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"Why haven't I heard of this before?"

[Notes on the seemingly slow progress in health sciences.]


See on Townsend Letter.com: Alternative Medicine Conferences [change is underway]

See also: The Expanded Paradigm | Flat Earth Medicine | Acugraph | Globalization and the Rise of Religion

My knowledge of Scientific Naturopathy, Integrative Medicine, Biological Dentistry, Acupuncture and Homeopathy gives me hope for eventual widespread access to effective assessments and treatments. Today's readers have virtually all experienced the frustration of seeing competing views about concepts related to health and healing. The notes below are from different writers explaining why you find opposing views on different issues related to health and well-being. This section will be revised in the future.

"Why haven't I heard...?":  For me, the bottom line reason is that only recently has western society seen the results of acumeridian energy flow treatments and scientists have begun to relate this to quantum physics, chaos/pattern theory, General Systems Theory, etc. This information describes a scientific basis for ancient healing systems such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine.


Writers such as Becker [The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life], Nordenstrom [Biologically Closed Electric Circuits], and Oschman [Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis; see paper by him] present the foundation of the scientific explanation for the energy fields that sustain life. Many writers are reporting on techniques that use "meridian therapy": Arenson's review of Meridian Therapy; Hainsworth on Planetary Rhythms and Human Health; Jahnke's Feel The Qi; Lipton on The Biology of Belief. See also: Acumeridian Science, and Acugraph.


Innovative medical scientists such as Emanuel Revici, M.D. have had insights ahead of their time ("...His concept of the dynamic antagonism between electrostatic and quantum forces was derived from his roughly contemporaneous adaptation of the major conceptual "revolutions" in theoretical physics during the first decades of the 20th century. This may distinguish him as the first research clinician to synthesize classic Newtonian and modern nuclear physics in applications to biological science and medicine."). This caused him to be attacked by the "cancer establishment" and he had to fight to be able to continue to care for patients who had cancer.


Prior to the solid information presented in books such as theirs, health care and medicine could be said to be based in great part on the faithful belief of doctors in the truth of their work but their models of how life worked were incomplete. I am convinced we are in the midst of a great awakening of people to the truth that by living in harmony with the energies of nature and the processes of life on this planet, we can live healthier lives. I have studied many scientific and natural medicine approaches and I see them all having explanations in light of the Expanded Paradigm behind the work at clinics such as NIHA. I added a quote below about the many doctors now looking into "alternative medicine" to investigate its potentials.


Here are two favorite quotes:


He began to triturate (grind) and succuss (shake) the medicinal substances, discovering by experiment that the highly diluted remedies were even more potent after they had been succussed... The universe was pervaded by the vital force. Hahnemann was no theoretical mystic; he was a practical experimenter whose reach in these matters exceeded his grasp because he was confronted with material two hundred years before a vocabulary to deal with it had been developed. Even now most of us still operate in a Newtonian, pre-Einsteinian universe, despite the fact that modern physics has revealed its partiality.. "It is only the ignorant vulgar that still look upon matter as dead mass, for from its interior can be elicited incredible and hitherto unsuspected powers...". [bold text is by Dr. Hahnemann -- emphasis added] 

From A Homeopathic Love Story, by Rima Handley


  "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent  about things that matter."  

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


An important factor in the current debates about which approach to health is best is that when a person gets benefit from a treatment or from some kind of assistance, they develop an internal identification with it. This can lead to a feeling of strong assurance that they have found something quite valuable. This can become so strong that they begin to attack other approaches as being wrong. One example of this strong identification is the way that people respond to treatment with homeopathic remedies -- The reassurance and calmness (sometimes "calmness during the storm" as the body begins to heal itself) can lead to a person becoming a fervent advocate of whatever teacher or practitioner gave them the remedy. This has led to different "camps" of students and practitioners regarding homeopathy and I write about this in the Homeopathy Science section [click here]; mental effects of Cure of what homeopaths call Disease ("Chronic Miasms," etc.) [click here].


Alternative Medicine Conferences show that change is underway. [click here] for the conference calendar at the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.


The Scientific Method is being expanded: From Life Extension Foundation


...Sir William Osler (1849-1919), chief physician at Johns Hopkins's School of Medicine , drilled into students that medical research must be validated and replicated to be good medicine. This led to controlled experiments (as randomized, controlled trials) that became the backbone of mainstream medicine. Nutritional protocols often used multiple nutrients, a difficult model to apply in clinical trials. Testing a single nutraceutical denied the patient full support of nutritional pharmacology, an injustice when treating a seriously ill patient. In addition, trials are expensive to conduct and early natural healers (by and large) did not represent an affluent subset of society.


But, ever so slowly, the medical scene is being revolutionized. According to the American College for Advancement in Medicine, physicians (in many cases) are showing eagerness to learn more about natural medicine and how to best implement it into their practice (Corbin-Winslow et al. 2002). Scientists, teaching at nutritional seminars, report attendees are often medical doctors, a vast departure from years past...


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