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

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

  1. Sometimes I have found the response of another quite challenging when I have been asked to prove what I can sense. However what I am learning is to not react but hold myself in the knowing of what is true and realise I do not have to give my power away or contract like I have done in the past because of another’s need/belief for evidence as this is so dishonouring of me and what I am clocking or picking up on.

  2. When we consider just how old humanity is, evidenced based medicine is quite a new approach and one that is not fail safe. I would say that anecdotal evidence has been around for far longer giving it a validity and history that goes way back, beyond the Pyramids in fact, to the days when it was the most natural thing in the world to be in tune with what our bodies were feeling in response to how we lived in them.

    1. “it was the most natural thing in the world to be in tune with what our bodies were feeling in response to how we lived in them.” Simple and true Rowena and yet a tragedy that humanity has forgotten the wisdom of the ancients, when medicine was a way of living that was in harmony with the body. Modern medicine has its benefits, but should not foster dependency on medical practitioners at the expense of supporting us to equally refer to our own inner-wisdom.

  3. Today when we buy something off the WEB how often do we use customer reviews as a source of information. Why should we not use the same information we receive from our lived experience and what our body tells us.

  4. “What is it about this ‘evidence base’ that makes us shut down the authority of our lived experience – our living evidence?” A great question Jane. Shutting down authority of our lived experience and placing it in the hands of ‘experts’ is designed to dis-empower. True authority lies within ourselves and once connected to empowers us to seek medical help when called to, but also be our own physician in the everyday, reading and listening to our body, as well as caring for and nurturing it.

    1. Yes it is very empowering and I wonder if this is the bit that, eons ago, was why the wisdom and communication of the body was discounted, because then a few people who wanted to control the people would have more power. Looking back now I have enormous appreciation for the history teachers in my life who have taught me that so much of what has led us astray in life is the need to have power over another by instilling fear and therefore the need for someone to come and save us.

      1. Yes Lucy, much of this revolves around the desire for power and control over others. A question to ask is why so many of us willingly give away power that is intrinsic to us and in so doing dis-empower ourselves.

  5. Modern medicine is not true medicine if it does not take into account and listen to the lived experience of thousands of people who, having responsibility for their own health, choose to live in harmony with their body, feeling, listening and learning from it. And what an own goal, if lived evidence was accepted and validated, perhaps doctors waiting rooms would not be overflowing with patients unaware of and dis-interested in the cause of an illness or disease they seek help for.

    1. Scientific studies like to drill down to a specific group to find an answer they are looking for. What if there is a study group of individuals that cover most of the ages, genders, jobs and locations on the planet that are listening to their bodies and are living a healthier life. But, the information is dismissed by the scientific method people, because it can’t be measured by their standards.

  6. “Surely if it was working, illness and disease rates worldwide would be decreasing?” So it seems time for us to evolve our model, because while our evidence based approach has furthered our medical techniques and remedies, it is clearly not getting to the root of our issues. Perhaps its time to bring in something new that allows our bodies to opportunity to voice their opinion about the way we treat them.

  7. When I began to change my diet, and the way I was living, there were many who wanted to know what ‘evidence-based medicine’ I was I using to say that my body would benefit from the new choices, and why I couldn’t stay living the way I was. I was actually quite puzzled as these questioners had witnessed the ill-health and exhaustion I had lived with for a very long time. And even when my health and well-being began to markedly change, they were still asking for evidence, even though the true evidence was right in front of them in the form of my changing body and my blossoming life.

  8. The more I listen to my body and the evidence it provides, the freer I am from theoretical rules that have no relationship with my lived experience. We are our own ‘living evidence’ and we simply need to look around to see that our current model is not working… we appear to be getting sicker and sadder.

  9. It is quite simple really. Neither type of research can exist without our bodies. When we select the ‘evidence based approach’ we are attempting to separate the Being from the Human. When we include the Being, we give voice to the intelligence that can accelerate the results of the experiment beyond expectation.

    1. ‘..we are attempting to separate the Being from the Human.’ Interesting how little we acknowledge the being in he body but if we were to stop just for a moment to feel the being within we would have a very different relationship not just with ourselves but with our bodies too.

  10. It’s simply common sense to listen the evidence of our body’s messages. Without undervaluing the traditional scientific based evidence, using the evidence of our bodies is something very empowering and really useful in our daily lives by its immediacy and also as a way of deepening in the awareness and responsibility we have on our health.

  11. We have all heard it said, it just doesn’t feel right, but it is disregarded because it can’t be scientifically proven. What if we put all the scientific type sensors they put on a lunar lander on a person’s body, filmed, measured and recorded everything it did and the effects it had on the body? The problem is, the lander doesn’t get headaches but can cause them in others when it doesn’t work.

