Theory of Cures

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First Principle: Every disease can be cured. 

“Every disease can be cured” is the foundation of The Healthicine Theory of Cures. It is based on the simple principle: “If you think you can, you can.”

If a disease cannot be cured, is it really a disease?  How is a disease distinguished from a broken arm, a disability, or a sign like blood pressure or cholesterol level, or a symptom, like a headache or toothache, or even a simple attribute like skin color, pattern or texture?

We might simply  define all diseases as ‘those that can be cured’.  If it cannot be cured, it is not a disease. Q.E.D. This logic works in the reverse as well.  When we find we can cure all diseases – then we will learn that those things that cannot be cured, are not diseases.

If we are to cure all diseases, we must answer the question “What is a disease?” There are many definitions, but we need one that meets our purpose, our goal – to cure every disease.

A disease is an abnormal, active, negative, medical condition.

Many medical conditions are not diseases, although they may be the result of diseases. An amputated leg is a medical condition, but is not actively progressing. A disease is abnormal and negative.  Many positive conditions, like excellent healthiness, are abnormal, but not negative.

We can only ‘cure’ a specific instance or case of a disease. We should not expect to cure a general class of diseases, like cancer, arthritis, or diabetes. Even antibiotics, the most powerful medical cures known today, do not cure every case. A specific patient, with a cancer, with arthritis, with diabetes, can be cured. There are cases where it is not possible to cure the disease before it kills the patient, and many cases where we do not know – today – how to cure the disease. But every disease can be cured, in theory, and this is a theory.

Many diseases ‘cure themselves’ or the body cures them naturally – like the common cold, influenza, and measles.  A few are cured by conventional medicines.  Most diseases, we shall learn, can only be cured with healthiness.

Principle: Each disease has active causes.

Every disease is ‘active’ by definition. If it is not active, it is not a disease.  A broken arm, or an amputated leg, is not actively ‘getting more broken or more amputated‘. To be active, a disease must have active causes.  If the causes are not active, not continuing, the ‘disease’ is not continuing, the disease does not exist. If the cause is not continuing, it is not a disease any more, although it might be a result of disease.

Most diseases have more than one cause.  A ‘simple disease’ is a disease with only a single cause – but simple disease are rare, and often easily addressed.  Even the simplest of diseases can have many interacting causes and reactions. Causes often need to be traced backwards to their sources. A disease can be caused by another disease.

Today’s medicine often neglects to classify disease by cause.  This is a simple error. Many different diseases of the heart, with many different causes, are classified as ‘heart disease’. Cancers are generally first classified by their location, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, etc.  If we are to cure every disease, then we must classify every disease by its cause. This is done in many cases – but it needs to be a fundamental part of diagnosis.

Principle: Each disease has an active progression, based on its causes.

If a disease is has no progression, if it is not waxing, and not waning, it is not a disease. Two factors determine the progression of a disease – the growth, or shrinking of the cause, and the natural healing and disease fighting of the body, the minds, the spirits and the communities of the patient.  All of these factors are continually changing.

A chronic disease is one that has a slow moving progression.  An acute disease has a rapid progression, or has reached a crisis stage.

Some of today’s ‘diseases’ are simply not diseases. Type 1 Diabetes is a simple, clear example.  Type 1 diabetes exists when a patient’s body, a patient’s pancreas, is so badly damaged that it cannot recover, it cannot heal.  There is no ongoing cause, no ongoing progression. The cause is long gone.  The patient has a disability, not a disease.  A disability can be treated, it might even be reversed, but it cannot be ‘cured’.

Healing occurs during the progression of the disease, and continues after it has been cured. 

It’s easy to confuse healing and cure. Healing is always happening and is part of the natural progression of the disease.  In some cases, healing can continue, or take place many years after the disease is cured. Confusing the definition of cure, by adding ‘compete and permanent healing’, can lead to confusion about when a patient is ‘cured’.

Cure: A disease is cured when the progression is stopped by addressing or removing key causes. 

If the disease is still progressing, it has not been cured. However, sometimes diseases become ‘dormant’, or the progression is below our ability to detect it. The key to knowing if a disease has been cured, is in knowing the causes. Our current treatments for cancer are designed to ‘kill all the cancer cells’, and thus stop the progression.  But there is no attempt to identify nor to address the causes. This is why we have many ‘cancer survivors’, but no cancer cures.  If we don’t know the causes of a specific case of cancer, we cannot know that the causes have been eliminated, and we cannot recognize a cure, even when it happens. Cancers can be cured, we just can’t see the cures.

