Understanding Medicines – From Deadly Drugs to Healthy Foods

Medicines-From-Deadly-Drugs-to-Healthy-Foods-Today, Wakeup-World.com published the healthicine post about healthicines, medicines, symptomicines:  Check it out here:  Understanding Medicines – From Deadly Drugs to Healthy Foods.

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Standing up for Peruvian Children: Latin Music Night

CrinesFor more than 5 years, my wife and I have traveled to Arequipa, Peru in the winter. While we are down there we meet up with some of the social agencies and help out where we can.  Marcia is a Social Work instructor, and she arranged to take some of her students down for some work experience – and to see first hand what poverty can be like outside of Canada.

In the past three years, Marcia and the students have created a non-profit society and promoted some fundraising activities in Canada – in Edmonton, to raise funds for some of the agencies we visit in Peru. Next week on November 16th, we will join a community of local musicians – many of them from South America, to present a night of Latin music and a silent auction. The funds raised will be delivered to several agencies in Peru, when we head down again after Christmas.  If you are interested in attending the Latin Music night you learn more, and buy tickets here: Latin Music Night. If you are interested in donating, but cannot make it out to the Latin Music night, you can click the link below to make a donation.

The agencies we support are

Crines: a horse riding theraputic centre for disabled children.
Corazon de Jesus: a school for very poor children, many from single family (mother only) parents.
Instituto de Rehabiltaction Integral Para Discapacitados (I.R.I.D.) a home center for handicapped children who were abandoned by their parents;

You can view photos from our many visits to these organizations, here: SUPC photos.  And you can find more information about the organization’s history and accomplishments on the website: Standing Up for Peruvian Children.

While we are in Arequipa, we visit each of these organizations to learn more about their situation and their needs – and then decide how to allocate the funds raised.  There is no overhead in SUPC – we actually spend quite a bit of our own money as well.

You can support SUPC, and our efforts in Peru, by buying tickets to the Latin Music Night, by purchasing items at the Silent Auction, or by making a donation. btn_donateCC_LG

Thanks for your support to our communities in Edmonton, working to enhance the health of communities in Peru.



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Diseases Cured – but not by Medicines

NoMedicinesCan you name a disease that can be cured, but cannot be cured with medicines? Can you name two? Five? More? How many diseases are there that are easily cured – but cannot be cured by medicines?

What is a disease? What is a medicine? Are medicines defined by the diseases they treat? There are many definitions of disease – and many definitions of medicine.  For this post, I will use a very simple definition of disease, and a very simple definition of medicine.

Disease: a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor. Bacterial infection, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s, hypertension, depression, the common cold. Medicine: a substance marketed to treat a disease, recognized as a drug by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration). These definitions are deliberately simple and clear to illuminate simplest aspects of the issue at hand.

Cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, depression, the common cold, and many other diseases have symptoms that can be ‘treated’ with medicines. But they cannot be ‘cured’ according to current medical textbooks.

Can you name a common disease that CAN be cured by medicines?  Many bacterial infection, viral infections, fungal infections and parasitic infections can be cured by medicines that kill the infecting agent. Are there any other types of diseases that are cured by medicines?

Some claim that multivitamins and supplements are ‘no better than a placebo’.  Can multivitamins and supplements actually cure any diseases? How many diseases can you list that can be cured by vitamins or supplements?

Scurvy is deficiency of Vitamin C.  The only cure for scurvy is Vitamin C.  You can cure scurvy with oranges, lemons, limes – and many other foods containing Vitamin C.  You can cure scurvy, we according to medical science with Vitamin C, ascorbic acid supplements. But you can’t cure scurvy with medicines.

Scurvy can only be cured by healthicines, not by medicines. Vitamin C is a healthicine. It comes from nature in many foods. It is not a medicine that fights your disease – it is a healthicine, creating and improving healthiness. When Vitamin C is deficient, your health drops steadily to the point where you can be diagnosed with a disease, scurvy. In some cases, if your Vitamin C deficiency is extreme and over long periods, damage to bones and teeth can be so severe that they cannot be healed – even with the best healthicines and medicines.

