Evidence-based medicine includes the evidence of our bodies.

By HR professional in Healthcare, London, UK

We have a phenomenon called ‘evidence-based’ which we use in medicine, research, science, and other communities. Some herald this evidence-based approach, and whilst it can have value, what if the traditional, scientific, randomised control type evidence is not the only valid form of evidence, and what if there is a far greater wisdom we can draw from? The evidence of our bodies.

I work in environments e.g. health, and universities where when you make a statement or comment, people often say ‘where is the evidence for that?’ This attitude can actually suppress us from saying what we think and feel, for fear of not having  the ‘evidence’. I know in my earlier years of working in those environments I felt small and stupid if I didn’t have evidence to back up something I said. There was an air of ‘superiority’ in some people who wouldn’t listen unless there was this particular type of ‘evidence’.

Now I live in a way where I listen to what my body is showing me as evidence of what works and what does not work. e.g. I ate something the other day and my body reacted to it very quickly, telling me it was not right for me.  When I pushed through the other evening to complete some work my body had already signalled it was time to wind down, I over rode it and I didn’t sleep so well, as I was unsettled and over tired. These two simple examples say to me that there is a form of living evidence – a way where the body constantly shows us the ‘cause and effect’ or ripple effects of our daily life choices – and so far since I have begun to listen to my body (inspired by Serge Benhayon and whole body intelligence – https://sergebenhayon.tv/episodes/whole-body-intelligence/) and to heed its messages it has not let me down – it always seems to know what is true for me.

So in relation to evidence, the particles and cells that are in my body already have a PhD in being evidence-based, and my body doesn’t need a lab or a set time period to incubate, or a team of scientists –  offering evidence is its natural default position. The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not – an evidence base from which it can discern.

So, we live in this crazy situation where, we are actually ‘evidencing’ life all the time – what works, what doesn’t, what supports, what doesn’t (even if we don’t take any notice) and it is our natural way – yet we can give our power away to what others say is the ‘evidence’ such that we recoil or shut down rather than hold to the truth we know in our own bodies.

How is it that we are all living PhDs in evidence from the intelligence of our own body, yet we rely often on a minority (e.g. scientists) to tell us what we need and what we don’t need?

How is it that one type of evidence is given more value than another, e.g. evidence-based science or medicine is regarded with more weight than what we experience in our daily lives through our own body?

What is it about this ‘evidence base’ that makes us shut down the authority of our lived experience – our living evidence?

Whilst there is a place for evidence-based medicine, it is not the only way of knowing what is healthy and what is not for our bodies. Having observed in academic and medical circles how much kudos is given to scientific evidence – and having also observed that the rates of illness and disease in our world continue to increase – I am left wondering what sort of ‘evidence’ there has been that says that this ‘evidence-based’ way of science is actually working?  Surely if it was working, illness and disease rates worldwide would be decreasing? And how different might the world be if first and foremost we allowed the intelligence of our bodies to be the evidence upon which we based our way of living…?


Read more:

  1. Evidence-based medicine: what is evidence anyway? 
  2. In search of a new evidence base

188 thoughts on “Evidence-based medicine includes the evidence of our bodies.

  1. I am discovering that if I push and get caught up with work by going into drive and into my mind to get something done, I start to get a sore throat and feels as though I’m going down with a cold. At first I didn’t believe this could be happening but I stopped and rested, went for a walk and I felt my body changing as I walked. It is quite hard for me not to go up into my head while working as this has been such a way of life for years. I’m slowly re learning that I need to be with all of me not to be in parts, and when I’m with me my cold like symptoms go away. My body knows much more than I will ever know and all I have to do I have discovered is to listen to it.

  2. “…. what if there is a far greater wisdom we can draw from? The evidence of our bodies.” This is such an important question to ask. I always thought science was based on observation and adjusting a hypothesis to what is seen. An orthopaedic doctor was condemned recently because he advised his diabetic patients to cut sugar out of their diets (and as he wasn’t a nutritionist he was thought to be out of order…) to reduce the number of amputations he carried out on his patients. He was ridiculed and sanctioned. So-called ‘evidence based medicine; gone mad!

