The Delusions of Western Medicine


From Terry Baranski/Healing the Self:

“‘Medication, surgery, and radiation are the weapons with which conventional medicine foolishly shoots the messengers called symptoms.’ – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Western Medicine is firmly entrenched in three fundamental ideologies when it comes to chronic mental and physical pathology: A disease-based perspective, symptom-focused treatment, and mind/body separation.

Disease Model

The prevailing view held by Western medicine is that chronic mental/physical pathologies are caused by diseases, which exist independently of the host (person) and its environment. Diseases are seen as either things or entities that people have (‘I have depression,’ much like the cold or flu) or as fundamental traits that people are (‘I am an alcoholic,’ much like gender or race). In my view there are several problems with such a mindset:

– Having a disease implies that it is separate from oneself, a mysterious invader wreaking havoc on the internal system. This creates a disposition that the illness is something to be fought, e.g. the war on cancer. While this (perhaps arguably) makes sense for infectious diseases like a cold or flu with a clear viral or bacterial cause, it’s an untenable position – or better stated, an untenable assumption – for chronic, non-communicable (non-infectious) illnesses for which no such cause has been found.

Being a disease implies that the disease is who the person is, permanently. A person with such a belief can’t help but identify with their condition. Most popular with addictions, this highly stigmatizing perspective implies (or even declares) from the outset that cure is impossible. When someone says ‘I am an addict,’ the connotation is that the addiction is who they are – much like saying ‘I am human’ or ‘I am a nice person.’ On the other hand, viewing the addiction as a dynamic process rather than a fixed aspect of a person is a significant shift in perspective which, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, can change everything.

– The vast majority of chronic disease, such as autoimmune conditions, cancers, depression, and addictions, have no known cause (despite decades and billions of dollars worth of research). Perhaps the time has come to reassess our fundamental views on what exactly these diseases even are.”

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  1. Excellent article. However, the contention that “… this makes sense for infectious diseases like a cold or flu with a clear viral or bacterial cause” is far more than “perhaps” arguable. The Rosenau experiments on influenza contagion in 1919 cast serious doubt on the contagious bacterial disease hypothesis 1.
    The experiments used to ‘isolate’ ie (seperate from other things and show to exist) viruses do not follow a valid scientific method at all. There is no evidence of the existence of infectious viruses 2.
    The unscientific infectious “germ theory” and particularily the imaginary virus model are as much an ideological disease paradigm as the Western allopathic view of psychological distress. And equally used for “managing symptoms into perpetuity”. And managing the population at the same time.

    1. Rosenau MJ, Keegan WJ, Richey DW, McCoy GW, Goldberger J, Leake JP, et al. Experiments upon volunteers to determine the cause and mode of spread of influenza, Boston, February and March, 1919. USPHS Hygienic Lab Bull. 1921;123:54–99.
    2. Bailey, Mark. A Farewell To Virology (Expert Edition)

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