The Alternative Medicine Cures

CuresRule-fAre conventional medicines, or alternative medicines better?  It only takes a minute to find dozens of arguments and examples on either side of the question, but you cannot find the truth in arguments and examples. Where can the truth be found?

In cures. Only in cures.

If it cures, there is no argument. Is penicillin a cure for infection? Of course it is. It cures infections. It’s a conventional medicine.

Do foods containing Vitamin C cure scurvy? Of course they do.  They’re alternative medical treatments.

It is interesting to see that of the three major medical treatment references, MERCK, Lange’s, and Harrison’s – only one recommends healthy foods as the treatment for scurvy. The other two recommend a medicine ‘Vitamin C’, even though Vitamin C tablets cannot cure scurvy. Why? Because medical treatment reference texts do not recommend ‘cures’, they recommend ‘treatments’. Someone taking a literal reading of MERCK, Lange’s, or Harrison’s treatment guidelines for scurvy would assume that there is no cure for scurvy.

How can you know which is better, conventional or alternative treatments? Ask one simple question: Does it cure?

When you ask this question, you will find lots of conventional medicines that don’t cure, and lots of alternative medicines that don’t cure.  Arguing about which medicine “does not cure better” is simplistic nonsense.

The truth can only be found when we search for a cure. When an illness is cured – no one argues about conventional or alternative medicines.  A cure is a cure.

But what if you have an incurable illness, like the common cold?

Is the common cold incurable? No. It is consistently cured by healthiness. If you are healthier, your healthiness cures the cold faster – and you get fewer colds as well.  If you are less healthy, you will get more colds, and they will last longer. The cure for the common cold is obvious.  Health, and time. Searching for better ‘treatments’ is an interesting pursuit, but a distraction from the cure.

It is not possible to prove that any illness is incurable. We can prove an illness is curable, by curing it – but proving it is incurable is not possible. If it is incurable – it is a disability, a deficit, maybe a handicap, but not an illness. Every illness can be cured – the Healthicine Creed.

The test of alternative vs conventional medicines comes down to a single question:

Does it cure? Cures Rule!

to your health, tracy

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The Healthicine Creed

The Healthicine Creed

Health is whole. Health is wide and deep.
Health is slow and steady.
Health is honest and true.
Health enables freedoms.  Freedoms enable health.
Health encompasses all life processes, from genetics to Gaia.
Health is a verb. “To health” is to make healthier.
Health is a noun: A healthiness is a measurable instance of health.
An unhealthiness is a potential for improvement in health.
An illness is a hole in your health.
An illness has a cause and consequences.
Every illness is based in unhealthinesses.
Parasitic illnesses attack us.
Injury illnesses stress and break us.
Healthiness illnesses are us.
Chronic illnesses have chronic causes.
Symptomicines can create and facilitate chronic illnesses.

Every illness can be cured.
Causal cures stop the progression of an illness.
Healing cures repair damage and defend against illness.
Preventatives cure future illnesses, before they occur.
Health is the best preventative.
Health is the best cure, the only true cure.

Everyone has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness.

Tracy Kolenchuk, Creator: Healthicine

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Most Medicines Make No Attempt to Cure

mostmedicinesdontcure-img_0632Most medicines make no claim to cure. Most medicines simply do not cure.

Does this surprise you? It’s a statement easily verified, even by a novice. Let’s look at some ways to test, and prove it.

First, walk over to you medicine cabinet. Take out each of the medicines. Read the label, look for the word ‘cure’. You might want to take to the internet, to look up the medicines in your cabinet – to search for the word cure. In most cabinets, you will not find a single medicine that claims to cure any illness.

If you do find a medicine that cures – they do exist, it will be an antibiotic, or an anti-fungal medicine.  Is that all there is? Yes.

Next, walk over to your local drugstore – where medicines are sold.  Try to find a medicine that cures an illness. Are there any medicines for sale OTC – Over the Counter, that claim to cure? Nope. Maybe cures are too dangerous to sell OTC? Maybe medicines that cure are only available by prescription?

