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

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

  1. The evidence of our bodies – the real testing ground (and sometimes dumping ground) of our choices. There is no doubt we all need listen to the wealth of wisdom it can offer us.

    1. 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.

  2. There’s an old saying – ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating of it.’ Whilst no one is going to eat the body we have, the meaning is that we are the proof of any theory or practice, the body reveals the health we are. The body is the expert and the recorder of all our thoughts, behaviours and choices. Ignore it and we are ignoring a feedback loop that is vital to our health.

  3. Our bodies hold an intelligence way beyond our very limited comprehension. They understand the vastness of the Universe and are involved in a constant back and forth communication with it. The fact that we often only see our bodies as a means with which to get around the place or worst still as a dumping ground for our pain and grievances is tragic. Resurrect the body and we resurrect our understanding of life.

    1. I love what you write here Alexis, the way forwards is a deeper connection to our bodies. When we are in our heads, it can seem tricky to comprehend, but when we feel from our bodies, we can feel this communication with the Universe.

      1. Not only is it ‘tricky to comprehend’ the communication from the Universe when we are in our heads, it’s actually impossible. Our heads don’t have the means with which to either give or receive universal communication. Our bodies on the other hand are absolute masters in Universal communication.

      1. Our bodies are our portals to God. Trash the portal and it’s harder to hear God. Restore the portal and God will come through loud and clear. For everyone.

  4. With responsibility, we take utmost care to not dismiss as flawed all evidence-based research, some of which has sound ethical foundations, practised with diligence and integrity. Equally, the science and medical community must be willing to listen to evidence gained from the lived medical practice of everyday people and not dismiss it outright as lacking validity. To dismiss outright another’s position, based on right and wrong and judgement takes us nowhere. Health is owned by all of us equally and we take it to the next level by collaborating and learning together.

    1. Well said kehinde2012. We are not intelligent when we discount another’s position based on right and wrong. We need to work together and consider what is happening energetically bearing in mind our body’s internal workings use energy as its source of fuel.

  5. I have come up against the arrogance of some learned people who are very disdainful about certain ideas or opinions because they may not be backed up with research or match their own lived experiences. I have also had some interesting conversations with the same people how they are very aware that research can be very flawed. They do not seem to match these two principles together.. research is flawed but we rely on our knowledge from research…it doesn’t make sense.

  6. ‘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?’ You make a strong argument here, and one that needs to be listened to. The evidence of the body is profound and needs to be considered if we are to move forward from the stale position of ‘evidence-based’ science.

  7. This is so true, ‘my body already has a PhD in being evidence-based’. The body has greater intelligence than the mind can ever have and there is so much to learn from it if we were to get out of the way. For too long we have been ignoring the communication that is there ready to come out from our bodies, in the favour of a lesser version of intelligence.

    1. ‘The body has greater intelligence than the mind can ever have’ When I listen to my body’s intelligence I know I am connected to a greater wisdom. Mental intelligence feeds instant and short-lived gratification the body’s intelligence supports me to nurture my body at the deepest level and there for the long haul.

  8. The combination of science and the evidence of physical experience has the potential to be utterly dynamic nd change the face of how we understand science and health.

  9. This statement is so true..’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’. The body has all the answers we ever need, we simply have to listen to it.

  10. When we listen to our bodies would we dare to drink alcohol, as I am sure everyone has overridden the initial feeling and total rejection our bodies gave us to drinking this poison.

  11. Thank you for this article and for all the questions posed. Without being judgemental I also find it really interesting to look at the state of health of our ‘top’ research scientists and medics. Because, as you have stated, if all this evidence based research was offering us true answers, surely those at the heart of it should be paragons of health and well being.

  12. We need evidence for sure but not so that it blinkers us with its rules and regulations and stops us from sensing what we know to be true. Simply because there may be no evidence yet about something, we can know in our bodies that it is true and an evidence base will catch up with it at a later date.

  13. The current model of evidence certainly has its place, however if the people promoting it and claiming it’s the only way also smoke, eat unhealthily, don’t sleep well, and self neglect or self abuse in other ways, then this really highlights the need for whole body intelligence as part of more wholistic view of what evidence encompasses. And, a body that is listened to, respected, honoured, cared for and loved will find it easier to treat other people the same way, whereas a body that is abused and neglected will find it easier to abuse and neglect others. Whole body intelligence therefore does not just have a personal effect, but a community one. Based on the fact that there is corruption within evidence based science it could then be said that without whole body intelligence as its base, evidence based science will lack the integrity and purity it should have to truly serve communities.

