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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

SCIENCE AS IT IS UNDERSTOOD

The word science comes from the Latin "scientia," meaning knowledge.

According to Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, the definition of science is "knowledge attained through study or practice," or "knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world."

What does that really mean? Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge through experimentation, observation, collection of data and analysis of that data to arrive at a conclusion to describe and explain natural phenomena. 

Dr.Samuel Hahnemann the father of Homeopathy added just one word to this definition which, by its absence in research today, has resulted in the telling misuse of this methodology. He insisted that the Scientist (physician) be an UNPREJUDICED OBSERVER. Homeopathic research conducted by Dr.Hahnemann was entirely on healthy human volunteers. This method was duplicated by hundreds of his followers all over the world to build up the `HOMEOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA’ – a compilation of nearly 3000 drugs. How far reaching was his vision of this necessity, and how deep his insight, is demonstrated by today’s exposition of scientific research funded by multi-national companies in the pharmaceutical industry. When almost all research in the medical field is funded by these giant corporations, how sincere can the research be? When research is directed to provide justification for a product already determined for a particular disease, is it not prejudice? Can disaster be far away?

Homeopathy uses data collected by experiments conducted on healthy human volunteers to study the effects of their drugs and then adapts them for use in sick individuals. Modern medical protagonists use animal experiments which are deemed safe, before conducting clinical trials. Can experiments conducted on animals be a safe and honest evaluation of drug effects on the human body? While in animal experimentation, the animal is sacrificed to conduct microscopic study of the drug's effect on every tissue of its body, these MNCs deem it sufficient to superficially test or ask the volunteer in a drug trial whether he suffers from any ill-effects. If the answer is none; the drug is considered safe for human consumption!! The shortcomings of this method has been repeatedly made known to the world and is amply demonstrated by the news of the government of India recently indicting several agencies conducting drug trials in India which led to scores of deaths amongst illiterate volunteers in the hinterlands.


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