Vitamin C is also the only preventative for scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C, you cannot prevent it be taking medicines, nor by taking multivitamins that do not contain Vitamin C. Health is the best preventative.

Is Vitamin C a nutrient – when you get enough, and a medicine when you are deficient? If you have scurvy, or other symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency – do oranges and lemons, spinach, broccoli and tomatoes suddenly become a medicine? No, they are healing foods: healthicines.HealthicinestoDeathicines

Using this model, there are many other diseases that cannot be cured by medicines, can only be cured by healthicines.

Vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness so severe that it cannot be cured. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to many other health issues, symptoms, and diseases. However, it you catch it early, if you develop night blindness due to a Vitamin A deficiency – it can often be cured with Vitamin A.  You can’t cure it with a medicine. You can only cure it with a Vitamin A supplement, or foods that contain Vitamin A.

But it’s not that simple. There are different types of ‘night blindness’. Night blindness can have many different causes, from genetics, to toxins (including medicines), to Vitamin A deficiency.  Night blindness can only be cured by Vitamin A – if it was caused by a Vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin A also provides a key to another class of diseases that cannot be cured with medicines. Vitamin A is toxic.  If you consume too much Vitamin A, you will develop many symptoms of Vitamin A toxicity, which can result in headaches, drowsiness, irritability, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, peeling skin – and even death.

The solution to Vitamin A toxicity? Stop consuming so much Vitamin A. Medicines can’t help – only healthy actions.

Now we can see that there are hundreds, possibly even thousands of diseases that cannot be cured by ‘patent medicines’, but can only be cured by healthicines, or by healthy actions.

Each of the vitamins has one or more corresponding diseases that result when they are deficient, and many have other diseases that result when excessive amounts are consumed. There are 13 clearly recognized vitamins. Each of the diseases caused by deficiency, or by excesses of vitamin consumption, cannot be cured by medicines – they can only be cured by more, or less of the foods containing the vitamins – by healthy actions.

Vitamins are essential nutrients. There are many other nutrients essential to the health of humans.

There are two essential fatty acids, and a few more that are ‘conditionally essential’. If you are deficient, you will develop symptoms and diseases of fatty acid deficiency.  These symptoms and diseases can only be treated with foods containing the fatty acids – medicines cannot cure. There are also diseases of fatty acid excess or imbalance.

There are nine essential amino acids, or proteins, and six more that are conditionally essential to health and freedom from disease. Symptoms and diseases resulting from protein deficiencies cannot be treated by medicines, only by foods. Excess protein consumption has been linked to kidney disease, cancers, and osteoporosis.

There are fifteen dietary minerals essential to health.  A deficiency of any of these minerals will gradually result in symptoms followed by diseases that cannot be cured by medicines. Only foods, or supplements containing these minerals – can cure these illnesses.

How many other foods are essential to health? We’re not sure. We need water, which does not fit into any of the above categories. A deficiency of water leads to the disease of dehydration, which can only be cured by consuming water. An excess of water can lead to water toxicity – which can lead to death if severe.

There is uncertainty about the total number of essential nutrients – and there is also little science about how our needs for different essential nutrients might change as we grow from a baby to an octogenarian.

In summary, there are at least 40 essential nutrients. Some estimates range to over 100 nutrients essential to health. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients leads to diseases that can be cured – but not by medicines.

There is another complete class of diseases that cannot be cured by medicines. We can go back to Vitamin A.  An excess of Vitamin A is toxic. It can cause severe symptoms, disease – even death. An excess of many of the essential nutrients can result in symptoms, diseases and death. Even water can cause disease and death in excess.

Diseases caused by excess – even those caused by excesses of essential nutrients – cannot be cured by medicines. There are also hundreds – thousands of toxic chemicals in our foods and our environment. In many cases, these chemicals cause diseases with a name, that can be diagnosed – lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, chlorine poisoning – and many more. There are many toxic chemicals that cause minor, or even severe symptoms – without the severity of a ‘diseases’. Most medicines are toxic. Most medicines have ‘side effects’, many of which are symptoms of toxicity – that can lead to disease or death. The symptoms of these diseases can be ‘treated’ by more medicines – and often are. But the diseases and symptoms can only be cured by removing the toxic chemicals from our food and from our bodies.

When a toxic chemical is consumed or encountered on an ongoing basis, even in low amounts, the result can be a chronic disease. This chronic disease cannot be cured by medicine – it can only be cured, if it can be cured, by removing the contact with the toxic chemical. In some cases, where the toxic chemical has built up in our bodies – it may be necessary to consume a food, or a medicine, that helps to remove the toxic chemical.

Our list of diseases that can be cured, but not by medicines, continues to grow. There are clearly hundreds, possibly thousands of diseases that can be cured – but not by medicines. Some are cured by healthicines, some are cured by healthy actions of restraint.

There are more, we don’t know how many more, diseases that can be cured by health, but not by medicines.

If you have a minor deficiency of a single nutrient, you might suffer from some symptoms, but not enough to be diagnosed with a disease.  In these cases – as in deficiency diseases – there is no medicine that can ‘cure’ your symptoms. The only cure for your symptoms is to consume required nutrient.

What about diseases are caused by several minor nutrient deficiencies acting at once? Today’s nutritional science operates, for the most part, using a reductionist methodology, studying one nutrient or toxin at a time. But health is whole. Our bodies and our health are not reductionist – they are holistic. If you are missing, or have a minor deficiency in several essential nutrients – you might suffer symptoms that are hard to understand.  You might be diagnosed with a disease where the causes are difficult, almost impossible, to identify.There are many diseases that are diagnosed without identification of the cause. It’s not hard to find many diseases where the cause cannot be identified. Cancers, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and many more are diseases without a known cause. It is a failure of medicine that medical textbooks, medical science, has not developed techniques to identify the causes in individual cases, to work towards actually curing the disease. Instead, medical textbooks often recommend treating the symptoms, because the causes are not understood.

What about mental, spirit, and community diseases, like depression? Depression can  be caused by many things. It can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, caused by skipping meals and lots of sugary snacks – medicines can’t help. But healthy food can.  Solitary confinement can cause and exacerbate depression – should we be surprised? If your depression is caused by social isolation, taking medicines can’t make it better. Giving hugs is probably more effective. You can get better results by going out to a blues bar, listening to someone else complain about their problems in song, and getting up to dance anyway.

Most of the diseases with unknown causes are chronic diseases. This fits perfectly with the types of disease that are caused by ongoing nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. Nutrient deficiencies and ongoing toxicities can be slight, with damage accumulating gradually, over long periods of time.

How many chronic diseases are caused by minor multiple nutrient deficiencies?  We don’t know. How many chronic diseases are caused by long term, minor multiple toxic excesses? We don’t know that either. How many diseases are caused by combinations of minor multiple nutrient deficiencies and minor multiple toxic excesses? We have no idea.

Each of these diseases are caused by unhealthiness, and can only be cured by healthy actions, not by medicines. Each of these diseases can only be prevented by healthy actions, healthicines, but not by medicines. Medicines might prevent the symptoms, but cannot prevent the disease.

How many diseases can be cured, but not by medicines? We don’t know, but we can name hundreds, possibly thousands – and even more symptoms caused by nutrient deficiencies, and by nutrient and toxic excesses.

How many diseases are identified as  incurable by medicine today? Thousands. How many might be cured with health? We don’t know. In many cases, we don’t know because we are busy searching for a ‘medicine’ to cure a disease that cannot be cured with a medicine.

A healthicine is something that increases your health.  A medicine is something that fights your disease. Vitamin C, essential nutrients and water are healthicines. Antibiotics and painkillers are medicines. But what about green medicines, natural medicines? Natural medicines can be healthicines, or medicines,  or sometimes both – because natural medicines are not simple.

Our medical sciences cannot distinguish between healthicines and medicines when they attempt to treat a disease without finding the cause. What happens if you attempt to treat a disease that can only be treated with health – with a medicine? It gets continues to grow. In some cases it gets worse, even while the patient ‘feels better’. The medicine can be a success, while the patient’s health continues to deteriorate.

We need to search for health, and for healthicines, more than we need to search for medicines.

to your health, tracy

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10 Truths About Cancer

I’ve been watching the video series “The Truth About Cancer“. Advertised as “28 Doctors, 11 Scientists, 9 Survivors And 1 ‘FDA Dragon Slaying’ Attorney Break Their ‘Code Of Silence’ And Expose The TRUTH About Cancer And Exactly How To Prevent, Treat And Beat it 100% Naturally“. It’s a valuable document and I recommend it to anyone who is considering cancer treatment alternatives. However, it does not tell you “how to beat your cancer 100%”- naturally or otherwise. I’m here to explain why it cannot. Note: I will use the acronym TAC (Truth About Cancer) to represent the videos and the message in this series.

When I research any medical information, I take a healthicine perspective. Health is bigger than illness, healthicine is bigger than medicine. When we take a healthicine view – our view is broader, higher, and deeper than a medical viewpoint.

The people in The Truth About Cancer videos work from a medical viewpoint. Most of the people speaking are doctors – in many cases, doctors who were diagnosed with cancer and refused to submit to chemo, radiation and surgery. The doctors who did submit, found they still had cancer , sometimes worse, and decided to find their own path. Their medical perspective restricts their views, their findings and their conclusions.

Note: I have not purchased the videos, and have not watched every minute of the series, so there may be some errors here.  These comments are based on my general impression of the video series and some additional research.

1. You are your Cancer. Your cancer is you. I don’t believe these statements were ever made in the series. There were some hints towards this truth in TAC, but in most cases, the cancers were discussed as an ‘enemy’, to be uprooted, killed, and eradicated. There was little discussion of a cure for the patient, only death for the cancer. Almost all of the patients presented were people who claimed to have ‘beaten their cancer’.

I believe it is possible to health your body, without ‘beating’ it – and your cancer will fade away. That is what most of the successful people in this video actually did, although for some of them – that decision came only after a long battle.

2. It’s official, cancer cannot be cured.  There may have been someone in the TAC video who claimed to have ‘cured’ their cancer, but in general the video stuck with the current medical theory.  Medical textbooks have given up on most cancers, and declare them incurable.  The best you can hope for is to ‘put your cancer into remission’ and pray it never returns. Remission is defined as ‘below the threshold of a diagnosis’.

Cancer cure is not defined by the medical profession.  There are no medical tests to measure cancer cures and there are no statistics on cancers cured – for any cancer. We can’t tell if cancer has been cured. So we believe it cannot be cured.

Contrary to this faulty logic, cancer patients, can be healthed, can be cured. Many of the people in the video actually cured themselves of cancer – and are cancer free today. There are many more people out there who have cured themselves of cancer. I have met some of them. But the video does not discuss the actual concept of curing a cancer patient.

3. There are no cancer survivors. The term ‘cancer survivor’ is a term created in 1986, by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, to replace the term “cancer victim”, which was seen as too negative.  Not as negative as chemo victim, or radiation victim, do you think? A cancer survivor, according to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It does not matter if the cancer diagnosed was dangerous.  Nor does it matter if the diagnosis was incorrect. Once the diagnosis is created – a cancer survivor is created.

In simplest terms, a ‘cancer survivor’ is a cancer patient. Cancer is defined as a disease that cannot be cured, so once you are diagnosed –  you are a cancer patient for life. You become a ‘cancer survivor’, until you die.

As the medical profession came to grips with the manufactured reality that “there can be no cures for cancer”, they have embraced the term cancer survivor, and even changed their statistical models to represent the term.

But cancer survivors don’t survive cancer, they survive diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.  Little has changed from 1986, when there were only “cancer victims” – except the language.

Those who have survived chemo, radiation, and surgery are told, by their doctors, that they have not ‘cured’ their cancer. There are no medical tests for ‘cured’. Every year, these patients are tested again to see if their cancer is ‘still in remission’, or if it has re-emerged. In most cases, after 5 years or less – if the patient is still alive – the cancer re-appears. It was always there.

The TAC videos present several people who have been totally cancer free for years, even decades. TAC often uses the word ‘cancer survivor’, but these people are not ‘cancer survivors in the ‘medical model’.  They are simply people who have healthed their bodies – and the cancer went away.  They cured themselves – but there is no medical test that recognizes a cancer cure, so the video cannot claim the presence of a cure.

4. Cancer diagnosis is crap. It is very difficult to diagnose diagnose cancers, and even the word ‘cancer’ is poorly defined.  A PSA test or a mammogram detects a ‘potential cancer indicator’ and further tests must be used to diagnose cancer. When a potential cancer tumor is found, further tests are needed to determine if it is a ‘real cancer’ – specifically if it is malignant, or if it has metastasized. The definition of ‘cancer’ is different depending on which textbook you read. The medical tests for determining if a cancer is present are so poor that many ‘cancerous tumors’ are removed – and then found to be non-cancerous. One of the most visible was the removal of the thyroid gland from the president of Argentina – which was found afterwards to be non-cancerous. It makes me curious – how many times has a non-cancerous tumor been removed, but the patient never told, or the doctor never actually bothered to check? Is the patient still counted as a ‘cancer diagnosis’ and a ‘cancer survivor’? I suspect so.

Cancer can be over-diagnosed – resulting in dangerous, unnecessary treatments, and it can be also be under-diagnosed, or missed completely, until it is so advanced that the patient is nearly dead. As far as I can remember – the TAC video series does not actually address this issue. Nor the fact that there is a financial incentive to over-diagnosis.

5. Early diagnosis does not prevent cancers. The standard mantra is that cancers should be diagnosed earlier for effective prevention. However, cancer diagnosis does nothing for prevention. Earlier diagnosis often leads to earlier incorrect interventions. TAC makes this clear. The two techniques for finding breast cancers and prostate cancers have been found in many cases, to cause more harm than good. These findings are the result of scientific cancer meta-studies. There are more mammogram victims than mammogram cures, and more PSA victims than PSA cures, because, according to the medical establishment’s official statistics, there are no breast cancer cures, no prostate cancer cures. But the mantra from many ‘professionals’ is still ‘get your mammogram’, ‘get your PSA tested every year’ – in direct contradiction to the scientific evidence. Part of the problem here – discussed in the TAC videos, is the simple fact that there are no other tests available in most medical settings. Thermogram the only breast cancer detection candidate I am aware of at present – is downplayed and not taken seriously by the medical establishment for many reasons, including:

a) we have machinery and training for mammograms,
b) but we don’t have machinery and training for thermograms, and
c) we don’t have time, nor room for both

Statistics indicate that mammograms actually increase cancer risk in some patients. PSA tests don’t increase cancer risk, but they increase risk of unnecessary treatments. Mammograms and PSA tests, our main ‘early diagnosis’ tools – do nothing to ‘prevent’ cancer. They increase false diagnosis, they increase ‘survivors’, and they increase unnecessary cancer treatments.  – which also does nothing to prevent cancer. TAC videos say we need better tools for earlier cancer diagnosis. The truth is completely different.

We need tools to detect conditions that create cancer, to detect conditions that lead to cancer.

We need to learn to detect the CAUSES of cancer earlier. But the truth is, we don’t measure the causes of cancer even when a cancer is diagnosed.  More about this in point number 7.

6. Cancer Treatments Often Kill. The TAC videos often point out the sad truth about conventional cancer treatments. Very few patients die from cancer. Many die from chemotherapy, from radiation, from surgery – or from combinations of these standard treatments.  In many cases the cause of death is not taken seriously. Medical doctors take an oath to “do no harm”, but medical statistics are not constructed to measure harm done.

7. Many Different Treatment Plans work some of the Time. The TAC videos provide information about many clinics that have some success treating cancers.  It is difficult to determine any clinic’s level of success, partly because ‘cancer cure’ is not defined. There is also the challenge presented by the extremely weak techniques for cancer diagnosis.  Did this treatment actually cure the cancer, or was the diagnosis wrong?

However, we can learn one very important lesson from these videos about successful treatments and possible cures for cancer patients.

