Healthicine: The Importance of CURES

Much of today’s medical practice ignores the concept of cure, has no clear definition of cure, no understanding of cure for most illnesses. In healthicine, we recognize that cure is critical to health improvement and maintenance. What is cure? Before we can understand the concept of cure, we must first consider the concept of illness.

The differences between illness and disease are complex, important, and clear.  An illness is what the patient has – it is specific to a patient.  A disease is what the doctor diagnoses to guide treatment. But the definition of disease is weak, and often cannot be used to find a cure. This table highlights some important differences between an illness and a disease:

Illness

Disease

An illness is what the patient has before, during, and after the diagnosis, until it is cured. A disease is what a doctor diagnoses. Some illnesses cannot be diagnosed as a disease.
Each illness is a specific case, in a specific individual. A disease name is given to a class of illnesses, generally with similar symptoms.
An elemental illness has a single cause or linked chain of causes. Many diseases can be diagnosed without reference to cause.
A complex illness is made up of elemental illnesses. There is no medical nor scientific distinction between a simple and a complex disease.
An injury, handicap or disability is not an illness, although it can be a cause or the consequence of illness. Disease names include illnesses, disabilities and even, in some cases, medical tests.
A chronic illness has a chronic cause or a chronic chain of causes. A chronic disease persists over an extended period of time.
A cure is an action that successfully addresses the cause of an illness and stops its progression. In medicine, cure is not scientifically or medically defined except for diseases caused by parasites.
Every elemental illness can be cured by addressing the cause. Most disease treatments address symptoms with few cure attempts.
A complex illness can be cured, one elemental illness at a time. Complex diseases treatments only address symptoms. Causes are seldom identified nor addressed.
Every cure of an illness is a single case, an anecdote. Anecdotal cures of disease are generally considered unimportant and unreliable.

The only way to cure a disease is to treat it as an illness – and address the cause, or to treat it as a complex illness, a collection of illnesses, and address each cause in sequence.

Treating symptoms of a disease does not address any cause, and if the cause is not addressed by other actions or the health of the patient – the disease becomes chronic, and the patient can become dependent on a medicine which never cures with cumulative side effects over time..

Health is whole. An illness is a hole in the health of the patient.” – The Healthicine Creed.

Addressing the cause of an illness improves the health of the patient, fills in the hole in the health of the patient, and leads to a cure. In most cases, the cure is not a medicine, it is a healthicine, a healthy action.

There is a simple process that can be used to cure any illness, by answering the question: Is your Disease curable, or incurable?

to your health, tracy

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How I cured my “Smoker’s Cough” – with a dishrag

Many years ago, I was a heavy smoker. Actually, I started as an intermittent smoker, and built up to over a pack a day – some days. Gradually, I developed “smoker’s cough”.

How do we cure smoker’s cough? How do we know when it is cured? I’m not sure “smoker’s cough” is actually a disease. It does not appear to be listed in the ICD10 – the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Even though most people have probably heard of smoker’s cough, the medical profession does not recognize it as a disease. Why not? Maybe it’s because diseases are usually described by symptoms, without reference to ’cause’. But that’s OK. In healthicine we recognize that we don’t cure ‘diseases’, we cure illnesses – one patient at a time, one illness at a time, one cause at a time.  Smoker’s cough is clearly an illness.  It has a cause.  It has symptoms. It can be cured, with or without a medical diagnosis – as can many illnesses.

What is a cure? Today’s medical science tends to avoid the word cure, and many current medical references and medical dictionaries do not define the word cure at all. The simplest, most clear definitions of cure are when an antibiotic is used to cure a bacterial infection. This cure can easily be tested, when the infection is demonstrated to be gone.

In healthicine, we define ‘cured’ as ‘when the cause of the illness has been addressed‘ we sometimes need to add – “and the damage done by the illness has been healed, as much as is possible”. This is a useful definition. Let’s explore it further.  Many different illnesses have different cures, and cure profiles.

I knew that to cure my smoker’s cough, I needed to quit smoking. Mark Twain said “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” I had also given up smoking ‘several times’, but I was back at it again. And now I had an illness clearly caused by smoking.

What is the cure for smoker’s cough? Is there a medicine that can cure smoker’s cough? No. There is not. There are many medicines for cough – but none of them ‘cure’. They might sooth the throat.  They might make the coughing less severe. But they cannot cure – because no medicine addresses the cause of a cough. No doctor can cure smoker’s cough.  No clinic can cure smoker’s cough. Nothing you can buy will cure smoker’s cough – because the cure for smoker’s cough is not a ‘thing’, it is a ‘not thing’.  Not smoking.

Every cure, in the theory of healthicine, addresses the CAUSE of the illness. We know the cause of smoker’s cough – the illness and even the symptoms are named after the cause. How do we cure smoker’s cough? The path is clear.  Address the cause – stop the smoking. There might be another cure – most illnesses have more than one possible cure – even when the cure is not a medicine.  A patient might be able to cure smoker’s cough by ‘not inhaling’.

I decided to stop smoking, to cure my smoker’s cough. I had already quit, cold turkey, several times without success. I needed a plan. So I created one. First, I told myself that if smoking was for me – I would only smoke in the house, not in public. This first step was important.  Then – several months of success later – I added a second requirement, as follows.

I threw out all of the ash trays, but one. The one I kept was a large glass four sided ashtray. I put it up in the top cupboard. And I made a commitment to a new smoking rule. Whenever I wanted to smoke a cigarette, I would:

–  take down the ash tray
–  smoke my cigarette
– wash the ash tray
– wipe it dry
– put it back in the top cupboard.

It didn’t take long, before smoking became not just ‘a chore’, it became a dirty, filthy habit, that I had to clean up after – every time.  Very quickly, within a few days, I smoked less and less. Soon, I was down to one cigarette in the morning, and maybe one or two in the rest of the day. Then I picked a date, New Year’s Eve, for my last cigarette.  In total, it had taken me many months to quit smoking, and I never smoked again. I knew that if I did, I would have to wash the ash tray.

A illness consists of a cause and the consequences. If the cause is gone, there might be ‘damage caused by the illness’, but the cause is not there, the illness is not growing. Addressing the cause is the first cure.  In many cases, it is sufficient. In other causes, healing takes time.

My smoker’s cough healed relatively quickly after I stopped – it took about a month for a complete healing cure. Medicines are fast and loose, fast and dangerous. Health is slow and steady. In some people, depending on the severity of the illness, it might take months, perhaps even years, for the cough to be completely healed.

I haven’t smoked for 30 years now. There is no trace of my smoker’s cough. But let’s consider some other situations. Suppose a person stops smoking and three months later – there is no smoker’s cough.  At this point, we declare a complete cure. The cause has been eliminated – and the symptoms are gone.  The illness has been cured. Today’s medical professionals will not declare a cure. Why not? First, and perhaps most important – from a medical perspective, there was no medical treatment. The second reason is simply due to the risk of relapse or re-occurrence.

Relapse and re-occurrence are interesting concepts.  Medically, a relapse is usually defined as a relapse or re-occurrence of symptoms.

The patient might relapse, and start smoking again.  This might happen after three months, after the cure is completed, or six months, or even 30 years later.  When they start smoking again – they don’t have “smoker’s cough”.  Not yet. It might take a short time, or a long time for the illness to re-appear.

When smoker’s cough appears, again, in the cured patient, it is not a relapse of the illness, it is a new illness. How do we know this? Because the original illness was cured.  This is an important concept. Without it, every cure becomes ‘tentative’, and cures become impossible for any disease not caused by an external parasite.

Let’s look at the only cure that is well understood by medicine: a bacterial infection. Suppose a person is working in a job that exposes them to lots of dangerous bacteria. And they get a bacterial infection. The doctor prescribes an antibiotic, and the infection is cured.  The patient goes back to work, and after a week, or a month, or  a year – gets another bacterial infection.  Is it a NEW infection, or a remission?  Clearly, it’s a new infection. The cause of the prior infection, the bacteria, was addressed, and the infection was cured.  This is the model we use for all cures. When the cause is addressed, and the damage healed – as much healing as is possible – the illness has been cured. Future incidences are ‘new illnesses’, not re-appearances of the old illness.

What happens when we can take a higher level view.

When we view the cause of the bacterial infection as the dirty, unsafe workplace, this cause is actually a cause of a different illness – chronic infections. In this case, a patient with an infection has two illnesses – the current infection illness and the chronic infection illness.

No medicine can cure a chronic infection. As a result, in medical theory, chronic diseases are ‘incurable’. If we wish to cure a chronic infection, a higher level cure is required.  We need to address a higher level cause – to change the work environment.

Chronic illnesses have chronic causes. We can only cure a chronic illness by addressing the chronic cause. Note: We might view “smoker’s cough” as a chronic illness, that can only be cured by addressing the chronic cause – chronic smoking.

Back to our smoker. An illness only exists when cause and symptoms exist together. The patient might relapse into smoking, but without any symptoms – they have not (yet) relapsed into the illness. Then several things can happen.

The patient might quit smoking again.  And never get smoker’s cough again.

The patient might continue to smoke, and get a new case of smoker’s cough.

This is important to the definition of ‘cured’. If every new case is treated as a ‘non-cure’, then we can never be certain any illness has been cured. To cure, we need simple rules:

– a cure exists when the cause has been addressed
– healing is a secondary cure, seldom perfect

With these two rules, we can cure “smoker’s cough”, and many more illnesses that are judged to be incurable today.

But take note, we can’t cure smoker’s cough with medicine, we can only cure it with health.  Health is the best preventative.  Health is the best cure, the only true cure.” – The Healthicine Creed.

Curing “smoker’s cough” is trivial in theory – but difficult in practice. It’s the same with many illnesses  No medicine, no doctor can cure the illness, although they might point the way. When a doctor gives a medicine that does not cure – without any further advice, they are avoiding attempts to cure. We can do better. Every illness can be cured, but only if we try.

to your health, tracy

Note 1: The concept and process of cure in this post follows the model established in the Healthicine Cure Process Diagram, first published in the post: Is Your Disease Curable? or Incurable?

Note 2: These cures come from healthicine, not from medicine, they cure illness, not disease. Thus, there is no need for this qualifier – “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” – as it is both true, and false. The intent of healthicine is to find cures, not to market medicines.

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How to Find the Best Doctor

How do we find the best lawyer? We can ask around – who wins the most cases.  We can even research different types of lawyers, specific to our needs, to find out who does the best work.  How do we find the best builder, or architect. It’s not hard to research who builds what, and choose a good builder – specific to our needs. If we want to build a house – large or small, or an office tower, large or small, we can easily find out who builds in our area.

But let’s suppose we have a disease. Maybe you already have a disease?

Choose a disease, for this discussion.  Don’t choose a disease that is easily cured by medicine, like an antibiotic, or a fungicide, any doctor can cure those.  Don’t choose an injury illness, that is only cured by healing. And don’t choose a cancer disease – we could use a cancer for this exercise, but it would make the discussion more complicated.

Choose a disease, and let’s play “how to find the best doctor“.  Ready?

How do we find the best doctor for our disease?

It’s easy. Look for the one who produces the most cures, of course. A lawyer does well when the case is closed in his clients favor.  A builder is done when the case is closed in his clients favor.  A doctor is done when the case is closed in his clients favor.

However, there are more than a few problems with this approach.

First, cures are not counted.  Cures are not counted by doctor, by clinic, nor by disease. Cures don’t count. As a result, it is simply not possible to learn which doctor produces the most cures for any disease.

Therefore, it is not possible to find which doctor produces the most cures – for your disease.  It is not possible to learn which doctor produces the most cures for your disease in your city.  Nor is it possible to learn which doctor produces the most cures in the country – nor in the world.

What about clinics that specialize in our disease? There are specialist doctors and specialist clinics that treat many diseases. But no-one counts cures. No clinic documents and counts cures for any disease. There are no counts, and no statistics on cures for any disease by doctor, nor by clinic.

Even if we find a clinic that claims to ‘treat’ our disease, or sometimes even one that claims ‘reverse’ our disease, they don’t publish statistics.  How many people did they treat?  How many did they cure? We can’t find any that counts ‘cured’ for any disease, much less any than publish the counts.

Should this surprise us?

We can learn more, by researching cures for our disease, by researching the definition of ‘cured’ for any disease.  There are three major medical reference books in the field of medicine: MERCK, Lange’s, and Harrison’s. Let’s do some reading. What do we learn?

Merck’s Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, does not contain a definition of the word cure. It does not contain’cure’ in the index.  And, let me assure you, but feel free to check on your own, it does not list a cure for our disease. The word ‘cure’ hardly appears in MERCK, and when it does, it is not used consistently, many references to cure are actually references to ‘incurable’ or ‘cannot be cured’, with a few references to ‘cure rate’.  But what is cure rate? Cure rate in simple terms is ‘cure wait’, as in ‘was it cured? wait and see’.

