Conventional medicine has its place and purpose. In instances of acute illness and accidents where intervention is urgently required to keep people alive, it is most excellent and even excels given the high level of skill surgeons and specialists perform today. Moreover, the quality of care afforded patients in the west who ‘fit in’ with conventional medicines biochemical view point, is often to be applauded. I speak on experience of working in conventional medicine previously in assistant/support worker roles where I witnessed firsthand wards in hospitals and worked amongst and liaised with ‘primary care teams’ in social services. Many of the staff were excellent in their fields and cared deeply about the role they performed.
Nevertheless, we have to be completely honest here given what has (and still is) unfolding in M.E. The very fact we have created ‘conventional’ and ‘complementary’ medicine/therapy is a clear reflection of the overly simplistic and delusional, dualistic, separate paradigm many of us perceive the world through, even to the point that we completely believe it is ‘absolute reality’ and ridicule wider perceptions that suggest otherwise. And in medicine, this behaviour has shown itself to be very dangerous and abusive. I witnessed many times the intolerant attitudes in conventional medicine to so-called ‘complementary therapies’ to the point that I quickly learned not to even mention them for wanting to avoid ridicule and persecution (and that was before I developed M.E).
Quite simply, the source of these behaviours is fear based, rooted in deep denial. Whether we like to admit it or not, medicine (conventional and complementary alike) has become big business. Careers are established, reputations and personal interests become very important; salaries become key to many about what choices they make within their fields and the associated theories they hold too and promote, individual feelings and new ideas tend to become overlooked by group ethos and pressures to conform, and in some cases, even seen as threatening to ‘leaders’ in positions of authority within professions in medicine; ‘power over paradigm’ subtly emerges of ‘the doctor knows best’ in some cases, and patient testimony becomes overlooked; securing Govt funding becomes key to those wishing to ‘build a career in certain fields’ and carve out ‘a name’ for themselves as apparent ‘pioneers’, so competition for research grants is fierce and largely dictated by if research is backed by certain vested interest groups in ‘higher places’. Inevitably, a desire to maintain what is established becomes a subtle driving force behind many decisions being made about medicine. In short, the human ego has become heavily involved in medicine and given the ego’s primal need for survival at all costs, subtly, fear of loss exists and unconsciously drives many behaviours.
Allied to this truth is the very philosophical foundation of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is rooted in a separate, highly dualistic, inert, biochemical view of the human body/mind complex. This perception mirrors Newton’s flawed view of the world as nothing more than a collection of separate, material parts acting upon and influencing each other. Conventional medicine reflects this in viewing the body as simply inert, biochemical matter, then separating the internal organs and their systems into separate entities/professions and further dividing the mind and the body into separate domains. The body is then treated through, ‘reverse, repress and correct symptoms’ modalities such as biochemical compounds (pharmaceutical drugs) that seek to simply eliminate or manage, presenting symptoms of illness. ‘The mind’ is then dismissed into the domain of psychology and patients regarded with problems related to ‘the mind’ are sent for psychotherapy whereby they can ‘correct their aberrant thinking’. The inseparable, dual and indivisible union and influence of ‘the body on the mind’ and ‘the mind on the body’ is largely overlooked and even, ignored entirely. As is the scientifically qualified domain of energy; the very bridge and feedback mechanism between ‘the body and the mind’ ‘the mind and the body’.
Therefore, it is easily intelligently observable that conventional medicine is inherently flawed practically and philosophically. Indeed, prior to his ‘spontaneous realisations’ on the interrelationship between physical objects and mechanics, Newton spent 30 years studying alchemy, in which time he literally sent himself mad through recklessly experimenting with, and absorbing many, toxic and noxious substances. So, to claim his theories as an absolute is highly questionable. Moreover, Newton was superceded scientifically by Einstein who beyond all reasonable doubt proved that life and all of the myriad factors compromising this experience are manifestations of energy in one form or another (E=mc squared). That matter and energy are one and the same thing in different forms. In particular, the brain and nervous system are very sensitive to and informed by, the domain of energy. Any physical damage causes a disturbance in the bio-electric field and any disturbance in the bio-electric filed manifests physically in a variety of wide ranging symptoms, given the inherent complexity of the brain and nervous system. Unfortunately, conventional medicine overlooks and even denies the influence of energy in the indivisible human body/mind complex (as do conventional psychologists). Thus, the conventional medical paradigm denies the flaws inherent in its viewpoint and thereby cannot abide any illness that presents as a manifestation of an imbalance or absence of energy. Instead, conventional medics send patients to psychologists who attempt to deal with ‘fatigue syndromes’ through inherently flawed ‘all in the mind’ psychology. This medical and institutionalised intolerance and intellectual arrogance has been lethal in the case of M.E, simply because a core component of its manifestation is complete physical exhaustion, or ‘empty energy’.