  12. Even when we allow our bodies to be the evidence on our scientific research, we make it more about the research, rather than truly listening to our body of the source of the evidence. We need to be aware that any experiment imposes treatments to test a hypothesis according to one or a number of variable/s. This means that it is a situation that we have set up to try to isolate and test elements we have chosen according to our own pre-conceived idea of what will happen. These things are essentially all impositions that we have put in place and yet we expect all elements in the experiment to behave as they would normally despite this. Quantum physics has shown that as soon as we start to study particles their behaviour changes as a result. It seems to be worth exploring and understanding more greatly that we are creating our own results in this process and a new way is required to come to the truth of the questions we seek answers to.

    1. The medical establishment’s resistance to truly seek answers to solve catastrophic illness and disease rates is part of the problem. Much evidence-based medical research is designed to promote the reputation of researcher, university or charity, not serve humanity and save lives.

    2. ‘Quantum physics has shown that as soon as we start to study particles their behaviour changes as a result. It seems to be worth exploring and understanding more greatly that we are creating our own results in this process and a new way is required to come to the truth of the questions we seek answers to.’ Quantum physics is revealing so much about our current perceptions and how false they can be. Even with the amazing discoveries quantum physics has made how open are we to addressing what it is exposing about the consciousness we have aligned to?

  13. “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?” Maybe its because we have invested too heavily in our scientific economy to allow such simple science to share the same playing field.

  14. The greatest science lab, the consequences of one’s lifestyle choices on oneself and the impact of which ripples out to impact others, is our own body.

    1. Everything in life is experienced, felt and sensed through the body. It makes total sense therefore to take the body into account in the full equation of life in every moment that we experience it.

  15. “I am left wondering what sort of ‘evidence’ there has been that says that this ‘evidence-based’ way of science is actually working?” Surely the evidence is that it is not working?

    1. Amazingly simple really and so beautifully expressed Jonathan. We do seem to be failing to get on top of a lot of illness and disease so clearly something in our scientific model is not working.

    2. When we can get past the arrogance that says ‘we have the answers/we know what we are doing’ as a way of owning knowledge we may get open to humbly seeing the full picture of the total mess that is really before us – it isn’t just bad it is beyond bad. At what point do we stop giving our power away to an energy that has us doggedly hanging on to something that determinedly doesn’t do what it says on the tin?

    3. Indeed, how transparent is this? For example is there a company funding the trial that wants (or needs) a particular kind of evidence in order to thrive. However, if we truly made it about people with genuine care we could not go wrong here as this would be the foundation not profits or money which would then be exposed. Something obviously is not working otherwise our illness and dis-ease rates would not be increasing. So it is great to have articles like this that bring it back to the simplicity of the body and feeling what is going on and the fact that we are our own scientists and can change our health just by changing our choices.

  16. The issue is who defines what is true evidence and what is not. For me, so much of what is released as evidence based fact tends to be turned on its head by another so called evidenced based research a few years later. So therefore in at least one of the two, if not both, the evidence was not true. Those that control the definition of evidence based don’t care about that and do not want it pointed out and they definitely don’t like the fact, nor are they willing to admit, that the evidence from our bodies may be far better evidence based science than what they currently call evidence based science.

    1. I noticed the pattern of scientific evidence being turned on its head a few years later while I was studying my degree. It is interesting that “Those that control the definition of evidence based don’t care about that and do not want it pointed out”

      I find it similar to those who want to ban various natural remedies because they have not gone through the labour intensive and very costly process of proving that they work. They fish out a handful of cases that have been harmful to patients without narrowing out what those cases are so they can conveniently tar all natural remedies with the same feather. While they ignore the complications and at times death of millions due to prescription of medicine that have gone through the rigorous approval system.

    1. What will the scientific foundations do when we have a machine that that can measure the love that is within us? Will this have the same effect as when it was proven the world was not flat?

  17. Great blog! And you are spot on, “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).” The evidence is clear – it’s seeing the wisdom of the body or, seeking paid for science to get the results you want, even if you know they are a lie.

    1. Yes it is great to question things. To explore long held beliefs, traditions or accepted practise and apply some fresh common sense, unblinkered and willing to be honest about how things currently are.

  18. The idea of collating evidence is to protect the public because when there are many studies written, the chances are that a modality has a specific effect, but we have become so narrowed in our outlook and are completely missing the evidence from other sources. Evidence based medicine is also definitely the evidence from our bodies too.

    1. True Gill but even on this level as a system supposedly for public protection it has been corrupted and biased according to funding, grants and desired outcomes from at times preconceived agendas. Listening to our bodies lets us gather evidence which is first hand and tested through living.

  19. If we honestly answered your questions, and we should for the benefit of health and wellbeing, will we be on the path to truth. Ironically we must connect to our body to answer the questions.