What about Lange’s Medical Diagnosis and Treatment? It’s the same pattern.  Lange’s text does not contain a definition for cure, and cure is not in the index.  There is no definition of cure for our disease. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine – same same…

Maybe we’re looking in the wrong place for a definition of ‘cure’? Maybe we should check some medical dictionaries.  After all, if cure is defined in the medical dictionaries – there is no need for MERCK, Lange’s nor Harrison’s to re-define it.  What do the medical dictionaries say?

The word ‘cure’ does not exist in Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary, Third Edition. Not cured, nor incurable either. Can this be true? How can we find the doctor who can cure our disease – if cure is not in the medical dictionary?  Maybe Webster’s is an exception?  Not actually, it’s the rule. I recently surveyed 6 medical dictionaries, and five did not contain the word ‘cure’. The word cure has disappeared from the official practice of medicine. One nurse, on reading this information, commented that her nurse training specifically advised nurses to NEVER use the word cure.  Cure is the most forbidden word in modern medicine.

We can’t find the best doctor for our disease – because no doctor can claim to cure any disease.

What about alternative doctors? Well, it’s a bit of this, and a bit of that.  Many alternative medical practitioners also avoid the word cure, and prefer to ‘treat’ your disease. But some others actually use the word ‘cure’.  But there’s still a problem.

Cure, and cured is not defined for most diseases.  Cure is only defined for diseases caused by a parasite – or for diseases that are cured by surgery and healing. Every disease of unknown cause, or caused by lack of healthiness – cannot be cured, by definition, because cured is not defined, and therefore it cannot be tested.

How can you find the best doctor for your disease? You simply cannot.  You can’t find the best doctor, nor the best clinic, because the best would cure – at least some of the time, and be able to report their cures.  But, because cure and cured are not defined – it is not possible to validate a cure, therefore not possible to count cures.

Why is it so hard to cure? There are many reasons:

  1. Cures are hard. Cures often require the patient to change their behavior.
  2. Cures take time. Most doctor visits are 15 minutes – or less real time with the patient.
  3. Textbook cures are theoretical. In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, the practice of medicine, they are not.
  4. Cured is not defined for most diseases. Cured cannot be proven in many cases.
  5. When you are cured – you disappear from the system. Cures are not counted.
  6. Doctors who cure are discounted, dismissed as quacks, because most doctors simply cannot cure. No one is checking the so called ‘quacks’ to learn which actually cure.
  7. The best cures come from health, not from medicines. The best doctors study medicine, not health.

Can we fix this? Yes we can.  But we need to focus on cures, not on ‘treatments that make no attempt to cure’. We need to focus on health, not on symptoms of illness. “Illness is a hole in your health” – the Healthicine Creed. You can only fill it with health, not with medicines.

to your health, tracy

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Which medicines have the most Side Effects?

Watching a Pharma ad and realizing that I already have the side effects” – Dave…

Which medicines have the most side effects? Which medicines have the worst side effects? “Medicines that don’t cure.”

But.. Most medicines don’t even try to cure.  Most medicines try to ‘trick’ us by hiding our symptoms, and to trick our illness. We might sometimes trick illness, but health is honest and true. We cannot trick health.

Most medicines are ‘treatments’, not cures.  They are not treatments for the disease, they are treatments for symptoms of the disease. They don’t cure, although sometimes they appear to put the symptoms into remission – the illness is still present. They can’t cure, and because they can’t cure, they must be taken forever.  A medical subscription model is good for profits. A curative treatment – on the other hand, works its way out of a job.

What is a cure?  A cure is an action – it might, or might not include a medicine, that addresses the cause of the illness. Antibiotic medicines cure by killing the infecting bacteria. Nutritional healthicines cure by addressing deficiencies in nutrition. Ingestion of toxic chemicals are cured by stopping the ingestion of toxic chemicals. Most cures require healing to complete the cure. Cures only come by addressing the cause.

Once you are cured – you don’t need your medicine any more.  This makes it easy to tell a medicine designed to cure from one specifically designed to ‘not cure’.  Medicines designed to not cure, must be taken for the rest of your life.

