Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

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Why we can’t cure Cancers

When do you think we will find a cure for cancer?  Five years?  Ten years? More?  In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on cancer’, over 40 years ago Since then we’ve spent over 100 billion dollars or more searching for a cure.  I recently saw this question on Quora: “When will all cancers be curable?” – What do you think?

Did you know that, today, no cancers are ‘cured’. None. That’s the official cancer statistic. You can Google cancer statistics easily, and there are no statistics for cancers cured. None. Not in the USA.  None in Canada. None, on the planet earth.  The Word Cancer Research Fund International has NO statistics for cancer cures.  WHO, the World Health Organization, has no statistics about cancer cures and no intentions either.  World Cancer Day, supported by the World Health Organization – is not about curing cancer, their web page says instead it supports the Union for International Cancer Control “to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.” And the Union for International Cancer Control? Their name used to be “International Union Against Cancer”, they don’t say they want to ‘cure cancer today’, they want to ‘eliminate cancer as a life threatening disease for future generations’.

There are ‘cancer survivors’, people who had cancer, who might still have cancer, below the threshold of our tests. These people have, so far, survived their cancer.  Many have also survived chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery – each of which can kill.

There are statistics for cancer incidence, cancer mortality, cancer prevalence, cancer survival, cancer treatments (only approved treatments) and lifetime risk of cancer. There are also statistics for deaths from chemotherapy, radiation, and cancer surgery – although these are often poor quality.

But, there are no statistics for cancers cured.  There are no statistics for people who had cancer, and now are cured of their cancer. What happens when we don’t study the cases where cancer is cured?  We don’t know.  If someone cures their cancer tomorrow – we will see a flash of news, and then it will disappear. Because there are no statistics.  If someone cured a cancer 10 years ago, we don’t know.  We saw a flash of news, but there were no statistics. If some clinic in Mexico cures 1, 10, 100 cancers next year , or last year, or 10 years ago, – no-one will know, because there are no statistics.  But that’s OK. It’s just a little clinic in Mexico – not important….

But wait, there’s more (or less depending on your viewpoint). There is no definition of ‘cancer cure’.  Because ‘cancer cure’ is not clearly defined, it cannot be tested, and therefore, it cannot be attained.  By definition (or by lack of definition): it is not possible to cure cancer.

How can we walk, talk, run, bike, swim, hike, and raise money for a cure, if we can’t recognize a ‘cancer cure’ when we see one? Or, have you noticed… We no longer walk, run, bike swim or raise money to cure cancer.

The American Cancer Society, for example, has a pop-up saying “Help today’s patients.
Find tomorrow’s cures.” What about today’s cures? What about last year’s cures? Today, there is little reference to a cure. Cancer societies offer to fight cancer, to try to prevent cancer, and to support people with cancer, but there is little mention of a search for a cure. The main fundraising projects speak about “making strides against breast cancer” and the “relay for life”. But there is little serious discussion of a ‘search for a cure”. Fundraisers have learned the hard way that searching for a cure does not hold up if you can’t actually find a cure.  And you can’t find a cure, because no-one counts cures.

Our medical systems have defined cancers as ‘incurable’. They recognize that cancers treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, are not cured and might recur at any time afterwards.  After cancer treatment, your doctor doesn’t say “you are now cancer free”, he says “we can’t find any more evidence of cancer” and  “we need to keep checking”.

There are no statistics for cancer cures, because we don’t attempt to ‘cure’ cancers.

We work to ‘kill’ cancers, not to cure them. We treat cancer like a snake: “when you see a snake, don’t ask where it came from“.  When we see a cancer, we don’t ask where it came from.  We get out the snake poison, the snake guns, and the snake knives, and we kill them. And then we look for more. If we don’t find more, we relax. But if your city is infested with snakes – killing snakes does no good.  Poisoning them, shooting them, cutting them, only results in a lot of dead snakes and new problems. Your city is an unhealthy dump. Earlier detection of snakes is not prevention, it’s a hunt for the symptom, not the cause. It results in more dead snakes – and more collateral damage, but not health. The only way to get rid of the snakes is to make the city healthier – and the snakes will fade away.

To understand why chemotherapy, radiation and surgery don’t cure cancers, we need only check the Hierarchy of Healthicine. Our health hierarchy rises from genetics and nutrients, through cells, tissues, organs, systems, body, minds, spirits and communities. Our medical systems treat cancers a disease of the cells.  A bad cell is like a bad snake. But cancer is not a disease of the cells, cancer cells, like the snakes in a village dump, are only symptoms of the problem.  The problem is the environment.  And the environment for our cells is our tissues. If we want to cure cancer, we need to health tissues. When our tissues are unhealthy, we develop unhealthy cells, potentially leading to cancers. If we want to prevent cancers, we need to make our tissues healthier.  If we want to cure cancers, we need to make our tissues healthier.

We know that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery do not make the tissues healthier, they make the tissues less healthy.  Statistics have clearly shown that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can cause the spread of cancers, and development of new cancers. There are statistics for those causes – even though there are no statistics for cancer cures.

Our medical systems do not recognize ‘cancer cures’ from the standard treatments, but they also do not recognize any other cancer cures.   You might have seen a web-page, book or magazine article claiming to cure cancer, or claiming “I cured my cancer!” But there are no statistics.

Did they cure their cancer?  Did they really have cancer, or was it a mis-diagnosis? Are they really cured, or is their cancer in remission?  We don’t know. No one checks them. No-one counts them on a case by case basis. Cancer cures are ignored – and we are ignorant of them.

We, and our medical systems, are also ignorant of the difference between treatments that make our tissues healthier, and treatments that make our tissues less healthy. Health is not considered relevant when treating cancers. Treatments that aim to improve health of the tissues are considered irrelevant, not studied, not counted, not discussed – simply ignored.

If you have a cancer, and you cure it – there is no-one to report to.  If the cancer is gone, the medical systems are not interested. There is no incentive for follow-up.  If you have a cancer, and you decide to treat it on your own – no-one will track your statistics. If you have cancer, and you undertake the recommended treatments, and also change your diet, or take other actions at the same time, actions designed to increase tissue healthiness – that information will not be tracked. Such actions will often be actively discouraged.

If you want to find a clinic that claims to ‘cure cancer’, you have to go south. It’s not legal to claim to cure cancer in the USA.  If you have a cancer, and you go to a clinic outside of the country – whether you die, or your cancer goes into remission, or you are cured, there will be no statistics about your treatment, its success, or failure.  The statistics are filed when you were diagnosed, when you take an ‘approved treatment’, and when you die. No-one keeps statistics on cancer cures, because officially, they do not exist.

If your cancer is cured, there is no ‘box to check’ that says CURED.

But, it’s worse. Cancer is a chronic disease.

A chronic disease is a disease that, by definition, cannot be cured. There is a long list of chronic diseases. And it’s a growing list. From arthritis. to Chron’s, to multiple sclerosis, to depression, paranoid schizophrenia and panic attacks and eventually, for many of us, to macular degeneration, dementia or Alzheimer’s. There are no cures for chronic diseases. There are, therefore, no statistics for cures of chronic diseases. If you have a chronic disease, and you are cured – there is no box to check. No-one tracks ‘cures’ for chronic illness. Many people are searching for cures, but there is no box to check. If a cure is encountered – it is not counted. Cures are allowed to happen, but they are not counted. They don’t count.

Strangely enough, this is not a problem for doctors, for the medical profession or for the drug industry. Just the opposite, it has become a huge advantage. If an illness cannot be cured, then it is completely acceptable (and very profitable as well) to make money treating symptoms, as the patient gets worse and worse. If the patient gets worse from the treatment – who can tell? It’s a chronic, progressive, incurable disease. We can design and sell newer medicines, to treat the progressions, without worrying about the cause, or the cure. And the advantage of treating chronic illness? When you treat a normal illness, it goes away. You work yourself out of a job. But, when you treat a chronic illness, an illness that cannot be cured, you have a repeat customer – even if your treatments actually make him worse in the long term.

When will this end? When will we learn to ‘cure’ chronic illnesses?

When we begin to count cures. Only then will we recognize that the cure for most chronic illness is simply: Health.

Health is the opposite of chronic illness and it is the cure for many chronic illnesses. 

When will cancers be cured? 

Cancers cannot be cured until we have a clear, useful definition of ‘cancer cure’. Today, all cancer treatments aim for long term ‘remission’, not cure.

Cancers will be cured when we work to cure cancer – not just to ‘kill’ it. Cancers will be cured when we learn to health cancer. Most cancers, are caused by unhealthy tissues.  Until we learn to make unhealthy tissues healthier, we cannot prevent cancers, and we will not cure them either.

Cancers will be cured when we learn to track, and keep statistics on cancer cures.

Is it possible to health tissues that are ‘cancer unhealthy’?  How is it done? How long does it take? We have no idea, and no-one is studying these questions.

We study illness to death, but no-one studies healthiness to health. To cure cancer, we need to replace cancerous tissues with healthy tissues. To cure cancer, we need to study healthiness and unhealthiness as thoroughly as we study illness today. To cure cancer we need to fight for health, as strongly as we might fight illness today.

We can only learn to fight this unhealthiness we call cancer, when we begin to study health.

to your health, tracy
Author: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness, and Aging

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Healthicine: What is Aging?

What is aging? Is aging a disease? There are many views.

young-woman-old-woman-illusionAubrey de Grey views aging as a disease, or perhaps a collection of diseases, to be treated, cured, and healed.  His SENS project lists seven causes of aging, and presents seven ways to rejuvenate the body – each named ‘something’-SENS of course.  All seven are cellular, intracellular or extracellular causes. Surely aging is not so simple, or is it? Other views range from hormonal problems (excesses or deficits), to oxidation (based on calories consumed), to lack of exercise, to free radical damage, to nutrition and toxin issues, and more…

Each definition, each view of aging, results in ideas and products that claim to fight or reverse the effects of aging.

But there’s an important issue often ignored by theorists and marketers.

Unhealthiness

Unhealthiness is very similar to aging. Unhealthiness is easily confused with aging. If your health is poor, if your diet is poor – for example – your body shrivels up, you lose strength, you are more susceptible to disease, your vision, hearing and other senses gradually deteriorate, your mind becomes less effective and eventually – you die. Lack of food can quickly lead to starvation.  But a poor diet works slowly, and can look just like ‘normal’ aging. Unhealthiness can creep, just like aging.

Similar effects can result from different unhealthinesses.  Lack of exercise, for example, leads to muscle wasting, flabbiness, slow movements, poor balance and lack of spirit. Lack of mental exercise leads to deterioration of the brain’s faculties – use it or lose it. Depression, is a weakness of spirit, that can lead to other problems common in the ‘aged’.

We recognize that the effects of unhealthiness can be present in babies, in toddlers, in teens, in adults, and also in the elderly. When they occur in youngsters, we are more likely to recognize unhealthiness. But when they occurs in the aged, it’s easy to assume that an unhealthiness – the result of a poor diet, for example – is actually the effect of ‘aging’.  How can we tell the difference?

How can we tell the difference between ‘unhealthiness‘ and ‘aging‘.

The answer lies in an understanding of healthiness and unhealthiness.

Health is whole. Healthiness is a measure of your health, or a measure of specific aspects of healthiness. Because healthiness is wholeness, health is measured as a percentage. If you are 74 percent healthy – what is the remaining 26 percent? That 26 percent is your health potential, your potential for health improvement. It is your level of ‘unhealthiness’.

This unhealthiness is not a moral comment.  It is a natural result of measuring healthiness.  No-one is perfectly healthy, we all have some level of unhealthiness.  We each have many different kinds of unhealthiness.

As your healthiness grows stronger, more whole, your unhealthiness shrinks. As your unhealthiness grows – your healthiness shrinks.  Together, they always sum to 100 percent. Health is whole.

Unhealthiness is your ‘potential for improvement in health’.

What about aging? Is aging ‘potential for improvement in health’? How can we distinguish between aging and unhealthiness?

If we are to distinguish between aging and unhealthiness, we need a definition of aging that excludes unhealthiness, that excludes ‘potential for improvement in healthiness’.

Aging:  damage accumulated over time, that cannot be reversed.

If it can be reversed, it is an unhealthiness.  If it cannot be reversed, it is aging.

This definition is a powerful force in our search for health.

An example. Hearing.  As we get older, our hearing tends to deteriorate. This deterioration can be unhealthiness – a plug of wax in your ear. Clean out your ear – and hearing is restored. On the other hand, the hearing loss can be due to deterioration in the fine hairs that are sensitive to sound. This damage cannot be reversed (today). It is not unhealthiness, it is a result of aging, or neglect. It can be a result of damage caused by sounds that are too loud.  It can be caused by nutritional deficits, or by gradual deterioration as we get older. But whatever the cause, it cannot be reversed. It cannot be healed. It cannot be cured. This is aging.

The power of this distinction is interesting.  If it can be reversed – it is unhealthiness. If it cannot be reversed, it is aging.  How can we tell if it can be reversed? How can we tell if it cannot be reversed? What if it cannot be reversed today, but maybe, someday in the future, it can be reversed?  Today, it is ‘aging’.  On that day in the future – it becomes an unhealthiness, that can be healthed.

We can try.

If we succeed in reversing the damage – it was unhealthiness. If we do not, it might be aging. Note: because aging is defined by a negative ‘aging cannot be reversed‘, we can never know for certain if something is aging.  We might, eventually, figure out how to reverse it.  Science proceeds inexorably, as does aging.

If you think you can, or you think you cannot: you are right.

If you think it is unhealthiness, and you succeed against it, you haven’t reversed the effects aging, you have healthed an unhealthiness.  If you fail, maybe it is aging, maybe there’s another way to health it.

When you give up – it’s aging. You’re as old as you think.

to your health, tracy
author: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

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Health as a Verb

If you check your local dictionary, health is a noun.  You might have your health, lose your health or regain your health.  Health is also an adjective, as in health clinic, health centre, health insurance – although you might not find these examples in your dictionary, possibly because the intention is sales, or different: sickness clinic, fitness centre, illness insurance. We also use health as an interjection, when delivering a toast “Health!” And of course health might also be an adverb, in the forms healthy – he went for a healthy walk, and healthily – he ate healthily every day.

VerbWordsCalvin-partBut have you ever seen health as a verb? Many nouns and adjectives have become verbs, as Calvin enjoys explaining to Hobbes. Fish is a noun – and a verb. Google was a noun, now it’s a verb too.

What about health? What word says we are ‘improving our physical health’. Surely we are healthing our bodies.  Meditating healths our mind, and our spirit. A varied diet is a way to health our bodies.

But, we don’t use health as a verb.Today, dictionaries don’t recognize that health is a verb.  Why not?

If health was a verb, then ‘to health’ would be to improve your healthiness.  We don’t have a word for increasing our healthiness. In fact, many dictionaries don’t contain the word ‘healthiness’ either. We have words for fighting and recovering from sickness: treat, cure, heal. But, once you are no longer ‘sick’, those become irrelevant.

IllnessView

We recognize that illness can be present before it reaches the point of diagnosis. Only once it is severe enough, can it be diagnosed. It can become much more severe. Illness can range from minor to very severe, from unimportant – it will pass, to mortal – you will pass. When we treat illness, cure illness, or heal the damage caused by an illness, we move up the scale, from red to green.

In the medical paradigm, once we pass the point of diagnosis – the illness is gone, and little more improvement is possible. There might still be some minor symptoms, if you had a cold – your nose might still feel uncomfortable for a few days.  If you had an infected appendix removed – you will still have a scar, and no more appendix.

Health is bigger than illness. Healthiness can continue to be improved when there is no illness, or after an illness is cured.

HealthinessView

We can health our bodies, minds, spirits, and even our communities, when illness is present. We can health them even more, when illness is not present. “Health” is the verb “to increase healthiness”.

When we combine these views, we see more.

Illness-healthiness-View

Medicine has a focus on illness. Healthicine takes a wider view. We need to study illness and healthiness. We need to learn to heal and to health.

