Alternative Medicines vs Health

Every medicine that doesn’t cure, is an ‘alternative medicine’. If it doesn’t cure, we can always find something better – maybe even a cure.  Unfortunately, most medicines sold today, make no claim to cure, have no intentions to cure, and cannot cure. Over 90% of the best selling medicines by year, do not cure. When I surveyed top selling medicines in 2011, for example: none of the top ten best selling drugs claimed to cure a disease. None address the cause of the disease they treat, instead they treat ‘symptoms’.

Most cures come from health, not from medicines. Medicine, the field of medicine, recognizes cures for illnesses caused by parasites. There is no definition of cured, for any disease not caused by parasites. It is not possible to cure arthritis, Alzheimer’s, carbon monoxide poisoning, diabetes, obesity, MS, scurvy, and many more illnesses – because cured is not defined.

Of course we can cure scurvy. We know how to cure scurvy, right?  Actually, officially, if you check the medical treatment reference books, scurvy can be treated, but no text dares to use the word ‘cure’. Not only that, all of the treatments recommended simply can’t cure any scurvy, because they do not address the cause.

Scurvy, like all illnesses ‘not caused by a parasite’, is cured with health.  A healthy diet. That’s the cure, the only cure. The only question is how to administer it. Vitamin C, an alternative medicine, does not cure scurvy – even thought it is the treatment recommended by all three major treatment references. Instead, it makes the patient dependent on Vitamin C, converting the illness into a chronic diseases.

Health is the cure for many illnesses.  We know that health is the cure for obesity.  We know that health is the cure for scurvy.  We should know that health is the cure for diabetes, for arthritis, for Alzheimer’s.  We should know that any disease not caused by a parasite, and even many diseases caused by a parasite, are actually caused by a lack of healthiness.

Health is the cure.  The best cure.  The only cure for many illnesses.  But instead, for diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and more, we argue about which ‘alternative medicine’, which make no claim to cure, are ‘better’. Medicine, the field of medicine, is biased.  It wants to treat illness with medicine, even when it cannot cure.

The arguments between conventional medicines that don’t cure, and alternative medicines that don’t cure is a nonsense discussion which can be summarized as:

which medicine does not cure better?

There is no ‘best’ treatment that does not cure.  All treatments, all medicines that do not cure are ‘alternative medicines’.

to your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

 

 

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Book Review: The Bloat Cure: 101 Natural Solutions for Real and Lasting Relief

Another book with ‘cure’ in the title.  Does it actually cure? What does cure mean?  What does cure mean – in this book? The book title claims to present 101 natural solutions for real and lasting relief. Does that mean 101 cures? Or more?  Or less?

Review:

Bloat Cure: 101 Natural Solutions for Real and Lasting Relief doesn’t present 101 cures, as you might believe from the title.  It presents 101 causes of bloat, and in most cases, many solutions are presented. The first cause listed – acid blockers – lists 7 different actions. First get off the medicine. Then 6 actions to address the cause of the cause. This actually makes sense – once we know the cause of an illness, there are often many ways to cure it.

However,

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Causal Cures: Books That Cure

Have you noticed that there are thousands of books that claim to cure?  Have you noticed that our medical establishment dismisses most of them, and refuses to support any of them? How can this be?  Why does it happen?

The problem is simple. Cure is not defined in medicine. A further complication comes from the word cure, and how cure is defined outside of the field of medicine. There are two fundamentally opposing definitions of cure – often confused and mixed without awareness.

  1. When many people think of a cure, they believe in a ‘cure’ as the end of an illness, where medicine is no longer required.
  2. However, cure is also defined by many dictionaries as any treatment for an illness, with little respect for effectiveness. As a result, there are many books about ‘cure’ that are actually about treatments which make no attempt to cure.

Most books about curing illness do not use the word ‘cure’ in the title nor in the contents. The word cure is often forbidden in medicine, with the common belief that cures are miracles – and we cannot study miracles with science.

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Miracle Cures vs. Causal Cures

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure for all diseases.” Thomas Browne

Cures are miracles. Anyone who can cure, is eligible for sainthood. Such is the mystique of cures and curing. At the same time, anyone who claims to cure any disease or medical condition is banished, treated more like the devil, or a ‘quack’, promoting ‘pseudo-science’. No self-respecting doctor would claim to cure.  Training for nurses and other medical workers often advises “never use the word ‘cure'”. Cures are considered impossible, or at least very unlikely, suspicious even when they occur.

