Results of Western medical research are just statistical manipulations and not the reality
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” — Henry David Thoreau
Right from my student days at medical school, I was uncomfortable with trying to study and understand the human body in bits and pieces. The human body is not built like a motor car with bits and pieces put together and, as such, cannot be treated as an open-systems biology needing outside intervention for every deviation from the normal. The human being evolves from a single nucleated cell, the zygote, on the day s/he is made in the mother’s womb. This single cell is a full human being on that day with human consciousness as its driving force. That consciousness is a tiny part of the universal consciousness making human beings interdependent. Consequently, the human body is complete with an inner healer, the immune system, which can—and does—correct most, if not all, deviations from the normal under ideal situations of the environs and when the human mind (consciousness) is devoid of any negative thoughts.
Unfortunately, today, our environment is vitiated—almost to the extent of being hostile to human life. The human mind is filled with negative thoughts—of greed, anger, jealousy and pride, thanks to the monetary economy’s rat race! The inner healer, our immune system, which survives on altruism and universal compassion and conducive environment, cannot, therefore, function at its best. Under these circumstances, we need outside help to cure rarely, comfort mostly, but console always. Western science does not provide that succour simply because Western medicine is based on linear reductionist science. In addition, the Western system uses chemical molecules which are alien to the human system. Most of the latter are rejected by the human wisdom and sent to the liver for destruction. This has created a new disease epidemic of non-alcoholic cirrhosis.
Ayurveda, and many other traditional systems in various parts of the world, which have evolved over eons, are holistic and conducive to the human system. They are all backed by the natural observational research for centuries unlike Western science’s reductionist cross-sectional cohort studies that are, at best, observed for six months to five years. The one-size-fits-all principle of Western medical science also does not fit into human physiology as each human being is unique and is incomparable with another. The whole edifice of controlled studies, hailed as the foundation of drug research, is flawed. The results are just statistical manipulations and not the reality. The heavy advertisement and claptrap gives Western medical science the acceptability in society. This is aided by the emergency quick-fixes which excite the imagination of the hapless patients to get confidence in the system, but long-term audits have shown even those (effective) emergency quick-fixes in bad light.
Ayurveda heads the list of holistic natural healing systems with nature’s product-based treatment system, clubbed with the practice of yoga, to get the mind to its inherent compassion and tranquil state, which again, aids and abets natural healing through the inner healer. Ayurveda’s main thrust is to strengthen the inner healer to keep the well healthy, rather than stress on treating illnesses, although the latter is also adequate in that system. Now that we know from quantum physics that the human body and the human mind are but two faces of the same coin, we can easily understand how our inner healer can even correct any malady if we try to help the system—called quantum healing, in physics.
The problem, though, is to convince the Western thought leaders in the field about the fallacy in their system and to convince them that they would do well to look into the whole field of human wellness and illness afresh. Some of them understand the philosophy but cannot help change it as the Western system has become a big business worth trillions of dollars. Many of them are also beneficiaries of that system and would never want to break their rice bowl. The system lures them with money, status, and lucrative prizes such as the Nobel. Many of them do not realise that the Greek origin of the word science is philosophia
—love of wisdom—and not love of money or love of the Nobel.
I have been trying to do that for more than half a century without much success, although there have been breakthroughs now and then. I have found a few well-meaning Indian scientists in the West who have done their best to spread the truth. Late Professor Rustum Roy heads the list. Recently, I discovered one more in Florida. Dr Gopal Basist, a local rheumatologist, has put all his savings in a foundation to spread the truth in healthcare through Ayurveda. He donated a large amount of money to a local university asking them to have a conference on the prevention of diseases and he had invited some of the best brains in Ayurveda for the conference at his own cost. He also invited me to give a new definition for health. What the university did was the usual Western tactics. Of the two days, they kept one and a half days of their own reductionist (vivisectionist) research on inflammation in atherosclerosis and only half a day for Dr Basist’s agenda. The inflammation story is heavily based on the newer anti-inflammatory molecules for drug companies and will soon change to something else. The icing on the cake was that none of them—none—stayed back for the last half day to listen to any of us. Of course, the Dean stayed back for courtesy’s sake. This approach does not work; Dr Basist will have to devise newer methods. His intentions are almost divine but do not seem to work. There was no mention of the word prevention of disease in that whole conference.
Science has to change from linear to non-linear and holistic for mankind’s health on this planet before this science gobbles up the whole population on its path. One simple example will be sufficient to show the truth: Cases of cancer has been growing exponentially. Cancer drugs are also being put into the market regularly. The more the drugs, the more deaths! What is wrong? We do not know what cancer is in the total body physiology! Cancer is a mutated normal cell which did that to survive in the hostile environment that it finds itself in. This survival benefit cannot be killed by chemical drugs or radiation: they kill more healthy cells. The idea is preposterous. Even scientists, like Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, wrote that cancer research is a fraud; but did his own colleagues believe him? Will they believe Dr Basist or me now? We have to devise better methods to convince them. That is a difficult job, as cancer research is a big money game.
“Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.”— Sir Henry Wotton
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS