Explaining to people how science, religion and healing intertwine can be both difficult and touchy. Everyone has their own beliefs based on their upbringing, location, knowledge and overall mindset. What is life and death really? Does the spirit reincarnate after death in which there is eternal life? Comparing science and religion can be difficult at times because most of the time they are addressing separate issues at hand. For example, science is a classification of intelligence about the world and its nature where on the other hand, Christianity is about God, virtues and the afterlife. Hence, theses are two different themes, which can make them difficult to compare. Science is a study of the natural world, not the supernatural. When it comes to healing, the mind, body and spirit are essential for clean and well-adjusted individuals. As I stated in my blog post last week, the idea of treating certain illnesses through natural remedies such as western medicine, acupuncture, vitamins, exercise, diet and so forth, not only is good for the body but plays an extremely profound role on the mind and spirit as well, which contributes to certain religions such as Christianity. All of these acts also play a major role in keeping the brain and cognitive processes healthy. According to an article I recently read, “Although food has classically been perceived as a means to provide energy and building material to the body, its ability to prevent and protect against diseases is being recognized…Diets that are high in saturated fats are becoming notorious for reducing molecular substrates that support cognitive processing and increasing the risk of neurological dysfunction.” (Gomez 2008) Religion and healing come into play in terms of trusting one another without a distorted belief system. This is very similar to living healthy and robust. Certain religious ideas promote diets and overall well-being. Many people in the U.S. were terrified of MSG but the Chinese weren’t concerned over it. They explained it as just a sodium salt from seaweed with little detriments. I personally still have some doubts about MSG, which is why I eat it sparingly.
According to the Western and Eastern approaches to medicine article, “If a certain type of healing is to be considered medicine, then the interpretive part of this relies solely on the laws of nature for its interpretations. With non-medical healing, the interpretative part may be based on numerous, that is, on the existence of spirits, gods, ancestors, or a single god.” (Unschuld 6,7) As explained in this quote and in the article, science and religion both have an influence in regard to healing. The emergence of healing in China and the laws of nature was also mentioned which relates to what I brought up earlier. Although China developed a new social order in the eight century, the unification of China succeeded that in regard to the Qin rule. The emergence of kingdoms brought authority during social changes, which brought stability and order. This was the lead in the right direction of medicine, ideas, & laws, which paved the influential road for China.
Whether it has to do with treating cancer or chicken pox, it all comes back to the idea that science, healing and religion nearly intertwine all the time whether we realize it or not.
Gómez-Pinilla, Fernando. “Brain Foods: The Effects of Nutrients on Brain Function.” Nature Reviews Neuroscience Nat Rev Neuroscience 9.7 (2008): 568-570. Web. 22 July 2016.
Unschuld, Paul. What is Medicine? Western and Eastern Approaches to Medicine. Chapter 2 (pp. 6-7) “Medicine or Novelty Appeal”