The Rise of Medical Chauvinism

Medical Chauvinism: the belief in one single practice of medicine, excluding all others as alternatives of little value.

Chauvinism: “Excessive or prejudiced support for one’s own cause, group, or sex” (gender). Oxford English Dictionary. “undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged” Merriam-Webster.

Medical chauvinisms are on a steady rise. Chauvinism is often a combination of ignorance and marketing.  Ignorance has two sides – ignoring facts that are clearly worthy, and not understanding true realities in the situation. Both types of ignorance are often present in medical chauvinism. And then there are the marketers. Today, it seems medicine knows nothing about cures – and everything about marketing.  Ask your doctor if that might be good for you. Let’s look at a few examples of medical chauvinism:

Cure Chauvinsims:

The Perfection of Cures: Current medical theory has little belief in cures. The non-belief in cures is often supported by the suggestion that a cure must be perfect and permanent, or it’s not a cure – today’s medicine wants zipless cures.  This is simplistic nonsense, medical chauvinism. If we don’t consume a diet with healthy amounts of Vitamin C, we get scurvy.  If we change our diet, the scurvy can be cured.  But if the cause returns, we get a new case of scurvy.  The illness is cured when the cause is addressed.  A new illness occurs when a new cause arrives. Why does no medical treatment reference dare to use the word ‘cure’ with regards to scurvy. 

Cure Ignorance: Many cures are simply ignored. Cures are often forbidden. The words cure, cures, cured, curing, and incurable do not appear in many medical dictionaries, and are not defined in medical treatment references.  When we fail to recognize, or refuse to acknowledge cures, we fail due to medical chauvinism. There are no statistics for cures. No health (medical) insurance company will pay for a cure – they pay for treatments. It is not possible to prove a cure has been accomplished for any disease not caused by a parasite, because ‘cured’ is not medically, not scientifically defined for those diseases.

There is no cure for the common cold. Medical chauvinism. People get and cure colds every day. The common cold is cured by health, not by medicine. People who are healthier get fewer colds and their severity and duration is less. People who are less healthy get more colds, of higher severity and longer duration. There is no medicine that can cure the common cold, because no medicine improves healthiness. Medicines are designed to attack symptoms of disease, not improve healthiness.

 

Medicine Chauvinisms:

Conventional Medicine Chauvinism: The belief that only a medicine, only an medical treatment approved by the government can be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. It’s nonsense. Many, perhaps most illnesses are cured by health, by healthicines, not by medicines.

US/FDA Guidelines: One of the most egregious examples of medical chauvinism comes from the US/FDA page on supplement labeling, which requires that manufacturers “must also state that the dietary supplement product is not intended to ‘diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease‘, because only a drug can legally make such a claim.” The statement that only a drug can claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, is medical chauvinism, made without any attempt to clearly define: supplement, diagnose, treat, cure, prevent, or drug. It’s nonsense, medical chauvinism, but it’s also the law.

Alternative Medicine Chauvinism: The term ‘alternative medicines’ is medical chauvinism, creating and supporting a belief that conventional medicines are not ‘alternatives’.  In truth, any medicine that does not cure is an alternative medicine.  And many illnesses can be cured by different medical alternatives. The phrase ‘alternative medicines’ is a marketing tool, not a scientific tool.  A clear example of medical chauvinism.

Most medicines, including most alternative medicines are designed and marketed to treat the signs and symptoms of an illness, with no attempt to cure.  Currently, the only medicines that can cure any disease are medicines that attack parasitic diseases.

The battle between medicines and alternative medicines comes down to a simple, nonsense question:

“Which medicine DOES NOT CURE better?”

Chronic Disease Chauvinism: 

Chronic Diseases are incurable: The belief that chronic diseases are mysterious evil incurable things is simply medical ignorance. Medical chauvinism.  There are two kinds of chronic diseases.