Some diseases, like the common cold, are naturally cured by our healthy bodies – and we get another cold later. Other diseases, like cancer, can be treated into remission, although the disease is not gone.  It can rise later to visibility and danger – sometimes even years later. This can give the mistaken impression that ‘cancers’ cannot be cured.  Cancers can be cured – if the key causes are addressed. If the causes return, the patient will get a ‘new cancer’, not the same cancer that was cured.

If the causes have not been addressed, the actual disease has not been addressed. Maybe only the symptoms have been addressed.  It is not possible to ‘cure’ symptoms. Treating symptoms can only hide the disease, not cure it.

A single case of a disease can have more than one cure.

When we look at the concept of a disease, with each disease having a cause, or perhaps many causes, it becomes clear that a single disease might have many different cures.  Even simple diseases might have more than one cure.  A trivial example: scurvy, caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C, can be cured by a medical chemical -ascorbic acid, it can also be cured by a dietary change that includes any of many different food containing Vitamin C. Which cure is better? MERCK doesn’t use the word ‘cure’ for scurvy, but it recommends ascorbic acid for the emergency situation, and dietary changes for the long term, the permanent cure.

A more complex disease might have a chain of causes. In these cases each link in the chain provides a potential cure, and the challenge for modern medicine is to find the ‘best cure’, or the most efficient cure. Of course every patient is different, and the best cure might be different for different patients.

Many patients have more than one disease.

The common cold can be caused by hundreds of different organisms.  It is possible therefore to have ‘two colds and a flu’ at the same time.  In more complex situations, a patient might be suffering from obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and at the same time, to have two colds and a flu.

In some cases, the best cure will cure several of the diseases at once.  The healthy body will cure two colds and a flu, in a relatively short time period. Curing diabetes, might also address the causes of obesity – and cure more than one disease at the same time.

Treating Symptoms does not cure.

Most of today’s medicines, both conventional and alternative medicines, address symptoms, but not the cause.  Treating symptoms, while ignoring the cause, does not address the progression of the disease – and in some cases can actually aid its progression. Treating symptoms alone does not, cannot cure, although treating symptoms in some diseases – like the common cold, can help the body to cure the disease. In other cases, treating symptoms can be useful to help the patient through the cure. But cure, not symptom treatments, should always be the goal.

Medicine is not magic,not mystical.  Cures are not magic. 

Many of today’s medical treatments, both conventional and alternative treatments, use a ‘mystical’ model.  We don’t understand why it works, but it works. If we are to truly understand ‘cures’, we need to get resolve the mysticism. The key to removing the magic from medicine is understanding and addressing causes.

There are no ‘spontaneous cures’.

So called ‘spontaneous cures’ occur when an illnesses rapidly disappears without a medicine. Every cure happens for a simple reason – the causes, or  a key cause has been addressed. Every case of ‘spontaneous remission’ is simply an opportunity to better understand the causes of a disease.

Anecdotal evidence vs Clinical Studies.

The vast majority of clinical studies measure effects on ‘symptoms of disease’, because those are the most profitable medicines. Very few, if any, clinical studies actually measure cures, for the simple reason that cures either cure, or not. Measurement of symptoms is often not relevent in the study of cures.

Each case of a disease is a unique anecdote, although there are many common threads that help us to find, and to address the causes. Modern medicine fears and shames anecdotal evidence, much of which must be embraced if we are to learn to cure. For many of today’s diseases, like cancers, diabetes, and most chronic diseases, the only proof of a cure is anecdotal, because all cures are anecdotal.

Placebos do not cure. 

The complexity of placebos, placebo responses, and placebo effects is much more than we can address here. But we can clearly state that placebos do not, and cannot, cure.

Can this be true?  Surely there are thousands of reports, stories, anecdotes, even studies where placebos actually cured a disease?  What about ‘warts’. Dr. Andrew Weil advises us that almost every doctor has a story of a wart cure – and they often assume the disease was cured by the ‘placebo effect’.

Placebo effect is simply an effect, like so called ‘spontaneous remission’, that cannot be explained today. If a placebo was administered, and a cure came about, but cannot be explained – then either the placebo did not cure, or it was not a placebo. Q.E.D.

