Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Science-Ejected Vitalism of Bridgeport Hospital 2009:

001. Bridgeport Hospital [CT] states in "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Chinese Medicine":

"traditional Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and has changed little over the centuries [sounds scientific!!!]. As a complete system of healthcare, Chinese medicine's basic concept is that a vital force of life surges through the body (also called qi). Any imbalance to this life force can cause disease and illness, according to Chinese medicine [superstition!]. The imbalance, in turn, is caused by an imbalance in the opposite and complementary forces that make up the life force, called yin and yang. To regain balance, the belief [quite appropriate a label; better yet, 'misbelief'] is that the balance between the internal body organs and the external elements of earth, fire, water, wood, and metal must be adjusted [quite neolithic!]. Treatment to regain balance may involve: acupuncture, moxibustion (the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body), cupping (the use of warmed glass jars to create suction on certain points of the body), massage, herbal remedies, movement and concentration exercises (such as tai chi)."

Note: TCM's essential premise is that physiology is controlled by "vital force of life" = "qi" = "life force" = "yin and yang" = "belief" which their therapies influence.

002. meanwhile, such vitalism is profoundly science-ejected. Qi simply does not exist, never mind influencing it.

Note: why doesn't Bridgeport Hospital mention that [hint: $$$]?

Aren't they therein violating a premise that overarches all of modern medicine: informed consent?
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