In truth, cures are commonplace. So common that many cures are invisible. Our health easily cures the common cold, the flu, and measles, given a bit of time, while modern medicine claims them to be incurable. Cuts and bruises, large and small, are healed by nature – no doctor can cure them. Many disabilities, perhaps they should have been named ‘inabilities’ are cured by a physical, mental, spiritual, or community jolt of reality. If you believe you cannot be cured, you are disabled.  In some cases, when you think you can, and try, your disability is converted to an inability, which is then cured.  But these cures, like most cures do not come from medicines, so they are ignored by the students and scientists of medicine, and by medicine marketers, or dismissed as ‘anecdotes’ and placebo effects.

Every cure is an anecdote. Every illness is a unique story with a cause, a course, and an ending.

If cures were not so common, we would all die at an early age. Yet cures remain a mystery. It’s easy to believe that cures are few and far between, even as we are surrounded by cures. We need to open our eyes to a simple, clear understanding of cure.

Do not believe in miracle cures.  A miracle cure leaps past any attempts to understand or address the cause of the illness. When the cause of the illness is not understood, the cure will not be final. The fundamental truth of cure begins with cause.

There are currently many definitions and meanings of the word ‘cure’. Dictionaries define, agree, and disagree silently about cure, cures, cured, and incurable. Medical dictionaries and reference books, for the most part, abstain from making any statements about cure – while simultaneously claiming that many diseases, most especially chronic diseases, are incurable. There are, however, two basic views, two basic definitions of cure, hidden in the many definitions of cure.  A permanent cure is a permanent end to the illness.  A permanent cure addresses the cause – a causal cure. A temporary cure addresses the signs and symptoms of the illness – but the illness is not actually cured. A temporary cure is a symptom cure.  This article is about permanent, causal cures.

There are many different definitions of illness, disease, medical condition and disability – and little consistency in the use of terms by different authors and publications. In healthicine, an illness is a negative medical condition with a cause. An illness can be cured, by addressing the cause.  Treating the symptoms, without addressing the cause, will not end the illness.

Cure the disease and cure the patient.” Francis Bacon.
– actually, we cure illness, one illness at a time, not the disease, not the patient.

Causal Cures

Causal cures can be simple, or complex. Cure is simple when the cause of the illness is simple. The cure is to address the cause.  A person suffering from a dietary deficiency of Vitamin C, causing scurvy, is cured by changing to a diet that contains sufficient Vitamin C.  A person suffering from arsenic toxicity, is cured when they stop consuming foods that contain arsenic. Of course, in both cases, healing is required to complete the cure. These cures, like many cures, are so simple that they are ignored, dismissed, as if they are not a ‘real cures‘, because real cures are impossible to understand. Nonsense.

Simple cures are simple.  Every illness has a cause.  Every cure has a cause. The causes must be linked, if the illness is to be cured.

But then complexity rises.  Every ’cause’ might also have a cause. Which is the key cause? Which cause is the root cause? There are no root causes.  The key cause is any cause that leads to a cure when addressed.

We can simplify cures, first, by simplifying illness to elemental illnesses.  By breaking compound illnesses down, to understand the simple illnesses they are comprised of. Then we address the single causes of the elemental illnesses, one at a time.  It seems too simple.  It is simple, because we made the effort to simplify it. It’s simple in theory.  We need to change the practice of medicine to match the theory of cause.

Many diseases consist of complex, even multiple illnesses.  When we treat these diseases, it’s easy to resort to treating symptoms, ignoring cause.  Easy, and often seen as ‘successful’ by the patient, the doctor, and medical science, even as it fails to cure. This leads, predictably, to more complexities, potentially making each individual illness more difficult to cure. Eventually, the approach of treating symptoms leads to a lack of faith in cure, even when we are surrounded by cures. This is the state of medicine today:

Physicians of the utmost fame, were called at once; but when they came
They answered as they took their fees, ‘There is no cure for this disease.’  Hilaire Belloc
-maybe we would find more cures, if we only paid our doctors for cures.