The first type of chronic disease is an illness with a chronic cause.  Any illness is a chronic illness, when the cause is chronic. This is no mystery. It is possible to get a chronic infection, if the patient has a chronic cause.  A patient can get scurvy because of a chronically deficient diet. No medicine can cure a chronic illness.  Providing a healthy diet for a a short time period cures an instance of the illness, but not the chronic illness.  The cure is not just to address the cause, but to also address the chronic nature of the cause. To claim, or suggest that this type of chronic illness is incurable, because no medicine can cure it, is medical ignorance, medical chauvinism.

The second type of chronic illness is a disability or a blockage. A disability cannot be cured.  However, many illnesses that are mistaken for disabilities – are actually blockage illnesses, illnesses caused by something that blocks healthiness. Blockage illnesses are cured by transformation.  The modern medicine is familiar with some blockage illnesses, because they are cured by surgery. Cataracts are a blockage illness, cured by surgery.  There are many different blockage illnesses, of the body, the mind, the spirit, even the community. They are chronic illnesses that are cured by transformation, in many cases, by transformations much less severe than surgery.  Type 1 Diabetes is generally believed to be a disability illness – although there is some dispute.  Type 2 Diabetes is believed, by many people to be a blockage illness, an illness caused by a blockage that can be transformed.

Placebo Chauvinisms:

The belief that any medicine, treatment, or benefit we cannot explain is due to a placebo.  In truth, a placebo is any treatment, medicine or benefit we cannot explain.  It’s not the same.

Placebos: The word placebo is vastly overused by medical chauvinists, who – in most cases – do not understand the basic definitions of placebos.  There are two distinct types of placebos:

  • Real Placebo: when the doctor prescribes a medical treatment that, in theory, will have no effect on the illness – in the belief that it will help the patient. When a real placebo works, both the patient and the doctor benefit. When it fails, there is no harm.
  • Fake Placebo (also known as Clinical Placebo): A clinical placebo is administered, not prescribed, to a patient with no intention to help the patient.  The intent of administering a clinical placebo is to test a drug.  If the patient is helped by the placebo, it disrupts the clinical study, and is ignored. When the placebo “works”, the patient receives no benefit. 

Medical chauvinists often dismiss treatments that work as ‘placebos’ when they are neither of the above. What they are trying to say is it was an “invalid treatment”, or “they don’t believe the treatment that produced the benefit”, that the benefit is a placebo effect. Medical chauvinism facilitates ignoring the benefit, ignoring the cause of the benefit, by adopting the ‘placebo excuse’.

Placebos, real placebos, cause real positive effects (not fake effects) – as documented by Oxford’s dictionary. Fake placebos are designed to cause no effect. The alternative health product you purchase a drugstore, or at a health food store, is not a placebo.

Placebo Effect: The Oxford Dictionary of the English Language defines placebo effect as “A beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.” The view that ONLY  the drug or treatment can produce a beneficial effect on an illness is simply nonsense.  The statements that “a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment” followed by “cannot be attributed to the treatment” is contradiction of terms.  Either it was produced by the treatment, or it cannot be attributed to the treatment. The restraint that it “must therefore be due to….” is untested speculation, nothing more. Placebo effect is medical mysticism, medical chauvinism.

It is important to understand that there is no dispute about the benefit of a placebo effect.  Placebo effects are real, positive effects on the patient’s condition. If the effect is negative, it is called a nocebo effect. As with placebos, there are exactly two types of placebo effects.

  • A placebo effect occurs when something – not the treatment – caused a beneficial effect.  Something we don’t understand. As responsible researchers of science and medicine, we need to study and understand the cause, not simply dismiss all placebo effects as caused by “the patient’s belief in the treatment‘”.
  • A placebo effect occurs when the treatment actually caused the benefit, but we do not believe the treatment could cause the benefit.  eg. We don’t understand.

As long as we believe we understand, as long as we sweep the positive effects under the placebo effect rug, we will fail to understand, fail to learn, fail to make use of the real cause.  Every placebo effect is a real, positive effect.  Every real, positive effect has a real cause.