If you take the time (I have done so) to check each and every one of the 100 best selling prescription medicines for any year, you will not find five that cure. Less than 5 percent of top selling medicines claim to cure. Those that do cure are, same same, antibiotics and anti-fungal medicines.

Maybe we need to look at alternative medicines?  Some pharmacies also sell alternative health produces.  You can check, but you won’t find any alternative product that claims to cure any disease. You can find many that can be used to ‘treat’ a disease. If you head over to the local alternative health store – it doesn’t get any better. There are very few medicines that claim to cure in the pharmacy and few, if any, medicines that claim to cure in health food stores as well.

Arguments and comparisons between conventional and alternative medicines can be reduced to this simple question:

 Which medicine does not cure better?

They can’t cure. They only ‘not cure’. Most medicines treat symptoms, making no attempt to cure.

How can this be? Why does this happen? Perhaps we need to define cure. You can check a few dozen dictionaries without finding a useful definition of cure. Many recently published medical dictionaries simply DO NOT CONTAIN entries for cure, cured, cures, or even incurable. Cure has disappeared from modern medicine. 

Of course everyone knows the meaning of cure, with or without a dictionary.

Cure (verb) to bring about the end of an illness.
Cure (noun) a substance or action that brings about the end of an illness.

When a disease is cured, it’s gone.

Most medicines treat diseases, but do not cure. Most medicines are marketed with the mantra “learn to live with your disease”, translation: you are going to die with your disease. There are no cures for most diseases.  Most medicines do not cure.

Why does this happen?  It happens because there are no diseases caused by a lack of medicines.  On the other hand, there are many illnesses caused by an excess of medicines – euphemistically called ‘side effects’.

Does this mean lots of diseases are incurable?  No.

Every illness can be cured. – the Healthicine Creed.

Even the common cold – commonly claimed to be incurable (because it cannot be cured by medicines) – is easily cured by healthiness. When you are healthier, your health cures the cold faster. When you are less healthy, it takes longer to cure a cold.

Every illness can be cured. But in most cases, the cure is not a medicine.

All diseases have causes.  Chronic diseases have chronic causes. When a disease has a chronic cause – it can only be addressed, can only be cured, by addressing the chronic cause. If you have obesity because you eat too much unhealthy food, you won’t be cured by any medicine, you will only be cured when you eat less unhealthy food.  If you have depression because your work is too stressful, or because your diet is unhealthy, no medicine can cure. You can only cure by addressing the cause.

Most medicines don’t cure.

Every illness can be cured.

to your health, tracy



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Isn’t Health just the Absence of Illness?


“Illness is just the absence of health.”.

Nope. It’s a common mistake, often repeated without much thought.

Is a donut the ‘absence of a hole’? Nope. A hole is the absence of a donut, but a donut is not the absence of a hole.

Is light the ‘absence of darkness? Nope. Darkness is the absence of light, but light is not the absence of darkness.

Health is whole. Health is wide and deep. Health is honest and true.” – The Healthicine Creed.

We try to trick illness, but you can’t trick health.

Illness is a hole in your health. When you are ill, something is missing from your health.

Illness indicates absence of healthiness, but health is not absence of illness.

Health is not ‘the absence of holes’. It is the presence of healthiness.

to your health, tracy

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

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How Cures Work: Toward A Science of Cures

thebestcureishealthowlModern medicine is mystified by cures. There is no useful medical nor scientific definition of cure or cured. Medical texts avoid the word cure, preferring ‘treatments’. Treatments don’t promise, don’t need to cure. Many current medical dictionaries simply do not contain the word cure – unbelievable, but true. What are cues? How do cures work? What is the science behind cures?

It’s not difficult to understand cures, when we make an effort. To understand cures, we need to simplify. First, we need to simplify illness. Only an illness can be cured.


