Interesting article for all of us, excerpts are below. I’d like to believe that these fallacies are less common with Chinese Medicine (certainly they weren’t around 2000 years ago when much of it was codified). 2-5 are certainly believed by many practitioners. I’m happy to discuss it if you’re interested.
“Statistically, since the age of technology, there has been an onslaught of increasing pathology. The amount of illness and morbidity in our society is dramatically rising. There are now more cases of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, auto-immune illnesses, endocrine disorders, developmental disorders, allergies, respiratory problems, infectious diseases, neurological problems, musculo-skeletal pathology, gastro-intestinal disorders, psychological illness, etc., than ever before.
“While it is true that our technology has enabled us to better handle the enormity of disorders now facing mankind, it has done literally nothing for “health care.” If it had, we would have seen a decrease in the amount of illness and pathology in society. We would have experienced a drop in the amount of people requiring intervention from the medical community. Pharmaceutical companies would not be as rich and powerful as they are if people would be less dependent on medication to “feel well”. If anything, advances in technology have fostered a narrow field of vision, focused more on early detection and intervention than on prevention. If, by definition, health care means “the maintenance of good health,” then technology has failed miserably to produce any measurable improvement in the overall state of health of mankind.”