Prevention Chauvinisms: 

Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus, 1456-1536. “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of Cure“: Benjamin Franklin. Both of these statements are often used to support medical chauvinism, to support medical treatments that supposedly ‘prevent’ disease. There is an important message here, but taken to extreme, the message leads to nonsense, to medical chauvinism – especially when the preventative is a medicine itself.

A simple (nonsense) example – we can prevent pedestrian accidents by never crossing the road. But this preventative action is simply not justified, and is not “better than the cure”. When pedestrian accidents occur, we need to treat the patient, not advise them to stop crossing the road.

In truth, the best preventative is health. The best cures come from healthiness, not from medicines. When we prevent illness by improving the health of the patient.  When we attempt to prevent disease without improving the health of the patient, we can easily cause more harm than good.

Clinical Studies Chauvinisms:

Clinical Study Treatments: The belief that only treatments tested and proven in clinical studies can provide benefits. This belief ignores the simple fact that every treatment tested and proven in a clinical trial could have provided benefit – before it was tested and proven in a clinical trial. It also dismisses many treatments where there might be substantial benefit to the patient, but no benefit to a clinical trial. eg. A positive treatment with little or no potential to make profits. Note: Most clinical studies to not test cures, because cured is not defined and a cure cannot be documented if it occurs.

Clinical Study Chauvinism: The belief that treatments tested and validated in clinical trials are proof of positive benefits.  Clinical studies are marketing tools, designed and implemented with specific intent to produce a marketable product.

Vaccine Chauvinisms:

Vaccine Chauvinism: The belief that every vaccine, past, present, and future, and every vaccine ingredient, is perfection – and that no person, doctor, researcher, or scientist should dare to challenge those facts or attempt to exercise individual choices for themselves or their children.

Vaccination Chauvinism: The belief that the best way to prevent any disease is to vaccinate against it.  Health is the best preventative.  Health is the best cure.

Wakefielding: Wakefielding is the tendency of vaccine chauvinists to make ridiculous, nonsense exaggeration with regards to Alexander Wakefield’s beliefs, motivations, and actions. You can often spot this when it occurs on radio and television programs, because the host or guest makes a blanket statement and follows it with “ha ha”. In today’s political “medical chauvinistic” climate, it is impossible to criticize any aspect of vaccination, without being dismissed as a heretic.  Medical chauvinism.

Medical Chauvinism

This is the initial post about the concept of medical chauvinism.  I would love to read your input, and your observations of medical chauvinism to add to the list.

To your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

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Miracle Cures vs. Real 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. But, anyone who claims to cure any disease or medical condition is banished, treated more like the devil, or a ‘quack’ who is 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. Continue reading

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From The Elements of Illness to the Serenity Gap

To cure illness, we must study the elements of illness.  There are three basic elements: illness, injury, and blockage as illustrated in this diagram.

Illness Element: an active element of illness consists of a cause and its consequences – the signs and symptoms of the illness.. The cause might be internal or external.

A causal illness element is cured by addressing the cause. This is a causal cure. There are no other cures for an illness with an active cause.

Injury Illness: As an illness progresses, or if it is not cured, it might cause an injury illness.  Injuries can also be caused by other internal or external factors.

Injury illness elements are cured by healing. Healing is a process of growth, that is always active before, during, and after an illness. Healing progresses independent of cause, independent of illness or disease, and independent of causal cures. Healing often benefits from medical treatments, intervention, or assistance. Healing is seldom, if ever, perfect.

Blockage Illness: When healing cannot completely resolve the damage of an injury, a blockage might occur. As with causal illnesses and injuries, a blockage might also come from other internal or external factors.

Blockage illnesses elements are cured by transformation. 

If a blockage cannot be cured, then it is a disability, a handicap, or sometimes a natural attribute of life and of health.

The serenity gap is the distance between a blockage and a disability, as in the serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

A blockage has the potential to be changed, to be transformed, to be cured.  A disability cannot be cured. The gap between blockage and disability depends on our ability to change, and our ability to believe that we can make the change.

