Do conventional notions of “science” interfere with breakthrough scientific discoveries?

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

March 8th, 2010 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

Yesterday I went to a day-long workshop with Adam, also known as DreamHealer. I spent some time talking with his dad after the program, discussing our mutual frustrations in raising awareness of energy healing.

Certain assumptions, prejudices, and systems are getting in the way of sharing what is perhaps the most extraordinary scientific discovery ever – the power of the mind and spirit to heal the body.

 As Adam’s dad shared with me, a number of scientists who have worked with DreamHealer have been afraid to report their discoveries. The discoveries go against the grain of conventional scientific thinking, so those scientists might lose their jobs or reputations if they stand behind the findings.

In my own experience, mainstream magazine editors turn bizarrely OCD on me when it comes to writing about the science behind mind-body medicine: They seem unwilling to believe that hard scientific data exists. They therefore become unwilling to risk letting me do research into the matter.

These editors also seem to have the notion that someone who has experienced self-healing cannot accurately write about the hard science that does or does not exist, because of “bias.”

Let it be known that I firmly believe there is no such thing as “objective” journalism. You can present as many so-called sides to an issue as you want. But whom you interview, what you ask, and how you present the information easily can be a conscious or unconscious reflection of your own beliefs.

But let’s put that philosophy-of-journalism argument aside for the moment.

What if science itself is biased? What if the methods implemented and evaluations utilized are constructed around a pharmaceutical model of medicine – making data reflective not so much of the reality of what is effective, but of the reality of how we think and what we value?

What if it is power, money, and politics are fueling decisions of what to research and where to publish that research? What if the hard data is there, but our society is refusing to look at it – at the expense of millions of people suffering unnecessarily?



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