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  1. Interesting article…
    However, I think that you are only focusing on western medical doctor’s approach to science and not the rest of the scientists who work really hard to help people like you how you can be healed through a more natural way.
    I am a trained chemist and I have always believed (and seen!) that a nutrition approach can help solve many ailments and its unfortunate that western doctors tend to dismiss this. However, its not because the science doesn’t back it up. Its actually the opposite. Western doctors forget basic biochemistry that actually explains why nutrition and many holistic methods do work. There is science research that actually backs a lot of this up. I think that your claims that science isn’t always the answer is a misleading. Its actually that doctors aren’t using science properly (or just forgetting it, i don’t know). I agree that they are too much in the mercy of the pharma industry. Because at the end of the day, the pharma industry is a business, so they are just going to do what is best for them.
    But in all reality we need more scientists who do the good research to help people like you and others who want other means to help. Science can explain why non-pharma methods can help, we need more of those people standing up and telling the world this.

    • I completely agree with this. I am a graduate student in a nutritional sciences program, but I have also worked out in the dietetics field. Western doctors get almost no nutrition education. They may have to take one nutrition course if that, and it is usually just the bare basics. Their education typically will not go into the molecular mechanisms behind why nutrition is important. I think this is a big reason why conventional Western doctors tend to dismiss nutrition. They are totally unaware of even the basic science that’s already available which backs nutrition as a valid therapy tool. Some are coming around, and there are many dietitians and nutritional researchers in my field who are focusing on furthering “nutrition as medicine” and “personalized nutrition/medicine” as a viable therapy.

    • Science does back up a lot of what she is saying with regards to nutrition. But I think the point of the article is that science isn’t the ONLY thing to use, even when it’s assumed to be used properly. We can use our feelings, intentions and responses to affect ourselves and our environment in addition to properly used science and it is just as valid even if not measurable. (Check out EFT or some of the phenomena of hypnotism.) Additionally, our scientific resources don’t have all the tools required to measure the things we don’t comprehend (like emotions and intentions or the effects our brain waves have) nor does it know what undiscovered elements might be out there affecting our “scientific” conclusions. And how often is existing “science” proven wrong when new discoveries are made years or decades or even centuries later. We don’t see all the blues yet and likely never will.

    • Great article Lauren. Thanks for the message. I agree with what you are trying to say, and Lia’s comment is really good. I think in making your point, you veer off the road a bit and lump scintists in with greedy big pharma and a culture that is not only woefully behind in medicine, but has turned their interests to profit over helping people. Regarding science – Like anything else, there are true scientists, and those who are lining their pockets. The article reminds me a little bit of the group of religious folks that say either you’re with Jesus or you’re with the Big Bang theory. I’d say it doesn’t have to be either/or. You make a great point that our society should be more open minded about alternative healing methods, and that’s so true. We have a long way to go as a culture. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, and remember – Einstein was a scientist. ☺

  2. Lauren,
    I have followed your blog for quite some time, though I have never commented before. However, I feel compelled to this time, because you articulate a point of view that so many of us share, and you do it absolutely beautifully.

    Blessings,
    Jami

  3. Hi,
    I would love to know why you have issues with the GAPS Diet. I am about to attempt (again) to heal my inflammation, Leakey gut, and chronic fatigue and looking to implement the diet. Any information would be helpful as I am beyond overwhelmed and found no success (it has been 16 years)!

  4. I homeschool my girls and we are studying the history of science this year. Over the years many scientific breakthroughs have come because scientists observe something happening and then they try to figure out why. The same thing is going on with energy work now. We can observe effects when it is used but we have not yet developed the science and instruments to measure what is going on. But we will. Read your history folks. Many scientific discoveries have come about exactly this way. Some things get debunked, but I don’t think that will be the case with much of the work going on today in nutrition and holistic health.

  5. I think it’s very arrogant of you to dismiss science in this way. Every day hundreds of carefully planned and controlled studies are published, and no, not all of them are funded and controlled by big pharma and universities with vested interests. Yes, there are many conflicting studies, but the variation in results leads to further study and clarification. While I favour a natural approach, I also adopt a critical approach to the pseudo- science. When I read about a “natural” treatment I take the time to research it and see what scientific evidence there is to support it. Unfortunately too many people accept a well-written article which is completely devoid of any supporting evidence as gospel and spend huge amounts of money natural treatments with doubtful benefit.

    • Hi Kathryn. I am puzzled why you would label me as arrogant and dismissive of science if you read this article. Arrogance is the exact opposite of what I’ve said here: that there is more that we don’t know that we do know about how the body and universe works. This humility is what the great scientists advocate. I have not dismissed science, as you can see by my careful differentiation of “science as process” and “science as industry.”

      I am empowering people with the tools for critical thinking. I am encouraging people to ask questions about our culture and medical system that they may not have asked otherwise, for the benefit of their own health.

      Further, you state that you research alternative medicine to see what the scientific literature says. I certainly recommend doing so when there is scientific research available, but one of my points here is that scientific research is not widely accessible for alternative treatments.

  6. What amazes me is too few people are really curious about their health until it is too late 🙁

    And why do we allow our children to be brainwashed in educational systems that do not promote intuitive knowing? There is still a lot of work to be done, playfully of course 🙂

  7. This article was incredibly validating to read as someone who, even going to a functional medicine doctor/Naturopath, can’t quite pinpoint what’s going on in my body and the direction of healing I should take. Intuition is so important and it’s really what should be leading our health and wellness choices. It’s intuition that lead me to my current healing path and without it I would’ve have had a full blown autoimmune disease by now. I do think it’s important to allow some space for forgiving not just the current people who who still follow Western styles of health and medicine, but also ourselves for once following it too.

  8. I love this article so much. You make numerous very good points, some of which are my exact opinions as well. I am a scientist myself, within molecular biology field.

    What many people outside of the scientific society (or ‘the public’, as scientists like to call them :), and even many scientists, don’t understand is that not only there is such thing as bad science, industry-paid science, and non-science, but that even when the scientific experiment or overall research is well designed and executed, there are so many uncertainties connected to it that it is often hard to give hard facts.

    And the problem arises when the results of such research as presented as hard facts (examples – climatic changes, atmospheric research, fishery science, nutrition, etc), either by the scientists themselves, policy makers or other. Lack of evidence does NOT mean it is not there, it simply means that the science hasn’t found it. Not YET anyways. Or perhaps never will, because of the reductionism problem, because it is not possible to have big enough sample (‘trans-science’), or many other reasons.

    I am very bothered when certain ‘anecdotal evidence’ (a method that works for many people) is being discarded because science hasn’t proven it works. It is still very much open for research. Anyone who thinks science is perfect and blindly believes that only ‘scientifically-proven’ methods work, you should look up terms such as ‘scientific uncertainty’, ‘post-truth’ and ‘trans-science’.

  9. It is such an important subject. This is a brilliant article. I wish I could find a more concise article on this subject, so it’s easier to grasp and embrace, so people can better benefit from it. Love.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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