There are no incurable illnesses. Modern medicine, makes the same mistake as the Oxford Dictionary, defining ‘incurable‘ as ‘incapable of being cured by medicine or medical skill‘, forgetting that most illnesses are not cured by medicine, nor medical skill, but by health. It is not possible to prove that an illness cannot be cured, without calling it a disability – not an illness. It is often possible to prove that a disability was an illness, by curing, by converting it to an illness.

Life is an incurable disease. Abraham Cowley.
– Illness, on the other hand, is curable, by definition

In this article, I offer a clear, complete definition of causal cure, from a healthicine perspective, in the hope that we can move towards a useful, scientific definition of cure, understood by all, to the improvement of our health.

The intent of this post is to cure illness.

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire.” Rudyard Kipling

Definitions of Causal Cure
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Cure: n. A cure is the end of an illness.  ( Reference: 1)

Causal Cure: v. To bring about the end of an illness by addressing the cause.

Illness: n. An illness is a negative condition, consisting of a cause, which might be in the body, the mind, the spirit, or the community of the patient, and the consequences, signs and symptoms, which affect the body, the mind, the spirits and the communities of the patient.

Causal Cures: There are four distinct types of causal cures: curing, healing, transformation, and prevention.

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Types of Causal Cures

1. Curing: bringing about the end of an active illness in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community, by addressing the cause. An illness is the intersection of a cause and negative consequences, signs and symptoms of illness. It is cured when the cause has been successfully addressed. Corollary: The cause of an active illness has been successfully addressed when the illness is cured.

A partial cure occurs when the cause of an illness is partially addressed, or when a single cause of a compound illness, with multiple causes, is addressed.

A temporary cure occurs when the cause of an illness is temporarily addressed. Temporary cures can lead to chronic illness if the cycle is repeated.

While an illness is not cured, it creates injuries.

2. Healing is an ongoing curative process that is present before, during, and after the illness. (Reference 2, 3, 4). Injuries are healed. An injury might come from an illness, or from an external event. Healing is seldom perfect, and imperfect healing can lead to blockage or disability, which might only be curable by a transformation.

3. Transformation: Removing, and thus curing, physical (body), mental (mind), spiritual (spirits), and community blockage or disability. (Reference 4) Surgical cures are transformation, although most of the time, less severe transformations, physical changes to body, or changes to mental, spiritual or community states are sufficient. Removal of blockage often necessitates healing. Not all blockages can be cured – a blockage that cannot be cured is a disability.

4. Preventative cures address causes before illness can arise.

Notes:

The definition presented here is a healthicine definition of causal cure. It is designed to present a comprehensive, cohesive definition of causal cure for all types of illnesses. It is based on the concept of cure as the end to an illness. Treatments for signs and symptoms of illness, that do not address cause, are symptomicines or symptomicine cures, not causal cures. Symptomicine cures often lead to new illnesses (which are often called side-effects).

There are many definitions of ‘cure’ to be found in standard dictionaries. Dictionaries must document all usage, including historical usage, not just medical or scientific usage. However, current dictionaries make no distinction between causal cures and symptom cures. There is currently no ‘useful’ medical view of cure, that is recognized and accepted by the many practices of medicine to be found in any medical reference.  Many medical dictionaries and medical reference texts do not define cure at all, and actively avoid use of the word cure.

Types of Illness

Illness is invisible. Every illness has a cause. Every illness is the intersection of a cause and the consequences.  We might see or know the cause.  We might see or feel the consequences, the signs and symptoms. We can’t actually see the illness. Neither cause nor consequences alone are the illness. Illness only exists when cause and consequences are linked.

Illness is a judgement, a negative judgement. Sometimes, perhaps often, the illness is clearly understood and defined, and the patient, the doctor, and the community agree that an illness is present, and which cause is active.  Sometimes, it is not so clear. Sometimes the patient believes there is an illness, but the doctor does not. Sometimes, the doctor believes there is an illness, but the patient does not. This can be natural, even healthy, because of the natural integration and gradation between healthiness and illness.  Illness can sometimes appear due to a negative judgement – by the patient or an external person. Sometimes it can disappear due to a contrary, positive judgement. This too can be natural and healthy.

An elementary, or elemental illness is the intersection of a single cause and negative consequences of that cause. Elementary illnesses are cured by addressing the elementary cause. We can often identify a train of causes, by asking both “what is the cause of this cause”, and “what is the consequence of this cause”. If the train of causes is truly linked, then addressing any single cause in the train will lead to a cure.