    1. I totally agree with you Annelies If I look back on my life I overrode what my body was clearly telling me in favour of my mind. One example was drinking alcohol when I was 16 I was working away from home and was with a group of people I worked with, they had invited me to play a game of darts at the local pub. Everyone was drinking beer. I tasted it and quite honestly it tasted very bitter and I declined to drink it. My body had said clearly no. Then someone suggested putting Lemonade in the Beer, this made the Beer sweet, this is called a Shandy and the Lemonade disguised the bitterness and I didn’t want to be left out of the group fun everyone was having so I drank it even though my body was still saying no thanks. This was me tricking me into something my body didn’t want in the first place. I have lost count of the times I have over ridden my body by listening to my mind. I have discovered the mind does not care one jot for the body and does its hardest to keep the body less, so the mind has control.

  3. In always requiring evidence we relinquish responsibility to know from what we feel and simply know intuitively which is the greatest form of intelligence – what that will truly serve us rather than maintain that current ill way of life we have come to assume as normal.

  4. Interestingly I just saw an article where the headlines state steroid injections may lead to more long term harm than previously thought, new studies reveal. Patients and Doctors should be aware if they are hoping to use steroid injections to relieve the pain associated with Osteoarthritis – Published in the journal Radiology.
    There is much research that is conducted, only for some to be refuted years later as more information comes to light. In some cases it brings into question the quality or integrity of the research conducted by the scientist? Is it possible we are giving our power away to scientists because we see them as being more intelligent than us because they have a degree or several degrees and so we all go along with the research they have conducted, without questioning the validity of it or including the evidence of our bodies regarding healthcare decisions.

  5. “to heed its messages it has not let me down” – When I watch a movie before bed I can’t sleep. When I don’t watch a movie, I am ‘out like a light’ it takes seconds for me to drop into deeper sleep. I don’t need studies conducted to tell me that stimulation before bed is bad for me, because my body has already told me. I really love how much my body talks to me.

  6. Some valid points raised in this blog, and I pondered on the whole concept of why people live by scientific evidence when the question I would pose, is how full proof is the research itself. Man/woman conducts these researches, so how full proof is it really? And when literature backs the research, it kind of feel like a complicated spiders web, drawing on a tiny piece of string that links one another.

    We have underestimated the evidence of our bodies, a living piece of evidence. that walks, breaths, talks and it right there in front of you…One day science will be proven differently, we will have no choice but to research those that are living their lives with responsibility.

  7. I love these words – “the particles and cells that are in my body already have a PhD in being evidence-based” and if anyone chooses to challenge them they are actually choosing to ignore the truth that is right in front of their eyes. Twenty years ago I made the choice to change my life, especially the way I was eating, as my health and my well-being was suffering enormously. Today my body is feeling more healthy and more alive than it did back then – and I’m 20 years older!. This is all the evidence I need to know that the self loving changes I made worked and for anyone who knew me 20 years ago the evidence is very hard to ignore.

    1. Ingrid I don ’t know your age and it sometimes hard to guess, but I’ve observed things about you that a woman in your age bracket would probably be the opposite. And you stated it yourself, that you’re 20 years older, and your choices are more nurturing for your body but for every cell in your body. Now that’s full proof evidence…

      1. I will be 70 very soon Shushila, and instead of feeling older as societal beliefs try to convince me I am, I am actually feeling much younger by the day. This might be going against the accepted norms of ageing but for me, it is my normal. And this normal has been slowly and lovingly built over the last 20 years by making as many choices as I can, self-nurturing ones. And yes, the way I now feel and live is “full proof evidence”.

    2. I so agree Ingrid and I know many people who have made similar adjustments to their lifestyles, including myself. I have no need of any evidence based medicine to show me that how I choose to live now is preferable to how I used to live – and feel far more healthy. Maybe science will catch up one day.

      1. Can I add myself to this list of people that have found that making adjustments by listening to my body has changed my whole life. I am full of vitality at 63 then I have ever felt when in my 30’s to 50’s. Is it possible that if we studied all those people who have made changes by listening to their bodies rather than their minds we may find a trend that is beyond what evidence based science currently understands.

  8. Figures Lie and Liars Figure. Evidence-based has become bastardised to have the evidence supplied to support the outcome expected. Everybody is the same, but we are all unique, and our body is the only true source that knows what it requires. The medical world is still needed to assist our vessel. The two form a relationship that truly supports us.

  9. When I had surgery a few years ago and recovered more speedily than anticipated by the doctors, I found it interesting that they said ‘keep doing whatever you are doing’, but didn’t ask me what I was doing to enable this!

