Q. Is the use of essential oils to treat Lyme disease just a result of unadulterated guess work by totally uninformed non-scientists. If there were some useful clinical trials run with natural materials the information would be in the public domain which it is not!
A. Well science without observation is a little mad?
If you limit observation to that possible in a clinical trial is that not to the detriment of more complex science which does not involve 'active ingredients' and potions generally?.
How do you run
clinical trials on symptom relief for auto immune response? No one is
suggesting the essential oils sufferers suggest do other than deal with the symptoms as far as I
Its not possible to
do science and maths not least because what are you trying to measure?
but evidence of relief from suffering from practitioners and sufferers
is as good as it gets. The pharmacological model has achieved all it
can by the time it gets to using essential oils.
Much of boundary science is educated and inspired
guess work. Thats how science progresses. Do we deny the existence of
matter because its taken upto now to identify the Higgs Boson particle?
Empirically you can say there might be danger in not using essential
oils (or any other non toxic treatment) as soon as possible when a
progressive autoimmune response like ME, MS, maybe Lymes begins in case
they are effective. I havent heard about Lyme but I have heard from
aromatherapists that MS caught early can respond so why not?
We werent talking about clinical aromatherapy
here but we have sort of ventured into it. look away if you dont like
rants! Its probably worth reflecting on how we have got into the mess we
have. Western drug budgets are reaching the point of no return and
patient care of the individual who does not respond to drug therapy is
very patchy indeed. Most peoples experience is that it is getting
The 1960s represented the high point of herbal and essential oil use by
doctors in france and the public there for subclinical conditions and
common ailments. The 1960s also marked a low for the pharmaceutical
industry with the thalidomide disaster. Result the pharmaceutical
industry had to provide clinical trials to save their inflicting another
horror on an unsuspecting public.
Can you see how neatly the trick was pulled?
Making a virtue out of necessity the western medical profession was
brainwashed into only using treatments which had been clinically
trialled and dispensing with many herbal remedies which had long served
the public. Take homeopathy in the UK only a decade ago a million
homeopathic treatments were being dispensed to patients who would
respond to any other treatment. But where were the clinical trials?
What would doctors and patients know about it? Now less than a two
hundred thousand homeopathic treatments are being administered despite over 150
double blind trials the vast majority positive.
The clinical trials were envisaged not of effectiveness but safety. The
effectiveness spoke for itself with 1m of the NHS's 16m treatments
being homeopathic. No clinical trail? Then your treatment cant be
effective can it?
Any therapy like aromatherapy or homeopathy which has a low a priori
likelihood of producing results can produce as many clinical trials as
its proponents like. It still wont be taken as evidence. The great
value of both is (in normal dosage) their use of non toxic materials and
therefore we must therefore suppose their greater reliance on the training,
experience and personality of the practitioner, the role of the
client-patient relationship and method of administration in providing
care rather than just ingesting a potion dispensed by pharmacy robots. Training doctors and pharmacists is expensive and requires almost superhuman commitment on the part of those taking it. There is though no alternative to that training where the patient does not respond to drug therapy.
Of course in the treatment of Lyme going to a doctor for antibiotics to
deal with the parasite is the necessary first step. The risk in taking
the antibiotics is more than outweighed by the negative effects of
leaving the Lyme untreated. However in dealing with the autoimmune
response practitioners and sufferers are all to often on their own.
I did say this was a rant but interesting to look at things a differant way no? Of course clinical trails for effectiveness of any material used in a clinical setting for therapeutic or more obvious pharmacological effect is a vital part of evidence based medicine.
is deeply impressive when applied to essential oil choice and blends.
Its also evidence that thoughts tend not to be good or bad but true or
false. Yes truth is not always limited to the measurable at a point in
time but scientific truth is. Our ability to measure increases all the
time and that expands scientific truth if we limit that to what is
measurable, replicable and explicable in plain terms as we must.
Scientific truth can tell us what is in the oil. It cant tell us why
the practitioner and the oil are able to bring calm to a troubled self
harming mind full of illusion. Not yet!