If you go to one of the reputable clinics, specializing in cancer treatments – inside or outside of the USA, your first experience will be a huge list of questions, measurements, and tests. In contrast, the standard medical approach is to make as few measures as necessary for a diagnosis – and proceed with treatment.  Why the difference?

If you actually intend to treat the cancer patient – instead of simply attempting to kill the cancer – you need to find the cause.  If you can find the causes – you can succeed.

Cancer has many causes.  According to the scientific evidence, it seems that ‘everything’ causes cancer. Conventional scientific medicine does not attempt to find the causes for any individual patient’s cancer.  Sometimes, there is blame – you have cancer because you are a smoker, or because of your genetics, but there is no investigation of actual causes. Treatment is not linked to causes.

The clinics that have the most success fighting cancer, search first for the individual causes for each patient’s cancer.  One patient might have five causes contributing to his cancer.  Another might have 3, or 7 contributing to her cancer. A thorough search for causes is essential if correct treatments are to be developed for each individual patient.  That’s what the successful clinics do. The TAC videos don’t say this directly, they are too busy trying to convince us that “yes, sometimes cures are possible”, to actually stop and examine why, or how this might happen.

8. Your insurance won’t Pay, even if you are Cured. The TAC videos tell us that some people choose chemotherapy, radiation and surgery as their first attempt to fight the cancer – because their insurance pays for these treatments.

But they don’t mention the nonsense that if:

a) you are diagnosed with a cancer, and
b) you undertake a treatment for the cancer that is not chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and
c) the treatment is a success – follow-up diagnostics show the cancer is gone
d) Your insurance will not pay for the treatment.  

Success is not important. If it’s not on the list, the insurance will not pay.  But, if you are diagnosed with a cancer, and the cancer is treated with expensive doses of chemotherapy, and radiation, and expensive surgeries, your insurance will pay, even if the cancer recurs next year, or the year after – even if you die.

9. If our Cancer is Cured, No-one Cares. The TAC videos occasionally mention the fact that doctors who have made a cancer diagnosis of cancer, often shun a patient who has success with alternative treatments. But TAC fails to notice that no-one counts these successes in statistics.  There are no statistics for cancer cures. People who avoid the conventional medical system are ignored completely by cancer statisticians. This act of ignorance, deliberate or not, fosters continued ignorance about the Truth About Cancer. The truth about cancer is simple – nobody cares enough to count cures.


The Truth About Cancer video series provides a comprehensive overview of the nonsense surrounding conventional medical treatments for cancer, and valuable information about alternatives.  Much of what is presented is already known by many people who have taken a serious look at the cancer industry. However – TAC still maintains a ‘medical perspective’ attempting to ‘beat’ the cancer, and thus falls into the trap of believing that cancer cannot be cured.

10. If you think you can or you think you can’t – you are right. If we think we can cure cancer patients, we can learn to do it.

As long as we maintain the status quo:

  • the medical textbooks that say ‘cancer is incurable';
  • systems that ignore causes in individual cases;
  • the medical systems that aim for remission, not cures;
  • systems that ignore damage done by wrong diagnosis;
  • treatments that attack the cancer – instead of helping the patient;
  • systems that ignore the damage caused by unhealthy treatments;
  • systems that cannot recognize, and thus cannot count cures;

We will continue to fail against cancer.

We can cure cancers.  We need to go beyond the information in these videos. We need to clearly define ‘cancer cure’ – so that we can recognize it when we see it.  We need to document those people whose cancers are cured, so that this information can be used to find effective cures for all cancer patients.

to your health, tracy

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Pharmacy: Where you Buy Placebos

FavoritePlaceboHave you visited your local pharmacy lately? I recommend it as a bit of a reality check. Check out the stuff for sale near the cash register – that’s the stuff they want to catch your eye as you pay, hoping you’ll ‘pick up something extra’. The stuff with the highest profit margin.

But before you head out, a few words about placebos.

There are many different kinds of placebos. When most people think of a placebo, they think “sugar pill“. Mosby’s Medical Dictionary defines placebo as: “an inactive substance, such as saline solution, distilled water, or sugar“. Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine defines placebo as: “a supposedly inert substance such as a sugar pill or injection of sterile water“.   Continue reading “Pharmacy: Where you Buy Placebos” »

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Free Book, Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness

amazonBookImgeNote: This book sale and free book deal ended on October 18th.