Most placebos, are not prescribed as cures.  They are prescribed to address symptoms.

Most of Today’s Medicines Do Not Cure.

In the top 50 medicines, by sales in 2013, there is not a single cure.  Every one of the top 50 medicines. Most of the top 100 medicines, simply address signs and symptoms of disease – but do not cure. They are not designed to cure, and cannot cure. There is a simple reason for this situation.  Medicines that cure disease – don’t make more sales once the disease is cured. Medicines that treat signs and symptoms sell more as signs and symptoms progress. Many of today’s medicines are, in a sense, sophisticated placebos, nothing more.

Most alternative medicines do not cure.

If, and when, alternative medicines actually cure, they are often adopted by the medical establishment – and are no longer ‘alternative’ medicines.  The exceptions would be where the field of conventional medicines do not recognize a cure.  If an alternative medicine cures a cancer, for example, it would not be recognized by conventional medicine, because cancer is a disease that cannot be cured.

Most alternative medicines, like most prescription medicines, and even most prescription placebos, simply address signs and symptoms of disease.

Conclusion: Theory of Cure

If modern medicine is to progress to curing all diseases, it must embrace the first principle: “Every disease can be cured.” There are many diseases, many very common diseases, that are classified as ‘incurable’, and patients are advised to ‘learn to live with’ their disease, saying, in effect “your disease cannot be cured”. We can do better.

Which of Today’s Diseases cannot be Cured?

There are diseases on our lists today, which cannot be cured. They are not diseases. If it cannot be cured, it is not a disease. Let’s take a look at today’s top killer diseases:

1. Heart Disease – the top killer disease, is clearly a disease of unhealthiness. Finding and addressing individual causes will cure many cases of heart disease.  However heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases often require significant healing as well.

2. Cancers – a large class of diseases.  No one studies the cause of individual cancers today, so there is, in current medical theory,  no way to cure cancer.   Cancers are complex and the causes are complex as well. Cancers require an initial cause, which may or may not be ongoing, but they also require additional causes that facilitate growth and allow the cancer to grow without detection, without a fight from the healthy body.  These additional causes present many opportunities to cure cancers. Once we learn to study and address causes, many cancers will be cured. There are many cases of cancer cures that should be examined so that we can learn to cure cancers consistently.

3. Chronic lower respiratory disease – we know the causes in general, but ignore them in specific cases, smoking being the most common cause. To cure the disease, the causes must be removed.  COPD, in someone who has quit smoking, is not a ‘disease’, it is a result of disease. COPD might be healed, but it is not a progressive disease with a cause.  COPD is a handicap, not a disease. Like many handicaps, it grows worse as we grow older.

4. Stoke is not a disease, it is the result of a crisis. It is a handicap which might be treated, even healed, but it is not a disease to be ‘cured’.

5. Alzheimer’s disease -we don’t know the causes nor the chain of events that lead to Alzheimer’s.  There might be many causes, many chains.  Current treatments for Alzheimer’s focus on symptoms, not on cause. But there is a cause, or cases and once we learn the cases in specific cases – we can cure the disease.  However, Alzheimer’s, like many diseases, causes damage or disabilities, which must be healed, not ‘cured’.

6. Diabetes is curable.  Diabetes is not curable.  Today’s medicine uses the same name for two different conditions.  Type 1 diabetes is not a disease, it is a disability. It cannot be ‘cured’, because the cause is gone. Type 2 diabetes has an ongoing cause and is curable. There are many cases of diabetes cures that should be examined so that we can learn to cure diabetes consistently.

7. Kidney diseases are curable. There are many ongoing causes of kidney disease and when the individual causes are addressed the disease will be addressed. Like many diseases, kidney disease can also be a disability, or be caused by a disability, which is incurable.  In those cases, kidney disease can only be ‘treated’, but not cured. The challenge is to know which is which.

8. Influenza, the common cold, pneumonia – can be cured. In many cases the best cure is health, and the healthy body will cure the diseases. In some cases, the body needs or can benefit from medicines.

I am not a doctor, the above list is prepared by simply applying the theory of cures to many common diseases.

How to Cure?

If most conventional medicines do not cure, and most alternative medicines do not cure, and placebos do not cure, and there are no spontaneous cures, how do we find cures? We can only find cures by looking for the ‘cured’, on a case by case basis. We need to study those who are cured, to learn if they were really cured, to determine what actually caused their disease, and how it was cured.