Medicine diagnoses and treats diseases.  The concept of disease is extremely complicated, ranging from a simple injury like a bruise or cut – to the complexities of a stage 4 cancer, and everything in-between.  This complexity makes general study of ‘cure’ very challenging. First we need to simplify, so we can study simple diseases – understand simple cures. Then we can use what we learn, to develop complexity, building on those simple concepts.

Before we begin, we need to address an important question. What about ‘diseases’ that cannot be cured?

Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr


If it can’t be cured, it is not an illness. I might be described as a disability, a deficit, a handicap, or even a natural feature, but not an illness. We need wisdom to separate disability from illness.  Illness can be cured. A disability might be a disease, it might be treatable, but it cannot be cured. On the other hand, it is important to believe that we can cure any medical condition.  Belief is the first step. Faith does not make cures happen, but it makes them possible.

The word disability has considerable stigma. This is unfortunate.  There is no gentle way to describe a disability, a handicap, or a deficiency. A disability, like a missing arm or leg is not a disease to be ‘cured’. We can sometimes cure, a disability, with surgery and healing. It might make sense to call cleft-lip an illness – that can be cured with surgery and healing. Perhaps, someday, we will learn to regrow missing fingers, then arms and organs – to convert those disabilities to a illnesses, which can be cured. The line between disease and disability is sometimes flexible.


An illness is what the patient has – a disease is what the doctor diagnoses.  This is a standard medical quote, useful and true. The illness comes first. An illness must exist before it can be diagnosed – even if the patient is unaware. Illness might exist for a long time before it is diagnosed, sometimes, it cannot be diagnosed.

Every illness is an individual case. Only an individual case can be cured. Every illness has the potential to be cured, by definition. We can only cure specific, individual cases of a disease – an illness, what the patient has.

A disease is a general concept, describing a class of illnesses, used by doctors to plan a general treatment for an illness. A disease cannot be ‘cured’. Only an illness can be cured.


What is the simplest illness? The simplest illness has a single cause: a binary illness.  A binary illness is the junction of a single cause and a set of consequences. Even the simplest illness can have many consequences.

It is possible, of course, to be exposed to many potential cause of illness, without becoming ill.  It is also possible to have many signs and symptoms of a specific illness, without suffering that illness.  An binary illness exists when a cause and a set of symptoms are linked.

Chains of Cause

When we look closely at cause, even the cause of a simple illness, we can always find a chain of causes. When we identify a cause of an illness, we can always ask “what is the cause of the cause“? When we find the cause of the cause, we can ask again “what is the cause of the cause of the cause“. Sometimes, we might first identify a middle-cause – and later find the cause that results from that middle-cause. Every illness has a ‘chain’ of causes.  A binary illness has a single chain of causes.

Is the Cause Present and Active?

Sometimes the cause is present.  The common cold is an illness with a cause that is present and active. A broken arm is a common illness where the cause is gone. These two types of cause require different types of cures.

binaryillness-causegoneWhen the cause is gone – the cure is healing.

Healing is present before, during and after every illness. Healing cures are seldom perfect, often leaving damage that cannot be healed, cannot be cured. A broken arm can be healed, but the cure is seldom perfect. Healing is a cure.

Even when the cause is gone, it is important to identify the cause, to analyze chains of causes – to prevent future illnesses. Prevention is also a cure. It can cure illnesses before they occur.

When the cause is present, the cure is to address the cause, or the link between the cause and the signs and symptoms.

binaryillness-curesThere are two types of cures for a binary illness when the cause is present.

First, a binary illness has a chain of causes. Successfully breaking the chain will cure the illness.

There is second path to cure – improving the health of the patient. When we improve the health of the patient it sometimes breaks the link between cause and the signs and symptoms, and thus cures the illness.

A bacterial infection is a binary illness that might be cured by addressing the cause – using an antibiotic that kills the infecting bacteria.