On Tuesday, Oct 14th the book Healthicine: the Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness, can be purchased for FREE on Kindle – for 5 days. At the same time, I will have reduced the price of the printed version of the book, from $20, to $8.99 on CreateSpace.com. If you who don’t have access to Kindle, or who want a book you can hold in your hands and make notes, this is for you. Continue reading “Free Book, Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness” »

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Medicines: From Deadly Drugs to Healthy Foods

You might think there are only two types of medicines – conventional medicines and alternative medicines. There are many different ways to view medicines, and when we take different viewpoints, we can learn more. The differences between conventional and alternative medicines is a very weak distinction,  so weak that it is not recognized by the US FDA – the official body for approval of medicines.

How should we view different classes of medicines? In this post, we view different medicines according to their effects on healthiness. Some medicines have a positive effect on healthiness, some have a very negative effect on healthiness and many are in-between.  In this diagram, medicines are arranged from the least healthy on the left, to the healthiest on the right. In each case there is some overlap – sometimes this overlap can be very wide.


Deathicines kill. We kill with lethal injections of medicine, treatments with hanging, firing squads, and electric chairs. I think we do this, hoping that we are making our society ‘healthier’, or ‘well’. We kill after we give up on our ability to cure with medicines, or to health with healthicines.

Deathicines/Sickicines are medicines that kill when they try to cure. The Institute of Medicine report, in 2000, estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths were caused by medical errors. It’s very difficult to count or estimate the number of deaths by medical deathicines. It’s easy, intentionally or simply in error, to attribute a death to an illness – rather than document a death due to a medicine. We don’t intend for medicines to kill – except on death row or in murder movies. But they kill.

Sickicines are medicines that make you sick. They fail to cure, fail to make you well, or fail in “making you healthier”. One group of sickicines are simply “wrong medicines”.  You might get the wrong medicine in many different situations.  A mistake in your bathroom, taking the wrong pills when you are tired or confused. A mistake in the hospital, where a staff member gives the right medicine to the wrong patient. A diagnostic mistake in the doctor’s office, resulting a prescription for a wrong medicine. A mistake in design and testing of medicines, resulting in the sale of a product that sickens more than it cures.

Many ‘subscription medications’ – symptomicines, are also sickicines. Sickicines are hard to count, although there are some statistics. A report by the Institute of Medicine in the USA estimated over one million injuries due to medical errors – one group of sickicines. Most prescription medicines sold are symptomicines, having potential to become sickicines.

Symptomicines hide symptoms. Symptomicines hide negative sensations, those that make us uncomfortable or unhappy. Symptomicines do not cure, they only affect symptoms.

If the symptoms are a result of a minor illness, a symptomicine can help your body to heal. If the symptoms are a result of serious illness, symptomicines can hide the illness and allow it to grow. In an ongoing illness, the use of symptomicines must be paired with healthicines, because. symptomicines do not cure. They are often ‘subscription medicines’, and the patient is advised to learn to ‘live with your disease’. Symptomicines are often prescribed when your doctor gives up on your illness, and often recommended in medical textbooks – when the medical textbook has no solution to the illness. Many of the top 100 best selling medicines of 2013 are symptomicines.

Symptomicines/Medicines – the overlap between symptomicines and medicines, contain symptomicines that can help to cure.  A cold medicine doesn’t cure, but relief from symptoms helps you perform healthy activities – resulting in faster recovery.

Medicines fight illness and disease, so you can recover. The goal of medicine is to make you well – ‘not sick’. If you are not sick, you don’t need a medicine. Some medicines also fight symptoms, but often medicines create more symptoms, or side effects, because they are designed to fight life (unhealthy bacteria), not to help life.

Patent medicines don’t come from nature, they are man made. Medicines are often designed to ‘trick’ illness, to trick nature. Health is true and honest – you can’t ‘trick’ health. Most medicines are medicines all of the time. Antibiotics and prescription drugs don’t stop being medicines ‘depending on use’. They are medicines by design.