When we do that, we will learn that the cure for every disease is healthiness.  The cause of many disease is simply ‘unhealthiness’.  Once we remove the cause, what is left is healthiness – and the disease is cured.

to your health, tracy

Tracy is the author of two books about healthicine:

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Malnutrition Epidemic in America

Obese-family-600America is suffering from an epidemic of malnutrition. But it’s not what you think.

If you check the World Health Organization for malnutrition, you will find many studies about, and programs for malnutrition in children. It’s as if malnutrition doesn’t exist in adults? We’re all children. And many of us are suffering from malnutrition. If you search, you can find a few references where the definition of malnutrition includes ‘eating too much’. But that’s not it either.

America is suffering from an epidemic of obesity. There is no question about that. The only questions are about the causes. Few notice that obesity is easily caused by starvation.

It’s a common mistake, assuming that obesity is caused by too much junk food, combined with too little exercise. All to simple, and all too simplistic. The conclusions are easy to accept: judgement of people for their behaviors. People who are fat, especially people who are obese, are themselves at fault.  If they would just eat less, and exercise more – they could solve their own problems. But that’s simplistic nonsense. No one wants to be obese.

Obesity, in America, is a disease of malnutrition. Cheap food makes us all poor, unhealthy, and fat. Obesity often results when your body is starving. When the food you eat does not provide the nutrients you need.  Your body knows you are starving, no matter how much you are ‘eating.  It reacts ‘hungrily’, trying to eat more food, to get the necessary nutrients. At the same time, because it senses ‘famine’, because the required nutrients are not available, it initiates a fat storage system to save calories, ‘until the famine passes’.

The (obese) body is doing it’s best to get the nutrients it needs, and to store extra food that is not needed.  It urges you to eat more, you get fatter. But you are still starving all of the time. Because the food you are eating does not provide the nutrients you need.

Have you noticed?  Obese people are often ‘starving’.

How can this be happening?  Why is this happening? There are several factors:

In the past, there were lots of ‘healthy, nutritious foods’ around. Even if you ate cake every day, most of the other food you ate met your biological needs, so you didn’t need to keep eating and eating.   Because your dietary needs were being met, your body was not ‘starving’. It didn’t push you to eat more. Because your body was not starving, it did not need to ‘store food’ for the famine.

In the past, foods were ‘seasonal’.  People were forced to eat different foods in winter than in summer, different in spring than in fall.  These dietary changes forced you to consume a wider variety of foods, more likely to meet your nutritional needs – over the year. Even foods like beef, chickens, eggs, and milk changed with the seasons, because the animal’s diets changed.

Today, it is possible to eat the same foods, day in and day out, with no seasonal changes, for many years. It is easy to ‘fill up’ several times a day on foods that do not meet your nutritional needs.  Your body senses famine, stores fat for the famine, and urges you to eat more, to address your malnutrition, your starvation.

This also exacerbates the accumulations of toxic chemicals from  your foods. When we eat the same foods, day after day, month after month, season after season, year after year, the toxic chemicals in those foods accumulate. When our diet was changing with the seasons, we consumed different toxic chemicals in different seasons, and left others behind.  Our bodies had months to recover. But today, we seldom change our diet consciously, and even if we do, the market ensures that we pick many similar foods, developed by similar growing and manufacturing processes with similar toxic chemicals.

There is a second factor at play, which is often important.  When you become obese, you don’t just ‘gain fat.  Your stomach, and the rest of your digestive system grows.  It takes more to make you ‘feel full’, you become more reliant on ‘feeling full’ to know when to stop eating. As soon as you feel ‘not full’, you start eating again. When you are ‘feeling full’, there’s always room for desert.  Your body is starving. When you feel stomach discomfort, your body urges you to eat – because it knows you are starving.

As a result, even if you start eating the right foods, you will still feel hungry – and it might take a very long time to shrink your body, and your digestive system back to a ‘healthy’ size. For all of that time, it will be easy to think you are hungry, when you don’t need food. It can take a long time to learn that you are not ‘hungry’ whenever your stomach hurts, and you are not full when your stomach hurts.  Those are lessons learned through malnutrition – hard to unlearn.

