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

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

  1. Listening to our bodies – this is imperative. Imagine being ignored while you are giving all sorts of advice and warnings, what happens, the body talks louder and louder. The question we need to ask is – how loud do we want it to get?

  2. I do not believe we should give our power away to people who may be basing their scientific findings from the funding they are receiving for the research.

  3. “And so far since I have begun to listen to my body … and to heed its messages it has not let me down – it always seems to know what is true for me.” We actually have very little understanding of the depth of intelligence that resides within our bodies, a depth that Serge Benhayon at least has the wisdom to encourage people to respect and honour without attempting to own or ‘double blind’ test it. The results of responding to our bodies’ feedback are quite astonishing – people the world over are making huge inroads in recovering their own health and wellbeing, often beyond recognition.

  4. Knowing our own bodies is our greatest evidence base, from there we can feel the truth of what we live – our choices lived through our bodies.

  5. The real truth about the body is that “offering evidence is its natural default position.” The body is really a sitting duck in this regard, how can it not reflect the quality of daily choices we make living within it. Every choice to nurture or disregard our body will clearly manifest itself in the quality of our health, vitality and wellbeing. All we need to do is observe the outcome and understand which choice resulted in each particular experience and repeat or jettison as required.

  6. It is quite bizarre that we can turn away from what the body tells us, that which we know for certain to be true, because it’s within us, for something instead that someone else has decided and has become acceptable to everyone else. I have thought in the past..’what do I know?’ but actually we all do know when we connect to within ourselves.

    1. Interesting how we experience things/energy but dismiss what we feel because received knowledge says that it is false. If I have experienced something and have felt it in my body no one can tell me that I didn’t – true observation is receiving what is there without judgment.

  7. Our bodies share so much and always have, so it is amazingly simple to feel again when we eradicate our numbing behaviour and start to feel again, which allows us to become a scientific study of our own bodies again, because none of us are stupid and our body will share.

    1. It’s amazing how our bodies never let up their sharing. As soon as the numbing behaviour stops they’re there saying hey! I’m realising we can only delay that communication, only make it super loud after numbing out because they won’t not tell you about that as well. Wouldn’t it be much lovelier to choose to hear a gentle knock at the door, open it to a small child and hear and respond to what they say? To continue the analogy, rather than have the door burst open by Police and feel like you’re being taken prisoner and resisting arrest, wanting to continue your disharmonious ways?

  8. We have a body that is perfectly created to communicate with us. It is designed to be personal and to communicate without delay. This body offers us an opportunity to work hard, to have fun and play, to offer so much to our world and our community and yet it also asks us to listen to its wisdom as the homeostasis can be wobbled if we do not listen to its more subtle communications. That is the evidence base we should adhere to over all others but we have, on the whole, lost that delicate sensitivity in favour of keeping up and fitting in. Coming back to building a relationship with whole body intelligence and considering an evidence base from that space means we are discerning about the evidence being produced and will find it either confirms our body or challenges. I wouldn’t write off evidence based medicine, I would simply be very discerning about what the incentive is behind the research and ask my body how at ease it is with the recommendations.

  9. Often the simplest remedies are ones readily discredited by the establishment. It makes sense and is natural to call on the body’s exquisite radar and resourcefulness to guide us through life. It is immediate, wise, free and lifelong.

  10. A basic introduction to statistics as part of my degree was enough for me to see how evidence based research is not as tight and infallible that it claims to be, even under its own model! It was obvious that however much you may intend to allow for all possible variants, you very likely would not allow for critical factors if you don’t even know about them.

    Since then I have seen actual evidence of how some aspects of medicine have over the years provided humanity with false results through deliberately using this exact weakness.

    The evidence of our bodies has and will always be the purest and most honest evidence we can ever have – one that can not be bought, manipulated and falsified by any invested party. I am not surprised there is so much opposition and contempt for this level of wisdom and awareness.

  11. “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.” So true. Evidence based medicine has certainly produced some very effective ways to deal with illness and disease. Responding to our body’s intelligence empowers us to deal with the root cause underneath the disease. When both are applied in equal measure, true health can arise.

  12. The strict rules for scientific measurement don’t fit our body. We can be awake or asleep, feel hot or cold and hungry or not. All of these can be studied, but they are all part of the whole. Our bodies are very complicated in how they work but, how they communicate to us is simple.

  13. ‘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…?’ It would be pretty cool ✨

    1. I feel every day what is happening to my body when I override my knowing of what it needs and how to look after it. The dulling is immediate as are the symptoms of my body as it tries to rid itself of the poison I have dumped into it; my choice to support my body to the detail it needs, no one can do it for me.

  14. We have to take care that recommendations made because of evidence based medicine do not overrule all the options available. Sometimes evidence can be skewered, and they may only be guidelines not rules. We are able to have the final say about our own lives.

  15. Building our own relationship with our own body and tracking its journey through life is foundational for true health. Nothing compares to this.

    1. It’s a shame that this fundamental relationship with ourselves is not taught to us when young… it is foundational for true health and if studied at school there is no question that our health and wellbeing as adults would shift for the better.

  16. We don’t have to refer only to research studies to know what works well for our bodies. The body is our wise guide, teacher and friend. Stop to listen to it, and we’re guided to know what to eat, when we’re tired or have taken on too much. It constantly feeds us information on what works and does not work for us and to ignore this incredible resource is to our detriment.

  17. “… a way where the body constantly shows us the ‘cause and effect’ or ripple effects of our daily life choices.” When I started to pay attention to this science, the quality of my health has gone from being very poor and easily tipped into illness, to very robust, consistent and vital. This to me is true evidence – pay attention to how I feel in relation to my daily choices and adjust as necessary based on the degree of resulting vitality or not. Simple, free, astonishingly effective.

    1. Yes, simple and FREE and astonishingly effective. Seriously, we should all be encouraged to build this honesty with our bodies from young so we don’t financially break the health system which is there to support our health when things go wrong. Living that way demonstrates responsibility for our own health and the health of our community.

  18. One day we’ll remember that our bodies are king and when we do our whole experience of life will change. Our experience of life is manifested through our relationship with our bodies. Treat the body like rubbish and that’s exactly how life will be.

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