Don’t confuse the verb health with prevention. Sometimes, we prevent illness by improving healthiness – consume a healthy diet.  But we often prevent illness by lowering our healthiness. We wear a helmet, which adds weight and blocks vision, to prevent damage to the head, and a life jacket, which adds weight and decreases mobility – to prevent drowning. We might use drugs to lower our cholesterol and aspirin to thin our blood, in an attempt to prevent illness – but these ‘preventatives’ actually decrease our healthiness.

Health is a verb. We can health our bodies, our minds, our spirits and our communities.

And our communities. That’s important.  We recognize that communities, from families, to associations, to companies and corporations, to churches, to governments at all levels, can be damaged, and need to ‘heal’. We also need to recognize that when they are ‘not sick’ – we can still work to health them.

“Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world.”, said Tommy Douglas. It’s never too late to health ourselves and our communities.

We don’t need to be sick to health ourselves and to health our communities. We need only remember that “health” can be a verb.

to your health, tracy
author: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

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Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

What is health?  What is healthiness? What is unhealthiness?  Where does illness fit into this picture?  What about aging? What are medicines? What are healthicines? Are alternative medicines healthicines?  No, they are not.

HealthicinesvsMedicines

There are many definitions of health, few of healthiness. Illness, disease, and medical condition are technically defined by diagnosis, but many different definitions are used by doctors, patients, insurance companies, employers, etc. Aging too, has many definitions, depending on the goals of whoever is speaking.

Healthicine is the study of health, and definitions of health, healthiness, illness and aging, in the studies of healthicine – are created within goals of understanding and improving health.

Once we begin to make HEALTH our goal, we see many things differently, as if we are standing on a new hill of knowledge.  The entire medical establishment – both conventional and alternative medicines are working to fight illness. They use the word health, because it has a nice sound, but instead of working to improve healthiness – they work to avoid illness, to ‘retain health’ and to treat illness, to ‘regain health’. But once they determine that illness is not present, they assume ‘health’ is present, and no further action is warranted. Medical systems measure illness with infinite precision, probing deeper and deeper into patients to find illness earlier. They are blind to health.

What is health? Health is whole, illness is a hole in your health.  The study of holes, is not the study of health. What is healthiness? Healthiness is a measurable instance of health, as illness is a measurable instance of ‘being ill’.

What about unhealthiness? What is the difference between unhealthiness and illness?  Is it possible to be unhealthy, without being ill?  Is it possible to be ill, without being unhealthy?

What are healthicines? Are alternative medicines healthicines?  No, they are not. What is illness? A growing list of illnesses is being classified as ‘incurable’ by current medical systems. Arthritis, diabetes, cancers, IBS, MS, Parkinson’s, even depression are often defined as illnesses that can be treated, but not cured. There are fundraising efforts to find a cure, but medical textbooks make clear statements – disease X is incurable, the best that can be done is to treat the symptoms. What’s going on? Why is the list of incurable diseases growing instead of shrinking? Because medicine is blind to health. Many illnesses do not need to be cured, cannot be cured, must be healthed. Only healthicines can ‘health’ an illness. But our medical systems do not study healthicines.

These are the questions explored in the book: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging.  In the first three chapters, health is explored – without reference to illness. With that foundation, illness and aging are seen in a different light. Healthicine is not ‘alternative medicine’, it is rather, a clear view of health, a new perspective on health.

The book explores the concepts of healthicines – things that improve your healthiness – and compares them to medicines – things that fight your illness.  Many of today’s medicines are actually healthicines – but our current medical systems do not recognize the distinction, thus, they cannot study healthiness.

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Searching for Wellness: Two Types of Illness

What is wellness? How does ‘wellness’ relate to healthiness and illness? There are many definitions of wellness.  In Healthicine we define wellness as the absence of disease. You are either ill, or you are well.

Wellness is not healthiness. Illness is not the opposite of healthiness. The inverse of healthiness is unhealthiness.

OverallHealthiness

Each of us has a unique level of healthiness, as in the above diagram, where the level of healthiness is 72 percent. We each have some room to improve our healthiness.  Room for improvement is our ‘unhealthiness’. As we grow healthier, unhealthiness shrinks.  As we grow less healthy, healthiness shrinks, and unhealthiness grows.