It’s ironic, that most of the treatments for obesity include some type of starvation. Cut back on calories, don’t eat this food, don’t eat that food. Fat loss diets range from rabbit food to lion food – but they seldom work. And sticking to them is almost impossible for anyone who has become obese. It’s hard to stick to a diet when you are malnourished.  It’s hard to stick to a diet that doesn’t meet your nutritional needs, when you are starving.

The other ‘treatment’ suggested for obesity is exercise.  There are a variety of reasons why exercise is a high risk for obese people, from high blood pressure to dehydration, to breathing problems because of their larger chest wall.  But add to that, the fact that their bodies are not healthy, their bodies are starving, and thus more susceptible to, and more likely to be damaged by the stress of exercise.

There are people who can quit smoking in a day – I did it (after 5 or so unsuccessful attempts). And there are a few obese people who can ‘fix their eating’ almost overnight. But those are few, and far between.  And perhaps more important, many who succeed have no idea what worked, what didn’t work, and how to proceed afterwards.  If they want to remain ‘thin’, they are stuck in whatever rut that helped them lose weight, even if it was an unhealthy technique. They are unable to escape, for fear of becoming obese again. Dreaming about chocolate cake. I still dream about smoking sometimes….

You hear a lot about the epidemic of obesity in the USA. Is it really an epidemic of obesity?  A Harvard Study in 2011 listed the following causes of ‘preventable deaths’:

  1. Smoking: 467,000 deaths.
  2. High blood pressure: 395,000 deaths.
  3. Overweight-obesity: 216,000 deaths.
  4. Inadequate physical activity and inactivity: 191,000 deaths.
  5. High blood sugar: 190,000 deaths.
  6. High LDL cholesterol: 113,000 deaths.
  7. High dietary salt: 102,000 deaths.
  8. Low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (seafood): 84,000 deaths.
  9. High dietary trans fatty acids: 82,000 deaths.
  10. Alcohol use: 64,000 deaths.
  11. Low intake of fruits and vegetables: 58,000 deaths.
  12. Low dietary poly-unsaturated fatty acids: 15,000 deaths.

It’s clear that high blood pressure, overweight-obesity, high blood sugar, high LDL cholesterol, high dietary salt, low dietary omega-3 fatty acids, high dietary trans fatty acids, alcohol use, low intake of fruits and vegetables, and low dietary poly-unsaturated fatty acids are all malnutrition – and most are nutritional deficiencies. Most of these diseases are caused by starvation, even though obesity is near the top of the list.

What about smoking, it’s not nutrition, or is it? People smoke to take nutrients – drugs – into their bodies.  People smoke because if they stop, they’ll gain weight.  Smoking is a substitute for eating.  Smokers need more nutrients, to help their bodies heal and clear the toxic chemicals, but instead, they eat less. And what about alcohol? Both smokers and alcoholics are prone to malnutrition, because they substitute smoking, and alcohol for food.

There is an epidemic of malnutrition in America. That’s why so many people are so fat.

to your health, tracy
Tracy is the author of two books about healthicine:

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Healthicine: The Cure for All Diseases – A theory of Cure

Modern medicine often fails to cure, resorting to treatments for symptoms, instead of curing disease, advising patients to ‘learn to live with’ their diseases. What is the theory of cure? There is no theory of cure in modern medicine. How can we tell which diseases are curable, and which are incurable? Modern medicine, for all its technical proficiency, has no answer. But there is a simple answer.

All diseases can be cured. That doesn’t mean we can cure every instance of a disease, but all diseases can be cured.  Can this be true? Can we make it true?

Note: An updated post on the Theory of Cures can be seen here

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The Vaccines Science Test

The internet is awash in vaccine posts.  Everybody, it seems, has an opinion, and wants you to see things from their point of view. Punt “vaccine myths and facts” into Google today and you will see over 700,000 hits. Of course, few of the so called “myths” are actually common myths. ‘Myths’ and the ‘facts’ are specifically chosen, with answers specifically designed to support each author’s position.

Forget myths.  What vaccine facts are actually important? What vaccine questions are important? What answers are important?

This post presents some important questions about vaccines – as a test.  Can you answer these questions?  Check it out, move the cursor over the answer of your choice and see your results. Take note: like many multiple choice tests, exact wording can be very important.

1. What is the purpose of a vaccine?

To create immunity to a disease ✓ To create immunity to a disease, Website: Wikipedia: “A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides acquired active immunity to a particular disease
To improve immunity to a disease. ✓ To improve immunity to a disease. Website: World Health Organization: “A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease

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2. How effective are vaccines?

