Today, we're all so used to Western Medicine's approach of treating illness purely from the 'body' perspective, that most of couldn't even imagine that it was ever different.
But until around 200 years' ago, even the most hardcore, 'scientific' medical investigator in the West believed that there was some sort of incorporeal 'animating spirit', that was actually keeping the physical body alive.
Then the industrial revolution happened, and Darwin popped-up with his 'Theory of Evolution' (that's still scientifically unproven, even after all this time, because it's nonsense) - and Western Medicine split into two distinct groups:
Group 1: The Vitalists - still believed that there was some sort of 'animating spirit' or vitalism, guiding the lions' share of wellness and physical health. With the discovery of electricity, this group put forward the tentative idea that maybe, electricity was the physical manifestation of this 'animating spirit' in the body. The proponents of this group tended to be people who still believed in God, and the soul; and
Group 2: The Mechanists - who put forward the theory that the human body was just a big collection of chemical reactions. Figure out how to keep the chemical reactions firing away properly, and voila, the person would be permanently healthy. Not coincidentally, many of the 'mechanists' keenly embraced the God-less post-Darwin paradigm of the world, and ideas about 'souls' were anathema to them.
Experiment after experiment was done that apparently 'proved' that the body didn't contain any electricity, while other experiments apparently 'proved' that the chemical equation theory was apparently the correct one.
The debate raged for a hundred years' or so, until Otto Loewi's infamous 'Frog Heart Experiment', in 1920, apparently ended the discussion once and for all, in favour of the mechanists.
Loewi discovered the first chemical neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, and in so doing, proved that chemicals were causing physical reactions in the body, and not nerves, as previously held.
The mechanists heralded this discovery as 'proof' that there was no vital, animating force involved in human physiological processes, even those occurring from some distance to each other, and Western Medicine trundled off down the road of pharmaceuticals and surgery, that it's still following today.
But there was just one problem: the science of 100 years' ago simply hadn't developed the tools and capabilities it needed to start measuring the electrical impulses in the body.
That's where Robert Becker's work, begun after World War II, started to fill in some hugely important pieces of the puzzle. (Becker wrote a book called The Body Electric, which is available in the JEMI bookstore, and is highly recommended reading.)
Becker and a few colleagues started to experiment with the electrical impulses they could measure in the body, with the new technology now available, and they found some amazing things:
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