Miracle Cures vs. Healthicine Cures

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure for all diseases.” Thomas Browne

Cures are miracles. Anyone who can cure, is eligible for sainthood. Such is the mystique of cures and curing. At the same time, anyone who claims to cure any disease or medical condition is banished, treated more like the devil, or a ‘quack’, promoting ‘pseudo-science’. No self-respecting doctor would claim to cure.  Training for nurses and other medical workers often advises “never use the word ‘cure'”. Cures are considered impossible, or at least very unlikely, suspicious even when they occur.

In truth, cures are commonplace. So common that many cures are invisible. Our health easily cures the common cold, the flu, and measles, given a bit of time, while modern medicine claims them to be incurable. Cuts and bruises, large and small, are healed by nature – no doctor can cure them. Many disabilities, perhaps they should have been named ‘inabilities’ are cured by a physical, mental, spiritual, or community jolt of reality. If you believe you cannot be cured, you are disabled.  In some cases, when you think you can, and try, your disability is converted to an inability, which is then cured.  But these cures, like most cures do not come from medicines, so they are ignored by the students and scientists of medicine, and by medicine marketers, or dismissed as ‘anecdotes’ and placebo effects.

Every cure is an anecdote. Every illness is a unique story with a cause, a course, and an ending.

If cures were not so common, we would all die at an early age. Yet cures remain a mystery. It’s easy to believe that cures are few and far between, even as we are surrounded by cures. We need to open our eyes to a simple, clear definition of cure.

Do not believe in miracle cures.  A miracle cure leaps past any attempts to understand or address the cause of the illness. When the cause of the illness is not addressed – there can be no cure. When the cause of the illness is not understood, the cure will cannot be replicated. The fundamental truth of cure begins with cause.

Cause and Effect: Illness and cure are cause and effect. Every illness has a cause. The illness consists of the cause and the effect – the cause and the negative consequences. Every cured illness also has a cause, the cure action.  An illness is cured by an action that addresses the cause. The cause of an illness might be a positive or a negative.  Illness can be caused by deficiency or by excess of nutrition, of action, of rest, of body, mind, spirits, or community. The cause of an illness can be in the physical body, in the mind, in the spirits, or in the communities. Signs and symptoms of an illness might be seen in all of those areas – because all interconnected and related to each other.

There are currently many definitions and meanings of the word ‘cure’. Dictionaries define, agree, and disagree silently about cure, cures, cured, and incurable. Medical dictionaries and reference books, for the most part, abstain from making any statements about cure – while simultaneously claiming that many diseases, most especially chronic diseases, are incurable. When we believe cure is impossible, it’s easy to create a chronic, incurable diseases, or disabilities.

There are also many different definitions of illness, disease, medical condition and disability – and little consistency in the use of terms by different authors and publications. In healthicine, an illness is a negative medical condition with a cause. An illness can be cured, by addressing the cause. A disease, on the other hand, is a much broader concept, covering many conditions and concepts that might not be curable.

Cure the disease and cure the patient.” Francis Bacon.
– actually, we cure illness, one illness at a time, not the disease, not the patient.

Cures can be simple, and complex. Cure is simple when the cause of the illness is simple. The cure is to address the cause.  A person suffering from a dietary deficiency of Vitamin C, causing scurvy, is cured by changing to a diet that contains sufficient Vitamin C.  A person suffering from Vitamin A toxicity, is cured when they stop consuming foods that contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Of course, in both cases, healing is required to complete the cure. These cures, like many cures, are so simple that they are ignored, dismissed, as if they are not a ‘real cures‘, because real cures are impossible to understand. Nonsense. Simple cures are simple.  Every illness has a cause.  Every cure has a cause. The causes must be linked, if the illness is to be cured.

But then complexity rises.  Every ’cause’ might also have a cause. Which is the key cause? Which cause is the root cause? There are no root causes.  The key cause is any cause that leads to a cure when addressed.

We can simplify cures, by simplifying illness to elemental illnesses.  By breaking compound illnesses down, to understand the simple illnesses they are made of. An elemental illness has a single cause, or single train of causes.  When we address the cause, the illness is cured.  It seems too simple.  It is simple, because we made the effort to simplify it. It’s simple in theory.  We need to change the practice of medicine to match the theory.

Many diseases consist of complex, even multiple illnesses.  When we treat these diseases, it’s easy to resort to treating symptoms, ignoring cause.  Easy, and often seen as ‘successful’ by the patient, the doctor, and medical science, even as it fails to cure. This leads, predictably, to more complexities, potentially making each individual illness more difficult to cure. Eventually, the approach of treating symptoms leads to a lack of faith in cure, even when we are surrounded by cures. This is the state of medicine today:

Physicians of the utmost fame, were called at once; but when they came
They answered as they took their fees, ‘There is no cure for this disease.’  Hilaire Belloc
-maybe we would find more cures, if we only paid our doctors for cures.

There are no incurable illnesses. Modern medicine, makes the same mistake as the Oxford Dictionary, defining ‘incurable‘ as ‘incapable of being cured by medicine or medical skill‘, forgetting that most illnesses are not cured by medicine, nor medical skill, but by health. It is not possible to prove that an illness cannot be cured, without calling it a disability – not an illness. It is often possible to prove that a disability was an illness, by curing, by converting it to an illness.