A compound illness consists of a number of elementary illnesses with similar consequences. A compound illness, by definition, has many causes. It is compound with respect to cause and with respect to being cured. Any case of a disease that has multiple causes is a compound illness. A compound illness is cured one elementary illness at a time, by addressing each of the elementary causes. Curing an elementary illness that is part of a compound illness is a partial cure. Cure sequencing might be an important factor, because illnesses caused by illness might not be cured out of sequence.

A chronic illness is an illness with a chronic cause.  It can only be cured by addressing the chronic nature of the cause.  Every chronic illness is also a compound illness, because in its simplest form, it consists of a series of elemental illnesses, and the chronic illness as well. It requires two actions to be cured, to address the cause, and its chronic nature.

A chronic compound illness is a compound illness with chronic causes. It can only be totally cured by addressing each of the chronic causes. A chronic disease is often a compound chronic illness.

Chronic illnesses often emerge when we fail, or give up our attempts to cure, and resort to medicines that treat symptoms – symptomicines.  Medicines that treat symptoms often have side effects, and because the medicine is intended to be ‘chronic’, to be taken over extended periods of time, these side effects become chronic illnesses, caused by chronic medication.

Progression of Illness

This diagram presents the transitions from illness, to injury, to blockage, to disability.

Illness can lead to injury, and injury can cause illness.  Injury can lead to blockage – and a blockage can cause injury.  A blockage that is incurable is a disability. When a disability is cured, we can know that it was really just a blockage.

Causal cure is the END of an illness. When a causal cure is accomplished, medicines that were used to treat symptoms of the illness are no longer needed. One goal of causal cures is to remove the dependence on medicines.

  1. A causal cure of an active illness, comes about when the cause is addressed, and the activity of the illness is stopped.
  2. Healing damage done by injury or illness is a cure that comes to an end when healing is completed.  When healing is completed, the medicine used to treat symptoms is no longer needed.
  3. Transformation cures disability or blockage which causes an illness, although transformation often requires healing to complete the process.

This diagram completes the transitions from illness to injury to blockage and disability, by adding the techniques to cure each condition.

Causal cures come from Health

Who cures? Causal cures are only accomplished by the health of the patient, although a causal cure might be aided by other people:

  1. A causal cure addresses an active illness, an illness with an active cause. Active causes can come from external life forms (parasites), or the patient’s life activities.  Medicines can sometimes address a parasitic illnesses, but no medicine can make a change in the activities of the patient.  Only the patient can cure an illness that is not caused by a parasite. Many parasitic illnesses are cured naturally, by the health of the patient, often before they are consciously noticed as illnesses.
  2. Healing is accomplished by the healthy body, mind, spirit and community of the patient. No external person or doctor can ‘heal’ the damage of an injury. Healing can be aided by healthiness, by proper diet, physical, mental, spiritual and community exercise, and other actions.Healing is part of growth, which is always active, even when no illness is present. The immune system is a healing system and also a powerful curing system.
  3. Transformation can come about when the patient becomes aware of the blockage that is the disability and changes themselves. In some cases, a change can come about without awareness of the blockage. Transformation can also be induced with the help of an external person by physical, mental, spiritual, or community manipulation to identify, remove, and cure the blockage. Disabilities and blockages that persist over time are chronic causes, often diagnosed as chronic diseases. If a blockage cannot be cured, it is not an illness, it is a permanent disability. A permanent disability can be converted to a ‘was a blockage’ by curing it.  A blockage can be converted to a permanent disability by giving up.
  4. Preventative cures contain risk.  It is often said that “prevention is the best medicine“, even “prevention is the best cure“.  However, this is not always true. There are two types of preventatives.  It is possible to prevent illness by improving healthiness – the best medicine, the best cure. But it is also possible to prevent illness by never taking any risks, by decreasing healthiness. Crossing the street can lead to injury and illness. But choosing to never cross the street is not the best medicine, it diminishes healthiness.  Crossing at the crosswalk, after looking out for traffic, is a healthy prevention.
  5. Placebo cures – can a placebo cure?  Actually, yes, although the exploration of that concept is an entire discussion in itself.  We typically think of a placebo as a symptomicine, addressing symptoms, but not attempting to cure. However, the prescription of a placebo can sometimes cause a transformation in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community of the patient, leading to a cure. Many so called ‘placebos’ and ‘placebo effects’ are simply cases where we do not understand what happened.