What happens when we get sick?

OverallHealthiness-MedicalCondition

You have a medical condition, when a doctor makes a diagnosis.  A medical condition does not have a ‘percentage’ on your healthiness scale. It is either there, you have a diagnosis, or it is not there. Of course your medical condition might be mild, moderate, or severe, chronic or critical. It might be growing, or receding. It might be infectious or not.

When you get well again, your medical condition disappears, and you are back to the first image. The first image contains ‘wellness’, but you can’t “see” the absence of disease. Wellness is neither healthiness, nor unhealthiness, it is the absence of illness, the absence of a medical condition. Wellness does not imply any level of healthiness, or of unhealthiness, it is simply the absence of illness.

How can you attain wellness? First of all, you need to be sick.  If you are not sick, you are well – and you have attained wellness.  But, if you are sick, if you have a medical condition, there are two ways to achieve wellness.

There are two types of illness, thus two ways to attain wellness.

Type 1 illness is caused by an external agent.  Bacteria, viruses, or a whack on the side of the head. To achieve wellness, you need to remove the external agent. Fight the bacteria, the virus, or run away from the person who is whacking you on the side of the head.  Your disease will disappear, and your body will heal.   You will be well.  When you fight the illness cause, you remove from the Medical Condition and return to the status of the first diagram.

Type 2 illness is caused by your personal life choices, by unhealthiness. If your healthiness is 72, as in the first diagram, and you do many unhealthy things, your healthiness will drop, and an illness will creep in, as in this diagram.

OverallHealthiness-MedicalCondition-creeps

If your illness, your absence of wellness is due to low healthiness, you can’t fight the illness. There is nothing to fight. The only way to deal with an illness that result from unhealthiness is to improve your healthiness.  When you improve your healthiness, it will push the illness, the medical condition, off the top of the chart – and you will have attained wellness again.

Improving healthiness is the best preventative – of illness, the best way to maintain wellness. For many illnesses, improving healthiness is the only effective treatment.  For all illnesses, improving healthiness will help you to recover faster and more completely.

Of course there’s a catch.  It’s not always easy to tell if your illness is Type 1, illnesses that strike, or Type 2: an illness that results from sliding health.  Some illnesses, cancer for example, might result from a strike (radiation, viruses, etc.) in some individual situations, and from sliding health – poor nutrition, crappy food, too much sunshine. Because cancer takes a long, long time to develop – medical doctors don’t bother to identify the specific cause, nor to distinguish between different types of cause.

You can fight back. Whether you have an illness that strikes, or an illness that slides into view, you can fight both with health.  If you are healthier, illnesses that strike, colds, flu, even broken arms, pass more quickly.  And if you are healthier, you are less likely to slide into illness.

The way to find wellness, and to maintain wellness, the absence of disease, is found in health.

To your health, tracy

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Health Based Medicine vs Evidence Based Medicine? vs SBM? vs PBM? vs DBM? vs HBM?

Today, we have Evidence Based MedicineScience Based MedicineData Based MedicineInstinct Based MedicinePatient Based MedicineExperience Based MedicineFunctional Medicinedisease based medicinehospital based medicine, pseudo-evidence based medicine, and a jokes: Seven Alternatives to Evidence Based MedicineCrap Based Medicine?  What’s going on?

What should medicine be based on? Health. We need:

Health Based Medicine.  

The leading candidate today is EBM, so called Evidence Based Medicine. ” is defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” (Wiki). Wiki goes on to say “Trisha Greenhalgh and Anna Donald define it more specifically as “the use of mathematical estimates of the risk of benefit and harm, derived from high-quality research on population samples, to inform clinical decision-making in the diagnosis”.

The rub, simply, is to be found in the reasons Evidence Based Medicine exist. Medicines are dangerous. Standard medical technique is to ‘fight’ the illness.  To war against the disease. We need EBM to reduce risk and harm for the patient, because medicines create risk, and harm patients.

According to BMJ “Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” If it is, we are only half way to success.

