Paradigm shifts in cancer treatment
A paradigm is a sort of cultural, consensual pattern of thought or model of something. For example the 'current consensus in scientific medicine'. Paradigms change, like the impact of Galileo's work on disproving the flat-earth theory or Copernicus' heresy that the Earth moves round the Sun. These new ideas met a great deal of resistance from orthodox philosophy but eventually gave rise to a changed perception of the world we live in.
We live now in a time of 'paradigm shift' which creates fundamental changes in our assumptions about the world, and even this contributes to modern stress! A paradigm shift is a huge step that results in a change of consciousness. Although our physical sciences have discovered new fields of quantum reality, medical science is lagging far behind. Philosophy has traditionally been an important part of medical practice since the medieval days of Paracelsus, even Hippocrates, an ancient Greek (and originator of the Hippocratic Oath).
How we perceive the world and our part in it is central to how we perceive the role of dis-ease and our reaction to it. One of the present problems of finding effective cancer treatment within Western scientific medicine is a 'paradigm gap'. There are different perceptions of the world at work speaking incompatible languages. These have deep roots in our philosophy. This gap is presently condemning millions of people world-wide to suffer treatments for cancer that are often as destructive as the disease itself.
Paradigm 1: The mechanistic view
cancer: something had gone wrong with this body, it has a lump. Cut it out and throw the lump away.
Paradigm 2: The anthropomorphic view
cancer: something has gone wrong with this body, it has grown an enemy inside it. I will root it out and battle with it.
Paradigm 3: The Gaian view (an emerging paradigm)
This planet we inhabit is a self-balancing, homeostatic system similar to our own as single biological entities. It maintains the optimum conditions for life despite our best efforts to pollute it. Our bodies are a miracle of biology, constantly flexible and adaptive but easy to harm. Anything we do to it or each other, we do to ourselves as we are part of the same 'web' or 'circle' of life. We exist for a purpose but do not yet know what it is. We are part of an evolving cycle of life, a happening miracle.
Source: Free Articles from ArticlesFactory.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don't Get Cancer is a new ebook from holistic author Simon Mitchell.
One antidote to cancer is information. 'Don't get Cancer' shows why cancer is still on the increase and how you can improve your immunity. This ebook is a better bet than health insurance
Preview 'Don't Get Cancer' at this web address: