Monday, July 11, 2005

"We are in the midst of a global paradigm shift in health care:"
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------At the centre of this change is Ayurvedic medicine, a healing system which promotes health using natural, nontoxic substances and which recognizes the important role of the mind and emotions. A paradigm is a model used to explain how and why events happen the way they do, and as mankind's comprehension of the universe evolves, new paradigms emerge. The best example of paradigm shifts is the field of modern physics. The classical Newtonian explanation of the world which for two hundred years was accepted as reality has now been replaced by quantum mechanics, superstrings, and field theory. In the old paradigm, every event had a definite cause and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the new paradigm, we describe events as possibilities instead of certainities and we recognise now the interconnectedness of all phenomena. The new explanation of the universe is, in a word, more holistic than the old reductionist view of explaining events in terms of separate, unrelated
components.

In the same way, the medical paradigm shift which we are experiencing today represents represents a movement towards holism. The old paradigm viewed the human being as a machine, with separate systems, organs and tissues; it separated mind and body into distinct categories. The new paradigm acknowledges the mutual interdependance of the physical body, mind, emotions and the environment in creating health and disease. Neither is there separation in the emerging face of medicine between physician and patient. The new paradigm has removed the absolute authority from the doctor and re-fashioned a model of shared responsibility between patient and physician - much in the same way that an electron forming a bond is shared between the two nuclei."

The author goes on to explain how he completed his Ph.D in Ayurveda in India he returned to the United States, attended regular medical school and earned a conventional MD degree with advanced training in general internal medicine. But he says;

"Today, in my medical practice at the NIAM, I generally do not use toxic pharmaceutical drugs, irritating allopathic medicines, vaccines, or serums."

He also says;

" There is truly only one healing force in this universe and that is Nature herself. Neither the synthetic medicines of the modern allopath nor the botanical medicines of the herbalist can effect healing. Only the inherent and universal forces of Nature can do that and it is the physician's role to facilitate and promote this process with the aid of natural, non-harmful physical, mental, and spiritual therapies."

"Almost all disease is curable. We each just have to discover our own unique path to balance and surrender to the Supreme."
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These are excerpts from an article written by;
Dr. Scott Gerson, M.D.
Executive Director
Basic and Clinical Research
Medical Director, Clinical Services
The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine
USA.
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