References:

  1. Webster’s: Cure: 3.a complete or permanent solution or remedy. 
  2. Oxford: Cure: 7. “A means of healing”.
  3. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary: 1. “To heal, to make well
  4.  Oxford: Cure II 4.To treat surgically or medically, with the purpose of healing

 References that do not define CURE:

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary, Third Edition

The Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary, Ninth Edition, 2015
The Bantam Medical Dictionary, Sixth Edition, 2009
Barron’s Dictionary of Medical Terms, Sixth Edition, 2013
Medical Terminology for Dummies, Second Edition

Merck’s Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Harrison’s Guide to Internal Medicine
Lange’s Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
The DSM 5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

 

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The Mysteries of Homeopathy: Resolved

Let’s face it, the basic theory of homeopathy is bunk. ‘Like cures like‘. Not only is it simplistic nonsense, demonstrably false. It’s not even true to the meaning of ‘cure’. Homeopathy claims that substances which cause similar symptoms, cure the symptoms.  But we don’t ‘cure’ symptoms.

We cure illnesses. Symptoms rise and fall, wax and wane, as long as the illness is active – and fade away when it is cured. When we attempt to cure ‘symptoms’, the inevitable result is that the illness will appear to go into remission, and later reappear.

Homeopathic theory has no theory of cure, no clear medical or scientific definition of cure or cured, rendering the homeopathic mantra is ‘like cures like’ to a meaningless (but nice sounding) phrase.

So.  If the basic theory of homeopathic makes no sense, how does homeopathy persist?  How does it continue to exist, even to thrive in the face of modern medicine? Brace yourself for the reality.

Modern Medicine Has No Theory of Cure

Modern medicine cannot dispute homeopathy’s theory of cure, because it has no theory of cure itself. Modern medical reference texts do not define cure, and do not use the word cure consistently. Many current medical dictionaries simply do not have definitions for cure, cured, nor for incurable. Modern medicine’s view of homeopathy is limited to arguments about treatments that do not cure. And the only winners are nonsense and marketers.

Sometimes, modern medicine actually cures. Cures are recognized for illnesses caused by a parasite (bacteria, fungus, etc., when the parasite is addressed, or killed. But there is no general theory of cure in modern medicine.

Note: The healthicine theory of cure is simple and direct – and it includes cures that are brought about by killing parasites:

An illness is cured when the cause is successfully addressed. 

Homeopathy persists because it works.

A simple google search to find lots of people eager to prove that homeopathic medicines CANNOT WORK, because they contain no active ingredient. Many of them even quote so called ‘scientific’ clinical studies demonstrating again and again that homeopathic medicines work ‘no better than a placebo‘, that homeopathic medicines cannot work and do not work.  But this nonsense – and it is nonsense – has little effect on homeopathy.  Why? Because homeopathy works. There are many homeopathic doctors, and many homeopathic patients who know that it works, that it worked for them in specific situations.

What’s the catch?  The catch if the definition of ‘works’.  There are several definitions of ‘works’ to consider.

Works: Cure

First of all, do homeopathic medicines ‘cure’ any illness?

When we look at ALL of the clinical studies that look at the effectiveness of specific homeopathic medicines, compared to non-homeopathic medicines, we might notice something a bit strange.

Most clinical studies of homeopathy do not count cures.  There is one study, done about 50 years ago, that counted cures.  But when the study was ‘replicated’ 30 years later, the test for ‘cured’ was removed – and cures were not counted.  Do you recognize the smell a dead rat?

Current studies of homeopathy are designed without a definition of cure. They are designed such that, if a cure occurs, it cannot be tested, cannot be proven. Cures are ignored. The so called ‘scientific’ studies of homeopathic medicines, those that compare homeopathic medicines to a placebo, and those that compare homeopathic medicines to a non-homeopathic medicine, don’t look for, have no way to notice, and don’t count cures.

It’s not just homeopathic studies. ‘Works’ as defined by today’s practice of medicine, seldom considers ‘cure’. Most clinical studies do not define, and do not test for ‘cured’.

Clinical studies comparing homeopathic medicines to non-homeopathic medicines, are simply studies of which medicine ‘does not cure‘ better.

‘Works’ is defined by the effect a medicine has on the symptoms. The effect it has on the illness is ignored.