Which medicines have the strongest, the most severe, the riskiest side effects?  Medicines that don’t cure produce at least three different types of side effects, or ‘adverse consequences’ as they are sometimes called by apologists and marketers. Three types of adverse consequences of a medicine that does not cure are:

  1. Healthiness and Unhealthiness Effects are effects on our health. Medicines that don’t cure are designed to produce an unhealthy status. When we are healthy our body feels symptoms of illness, it reacts in a healthy manner. It can even diminish symptoms appropriately by simply ignoring them. This is a healthy reaction.  When we take a medicine that treats symptoms – but not the cause of illness, our naturally healthy body has difficulty understanding what is happening – and can have many different reactions.  In addition, medicines that address symptoms act on other aspects of healthiness – our senses and the natural working of our body.  This can lead to symptomatic side effects and also side effects of natural processes malfunctioning. This is partly by design but it is not entirely controllable. With every medicine that does not cure – and your mileage, your side effects, may vary  – depending your specific situation. Everybody is different, and can react differently.
  2. Illness Effects are effects on our illness. Many of these are a result of the fact that the medicine ignores cause. The cause of the illness is still present, and can even encourage the illness to grow – while the medicine makes it appear smaller. Over time, the symptoms might become more severe and varied, leading to the need for more medicine or a higher doses. Other illness side effects are ‘illnesses caused by the medicine‘. As far as I know, today’s medicine does not recognize or diagnose illnesses caused by medicine – but there are many.
  3. Addiction Effects are cause by the addictive nature of a medicine that does not cure. Many medicines are addictive, and addictions lead to several problems. Our bodies get used to the drug, and need more. Side effects become more severe when we take more. Then there are problems and side effects from missing medication or attempting to taper off or stop. These side effects can actually block a cure.  To cure an illness is to address the cause – but when we address the cause, we might stop taking the medicine. We might suffer addiction rebound effects. We might even think our curative actions are negative, not positive effects, and stop the cure process.

There are no real ‘side effects’ of medicines. The phrase ‘side effect’ is a misnomer, based on the assumption that medicines are supposed to move our health forwards and our illness backwards. Most medicines do neither directly. They are designed to affect symptoms, not illness, not healthiness.  Health is slow and steady, symptoms are honest and true.  Medicines are designed and marketed to be fast – and as a result they are often unsteady and dishonest.

The phrases side effects and adverse consequences are also excuses to not investigate, to not understand. In clinical studies different people have different side effects – depending on the state of their healthiness and their illness. But these differences are seldom studied. In the rush to market the ‘new’ medicine, the side effects are printed on the bottle, and further investigation is stopped unless severe consequences follow.

Medicines that don’t cure – don’t improve healthiness and don’t illness, they move our illness, and our healthiness sideways instead. The medicine is a sideways action. The adverse consequences, they are simply negative consequences of a sideways action that cannot cure.

When you take a medicine that cures, it can also affect your health in other ways.  An antibiotic medicine can kill an infection, by killing the bacteria that are affecting your health. But it also kills bacteria that are part of your health. This is not a ‘side effect’ it is a clear, negative health effect.  If antibiotic medicines were prescribed and taken responsibly, the medical system would not consider the cure complete until the lost healthiness is recovered – and would work to recover that healthiness as part of the cure. However, today, the instructions for use of antibiotics contain no such process. The result is an unhealthy, less effective cure.

How can we avoid medicines with side effects?  Only through cures.

But cures are hard to find. Most medicines make no attempt to cure, and in fact, most medicines simply cannot cure.  It’s more accurate to say that “most illnesses cannot be cured by medicines“. Cures, for most illnesses, come not from medicines, but from health. Health is the best treatment, health is the best cure” – The Healthicine Creed. If we want to avoid side effects, or adverse consequences of medicines, we need to search for cures, to search for health. When we are cured – we don’t need subscriptions for medicines. We will find – we don’t need medicines.

to your health, tracy

 

 

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Free Book: Introduction to Healthicine

As of Monday January 30th the book Introduction to Healthicine, Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging, can be purchased for FREE on Kindle – for 5 days.

This is in celebration of the Healthicine Facebook page passing the 1000 likes mark this January 2017.

The original Healthicine book, Healthicine, the Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness can also be purchased on Amazon in print and Kindle formats at regular price. Continue reading

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