  20. The thing about what we call research today is that it’s a selective process where we look at the things we want to see but not at what we don’t. It seems we will keep going until we realise that conducting biased shams of apparent investigation is cheating ourselves out of so much glory and true advance.

  21. I rely on the evidence of my body to know what is true and what is not. Much research is currently paid for by vested interests and so just gives paid for answers that have little value. Science needs to reclaim its truth before it is able to regain its full integrity.

      1. It is not that they ‘can make a PhD look like kindergarten’, they do. The wisdom and intelligence that they access is beyond our comprehension as it is the intelligence of the Universe.

  22. Over the past 12 years I have paid more attention to the experiments I run on my body everyday of my life as a consequence of those simple daily choices – what to eat, how much or how little exercise to take, what time I go to bed, what happens if I stop drinking coffee or eating gluten and so on. The list goes on and on, only these days I am paying more attention to the results, favouring those that put a sparkle in my eye and a spring in my step over those ones that make me feel sluggish or under the weather. I don’t need a scientist to tell me what works for my body in this respect, my body has no hesitation in sharing the results.

  23. When everything can be known in and from our bodies it is crazy that science is willing to discount them unless they can control the ‘experiments’ to fit a models which is not truly giving us full answers.

      1. Yes unfortunately with a lot of scientific research it is biased to begin with because there is a pre-arranged agenda or result that is wanted and so there is a pressure on the perception or interpretation of the results rather than a completely open, honest observation of the facts and experiences.

  24. Awesome article I can feel just how suppressing this environment is with what you share. It is a very rigid way of thinking. When we are constantly looking on the outside for answers or confirmation we disconnect from our innate wisdom within. Also not to be cynical but with a lot of trials etc are they not backed up with money from organisations that want specific results? Therefore there is an investment for a particular outcome so really what sort of ‘evidence’ is that. I feel our body has far more than a PhD ‘So in relation to evidence, the particles and cells that are in my body already have a PhD’ it is divinely constellated and has a specific order and flow. For example I am sitting here typing this yet am not fully aware of the magic, order and flow that is happening within my body right now with all the systems and every single cell. It is quite Amazing to say the least. If anything this has helped me to see just how important it is to listen and respond to the body.

  25. “The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not” and whilst this is true, unfortunately we as human beings are absolute masters at convincing ourselves that something is true when it’s not. I convinced myself for twenty years that strenuous exercise made me feel good. What I actually felt was a kind of intense electric buzz, this wasn’t truly ‘good health’ but I convinced myself that I was in top form from my early twenties through to my forties. Had I been questioned about my health during those years I would have sworn blind that I was in amazing condition and that a large part of that was down to strenuous daily exercise and bucket loads of raw salad. The great health that I am in now feels very different to the ‘great health’ that I thought I was in back then and yet both then and now I am convinced that the evidence is coming from my body.

  26. I loved the questioning at the end of your blog for if ‘evidenced-based medicine’ was working then illness and disease would be reducing but this is not the case. It is very easy to allow ourselves to be undermined by the wealth of information out there currently but once we start to observe the small communications of our body and live by these, then over time these small observations become big observations and the way of our livingness changes to the most amazing experience. It is all medicine when we chose to make choices that are deeply loving and caring of our whole ‘being’, our number one priority.

  27. ‘So in relation to evidence, the particles and cells that are in my body already have a PhD in being evidence-based,’ I love this confirmation you bring about the body’s innate and very deep natural wisdom. Who needs a degree to prove our intelligence when we can listen to the sagacity of what is known from within without any effort?

    1. The particles and cells of our bodies are naturally imbedded in life, they are not separate from it. They therefore know when a substance is consumed that does not allow them to stay settled within the backdrop of life, they register when a movement jolts them from their connection to the All, they notice everything that seeks to pull them away from their naturally integrated existence with everything else. Our bodies are quite literally a living part of the Kingdom of Heaven. No less.

  28. ‘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?’ I love what you are bringing to the table here. This cuts through the elitist arrogance that says it knows better because it has gathered evidence, so called. We never discern the authenticity of this evidence and we give our power away to this authority without working out what actually works for us. One such example is with the case of food groups and how we need something from each of them. How many of us actually experiment objectively with this and consider if these foods are really needed by how they make our bodies feel, or whether we simply eat them because we have been told they are good for us?

  29. It is not evidence per se that is the problem but when certain people or groups of people try to own the word evidence and try to control the definition of what is acceptable and not acceptable evidence, that’s when the problems start and that is exactly the situation we currently have in medicine and science.

    1. I agree Andrew. Scientific evidence can be a great support to our level of understanding, but it has sought to dominate this understanding in not allowing credence to other forms of evidence. This, as a result, means that we only have one perspective of the answers to the questions we ask and therefore are not going to receive the full picture.