Maybe you think that’s strange?

Actually, it’s usually the case for modern medicines as well. Most clinical studies, whether they study homeopathic medicines or not, are studies of which medicine ‘does not cure‘ better. If you look at a few hundred, or a few thousand current clinical studies, you will find very few that define or test for ‘cured’.  Most medicines, homeopathic or not, simply make no attempt to cure. The fact that homeopathic medicines do not try to cure is moot, irrelevant.

What illnesses are Treated with Homeopathy?

There are three types of illness that might be treated by homeopathy.

  1. Minor first aid problems, like cuts and bruises
  2. Acute illnesses – like cold and flu, that usually go away quickly,
  3. Long term chronic illnesses.

You might notice something interesting about these types of illnesses.  NONE of them can be cured by conventional medicine.  Today’s modern practice and science of medicine has no definition of cured for first aid problems (they are healed, not cured); nor for illnesses like the common cold (the are called ‘self limiting’ and no medicine can help and no medicine is necessary except for symptoms); nor for chronic illnesses.  In today’s medical theory and practice, all chronic illnesses are incurable.

This gives considerable insight into the success of homeopathy.  If modern medicine cannot cure an illness – who is to say that homeopathy can’t cure it either? Maybe homeopathy can cure some of those illnesses?

There’s the rub.  If ‘cured’ is not defined in conventional medical theory, and cured is not defined in homeopathy, all bets are off.  Any homeopath can claim a cure, and it can’t be proven, but it can’t be disproven either.  As long as conventional medicine makes no attempt to define cure – when homeopathy claims to cure, homeopathy is one up.

Works: Chronic Illness

Most homeopathic treatments are for chronic illness. When people break their arm, or cut their leg, or get a strange rash, or suffer severe chest pains, they don’t search out a homeopath – they head to the hospital emergency department.  When they have cold or flu symptoms that persist, and might be dangerous, they head to a doctor, not a homeopath.

Many people first visit a homeopath when they have a chronic illness that’s getting worse, that conventional medicine has consistently failed to address and cure.  Homeopaths are often a last resort after conventional medicine fails. Every success by a homeopath should be seen as ten times more valuable than a success by conventional medicine, because it can teach conventional medicine new techniques.  But are homeopathic successes celebrated and studied?  No, they are dismissed and ignored, especially if they cure.

A chronic illness is often defined as one that persists longer than 3 months, in most cases, and is defined implicitly or explicitly as incurable.  There are no defined cures for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, obesity, cancer, or any other chronic disease.  If you have one of these diseases, and it ‘goes away’, it is not possible to prove it was cured. Cured is not defined for these diseases.

Healthicine Note: The healthicine definition of cure recognizes that chronic illnesses have chronic causes. Chronic illnesses are cured by addressing the chronic nature of the cause. Modern medical theory ignores chronic causes and thus fails at chronic cures.

It is trivial to create a specific chronic illness, and trivial to cure it as well.   All that is necessary to create a chronic illness is to create the causal situation, lower the dose and extend the duration.  The illness is cured by removing the cause.

Sometimes, treatments recommended by current medical reference texts lead directly to chronic illness, that can only be cured by addressing the chronic cause – the chronic medicine. Treating an illness with chronic medicines that do not cure, can easily create a chronic illness. If a person has scurvy, all three medical treatment reference texts (Merck, Lange’s, and Harrison’s) acknowledge the cause is a dietary deficiency of Vitamin C.  They recommend treatment (not cure) with supplemental Vitamin C. However, supplemental Vitamin C does not actually ‘cure’ scurvy, because it does not address the dietary cause.  As soon as the patient stops the medication, the symptoms re-appear.  The illness was never cured, the cause was never addressed.

All three medical references recommend a treatment for scurvy that creates a chronic illness – incurable in theory. Even though the cure for scurvy is clearly understood, it is not stated in the recommendations.  Some credit to Merck – they do recommend a dietary change, but it is recommended as a treatment, not as a cure.  Not one of the texts uses the word cure.  In medical theory – according to these references, scurvy is incurable.

Conventional medicine gives up on cures for chronic illness.  Homeopathy does not give up. It tries to cure chronic illness.  Sometimes, it succeeds.  How often?  We don’t know, because ‘cured’ is not defined, cannot be tested.

