The World Health Organization (WHO) has posted a bulletin on their site entitled “Herbal medicine research and global health: an ethical analysis”.
Their post addresses the growing recognition of traditional herbal medicine; traditional medicine that has been in use in Africa and TCM in China and Ayurvedic medicine in Indica – and each and every one was used since antiquity.
The gist of the UN’s WHO article states that although WHO agrees with the potential of accepting traditional plant based medicine, their official position is that “herbal plant based medicine” does not compare to Big Pharma’s “sound science” based medicine. Their article states that the investment in the science of traditional plant based medicine pales in comparison to what the pharmaceutical companies have spent on “sound science” that purportedly supports their patented petrol pills.
The WHO’s official opinion is that since traditional plant based medicine, lacks “sound science”, too much risk exists relative to the sound science existing in pharmaceuticals.
What is “sound science?
Sound science, as with other disciplines involving statistical sampling, is susceptible to manipulation. Think Enron and their year-end auditors, Author Anderson (What do you want the results to say?)
Sound science, when used by paid scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, is science that is vigorously supported by the scientific community and confirmed by multiple peer-reviewed studies.
In politics and other disciplines, “sound science” has been defined as a play on the “uncertainty tactic”. Uncertainty is known as the risk factor. This tactic has been used against natural remedies to demand irrefutable proof of the science before it can be deemed acceptable scientific proof. There are many that define “sound science” as “weasel science”. Weasel science is known as science that does not reflect the whole truth, rather, it is used to mask the truth for personal gain.
Sound Science: “What do you want the results to say?”
Robert Spott from the Yurok tribe in Cali, stated in 1890:
“And that, I guess, is what it all boils down to – do the right thing, everything goes fine; do the wrong thing, everything’s a mess.”
In 1970, Sun Bear from the Chippewa Tribe, is quoted with the following observation and advice:
“A man was chief only as long as he did the will of the people. If he got to be too chiefy, he’d go to sleep one night, and wake up the next morning to find that he was chief all to himself. The tribe would move away in the night, and they didn’t wait four years to do it either.”
In 1868, Chief Ouray from the UTE. Colorado tribe stated:
“Agreements with the government are like the agreement a buffalo makes with the hunter after it has been pierced by many arrows. All it can do is lie down and give in.”
“isn’t it time we began to think about what we are thinking about? It is the only way we can move forward and become that which we think about.” Mohican’s