Absence of Freedom of Thought in Medicine
Majid Ali, M.D.
An Article of Philosophy of Healing Series
Two other issues are of transcendent importance in the study of human nutrition: (1) the spiritual serenity that is essential for long-term good health; and (2) chronic anger and sadness that fan the fires of acidity and free radical activity in the body. The so-called mind-body-spirit trio is an artifact of thinking. Preoccupation with that trio, in reality, is an expression of our inability to sense, feel, and know the wholeness of the human condition. I have never seen anyone dissect a human and delineate where the body ends and the mind begins or where the mind ends and the spiritual begins.
FDA and Nutritional Medicine
In the broader context of the freedoms of speech and thoughts, I end this article with the following interesting and amusing quote from the petition to get sponsors for HR 1364, The Free Speech about Science Act, introduced in 2011 by the Reps. Chaffetz and Polis that would legalize truthful speech about natural supplements in the USA:
“…FDA regulations currently prohibit manufacturers of dietary supplements or producers of food from referring to any scientific study documenting the potential effect of the substance on a health condition. Violation of this ban can result in FDA declaring common dietary supplements and foods to be unapproved drugs, the sale of which is subject to large fines and jail. Cherry growers have been told by the FDA that they face jail if their websites even contain links to scientific studies from Harvard and elsewhere outlining the health benefits of cherries for gout or arthritis pain. Similar warnings have been sent to walnut producers and companies that tout the benefits of green tea!”
List of Related Philosophy Essays
Below is a list of my philosophic essays and commentaries on the subjects of the philosophy and science of healing. These essays are based on my work presented in the twelve volumes of my textbook, The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine:
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