Een kort maar bijzonder actueel en interessant werk waarin Olivier Clerc de moderne geneeskunde afschilderd als een nieuwe wereldreligie met alle positieve maar vooral ook negatieve gevolgen van dien. In elk geval: zoals hier op deze site al meermaals betoogd: de claim dat de moderne geneeskunde een wetenschap is, is op drijfzand gebouwd.
- Secularisatie is een illusie & het nieuws, showbizz- en sportsterren edm. zijn onze nieuwe Goden:
Indeed, even a superficial study of contemporary culture will reveal that the supposed secularization of present-day society is just an illusion. Even though most people do not conform to the outward show of religious custom and practice — mostly Judeo-Christian in Western culture — the beliefs and superstitions remain deeply embedded in their subconscious, influencing many aspects of their daily lives without them realizing it. And as several sociology studies have shown, the superstitious beliefs that used to be attached to the formal religions have in many cases simply been transferred to other objects, persons, or events. The daily evening television news bulletins, watched by millions worldwide in their respective countries, the stars of show business and sport, humanitarian associations, cults, and all sorts of other things in modern life: These have now become the new gods we venerate or fear, or the shrines at which we worship or curse, and where we still experience those primitive religious urges and feelings, where we can believe without necessarily having to think or rationalize.
- Maar geneeskunde steekt erboven uit, met artsen als de nieuwe priesterorde:
However, it is in the field of medicine that this unconscious transposition of the religious experience — and more specifically the Judeo-Christian ideology, myths, beliefs, expectations, and hopes — seems to have had the greatest impact. The facts show clearly — for anyone taking the time to study them — that medicine enjoys today an astonishing degree of undeserved credit that is out of all proportion to its actual results or promises. Real health keeps regressing, while the great medical “miracles” such as vaccines and antibiotics, are now clearly showing their limitations, which some had foreseen and warned of right from the start. This undeserved credit comes mostly from the fact that medicine and science have replaced religion as the only certain belief in an uncertain world. And the doctors and scientists are seen as the priests of the new religion, delivering through the certainties of science what the old discredited gods were not able to deliver. If we can no longer believe in the miracles, the cures, and the curses of the old religions, we can certainly believe in the miracles, the cures, and the destructive powers of the new science.
- De gelijkenissen tussen de geneeskunde en de Rooms Katholieke Kerk zijn frappant:
Almost imperceptibly, medicine has taken on a saving or messianic role, the characteristics of which we must examine. Medicine can be said to display qualities that have characterized the Roman Catholic Church for many centuries: autocracy, centralization, the control and manipulation of people, censorship, propaganda, total obedience, infallibility, the destruction of heretics, the stamping out of individuality. All this, of course, has been done in the name of public health and the general good, just as the Church acted for mankind’s salvation.
Although medicine sees itself as exclusively scientific and rational, with no room for spiritual or human dimensions (such as psychic healers or shamans, who are dismissed as charlatans), it organizes itself and functions in a way that can be described as intrinsically religious. The paradox is that by rejecting any spiritual dimension, medicine, in fact, becomes the toy of the forces and myths it tries to ignore and cannot control. Mere denial of something’s existence has never made it disappear, except perhaps in our conscious mind. Instead, it is banished to our subconscious mind, where, beyond our control, it can roam free, wreak havoc, and wield even greater power.
