It seems like a discussion regarding science, religion, and healing, always seems to be one of controversy. We start this discussion with Cartesian Duality, the mind, body, and spirit all work differently in our health. SO many people look at this theory differently. In western medicine, asking “What’s the meaning of life, or what’s the meaning of death” (Lecture 3.1), is irrelevant. The thing that doctors are mostly concerned with is they physical body itself; they don’t take into account the other aspects, the mind and spirit, mostly because it complicates things and goes beyond the realms of scientific belief. Western medicine does everything it can to prolong life with medical and technical devices, so much that that said person using these devices almost isn’t human anymore, which contradicts many religious and spiritual beliefs. In many cultures death is viewed a lot differently, the process of death is viewed as something of importance, and with the implementation of these medical “miracles” people lose that one last experience that is so important to some religions and beliefs. I know personally that a lot of cultures forbid taking extraordinary measures, and this isn’t always a bad thing. It can viewed that our body has its own way of healing that involves our mind and spirit, and adding some sort of artificial medicine aspect only hurts the body, not heals it. Another major point is that the mind has a lot of affect on our health, more than a lot of people realize. This is proved in placebo affects discussed in lecture, although patients don’t take actual pain drugs, they still find relief because there mind thinks it is receiving relief.
The American biomedical system is an effective use of health that is very effective for many people, but there are a lot of other health systems and strategies around the world. Most of these in fact, include more of the spirituality, mind, and religion aspects, that looks at the entire person inside and out. The thing that I find the most important point to all these different medical types is that not everything works for the same people. Some health protocols that we follow in western medicine may be forgetting a social or spiritual aspect that other cultures find imperative to health success.
“Human’s, like every living organism have a material body. But at the same time, there is also something intangible, which is life itself” (Unshuld). It is a hard line between what is best for our body and what is best for our souls. Like I mentioned it is a controversial topic, but like I mentioned earlier I think something that aren’t specifically medical cures are better for us to heal with than any drug every could be. I think there are some way for us to heal that science just can’t describe. As Brooke states in his book Science and Religion, “Problems arise as soon as one enquires about the relationship between science and religion, not only have the boundaries been shifted with time, but they have also been to abstract for their historical context”. I think the relationship between religion, healing, and science will always be blurry but as humans start to except other cultures and their beliefs we start to acquire more understanding of medical practices and ideas and adapt to those as well.