Not as effective as better food, clean drinking water and improved sanitation. ✓ Not as effective as better food, clean drinking water and improved sanitation. Website: Child Health Safety: “The main advances in combating disease over 200 years have been better food and clean drinking water.  Improved sanitation, less overcrowded and better living conditions also contribute. This is also borne out in published peer reviewed research

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3. Do vaccines save millions of lives?

Vaccines save lives, but we’re not sure how many. They cause deaths as well.
✓ Vaccines save lives, but we’re not sure how many. They cause deaths as well. Legal Document:There is established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program to be administered by the Secretary under which
compensation may be paid for a vaccine-related injury or death.

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4. How many deaths were caused by vaccines in the USA, in 2014?

None proven: Correlation is not Causation

✓ None proven: Correlation is not Causation Website: Government: Note that the inclusion of events in VAERS data does not infer causality.

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5. Is the data in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) accurate?


No, it’s too high. ✓ No, it’s too high. Website: News:In many cases, the side effects reported to VAERS are coincidences.

Yes, it’s good data.
✓ Yes, it’s good and it’s our best source. Website: Government: VAERS data contains coincidental events and those truly caused by vaccines.

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6. Can vaccines cause autism?  

Maybe ✓ Maybe: US Federal courts have awarded compensation for at least 83 cases of vaccines causing autism. But “in settled cases, the court does not determine that the vaccine caused the injury”.Website: Blog:83 Cases of Autism Associated with Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensated in Federal Vaccine Court 

Yes.
✓ Yes, at least 22 published research studies, published in multiple medical journals, provide evidence that vaccines cause autism. Website:22 Medical Studies That Show Vaccines Can Cause Autism

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7. Can you get a disease from the vaccine that’s supposed to prevent it?


Yes, and you can get other diseases too.

✓ Yes, and you can get other diseases too. Medical Clinical Practice Guideline:the increasing prevalence of
H. influenzae among other upper respiratory tract infections
of children, particularly AOM, since the introduction of conjugated pneumococcal vaccines

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8. What is “herd immunity”?

the proportion of subjects with immunity in a given population ✓ the proportion of subjects with immunity in a given population. Research Paper: Medical: “the proportion of subjects with immunity in a given population
occurs when a significant proportion of the population have been vaccinated ✓ occurs when a significant proportion of the population have been vaccinated, Online Medical Dictionary: “occurs when a significant proportion of the population (or the herd) have been vaccinated
a reduction in the probability of infection that is held to apply when a significant proportion of the individuals are immune ✓ a reduction in the probability of infection that is held to apply when a significant proportion of the individuals are immune. Medical Dictionary “http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/herd%20immunity
The term herd immunity carries a variety of meanings ✓ The term herd immunity carries a variety of meanings Medical Journal Article: “The term herd immunity is widely used but carries a variety of meanings

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9. If people are vaccinated for influenza, does “herd immunity” protect those who cannot be vaccinated?

No, not even with everyone vaccinated. ✓ No, not even with everyone vaccinated Website: Government: Influenza Vaccine effectiveness ranges from 10 to 60 percent over the past 10 years.
Herd immunity through vaccination is technically impossible in normal populations. ✓ Herd immunity through vaccination is technically impossible in normal populations. Medical Website “Herd immunity is mostly a myth and applies only to natural immunity – that is, contracting the infection itself...” 

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So, what’s your score?

If you have chosen an answer to every question, you have a score of 100 percent, because every answer can be supported by evidence. If you chose more than one answer, you get more than 100 percent, because you learn more.  The only ways to get less than 100 percent are to not choose, perhaps because you don’t know, or perhaps because you are so certain you don’t need to check.

When multiple answers, opposing answers, to questions, are found to be correct, science does not assume that one answer is correct, it concludes that better questions are needed.

Perhaps the true answer is, it depends. Buthe answer does no depend on the question:
 – it depends on what you choose to accept.
 – you can choose. You can decide.
 – you can change your mind,
 – and you can change it again later.

I am in favor of science. Science is about finding interesting questions, searching for and testing answers, and then looking for better questions and better answers.  Science does not find ‘truth’. Science is about the search, not about the truth.

