RESEARCH SUMMARIES

We provide up-to-date medical knowledge and scientific research from multiple disciplines that support a natural health paradigm. You will find short summaries that do not require a medical or scientific expertize to understand. Whether you are experiencing a health-related issue or are looking to understand the best approach to improving your overall health and lifestyle, this knowledge can guide you. 

 

A note on science and research

When do correctly, science can provide reilable knowldge, but it is not the only form of knowledge. Science is often regarded as the principle authority and arbitrator of truth, and conventional modern medicine tends to rely on science for its authority. 

Science is a social and intellectual enterprise based on the scientific method, which seeks to understand the world and phenomena through an objective lens, leaving out subjective experience. Facts are obtained through this method and interpreted according to a materialistic paradigm (the belief that everything is made of matter and energy). However, absolute objectivity does not exist and even science has reached this conclusion. Physics, the most rigorous scientific discipline, now considers objectivity impossible to achieve. What scienific discipline can provide are guidelines for determining facts, weighing evidence, and developing and testing theories that explain findings. We place great importance on clinical observations, case studies and real world evidence. 

In our society, science has evolved from a method to a philosophy that many, especially institutions and governments, consider as the final arbitrator of "truth". If we use it exclusivley explain how the world functions and what its meaning is, we limit what we can know about the world and its possibilities. Science imposes presumptions on the world and can prejudices our ability to comprehend and envision it from different perspectives. 

CHI includes scientific research not because science is the ultimate authority, but because it is an effective method for obtaining facts and examing evidence. CHI takes a pragmatic, realistic, and phenomenological (experiential) approach to knowledge. All theories, practices, and knowledge can be tested against experience to verify what is true and helpful for humans living in an inherently interconnected world—the ecology of existence.