Works: Has a Positive Effect on Symptoms

Most clinical studies of medicines measure whether or not it has a positive effect on symptoms. If patent owners believe the medicine is marketable, they also need to design clinical studies to prove that the medicine is safe to use, and figure out the dosage that is dangerous. Most homeopathic medicines, have no dangerous dosage.

Placebo treatments have strong effects on symptoms. All medicines have placebo effects. Therefore, any medicine, whether it is a homeopathic medicine, or a conventional medicine, will have a strong positive effect on symptoms.

All medicines, even placebos, ‘work’ when ‘cure’ is not studied, not defined and not tested. ‘Works’ becomes a nonsense argument about ‘which medicine does not cure better’.

Works: Clinical Studies

There is another important aspect of clinical studies that must be understood, if we want to understand the success of homeopathy.

Clinical studies are specifically designed to PROVE a hypothesis. If a clinical study does not PROVE the hypothesis being studied, it is a failure, and probably will not be published.

A clinical study can be designed to prove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, or, it might be designed to disprove the effectiveness of a specific treatment. Clinical studies are, by design, self-fulfilling prophecies.  If a clinical study does not meet their potential as a self-fulfilling prophecy, the study and the study designer has failed.

If we want to prove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, we need to design a clinical study that will, if all goes well – or fate is on our side – “prove the effectiveness of the treatment”.  If we fail in our design, our clinical study is a failure.

On the other hand, if we want to disprove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, we need to design a clinical study that will, if all goes well – or fate is on our side – “disprove the effectiveness of the treatment”. If we fail in our design, our clinical study is a failure.

So… When you see a clinical study proving that a specific medicine, or medical treatment ‘worked’, you can bet your bottom dollar that the study was specifically designed to prove that the treatment ‘works’.  When you see a clinical study proving that a specific medicine, or medical treatment ‘did not work’, you can bet that same dollar that the study was designed to prove that the treatment did not work.  If the study did not accomplish what was set out at the beginning, it failed.  Failed studies are seldom published.

Most clinical studies of homeopathic medicines are designed to prove that the medicine did not work, or works ‘not better than a placebo’. So, successful clinical studies of homeopathic medicines that are successful demonstrate that the medicine did not work – even if some patients were cured.

Homeopathy vs Homeopathic Medicines

It is important, when discussing homeopathy, to clearly distinguish between homeopathy and homeopathic medicines. There are, as far as I know, NO studies that measure homeopathy for effectiveness.

Frankly, I don’t believe a medical scientist would dare to undertake such a study. Based on the fact that modern medicine does not define ‘cure’ or ‘cured’ and makes no attempt to cure any chronic illness – it is impossible to make an honest assessment of homeopathy. What if it cures a patient?  A conventional medical scientist cannot make an assessment, if cured is not defined.

Medical science deliberately limits ‘clinical studies’ to specific medicines.  Arguing trivialities, while ignoring the bigger question. Clinical studies are designed to work like a surgical knife.  They draw a clear line, a clear cut between A and B.  Between one medicine and another, or between one medicine and a placebo. Clinical studies measure specific treatments, for specific groups of people, with specific diseases or medical conditions.

Clinical studies don’t actually work it you try to compare a medical practice like homeopathy, or naturopathy, or chiropractic, or osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Ayurveda, or conventional medicine, to any other. Current medical theory has no clinical studies that attempt such a comparison.

So… Medical researchers resort to testing specific homeopathic medicines, in specific situations, comparing those medicines to specific conventional medicines (or placebos). Only treatments that DO NOT CURE are tested, because only treatments that do not cure can be ‘measured’ objectively, when cured is not defined.

The results are interesting in theory, useless in practice.

If we want to know how homeopathy ‘works’, to learn when it works best, and when it doesn’t work so well, we need to study homeopathy, not ‘selected homeopathic medicines that do not cure‘ on illnesses that are defined as ‘incurable’ by medical science.

When we begin to search for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, by openly and honestly assessing homeopathy, not specific medicines, we will learn more about medicine, the science of medicine, and the practice of medicine, than we learn about homeopathy.

Arguing that a homeopathic medicines ‘cannot work’ is a distraction, a red herring, deliberate ignorance of the truth. In truth, homeopathy works some of the time.  In truth, modern medicine works some of the time.  But works is not good enough.  We will do better when we pursue cures, not symptoms.

to your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

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