Medicines/Healthicines some medicines are also healthicines: “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” said Hippocrates.  Vitamin C, or foods containing Vitamin C, are foods and healthicines – but when you have scurvy, they act as medicines.

Healthicines make you healthy and healthier. Healthicines come from nature, because we come from nature. Healthy foods, healthy exercise, healthy thoughts, and healthy communities. Healthicines fight and prevent disease by making you healthier. When you are sick, many healthicines can be medicines. When your diet is deficient, many healthicines – essential nutrients – can cure diseases that a patent medicine cannot touch.

Classes of Medicines

Medicines range from deathicines, causing death, to healthicines – causing health. The sequence, from deathicines to sickicines to symptomicines to medicines to healthicines is arranged by their effects on healthiness.  Deathicines, sickicines and symptomicines generally have negative effects on healthiness, while symptomicines, medicines and healthicines have positive effects on healthiness.

When Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”, he was talking about symptomicines, medicines and mostly – healthicines.

Healthicines are the most effective medicines and the most effective preventatives. Medicines can be more powerful, but with this power comes more risk of damage.

Unintended Effects

Each class of medicine has intended effects – and also unintended effects. These effects can also be used to guide our choice of treatment.

Healthicines create healthiness, and as a result, they prevent and cure illness. The most effective way to prevent an illness is to improve health – and this can only be accomplished with healthicines.

Medicines kill illness, but unintended effects can range from mild decreases in healthiness to death. Medicines are powerful tools, but we must be careful to not overuse or misuse them. Medicines are dangerous to health.

Symptomicines dull symptoms and can allow illness to grow undetected. In short term illnesses, like a cold or influenza, symptomicines are very effective. In long term illnesses, symptomicines need to be paired with a search for the cure – which is usually healthicines. Symptomicines without a search for the cure, allow the illness and damage caused by the illness to grow.

Sickicines are entirely unintended. Sickicines are the result of medical errors, and we need to reduce them whenever possible.

Deathicines kill and as a result they often destroy the truth and abandon the search for health. We need to reduce or eliminate the use of deathicines to create healthier communities, societies, and countries. 

Creation of

Healthicines are created by nature.
Symptomicines are created by discomfort, and by salesmen.
Medicines are created by searching for cures.
Sickicines are created by error.
Deathicines are created by ignorance and negligence.

Other classes of medicine

There are other ways to look at medicines, and other classifications of medicines that are outside of the above classification system.  Here are a few examples of non-medicines, that are often called medicines.


The name placebo comes from Latin, meaning ‘to please’. Placebos are given to please the patient. However, today there are two kinds of placebos.

  • True placebos prescribed you your doctor are ‘intended to heal’, and in many cases – they work, although there is lots of confusion about why. Placebos are medicines by intent. The intention of the doctor is to make the patient healthier.
  • Clinical placebos are administered in a medical study. They are designed to ‘not heal’ and are administered without intent to heal.  They are not true placebos. They are not intended to please the patient, nor to heal the patient. False placebos are designed to test medicines in clinical studies, through a comparison with a ‘not medicine’.


Fake-icines are things that pretend to be healthicines, or pretend to be medicines, but are actually neither.  Think diet soda.  It pretends to help you lose weight.  It does not increase your healthiness.  It does not fight your illness, even if your illness is obesity. And the latest scientific research confirms – it actually makes you fatter, and less healthy. Think ‘energy drinks’, that pretend to give you energy. They actually create imbalance, jangling your nerves with a burst of energetic feelings, which seldom lead to energetic activities.  Then, the rebound effect leaves you tired and fuzzy headed, prompting you to take some more. The perfect addiction. Fake-icines might have some natural ingredients, like water, but they are not from nature, they are created by man. They are created to ‘sell more’.

Illegal-icines are healthicines, symptomicines, and medicines that are illegal. It is unfortunate that many medicines are illegal. Illogical that many natural symptomicines are illegal, and ridiculous that many healthicines are illegal. That’s the state of our laws of medicine today, but that’s complicated enough for a post of its own.

to your health, tracy

downloadTracy is the author of Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness, and Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging. 

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