Weaknesses might be:
- Interference with the health-promoting activities of the life force.
- A heightened risk of iatrogenesis.
- Higher costs based on a more complex approach.
Those familiar with the chiropractic paradigm, as an example of a complementary therapy/modality, can easily see that it is based on the Koan model, and the biomedical model of allopathic medicine and surgery has its conceptual foundations in the Knidan.
Modern Western medicine, as described by Peters and Chance, has been practised by a professional elite who have until recently approached disease from a mechanistic point of view, reducing problems to molecular phenomena in order to find a mechanism responsible for them, then counteracting them with drugs that influence the organic process involved. In this paradigm, the patient is seen as the passive, helpless victim of an invasive force that must be hunted down, attacked and destroyed by the physician-rescuer. The patient’s role is one of following instructions and putting his life in the hands of the physician, who assumes full responsibility for diagnosing the malady and effecting a cure.
They quote Capra as follows:
‘The public image of the human organism – enforced by the content of television programs, and especially by advertising – is that of a machine, which is prone to constant failure unless supervised by doctors and treated with medication. The notion of the organism’s inherent healing power and tendency to stay healthy is not communicated, and trust in one’s own organism is not promoted. Nor is the relation between health and living habits emphasized; we are encouraged to assume that doctors can fix anything, irrespective of our lifestyles.’
Perhaps new models of care might be found not in the new, but in the old – in recognising and utilising the beauty and wisdom of Hygieia/Cinderella and the natural power, safety, functionality and economy of the Koan model.