    1. The question of what you were doing to recover so quickly would open a can of worms for those exclusively steeped in and crushed under the yoke of evidence-based medicine, so called.

  10. “… my body doesn’t need a lab or a set time period to incubate, or a team of scientists – offering evidence is its natural default position. The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not – an evidence base from which it can discern.” I love this HR – It’s so true. Observation and awareness of my body give me all the evidence I need for when I’m going off track – or when I feel healthy and well.

    1. Recently a colleague who lives in the USA shared with everyone on Facebook that during the lockdown incurred because of the Covid-19 they stopped drinking alcohol, eating dairy and gluten started exercising and after some weeks of this new way of living feel so much better in their bodies, they feel energised and full of life. This is truly evidence based on how their body felt after making the changes to their diet.

  11. Not listening to my body gets me into all kinds of messes, some of which I am still working my way out of. It doesn’t pay to ignore the intelligence of the body, it knows what it’s doing!

  12. When we look at the evidence – the rates of illness and disease in the ‘developed world’ – and the test of time, it would appear that evidence based medicine is not working. If it was we would see an improvement to health and well being not an improvement to function and a rise in lifestyle illnesses.

  13. “offering evidence is its natural default position”, yes I love this and therefore our body needs to be treasured, honoured and cared for in the same way we would a very expensive delicate piece of equipment. The awareness and wisdom on offer is life-changing.

  14. We do have to question evidence based science if humanity is so very ill. Even if evidence based science is supportive in some respects, and I’m definitely not against it, how could it be supportive for people to ignore their bodies and give their power completely to studies? If we are making choices that our body is registering as harmful or beneficial, that is a form of evidence, and if our aim is health and wellbeing, it makes sense to listen to our body as our primary source of evidence.

  15. There are two phrases in this article which really tickle me. ‘Living evidence’ describing our bodies’ consistent feedback and sign posting about what does and does not support us to be well and vital. I have a sense that one day this will be a phrase that is understood and embraced into the way we live. And the other one is about our particles having a PhD. This magnificent intelligence is something we have with us 24/7 and it makes the madness of ignoring this to jump into a book by an expert all the more farcical.

    1. While I’ve never done one, those around me who have or are doing a PhD, it’s not easy. All that hard work to rely on PhD’s when the bodies particles know far more with none of the hard slog…hmm…

  16. I personally feel we give our power away to scientists who claim they have the answers to our dilemmas. Well years ago society was told and encouraged by the scientists to smoke cigarettes as they were good for your health because they helped to de-stress the body, calm the nerves etc. Then we had the doctors who went to university for at least 5 years to get their degree informing society it was beneficial for us to drink alcohol in this case wine as it was beneficial for our health as it helped to reduce the risk of heart disease. Then the scientists told us sugar was beneficial for our health, later it was discovered that this research was paid for by the sugar industry. So my question has to be can we trust what the scientists are telling us, given that if we take a closer examination of what we are told then we may discover that there is a different agenda occurring, one that is very subtle and actually corrupt. But because we give our power away to them they are not held accountable for their research.

    1. I couldn’t agree more with you Mary, don’t forget the drama about eggs being harmful and reducing to two a week which has now been overturned, or that dairy is high calcium yet the western world where we have such high consumption has high rates of osteoporosis. The list goes on and on. Even with its best, pure intentions science is not perfect. The body however is never confused, it’s absolute in its truth, it offers constant feedback on our lifestyle choices and it’s a simple way to transform our health and wellbeing by listening to and honouring the body.

    2. I so agree Mary – and more examples from Melinda also show how tragic it is when we give away our power. The ill health of western nations illustrates how evidence based medicine sure doesn’t have all the answers. The current statin controversy is another case in point.

  17. A great place to start by listening and responding to our bodies ‘And how different might the world be if first and foremost we allowed the intelligence of our bodies to be the evidence upon which we based our way of living…?’

  18. ‘ yet we can give our power away to what others say is the ‘evidence’ such that we recoil or shut down rather than hold to the truth we know in our own bodies.’ I have a medical diagnosis and yes I want to hear what the medical profession say, yes absolutely, but I’m not going to ignore my body because I’m living in my body and it lets me know about things way before they escalate because I’ve ignored the signals and carried on with harmful behaviour.

  19. So true Ariana. Learning to listen to my body is one of the most important things I have done in my life. That and honouring the messages I receive and then acting on them.

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