death, particularly
disease of a chronic nature. And as long as people remain ill under the
Western paradigm, they will need often-expensive medicines, operations and
organ replacements, fattening drug manufacturer, medical technology
company and hospital profits and expenses and inflating government
healthcare budgets.

Even within the biochemical framework, Western doctors tend to neglect the
role of food in health and disease. In the U.S., medical students study
nutrition an average a total of only 2.5 hours over four years. It would
stand to reason, however, that because the body is composed of food, air
and water, food, if properly understood and administered, can effect both
prevention and cure in many cases. The Ayurvedic system, to compare,
centers treatment around food items, within the framework of energy
concepts of health and disease.

Along with failing to apply Einsteinian concepts to medicine, Western
medicine may suffer from other forms of myopia. One form is induced by
pharmaceutical companies, who heavily advertise drug treatments to doctors
and medical schools, enforcing the limited biochemical perception of
disease. Another may be due to a subtle form of racism, in which Western
scientists simply cannot grasp the possibility that indigenous non-Western
medical models can have serious validity. How extant this scientific
racism is, only doctors and medical scientists themselves can answer. But
it is worth searching for.

Regardless of whether its faults and recalcitrance are due to racism, drug
company propaganda or the inherited momentum of an aging paradigm, modern
medicine is today in need of profound transformation. The stakes are high:
our health--physical and mental--and our pocketbooks. Instead of resting
on its laurels or maintaining its ways, what Western medicine needs now is
a more open, exploratory, and, yes, scientific attitude, one which is not
afraid or too stubborn to investigate the therapies that other medical
theories and civilisations have to offer. The true guiding medical
principle should be to use the therapy that can best cure the patient.

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