What conventionalists in medicine should note is that biology, the science they accept as the paradigmatic basis of medicine, is in dire need of a paradigm shift. The hints have been accumulating for quite some time.
The initial problem is that of consciousness. Neurophysiologists try to apply their reductionist methodology to understand consciousness as the product of brain processes, neuronal interactions. But philosophers have pointed out that this approach cannot succeed. A reductionist approach can only succeed in making a model for an object in terms of simpler objects, but consciousness is not just an object, it is also a subject.
The separateness of life and environment is only an appearance, as the environment, nature, is not an enemy- the giver of disease- and we are not its victims, as allopaths often tell us. The environment is us. Its separateness is illusory. It can be argued that disease is part of the covenant of one’s life, it can be taken as a teacher.
Within the living world is an identity of consciousness, but the identity occurs at many different levels, it is not a single identity. There is the identity with the whole of evolving life on Earth, Gaia consciousness. There is species identity, an identity with a particular class of forms and adapted genetic habits. There is also the identity of the individual organism. But the identities do not stop there.
Each living cell of a multicellular body has a self-identity, consciousness identifies with each of them as it carries out its individual conitioned functions. Any conglomerate of cells such as an organ also has self-identity.
What about the personality and energy residue of transplanted organs? Does one’s liver have anything to do with who one is? A doctor of Chinese medicine would answer that yes, one’s liver carries a definite signature of one’s energy, her/his style of QI.
Biology within consciousness agress with the Chinese physician: our livers do have something to say about who we are. The conscoiusness connection of organs precludes the kind of thinking that as led to the organ transplant boom.
It is time now for biologists and, with them, allopathic pactitioners of conventional medicine to come to terms with reality, that the physical body is just a representation-maker for our subtle bodies and medicine must be extended to deal with all our bodies, not just the physical.