Someone wise once said “Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
In the past 500 years our society has been made dependent on superstitions in subjects like caste, food, race, and especially women (making them completely dependent on men, by denying them basic rights – a crime that took centuries to set right).
Man has developed the ability to lean on superstition, from Sachin Tendulkar’s jersey number, to Karan Johar’s belief in the magic of the letter K, by giving credit of their efforts to unknown things.
But in the last century, a new superstition has risen, “scientific superstition”; the blind belief and acceptance of anything and everything that is a conclusion of scientific research.
The earlier superstitions affected the believer mostly (not necessarily uneducated), but this superstition created by men of science has affected the intelligentsia and almost everyone. It has made life-threatening changes to our physical well-being. Take the case of how Scientists in the prestigious Harvard University, who were paid $6,500 to shift the blame to fat from sugar, as the dietary culprit for deteriorating cardiac health. (http://m.huffingtonpost.in/entry/the-sugar-industry-paid-scientists-to-be-on-its-side-since-the-1960s_us_57d815d8e4b0aa4b722c7088)
This created a superstition so strong that everyone fell under its illusion, and for more than 50 years nutritionists blindly followed the guidelines propagated by the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, without questioning the logic.
Even today, we are in the midst of some very strong superstitions, created by the so called scientific community (like fuelling the idea of putting the needs of oneself first, then the society, making men more selfish) that are affecting our socio-cultural perspectives by gradually changing the foundations of humanity. But since these ideologies are in the domain of our social and cultural life, I shall raise them in another forum.
As people with Diabetes, it is our duty to not get influenced or be guided by powers that have vested interests.
In religious superstition, the theory preached was not polished and lacked refinement, but the scientific superstition is so technical and elaborate that the most respected men broadcast it with evidence generated from thin air.
The effect of this is the world blindly accepts a theory put forward by men of science however illogical and implausible it may appear.
It would be beneficial to follow the advice given by Swami Vivekananda, a hundred years ago, “True Science asks us to be cautious. Just as we should be careful with the priests, (authors note: the new age priests are the scientists who claim that the truth they propagate is final, just as priests insist that the religion they preach is the word of God) so should we be with the scientists. Begin with disbelief. Analyze, Test, Prove everything and then accept it.” (Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Vol 2. Page 28)
In type 1 diabetes especially, no two children can get the same effect from doing the exact same thing. Here the saying, “one coat does not fit, John, jack and Mary” is more profound than anywhere else. The diabetes in children is very subjective and this is clearly evident when two children of the same age require different dosages to reduce their blood sugar and most often different insulin makes too.
Science means collecting facts, generalizing them, and deducing principles or laws from them, and arriving to the truth. But what happens when Science starts denying facts, or collects data, which has been contaminated by greed and selfishness.
The number of theories promoted by science that have started giving many dos and don’ts instead of allowing people to collect individual facts, generalize them, recognising that at least in medicine the effect of everything is very subjective (just like religions are doing from the past hundreds of years), is proof that superstitions have crept their way in to their working. If we look keenly, we would be able to relate them to the religious superstitions still prevalent that order us to blindly believe by giving strict instructions. And the woe is that science has accumulated blind followers just as religion has. The reason children with diabetes and their mothers should not give away their senses of logic and reasoning is because this diabetes still is without a firmly determined cause.
Blindly accepting any instructions by any authority without analyzing and testing its efficacy can result in short-term gain, but long-term pain. I am personally a witness to many such instances.
I end this note, with a prayer. Kindly do not accept any program or regime given to you. Use your own approach and find out what works best for you.
Do send this blog post to a minimum of 5 people to avoid a fierce hypo within the next 15 minutes.
Believe it?… 😉
– By Gautam Narang
About the author:
Profile: A type1 diabetic for 30 years, and married to another type1 diabetic for the past 22 years, Gautam Narang has devoted his time and energy since 2011, in helping children with Diabetes and their families empathetically, explore their feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. He has conducted over 200 workshops in the past 5 years for students in schools and colleges in Bombay.