    1. It relates to power and control. To give our power away to scientists, researchers and medics believing them to be more superior and knowledgeable, makes us easy fodder to be controlled and manipulated. In truth we are the all knowing ones, but sad so many have forgotten this.

  14. It’s crazy to me to think that we have become accustomed to always taking the findings of a scientist, even if it over-rides what we have felt for ourselves in our own bodies.

  15. It feels like evidence based medicine has become an intellectual game; exactly how the question is asked makes a huge difference, biases towards the person paying for the evidence in how it is collated, as something can be proven and then disproven. Evidence from the body needs no such set up, it is there for us all for record what we feel.. simple.

    1. And isn’t it interesting that we bow to all the complication of evidence based research and its inevitable variables and biases and dismiss the simplicity of our bodies’ evidence and wisdom? Hmmm. maybe not so intelligent.

  16. Maybe it can seem easier to listen to someone’s advice or evidence when we actually don’t like what our bodies are telling us and the responsibility it asks from us to make different choices. Like with alcohol for instance we know how our body feels the next day and how that is clearly a message that it is not good for our body and well-being, yet then there has been (if I remember correctly) ‘evidence’ that one glass of wine a night/week is good for your heart. So if you want to drink alcohol that is the easier one to go by.

    1. It would be great to collate the evidence of our bodies. In one conversation yesterday a group of health care professionals were talking about how they find their bodies bloat when they eat bread. There was a shared consensus that this was a common experience.

  17. ‘a way where the body constantly shows us the ‘cause and effect’ or ripple effects of our daily life choices’ Yep it is our personal barometer .. how much more evidence do we need than our own body!!!

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Not surprising to see history repeating itself when new medical advances and discoveries are introduced. Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine and immunisation, discovered that a milkmaid infected with cowpox was immune to smallpox and many were prevented form getting the disease and dying. But because this method threatened the then accepted form of inoculation known as variolation. Jenner met violent opposition, ridicule, attack by the media and ostracism by the medical establishment. It took fifty years before vaccination for small pox in the UK was formally recognised and variolation banned.

    1. Thank you Kehinde, your comment reminds me of this quote “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” (By Arthur Schopenhauer)

  24. I loved reading this because it really highlights the ludicrous situation we have when ignoring what is felt in our bodies and deferring opinion to a group of experts who don’t have the direct connection with that body. It begs the question of whether I listen to my body as well as what’s touted in the world by some research or other as good for me, especially when bodies of research are often contradictory.

  25. 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. There is a kind of rank that happens with intellectual intelligence, and a scale of superiority and inferiority. Whole body intelligence on the other hand is something equally accessible to all, and brings us back to a more loving way of living.

  26. Perhaps the greatest form of gathering of evidence is therefore available through an understanding of true observation.

    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.

  27. 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?

      1. Absolutely Karin, we have become masters of the proverbial-numb-ness and thus we must also understand the opposite, so it must be totally-possible to live in harmony and feel the love coming to the door and be prepared with the door open so the greeting and response is most Joy-full!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

    1. Simple remedies, like whole body intelligence and the self care that comes from honouring the body, don’t make money for the pharmaceutical companies or medical professionals.

      1. I agree Melinda. It is also about power and control, those who honour their own bodies through self care hold a power within but also seek medical support when required. Those who don’t often feel dis-empowered when it comes to their own health

  30. 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.

    1. That is really interesting Golnaz, and it reminds me of institutionalised religion and the creation of a middle man, i.e., an external authority like a priest who you go to to access God, when everything you need and the purest connection to God is actually already within yourself. Ditto science, to quote you “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.”

  31. “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.

    1. Thank you. Another level of understanding. Not to ignore evidence based medicine but to bring it alongside the evidence of our bodies and a willingness to be honest about the choices that lead us to any given point.

  32. 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.

  33. ‘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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. “… 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.

      1. “Yes, simple and FREE and astonishingly effective.” That sums up in a nutshell the power of evidence based medicine working with esoteric medicine.

  38. 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.

  39. While we know that much of evidence-based science is sponsored, could it be a case of honouring both evidence based science and a the very clear evidence from the truth of our bodies, while understanding that both have their place in the whole.

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