Many illnesses, like scurvy, obesity, and even starvation are cured by improving the health of the patient. When the health of the patient is improved – the illness fades and is cured. Healing takes time, and is seldom perfect, but the causal cure is complete. We might view these illnesses as caused by ‘not doing something‘. Starvation is caused by not consuming sufficient food. Scurvy is caused by not consuming a diet with sufficient Vitamin C.  And obesity? We can view it as caused by not exercising sufficient constraint. Foods and nutrients don’t cause illness – the unhealthy use, or non-use, of foods can lead to an illness.

The illness is cured by health, by raising healthiness such that it breaks the link between the cause and the symptoms.

There are no ‘substances’, no medicines, that can cure. Even an antibiotic does not cure by itself, it must be prescribed, and taken as prescribed. If it is not taken, or not taken as subscribed, it cannot cure.

Cure Symptoms? 

binaryillness-cure-symptomsIt is not possible to cure the symptoms of an illness. Many medical treatments attempt to address an illness by treating symptoms. This is a valuable technique to provide relief for the patient – and it sometimes allows the body time to heal and cure the illness. However, addressing symptoms, without paying attention to cause, can often facilitate a simple illness’s growth making it chronic.

Cures Improve Healthiness

The best cures are actions that improve the healthiness of the patient. A patient with scurvy might be treated with tablets of Vitamin C. These improve the patient’s symptoms, and appear to address the cause.  However, they make the patient dependent on the medicine, and do not address the fundamental issue, the diet of the patient. Changing the diet of the patient is the best cure.

Treating an infection with an antibiotic does little to improve the health of the patient, and sometimes actually damages the healthy bacteria in the patient’s body. It is a technique used on the assumption that curing the illness is more critical than improving the health of the patient.

Side Effects and Iatrogenic Effects

It seems every medicine has a long list of side effects, and the longer you take the medicine, the mores severe the side effects. Does every cure have side effects?  Actually, no. Some cures, like antibiotics, have negative side effects – because they work by killing bacteria and can kill healthy bacteria as well.

Cures that work by raising healthiness don’t have side effects, they have health effects. If you have scurvy, or obesity, and you health your diet – you might feel strange effects, but these are the health effects of the cure.

Why do most medicines have side effects?  Because most medicines make no attempt to cure. Most medicines treat symptoms. The cause is not addressed – not even identified. When we address symptoms – the cause keeps pushing the patient – and new symptoms appear.  Side effects are often proof that the medicine cannot cure.

A fundamental principle of medicine is to avoid action.  Wait and see. Why? Iatrogenic effects are negative effects caused by medicines, or by medical actions.  There is always danger when using a medicine, or a medical treatment – especially a medical treatment that cannot cure. Only doctors are allowed to diagnose, treat, and recommend treatments, because treatments can be dangerous.

The best way to avoid side effects and iatrogenic effects is to treat illness with healthiness. Most illnesses are not critical. Most illnesses can be prevented, treated and cured effectively with healthiness. Instead of ‘wait and see’, we should act to improve health.

Healthiness often Cures

The common cold is incurable, in current medical theory. But the common cold is cured easily by health.  People who are healthier cure their colds faster, and get fewer colds as well.  People who are less healthy get more colds, and they last longer. Health is the best treatment, health is the best cure – in non-critical situations. There are many illnesses that can only be healthed – and few that can be cured by medicines, because medicines – conventional or alternative, seldom address cause.


There are three kinds of cures:
– healing
– address the cause
– prevention, prevent the cause

Treating symptoms does not cure.

Every illness can be cured.  Every illness has the potential to be cured.  When we give up, we are declaring the presence of a disability, not an illness.

Every active illness has an active cause, and can be cured by addressing the cause.   Treating symptoms does not address the cause, and cannot cure.

Illnesses with Multiple Causes

What about illnesses with multiple causes, how can they be cured?  You might find the answer using the concepts in this post.  Or you can check the next post – which will answer that question.

to your health, tracy




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