- Geneeskunde is dus de nieuwe wereldreligie geworden, de man waar alles bij begon, is ook nu weer Louis Pasteur. Dit omhelst volgende aspecten:
Medicine, then, has become the new world religion. The specific myths, beliefs, and rites of Christianity have been unconsciously projected into medicine since Pasteur. As I explain in detail in the next chapters, we can establish very close parallels between Christianity and modern medicine. In brief:
- physicians have taken the place of priests;
- vaccination plays the same initiatory role as baptism, and is accompanied by the same threats and fears;
- the search for health has replaced the quest for salvation;
- the fight against disease has replaced the fight against sin;
- eradication of viruses has taken the place of exorcising demons;
- the hope of physical immortality (cloning, genetic engineering) has been substituted for the hope of eternal life;
- pills have replaced hosts;
- donations to cancer research take precedence over donations to the Church;
- a hypothetical universal vaccine could save humanity from all its illnesses, as the Savior has saved the world from all its sins;
- the medical power has become the government’s ally, as was the Catholic Church in the past;
- “charlatans” are persecuted today as “heretics” were yesterday, and dogmatism rules out promising alternative medical theories;
- the same absence of individual responsibility is now found in medicine, as previously in the Christian religion;
- patients are alienated from their bodies, as sinners used to be from their souls.
- Dit betekent niet dat "hulp" afgewezen moet worden, maar gezondheid is in de eerste plaats de eigen verantwoordelijkheid:
Therefore, taking personal responsibility for our own health, our own inner evolution, and our own life, at every level, without rejecting any available help or advice, remains the safest and most rewarding attitude. The obscurantism that long characterized the Church when it refused the knowledge provided by sciences, is now found in sciences themselves, unaware of how religion still influences them. For this reason, this obscurantism will not so much be fought by the lights of science than by the sparks of our own self-awareness, that each of us may awaken in ourselves.
- Louis Pasteur was geen wetenschapper maar vooral religieus geïnspireerd wat hem leiçdde tot foutieve opvattingen:
Right up until his death, Pasteur contended that the human body was naturally devoid of any and all microbial taint and that its organs, fluids, and tissues, in their normal state, like those of other animals, would contain no traces of germs or microscopic organisms whatsoever. With an obstinacy so stunning that it can truly only be described as religious, he defended the idea of “the quasi-virginal state of the human body, created in the image of God.” By placing the cause of illness outside the human body, in the atmospheric environment, Pasteur was reaffirming man’s original purity, in the Garden of Eden. God has created man pure, without contamination of any kind; thus “evil” — which, in this conception, takes the form of sickness — can only come from without. In this world-view, both health and sickness come from outside of man and are exterior and alien to him.
- Maar de principes van Pasteur werden al snel weerlegd (maar de tegenstand was groot en Pasteur is nog steeds God):
As early as 1946, Dr. J. Tissot, general professor of physiology at the Natural History Museum in Paris, demonstrated the inexactitude of the four Pasteurian principles (or dogmas) on which modern medicine is founded. The book, which was blocked from publication, and finally printed at the author’s own cost, was titled Constitution of Animal and Vegetable Organisms: Their Illnesses and the Causes Thereof, and included these notable lines: “Our premise is that Pasteur, whether for religious or other motives, introduced into science false dogmas and principles which, from the outset, stifled the truth which had been on a forward march since the beginning of the last century, and furthermore made it impossible for researchers to find that truth by orienting their work in wrong directions — a most nefarious enterprise which is actively continued by the Pasteurian school, opposing all new ideas which contradict these false dogmas, dogmas which this school wants to remain sacrosanct.”
- Dat Pasteur als God overeind blijft voelen we nog steeds vandaag:
In Pasteur’s case, this infusion of religious doctrine into reality had an effect of considerable magnitude, in terms of biasing both reality and research. This effect is still being felt today, owing to the following factors:
• To begin with, even though medicine relies on various fundamental sciences, it must be remembered that medicine itself is not a science but an art. Living beings — to say nothing of that “living being endowed with a psyche” which man is — do not react in a predictable, mechanistic way, like an experimental object in physics or electronics. The falseness of Pasteurian dogmas was therefore more difficult to establish than, for instance, the supposed flatness of the earth.
• Second, Pasteur, as much by his personality as by his theories, was updating and reactivating Christian symbolism, in particular with regard to the external origin of Evil and the Coming of the Savior, the Redeemer. Equally, in this sense, it should be noted that the very name “Pasteur” (shepherd, in French) probably played a rather non-trivial role in the collective unconscious. Just as Jesus, the “Good Shepherd” who came to save his “lost sheep,” Pasteur became the incarnation of the new Savior who, instead of bringing redemption for the sins of the world, would bring the ultimate salvation from the ills of mankind (by vaccination). As a result, questioning Pasteur and his work became a form of heresy, an unconscious rejection of the Christian doctrine.
