Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

Medicine: The New World Religion

The book, Medicine: The New World Religion by Oliver Clerk is a real eye-opener for me regarding how to explain our almost fanatical devotion to modern medicine and science. There is an uncanny corelation with organized religion and its practice. He explains that our deep, uncounscious religious beliefs and feelings are transfered to the field of medicine which today enjoys a large degree of udeserved credit that is out of proportion to actual results.

"Almost imperceptibly, medicine has taken on a saving, or messianic role, the characteristics of which we must examine. Looking back through history, there is a sense in which medicine can be said to have displayed characteristics that have at various times characterised the Roman Catholic Church: autocracy, centralisation, the control and manipulation of people, censorship, propaganda, total obedience, infallibility, the destruction of heretics, the stamping out of individuality. All this, of course, has been done in the name of public health and the general good, just as the church acted for mankind's salvation."
"We can see, then, that even though our society considers itself to be secular, it has remained as Christian as it was a century ago, but with two major differences. Firstly, our society is not aware of it. It believes itself to be rational, scientific, and free of superstition. It fails to recognise that it is still, in effect, observing the old religious rituals, but under a new guise. Secondly, our society now lives its religious experiences through secular forms - medical ones, in particular - and has at the same time transferred its hopes and aspirations from the spiritual world to the material.
Medicine, then, has become the new world religion. The specific myths, beliefs and rites of Christianity have been unconsciously projected over medicine since Pasteur."


The unfortunate consequences are to limit the expression of new ideas about disease and what areas of research are pursued. Alternative therapies are outright dismissed and healers are viewed as charlatans.

Underlying all this is the fact that people are still being told, and really believe, that there health and well being depends on something outside of themselves. People are not allowed to act independently and exert their own power, but must yield to "the mediation of priest-physicians, administration of drug-hosts and the protection of vaccine-absolutions."

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."
- Thomas Szasz


Comments:
You should try this book I got on line at www.mortsgreb.com

It is a little backwards in that it discusses gathering energy when we all know that giving is the best way to receive. But the concepts and exercises are excellent.

Mike Thompson
 
Nine years ago when I set up this blog and posted several articles, my intention was to get some dialog going about the concepts. However, this never happened as the blog never got much attention. That is until early this year (2014) when a fuss was raised by a few proponents of the conventional medical system that these posts were non-scientific. Nothing was posted on my blog, but I read it on another blog.

This posting of articles I did not write does not mean that they represent my beliefs about the medical system. Much good is done with modern medicine. However, I do believe that there should be more openness in conventional medicine toward alternative treatments. An informal partnership between allopathic and energy medicines could be established to seek the best way to help patients restore health and well-being. Each has something to offer. And isn’t the goal to give the patient the best possible care considering all aspects of being?

Which would be better – to tell patients that they received the best treatment that medical science has to offer, or that they received the best treatment that the whole of humanity has to offer?

The world is changing, and people want alternative/complimentary treatments. This is more true now that it was nine years ago. They are looking for something more in their healing journey and the treatments help them feel better. That does not mean that they don’t trust their doctor, and if the doctor recommended these alternatives, it would increase their faith in their doctor. Everyone would win!

Frank Schuster
July 12, 2014
 
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