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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. “… 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…?’

  11. ‘ 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.

  12. I’ve never understood why the ‘evidence’ of my body – and that of many others – can’t be used to show how changing lifestyle can make such a difference. Though I know it took over twenty years for it to be acknowledged that smoking can be a cause of lung cancer… But what of the deeper reason – why people smoke in the first place?

    1. Absolutely Greg. It’s so easier to manipulate statistics to show ‘good results’ and leave out negating ones that don’t support the funder’s viewpoint.

    2. Yes great question as I have heard of this a many a time. For example sugar companies backing and financing (which in turn leads to directing) research to say sugar is not bad for us. Such bias and corruption will never allow truth or transparency.

      1. And apparently the sugar lobby called out that fats are bad for us when it is the exact opposite and we had to live with this lie for forty years. Fats in small amounts is okay and the latest research shows that even the smallest amount of white sugar is not good for us.

    3. The corruption in the sugar industry and the collusion of science is a perfect example of what happens when anything (money, status, etc) is placed before the care of people. Decades of lies were promoted about sugar which had a serious (and continuing) impact on the health of humanity. What Serge Benhayon offers is a business model that places people first, and this is sorely needed in the world of science.

      1. And when you add the years of government tariffs and propping up by subsidising it gives us the reality check of what our corrupt systems are all about.

  13. The moment we look for evidence outside of our lived experiences (as in scientific statistical experiments) there is a dishonoring of what is our natural innate sense of what is supportive or the truth for us, and this ability can be clouded by the belief that other people are ‘experts’ more than our own bodies. I can see how much I have done this in my life and how it has resulted in a kind of atrophy of my inner truth meter, even though on some level our body always knows the truth.

    1. Michael I agree with you because so many of us rely on what the scientist say because after all they have taken the time to study and we have not. So we look upon them as the ‘experts’. But we now know that smoking is detrimental to our health and that alcohol is very damaging too not just to our bodies but it has a negative impact on families and communities in so many ways. And yet the scientist who did all the research initially said that cigarettes and alcohol were good for us?

  14. There is definitely a place for evidence from our bodies as well as scientific evidence. The two need to marry together again to bring the truth back to research. There is evidence all around us that research at present is not serving us.

    1. This last sentence is a show stopper. ‘There is evidence all around us that research at present is not serving us’. This exposes how we cherry pick the evidence we acknowledge/accept, to suit what keeps life comfortable – that does not rock the boat as it were.

      1. Yes I agree. When research is done, many companies leave out the less than optimal results, presenting what they want the medical profession and public to hear. Not helped by the incentives given to doctors to prescribe certain drugs.

  15. There is nothing wrong with taking medication to support ourselves, but it tends not to bring great changes without us looking at the choices we’ve made that got us in a certain situation in the first place.

    1. And when people take a combination of drugs – which have not always been tested together – they can result in dire complications. We need to take a greater responsibility for our health and question why certain pills are necessary. I was shocked recently when asking a client what his medicines were for – and he didn’t know.

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