Congestion: Blockages, when not addressed, lead to congestion.Congestion is not an illness, because it does not have an active cause that can be addressed to prevent or cure.  Congestion are not cured, they can only be cleared, or not. Congestion can have other internal or external causes. When the cause of congestion is not addressed, the symptoms of congestion will reappear after clearing.  For example, if congestion is caused by a blockage, and the cleared, but the blockage is not also transformed, the congestion will reappear.

Cause An illness element is defined as having a single cause, a single chain of causes, which might come from an internal or an external source.  Each individual cause can be expanded to a chain of causes, by asking “what is the cause of this cause?” and when a new cause is found, asking again, and again. Sometimes we can learn more by asking “what are the direct consequences of this cause, before the illness appears?“. One more important question that is key to understanding a chain of causes is “How is the patient benefiting from this cause?” Many causes exist and persist because they provide benefit, or are perceived as providing benefit to the patient.

The illness is cured, stopped, when the causal chain is broken, when the cause is addressed. The cause has been addressed when the illness is cured. Successfully addressing any cause in the chain, if the chain has been correctly identified, will cure the illness.

There are no ‘root causes’, only ‘cure causes’. Any cause that leads to a cure is the right cause.

The first cure is to address the cause.  The second cure is to heal the damage, the third to transform the blockages that resulted from healing. It is possible, sometimes necessary to work on elemental cures out of sequence, or at the same time. However, cures cannot be completed out of sequence, because the prior illness is a cause, and the illness will recur.

Compound Illness

Many illnesses and many diseases are compound, consisting of several illness elements, possibly several types of illness elements, each with unique chains of causes, that result in similar diagnoses.

Each requires a unique set of cures, based on the individual causes. Every cure is individual.

Every cure is an anecdote.

Hierarchy of Illness

The hierarchy of healthicine is a hierarchical of life and of health. It is also useful to view the hierarchy of illness. An illness can exist in a single cell, the simplest life form. A single cell might have an illness with a single cause, that causes an injury, that is healed, but leaves a blockage, resulting in congestion.

An illness might exist in a bodily tissue, independent of the cells comprising the tissue.  A tissue is a layer of life above individual cells.  A tissue might have an illness cause that is not a cause of cellular illnesses, that leads to tissue injury, which heals and leaves a tissue blockage, resulting in congestion in the tissue.  In the same manner, a limb, or an organ, or an organ system might have a simple or compound illness.

An illness can be based in the body.  This is the common view of much of today’s medical practice. It is sometimes a useful view, sometimes not so useful. The illness of the body, like that of a cell, or that of a tissue might begin with a cause, or as an injury or a blockage, caused by an internal or external factor.

An illness might also arise in the mind, or the spirit, or even the community aspects of a life entity, from internal or external causes. An illness might result in damage to the mind, or to the spirit, or to the community aspects of the patient, which when healing is not perfect, results in a blockage – leading to congestion, and possibly even a new illness.

Summary:

Illness can cause injuries, injuries can cause blockages. Illness, injuries and blockages can cause congestion. Illness, injuries, blockages and congestion might cause a new illness. Illnesses, injuries, blockages and congestion can also be a result of internal or external causes that might reside in the cells, the tissues, the organs, organ systems, body, mind, spirit, or community of a life entity.

Each illness, while not cured, can lead to the next in the circle – from illness to injury, to blockage and to more illness.

At first it looks like a circle, with no escape. But there are escape routes at every illness element: cures.

Addressing the cause cures illness,
healing cures injuries,
transformation cures blockages,
clearance releases congestion.

Diseases

Many diseases are compound illnesses, consisting of multiple causes with similar or overlapping signs and symptoms. Thus, most diseases consist of a number of illness elements, often including all types of illness (causal, injury, and blockage) in a single disease. Most diseases are incurable by medicines – the exceptions being diseases that can be mapped to simple illness elements. Blockages illnesses are often cured by medical treatments, conventional or alternative, that transform the blockage.

Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illnesses have at least two causes, the cause, and the chronic nature of the cause. . Causes that persist over time.  Cures for chronic illnesses must address not just the cause, but also the chronic nature of the cause. This does not mean they are impossible, however, No medicine can cure chronic diseases, because no single medicine can address both elements of a chronic illness.

Curing

Curing is complex and often difficult. The serenity prayer applies to every element of every illness, to every disease, and to every cure. If we think we can, we can cure.  If we think we cannot, we are right.

Partial Cure

A partial cure exists for each type of illness element.  A causal illness element might be partially cured if the cause can only be partially addressed. A causal injury element might be judged to be partially cured when healing stops, but is considered insufficient. A blockage illness element might be only partially transformed to healthiness, resulting in a partial cure.

Remission vs New Illness

When an illness is cured, it often occurs again.  This is natural, and should be expected in many cases.  Illnesses arise from the life situation of the patient, and the cause can easily occur again. Is this a remission, or a new illness?

An illness has been cured when the cause has been addressed.  If the cause occurs again, it is a new illness. If the symptoms were masked or hidden, but the cause was not addressed, it is a remission.

Curing a chronic illness requires not just addressing the cause, but also addressing the chronic nature of the cause.  When the cause, and the chronic nature of the cause have been successfully addressed, there is a cure.  When a cure exists, any new occurrence is a new illness, not a ‘remission’.

The importance of judgement:  Every illness is a negative judgement.  Every identification of cause is a judgement.  Every cure is a judgement. This is a reality of illness, causes, and cures.

to your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

Post Updated: September 25, 2017

 

 

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I Can’t Make it Out to Work Today, I’ve got Two Colds and a Flu

I won’t make it out to work today,
I’ve got two colds and a flu,
I’m sniffing and sneezing,
My head’s all stuffed up.
And now I’m hot, and cold too.
My body is aching,
My bones they are creaking,
I’m barfing and running to poo.
I can’t make it out to work today,
I’ve got two colds and a flu.

(and I think I’m hung-over too…(and it was a long weekend too). )

Did you ever have two colds at once?  How would you know? There are over 100 different types of virus that can cause a cold… Surely it is possible to get a cold, and then to get another cold within a few hours, or days, or even a week.

I always wondered about the folk wisdom:

“with proper treatment, you can cure a cold in 7 days,

if you leave it alone, it will go away in a week”.

But sometimes a cold lasts 10 days, or two weeks, or maybe longer.  Maybe a 10 day cold is really a 7 day cold and another 7 day cold on day 3 of the first day?  Maybe a three week cold is actually three weak colds?

Maybe it’s unfortunate that colds are so common, and so easily cured that few have noticed ‘two colds at once’?

And what if you have a cold, and then you get the flu?  Or if you have the flu, and then you get the cold?  Can you have two flus (that doesn’t even look like a word) at once?

How many different kind of flu are out there at once? Flu tends to go in waves, epidemics, so in general there is only one wave passing through – although it is possible to get two if you are in a flu area when another wave comes thru.  I think two flu infections are more serious than two colds.

Which is worse, a cold and a flu?  Or a flu and a cold?

No matter which comes first, I’m suspect it weakens your resistance to the other.

But maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe the first one puts your immune system on high alert – and therefore second is weaker.  I’m not sure I want to volunteer for this type of medical study…..

Take care this summer season, to your health, tracy

 

  1. I’m not sick. I had this silly poem running around in my head and had to put it down for the record.  I retired years ago, so I don’t have to go out to work today, although there are lot of chores. I just had to share…
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Every Illness, Every Cure

Modern medicine has no theory of illness and no theory of cure. It’s time.

How many different types of illness are there? Three, or four.

How many different types of cures? Three, or four.

What are the basic types of illness? How are each of them cured?

Every illness can be cured. What do we call an illness that cannot be cured?

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