  30. The wisdom of the body is truly awesome when we begin to realise we are all living in a living, breathing science laboratory that feeds us back what is true for it to remain in harmony. Great to observe and listen to the body and have more understanding of widening our vision to encompass the bigger picture of natural evidence the body brings.
    “The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not – an evidence base from which it can discern”.

  31. I wonder how much sicker the world needs to be before those who tout evidence-based medicine as the only guide needed for treating people’s health conditions begin to wonder why things aren’t changing? With the profusion of this focus, and the shocking rates of illness and disease showing no signs of abating any time yet, maybe it’s time for those involved in all aspects of the medical system to open up to the possibility that people’s lived experience is showing them what they really need to see to bring change to the health of the world.

    1. It doesn’t make sense with all the advancements in medical science that we are getting sicker and sicker as a population. Curing the symptoms maybe but not halting the exponential rise in illness and disease. At some point we will have to ask where illness and disease comes from, but until we do we are attempting to hold back an incoming tidal wave without acknowledging that we are already drowning – not just through the illness and diseases we have but also in the cost of trying to meet them.

  32. ‘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.’ This I love, using the body to let us know what is working and what is not, this is evidence of fact, not paid for science.

  33. It seems to me that with the rate of illness and disease being where it is, we have nothing to lose by giving the body a louder voice and taking the opportunities to listen to it.

  34. “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.” Perhaps some of the resistance is that those who have invested large amounts of money and time in their education are reluctant for people to take responsibility for themselves in what they feel and what feels true for themselves.

  35. It is surely important that we do pay heed to the evidence before us in whatever form that comes. There are many things that are ‘self-evident’ – for example, if a person puts their hand into a fire, it will get burned. We don’t need scientific proof of the fact, we just know it is true. There are a couple of important questions that need to be explored here in my view. Firstly, how much do we ‘just know’ because we do have an intelligence that is innate in us all? The second question is more around what we don’t yet know and it is very hard to quantify this. How do we know how much we don’t know when we don’t know it? I feel we must remain humbled by our own ‘self-evident’ ignorance, and in that humility be open to every new possibility. In this way the pursuit of evidence can still go on but in a manner that is ever open to the next new discovery or awareness. Perhaps the most true of scientists is just as happy to be proven wrong as they are right for their passion is for truth rather than being right.

    1. The conundrum! ‘How do we know how much we don’t know when we don’t know it?’ And if we think we know everything how will we ever be willing to learn or see something else … aka the truth. I agree in that humbleness is the way to go here and allowing us to reconnect with our innate connection within.

  36. There is no greater wisdom, intelligence or evidence than that of my body no matter what evidence is presented to me. It’s not that I don’t listen to evidence based facts; the evidence I sense coming from my body makes it real and true for me.

  37. “Having observed in academic and medical circles how much kudos is given to scientific evidence …..” and learning that much of the so-called ‘evidence; is corrupt, based as it often is on funding from corporations who apparently fit the results to suit their agenda -and their pockets. Who can trust this sort of evidence? ..

    1. A case of we already know the answer we want to present, now let’s stage a research project to prove it. Corruption at its most insidious.

  38. “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. ” Me too HR. Surely this is the best kind of individual evidence required, as we are all different unique beings and what suits on will not suit another

  39. I wonder if this need for ‘evidence’ is a cover-up for the lack of presence. Perhaps, if we were present and connected with our own body, it would be just so obvious like – the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the body hurts when we override it, and we would not even consider to ask for an ‘evidence’ for that to be accepted as truth.

  40. “The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not – an evidence base from which it can discern.” I really can relate to what you have shared HR. With discerning what my body needs and wants made my life a bit easier and not so complicated as it was before, because if I was overriding my body I had to deal with the consequences which resulted from not listening to my body. Now I am less ill and less exhausted. I love my evidence-based medicine from within.

  41. It gets even uglier. If you recommend as a health professional something that is not evidence based, does not have back up of RCT (randomised controlled trials) or is not in the NICE guidelines you get in trouble. A lot of trouble. No matter how many hundreds or thousands of anecdotal evidence you can gather, or how many centuries something has been working for the health and well being of human beings, if there is not a guideline or an expert or a research that says it is advisable, you have no basis and can be taken to court or made your work very difficult. The way of medicine has got narrower and narrower. To the detriment of everybody. We all can change that by connecting to our inner intelligence of the body and not giving our power away to other people who are supposed to rule on our health.

    1. “The way of medicine has got narrower and narrower. ” We live in society that seeks to control all knowledge and experience, then shape and validate it under RCTs. It is prescriptive, mechanistic, controlling and blocks openness and sharing of testimonies and lived experience of thousands of people who are their own research project every day of their lives and yet given no voice by medical authorities. Still many guided and inspired by their own inner intelligence.are not silenced or shackled.

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