An intelligent questioning will surely be: ‘If energy is so important why can’t we see it’? The simple answer is the nature of the human eye. The human eye only detects a tiny proportion the light spectrum and many frequencies of energy remain outside of this. I don’t know anyone who can see the electromagnetic frequencies of mobile phones or wireless communications, and yet they are widespread now and people unconsciously use those technologies without a second thought without understanding exactly how they work. And yet, when it is proposed that the human/body mind complex is also subject to the unseen, unconscious domain of energy, many laugh-out-loud. A manifestation of our social conditioning to simply wholesale accept, believe and repeat what vested interest groups like us to believe. Exactly has been the case in M.E.
In summary, in a very short and simple manner, I have shown here that whilst conventional medicine has its place and purpose, it cannot be regarded as an absolute paradigm. Indeed, it is inherently flawed because it overlooks any integrated, functional, ‘body/mind’ ‘mind/body’ understanding and ignores the unseen, unconscious, but highly decisive domain of energy as proven by physics. In M.E, given the clear ‘empty energy’ aspect of the condition, these inherent flaws in conventional medicine often surface because M.E becomes a mirror for these denied shadows, as do conventional medical practitioners fears of ‘being caught-out’ or ‘wrong’. Fear often breeds denial and anger; denial and anger often leads to aggression in many subtle and overt forms; subtle and overt aggression in many forms in medical practice, has been very harmful and abusive to people who develop M.E.
Of course, every coin has two sides, and ‘complementary therapy’ is far from angelic regarding M.E. Like ‘conventional’ medicine, it has many pros and cons. In my experience, too many ‘complementary therapists’ have become convinced that energy, psychology and spirit hold all the answers to any illness. Over the last 10 years and more, in a concerted and continued effort to resolve M.E, I have worked with many complementary therapists over prolonged duration. It was my experience that many had a tendency to overlook the inherent flaws in their practices (mainly not attending in any form to the physical) and filling in those gaps in practice with psychology. So then, after many years of treatment, when the physical symptoms/manifestation of M.E had not cleared, I was told that it was ‘just a story I am clinging too,’ that ‘I was getting caught up in my stuff’ and that it was ‘all in my mind and I simply had to choose something other than having M.E and shift out of illness’ or ‘I must be depressed’.
Naturally, these statements only caused me further harm whilst proving of no value in resolving M.E. Instead, I was made to feel that if I didn’t get better than it must be ‘my fault’; that I didn’t want to get better, or was somehow not doing enough to get better like other people had. Again, this is simply a reflection of fear; fear that maybe the practitioner didn’t understand M.E really and had overemphasised the possible beneficial effects of their chosen modality of practice. Moreover, many of the practitioners I’ve worked with easily confused ‘fatigue’ syndromes related to psychological conditions with M.E and suggested that M.E too is ‘all in the mind’. Clearly, these positions and perceptions are not helpful to someone who has M.E and is physically suffering for very definitive and proven reasons. Without doubt, the mind influences the body, and in equal measure, the body influences the mind. This is particularly so in M.E whereby the brain and nervous system speak to us through intense and prolonged physical pain in a manner that was previously absent; a warning of a severe defect in our physical environment that we must take notice of and respond accordingly too.
It has only been through my inherent sense of determination, perseverance and willingness to overlooked such flawed perceptions and hold to the benefits of certain ‘complementary’ modalities and use them collectively, that I have made progress.
It’s OK to admit that we don’t know something or have all the answers. This includes conventional medicine and complementary therapies. Only by working mutually can we seek to assist patients who are suffering in the best manner possible. Absolutist but inherently flawed medical practices do more harm than good to people who develop M.E, and in the worst cases, even cause death. Surely, ‘enough is enough’.
It’s clear that the best medicine is a collective approach that honours ALL aspects of any individual. Medicine should not be a competition and/or conflict between opposing camps of ‘conventional’ and ‘complementary’ for they are branches of the same tree. Moreover, patient feedback is vital to progress and understanding. Particular to M.E is its multi-systemic presentation. As such, ALL aspects of what it is to be human and their inseparable interrelationship have to be honoured and utilised to assist in a return to health of any person. Which, after-all is meant to be the beginning and end of health-care. ‘Divine/Mind/Energy/Matter–-Matter/Energy/Mind/Divine’.
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‘The human body/mind complex is inseparable and mutually dependent at every level. Only through understanding and acknowledging its functional integration can illness of any kind every really be accounted for. All aspects are of equal importance.
And so on, in a never-ending, reoccurring and mutually dependent cycle’. djl