Science Based Medicine is the ‘new kid on the block’. Science Based Medicine vs Evidence Based Medicine says “Science-based medicine (SBM) is not a replacement for the more familiar concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Instead, it emphasizes some neglected aspects of EBM. This article explains the differences and the need for the distinction.”

What are those ‘neglected aspects of EMB’ that are provided by SBM? Frankly, the above post does not give a single difference worth quoting.  It simply rants with phrases like “That’s insane!”, “quasi-scientific obfuscation”, and “the quack leapfrogs”, but provides no actual answers.  It is interesting that proponents of SBM claim EBM is a ‘subset’ of SBM, while also suggesting that SBM ignores evidence that is attended to by EBM. SBM sounds like PBM (Propaganda Based Medicine) to me.

Both EBM and SBM ignore anecdotal evidence.   Anecdotal evidence is one of the monsters of modern medicine. Specific cases of illness that were cured.  In many cases, specific instances of illnesses – that are judged to be incurable – were cured. Anecdotal examples abound. Even more confounding to EBM and SBM proponents, in many anecdotal cases no ‘medicines’ were used – no prescription medicine, no Evidence Based medicines, no Science Based Medicines. How can this happen? Do EBM and SBM study these cases? Nope.

Is it possible to ‘cure’ a disease, without a medicine?  Of course it is.  It happens every day. It’s just not acknowledged by EBM, SBM, or any other current “based medicine”.  If you are suffering from dehydration, the cure is not ‘medicine’, it is water.  If you are suffering from scurvy, the cure is not ‘medicine’, it is nutrition. If you are suffering from malnutrition, the cure is food, not medicine.  There are many,many types of malnutrition, more than we know.

If you are suffering from unhealthiness, the cure is to improve your health. No medicine is needed.  No medicine will help. The only solution will be found in Health Based Medicine, which often does not use ‘medicines’ – improving healthiness instead.

How many illnesses are better served by Health Based Medicine than EBM or SBM? We don’t know.  Obviously, dehydration and scurvy are best treated with health – medicines don’t work.

How many other illnesses are best treated by health? Make a list. Make a list of illnesses that are ‘incurable’ today.  It’s a long list.  It’s also a ‘growing list’.

The list starts with some of the oldest illnesses, arthritis. Why is arthritis incurable? Because, in many cases – especially in cases of slowly progressing arthritis – arthritis is not an illness, it is an unhealthiness. The progression, the gradual worsening of arthritis, continues because the unhealthiness continues. Arthritis has actually been compared to ‘rust’.The Orthopedic Institute, for example, says “One such form of chronic injury is arthritis, which might be thought of as a “rusting” of the knee joint.” If your car is rusting, can you cure it with ‘medicine’? Of course not.  That’s why modern medicine claims arthritis is ‘incurable’. EBM, SBM agree to search for the best painkillers.

What do you need to cure arthritis? Health. Health does not require medicines, medicines fight illness.

How many other illnesses are best served by health? Make a list of ‘chronic illnesses’. Why are chronic illnesses “chronic”? Why do chronic illnesses progress slowly, but inexorably? Because chronic illnesses are actually chronic unhealthinesses. If the illness is progressing, the progression has a cause. In many cases, the cause is not illness, it is unhealthiness. It is likely that ALL chronic illnesses are better served by health improvements, by Health Based Medicine, than by ‘medicines’.

What about non-chronic illnesses? Can we treat all illnesses with health, instead of medicines?  Should we try to treat all illnesses with health, instead of medicine?

No.  There is a fundamental difference between medicines and health. Health is slow, honest, and true. Improving health is NOT useful in emergencies. In emergency situations, medicines are required.

But in non-emergency situations, Health Based Medicine can provide more, better, “health”.

Evidence Based Medicine, Science Based Medicine, Hospital Based Medicine, Patient Based Medicine, Disease Based Medicine all ignore health. They are very successful tools in critical situations, where patients are very ill, and in need of medicine. But they fail when the patient needs health.

We need Health Based Medicine.  We need a health based theory of healthicine, more than we need an evidence based theory of medicine.  

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This post was written for, and initially published on the site: HealthBasedMedicine.com 

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