I am in favor of choice.  I am in favor of the right to decide, or not, and to choose, or not, and the right to change our decisions and our choices. The issues around vaccines are very complex.  Some of us want simple choices, and that’s OK. Some of use want to understand the complexities, and make our own decisions on a case by case basis.  That’s OK too.  That is the nature of freedom.

Health comes from freedom.

Debate Posts

Most posts about vaccines are ‘debate’ posts. They are not science, they are debates. Debaters often use ‘science’ in their arguments, but the use of science does not make the debate scientific.

Everyone has an opinion, and many opinions can be supported by more or less reliable sources. There are few, if any, absolute truths.

As a result, you can easily find thousands of people, articles, research papers, websites, etc. using science to convince you of their view about vaccines. They simply do not understand science. And they don’t care – they are not about science.

One side wants to defend vaccines, or even to propose mandatory vaccination, the opposing side either wants the right to choose, or opposes vaccines entirely.  There is a spectrum of opinions about vaccines, but that spectrum is one-dimensional, as in this diagram.

The truth about vaccines is very, very complex, and

is different for each vaccine,

sometimes different for each batch. That’s why the government’s VAERS system tracks immunization by batches.

different for each disease, from smallpox and polio, to measles, to influenza, to cancer

different kinds of vaccines even for the same diseases, and sometimes the differences are very extreme.

different often changing vaccine schedules and vaccine combinations

different people, from babies to seniors seniors – from very healthy to very sick, those with allergies, sensitivities, and important personal beliefs, who might be more prone to damage by vaccines,

Many people want to understand the science as best they can, and make the best decision for themselves and their children in a changing environment. One dimensional decisions about vaccines, as if they were ‘one thing’, and as if all people are the same, is simply nonsense. Perhaps unfortunately, this is what we have come to expect from our politicians.

The people we hear, the people in the news, the people blogging, are those with strong beliefs. We are hearing the people at either end of the diagram. When they use ‘science’ to support their views, they show ignorance of science, ignorance of important statements about science. Science, real science, does not find ‘facts’, it tests theories. And we must always be careful of scientific results.

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” —Marcia Angell, MD, “Drug Companies and Doctors: A story of Corruption.” NY Review of Books, Jan. 15, 2009.”

The majority of people, normal intelligent people, like you and I, are in the middle, believing that knowledge, freedom, and free choice are important. There is no perfect vaccine, and there is no perfect decision with regards to all vaccines and all people.

There are small numbers of people at the ends, working hard to get everyone ‘on their side’.  Proselytizing their personal beliefs, using ‘selected science’, to support their faith. Is it propaganda? Religion?  It is certainly not science.

Healthicine

When science finds questions that cannot be answered, there are three alternatives: break them down into smaller, answerable questions; find better questions, or step up to a higher perspective, a wider view, in order to understand more. There is, of course the fourth alternative – accept that some questions cannot be answered. What is the purpose of life, after all?

We can take these questions to a higher level, from the level of medicine, to the level of healthicine.

There is one question, a very important question, that has not been asked, much less answered, about vaccines. We need to use science to consider, to study this question:

Do vaccines make us healthier?

Today, we simply do not know.  We have no idea.  We don’t study health seriously.  Our current medical paradigm operates under the simplistic assumption that ‘not sick’ equals healthy.

Healthiness is not binary. Healthiness is a scale, not a YES/NO question, not a YES/NO answer.  A scale, ranging from very, very healthy, to very, very unhealthy. Healthicine is many scales, you can have healthy feet, and an unhealthy kidney, healthy hair, and unhealthy lungs. It is possible to be very healthy, and still sick (with a cold, for example). It is also possible to be very unhealthy, but not sick.

When we study healthiness, measure healthiness, the science of vaccines will become more complex, not simpler. As we understand more. We will need better questions.

That will be science. And that will be good.

to your health, tracy

Tracy is the author of two books about healthicine:

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Healthicine: Theory of Incurabe Diseases

IncurableDiseasesWhat is an incurable disease? How can we know for certain that a disease is curable or incurable? 

There are lots of diseases that are classed as ‘incurable’ by modern medicine.  It’s easy to make a list. Start with all of the ‘chronic’ illnesses.  By definition, chronic illnesses are ‘chronic’, and patients are advised to ‘learn to live with them’. Arthritis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, even cancers… there are many more.

Are they really incurable? Wikipedia’s editors removed their page about ‘incurable diseases’. Why? According to Wiki, Continue reading “Healthicine: Theory of Incurabe Diseases” »

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