• Finally, Pasteur was the first to make use of his access to power (he was a friend of the Emperor) and to the press (through his own brother, who owned a newspaper) to impose and disseminate his ideas as widely as possible, as his media-savvy heirs continue to do in their splendid efficiency.
- De mythe van Pasteur is zo krachtig, net omdat het een mythe is:
The essential element that has ensured the durability of the Pasteurian myth is precisely the very fact that… it is a myth! The continuing pull of Pasteur’s doctrines and of the man himself as a medical celebrity are due to the strength of the religious elements that are unconsciously associated with them, in the public opinion as well as in the world of medicine. One of the beauties of this arrangement is that rational arguments make no inroads into disturbing the beliefs of those who put their faith into the pastoral myth, as we all do without knowing it. In fact, since rational ideas have little (or no) impact on irrational beliefs, the pertinent critiques that can be made from a rational point of view against the myth of pastoral medicine do not even manage to scratch the surface. Often, they actually reinforce the evangelical aspect of this doctrine by making the arguments of detractors appear as dangerously heretical.
According to traditional Christianity, man is born with the weight of original sin already upon him. Therefore, from the moment of his birth, he requires the aid and protection of the Church, without which he is lost. In this way, man arrives on earth with a major handicap that causes him to be dependent on the clerical institution for his salvation. Similarly, in the Pasteurian conception which modern medicine has adopted, we are born with a natural weakness that leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses, viruses, and microbes. These malign forces will almost certainly kill us, should we reject the protection offered by medicine. Therefore, from the first days of our life, we are put under medical supervision and our dependence thereon most often will simply grow and reinforce itself, with each new illness, for the duration of our life.
- Verdere punten van gelijkenis:
According to religion, earth is in the hands of the Devil (“All of this belongs to me,” Satan says to Jesus). In the medical cosmology, the earth now belongs to the viruses and bacteria. As formerly the Church was the only guarantor of our salvation, so now medicine will henceforth be the guarantor of our physical health. The Church alienated man from his spirit and his soul; now medicine has alienated us from our own body. In both cases, man’s abdication of responsibility and his dependence on an outside authority are obvious. He is perpetually a weak and fragile child. Evil being an exterior force, the solution to that evil is equally exterior. Evil continues to be present everywhere outside him; solutions must still come from without. One can argue that medicine can take the credit for beating back certain epidemics, for lengthening the average life span, etc. But the reality has more shades of gray than the black and white image the medical establishment presents. The longer average life span is above all tied to the development of better hygiene practices. It has long been known that pandemics follow a fixed pattern of an ascendant curve, which reaches its apex and then spontaneously falls. Medical intervention (chiefly in the form of vaccines) has usually been applied at the point when the curves had already begun their descent, for instance for tetanus or tuberculosis. More significantly, various populations that have retained the knowledge of how to live a naturally healthful life (breast-feeding infants as soon as possible after birth to ensure consumption of colostrum; a carefully protected and nurtured mother-infant bond; maintenance of healthful habits and diet, etc.) are known to enjoy very good health, without needing to make use of the medical arsenal which most of us are all too familiar with. For the more seriously one considers it, the more it seems that man’s weakness is both acquired and maintained, so as to conform to the foundational myths of the Judeo-Christian civilization, rather than a “natural” deficiency which would make medical aid truly indispensable.
For medicine, illnesses — viruses, microbes, bacteria — are also omnipresent. They threaten man from all sides, and his chances of preserving his health in the midst of them seem quite weak. I said in the preceding chapter that Pasteur postulated that the human organism is pure, purged from any defilement (this is the wrong dogma of the asepsis of the human body), which means that sickness can only come from outside the body. Although we now know this idea to be utterly false — the human body is in fact replete with a large number of microorganisms, which only become pathogenic when the underlying host environment is out of balance — this notion of the virgin purity of the human body remains printed in the subconscious mind of a majority of people.
