Today we discuss how scientific is the Western Nutrition Theory.
We continue to use earlier discussion on “Alkaline Diet “ and we discuss how the founder use scientific methods to bring about such theory.
They use pH indicator as the measurement system and discover, perhaps after thousands of cases, which quality as scientific basic, that many cancer patients have acidic body constituent.
And their proposed theory is then “No disease, including cancer, can survive in an alkaline environment “
Does it consider scientific deduction? Sure it is, as the logical steps taken with conclusion made is “Scientific”.
If you only use “pH indicator” as a yardstick to examine the universe, of course, based on such limited parameters chosen, i.e. pH is either acidic or alkaline, fit into scientific study.
But the problem is : Does the complex body system only consist of 2 parameters, acidic / alkaline? If we add in other parameters, should we not get different results?
Let’s us accept that there are only two parameters, acidic and alkaline. And as per the Alkaline Diet expert, when you make your body alkaline, then you would not attract illnesses.
Then I present you the following case, and you tell me it is a scientific approach or not?
A room is smelly and dirty (acidic condition). Everyday you apply perfume (alkaline) to neutralize the smell and dirt. Then the room will have good smell and clean. (alkaline).
Do you accept such logic?
Or should we not analyze how the bad smell and dirt come from? Is it window not open for good ventilation? No sunshine? Damp condition, no housekeeping, attracting insects or rats and dead living organism emit bad smell?
Then shouldn’t such bad elements and conditions be eliminated to get clean room? And not apply perfume?
It is not consumption of alkaline foods that matters. You think so?
So what is considered scientific, what is Science?
Dictionary : ‘the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, and measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms”
In the above case, using two parameters (acidic and alkaline) to conduct experiments, measurement and formulate theory, is considered satisfying the conditions that it is scientific.
But restricting a complex system into two parameters with conclusion made is only True, if the two parameters really represent the whole complex system.
But it is not. The complex body system consists of different organs with different functionalities, involving emotion and stress, involving consciousness, etc. that affect the well being of a person.
How can then the above expert make claim that they conclusion is for the whole complex body system?
In our two day “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic” training class, we also discuss with parents having autistic child, Parkinson’s sufferers etc. that many proposed scientific theories on Autism and Parkinson are vague and unclear and cannot be comprehended in simple logics.
Parents with autistic children and teacher are governed by the vague theories, spend precious time, money and effort to have the special need children go through all sorts of activities like Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration program, Speech Therapy. The poor children suffer more.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the 2-day YEIC training class , or online training for learners outside Malaysia.
“Body Constituents 体质”，”Organs clock and functionalities 五脏六腑功能”， 。。。 。。。
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