- De angst voor virussen en bacteriën die het gevolg is van de moderne geneeskunde heeft geleid tot een obsessie met properheid die net héél ongezond is omdat het ons scheidt van de natuur (en tegenwoordig ook van andere mensen):
In fact, this preoccupation with cleanliness has pushed the research and practice of hygiene to an almost paranoiac level in some Western cultures. This can be seen most clearly in the United States, where it has become impossible to distinguish some cafeterias from hospitals, as the personnel of each are required to wear white coats, gloves, masks, and hair-nets. It can also be observed in the case of several celebrities who can afford the “luxury” of living in an atmosphere that is almost totally sterilized. Life, need we restate the obvious, is not sterile: On the contrary, its essential character is fertility. This quest for sterility, motivated by the desire for purity, hygiene, and health, is, in the final analysis, a morbid desire. Far from promoting a higher quality of life, or even life itself, this quest ends up endangering life by making individuals fragile, as they are more and more cut off from their natural environment, being only able to prosper in an artificial, aseptic, and de-vitalized environment. (!!!)
- Ook de behoefte aan genetische manipulatie past hierin natuurlijk:
The desire to genetically manipulate flora and fauna (the human species not excepted), in order to control the environment in which we evolve so that we can rid ourselves of all malignant or pathological elements, is the ultimate consequence of the erroneous belief in a bio-environment infested with evil and sickness, in which we cannot survive without wresting victory from our adversaries in a contest that takes no prisoners. Disconnected from nature and from life, locked in our mind and in the artificial material world that we have built for ourselves, we regard our surroundings as hostile and try to protect ourselves from them, even if that means destroying the environment or reshaping it according to our own will.
- En dat zal niet goed aflopen:
An analogous dichotomy leads us to cut ourselves off from our shadow-side, by projecting evil outside ourselves, and to dissociate ourselves from our own physiological inner environment by projecting the origins and causes of our illnesses onto the outside world. In doing so, we deprive ourselves of the ability to learn how to understand and integrate the various parts of our own psyche, which is an indispensable first step for us to be able to live in harmony with ourselves as well as with others. We also deprive ourselves of the ability to take charge of our own health by learning and applying the rules of a healthy life — nutrition, breathing, detoxification, etc. Because we neither understand nor acknowledge our role in maintaining (and even creating) evil and disease, our efforts in fighting them not only fail, but actually yield the opposite result: We keep strengthening what we are trying to destroy.
- Vaccinatie als het centrale collectief ritueel van de nieuwe moderne kerk, vergelijkbaar met rituelen in primitieve culturen:
In an analogous fashion, vaccination is the central ritualistic act by which children, in modern times, are assured of the good graces of the Medical Church, and of its protection against illnesses. According to the catechism of this faith, anyone who is not vaccinated is exposed to all manners of dangers, to the extent that vaccination is now compulsory in many countries. Parents who attempt to refuse to have their children subjected to the injections can be prosecuted as criminals. The characteristic marks of the first vaccination, which remain with the children long into their adult lives, function as a kind of protective seal attesting their medical affiliation. Looked at objectively, from an anthropological point of view, this scarring of each member of the population does not seem very far different from the ritualistic tattooing of people in primitive tribal cultures.
We should also note that vaccination is one of the rare medical procedures which takes place on a massive scale, in a highly impersonal manner, often in schools — this underscores its character as a collective ritual.
- De centrale rol van angst bij vaccins:
Fear plays an important role in both the baptism and the vaccination rituals:
- fear of being condemned to hell, fear of being rejected (excommunicated) by the Church, fear of not being saved;
- and similarly, fear of falling ill, fear of not being cured, fear of being written off as a hopeless case by the medical establishment, and fear of being excluded from welfare benefits (as is the case in France, for people refusing vaccines).