Life is an incurable disease. Abraham Cowley.
– Illness, on the other hand, is curable, by definition

But love’s a malady without a cure.”  Geoffrey Chaucer.  “There ain’t no cure for love.” Leonard Cohen. Mistaking ‘love’ (or lost love) for an illness is a common error that results in an interesting quote, but not any useful medical advice.

In this article, I offer a clear, complete definition of cure, from a healthicine perspective, in the hope that we can move towards a useful, scientific definition of cure, understood by all, to the improvement of our health.

The intent of this post is to cure illness.

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire.” Rudyard Kipling

Definitions of Cure
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Cure: n. A cure is the end of an illness.  ( Reference: 1)

Cure: v. To bring about the end of an illness by addressing the cause.

Illness: n. An illness is a negative condition, consisting of a cause, which might be in the body, the mind, the spirit, or the community of the patient, and the consequences, signs and symptoms, which affect the body, the mind, the spirits and the communities of the patient.

Cures: There are four distinct types of cures: curing, healing, transformation, and prevention.

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Types of Cures

1. Curing: bringing about the end of an active illness in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community, by addressing the cause. An illness is the intersection of a cause and negative consequences, signs and symptoms of illness. It is cured when the cause has been successfully addressed. Corollary: The cause of an active illness has been successfully addressed when the illness is cured.

A partial cure occurs when the cause of an illness is partially addressed, or when a single cause of a compound illness, with multiple causes, is addressed.

A temporary cure occurs when the cause of an illness is temporarily addressed. Temporary cures can lead to chronic illness if the cycle is repeated.

While an illness is not cured, it creates injuries.

2. Healing is an ongoing curative process that is present before, during, and after the illness. (Reference 2, 3, 4). Injuries are healed. An injury might come from an illness, or from an external event. Healing is seldom perfect, and imperfect healing can lead to blockage or disability, which might only be curable by a transformation.

3. Transformation: Removing, and thus curing, physical (body), mental (mind), spiritual (spirits), and community blockage or disability. (Reference 4) Surgical cures are transformation, although most of the time, less severe transformations, physical changes to body, or changes to mental, spiritual or community states are sufficient. Removal of blockage often necessitates healing. Not all blockages can be cured – a blockage that cannot be cured is a disability.

4. Preventative cures address causes before illness can arise.

Notes:

The definition presented here is a healthicine definition of the word cure.  It is not based on historical usage.  It is designed to present a comprehensive, cohesive definition of cure for all types of illnesses. It is based on the concept of cure as the end to an illness. Treatments for signs and symptoms of illness, that do not address cause, are symptomicines, not cures. Treatments for signs and symptoms can often lead to new illnesses (which we might mistakenly call side-effects).

There are many definitions of ‘cure’ to be found in standard dictionaries. Dictionaries must document all usage, including historical usage, not just medical or scientific usage. There is currently no ‘useful’ medical view of cure, that is recognized and accepted by the many practices of medicine to be found in any medical reference.  Many medical dictionaries and medical reference texts do not define cure and actively avoid use of the word cure.

Types of Illness

Illness is invisible.  Every illness is the invisible intersection of a cause and the consequences.  We might see or know the cause.  We might see or feel the consequences, the signs and symptoms. But neither cause nor consequences alone are the illness. Illness only exists when cause and consequences are linked.

Illness is a judgement, a negative judgement. Sometimes, perhaps often, the illness is clearly understood and defined, and the patient, the doctor, and the community agree that an illness is present, and which cause is active.  Sometimes, it is not so clear. Sometimes the patient believes there is an illness, but the doctor does not. Sometimes, the doctor believes there is an illness, but the patient does not. This can be natural, even healthy, because of the natural integration and gradation between healthiness and illness.  Illness can sometimes appear due to a negative judgement – by the patient or an external person. Sometimes it can disappear due to a contrary, positive judgement. This too can be natural and healthy.

An elementary, or elemental illness is the intersection of a single cause and negative consequences of that cause. Elementary illnesses are cured by addressing the elementary cause. We can often identify a train of causes, by asking both “what is the cause of this cause”, and “what is the consequence of this cause”. If the train of causes is truly linked, then addressing any single cause in the train will lead to a cure.

A compound illness consists of a number of elementary illnesses with similar consequences. A compound illness, therefore, has many causes. It is compound with respect to being cured. Any case of a disease that has multiple causes is a compound illness. A compound illness is cured one elementary illness at a time, by addressing each of the elementary causes. Curing an elementary illness that is part of a compound illness will a partial cure. Cure sequencing might be an important factor, because illnesses caused by illness might not be cured out of sequence.

A chronic illness is an illness with a chronic cause.  It can only be cured by addressing the chronic nature of the cause.  Every chronic illness is also a compound illness, because in its simplest form, it consists of a series of elemental illnesses, and the chronic illness as well. It requires two actions to be cured, to address the cause, and its chronic nature.

A chronic compound illness is a compound illness with chronic causes. It can only be totally cured by addressing each of the chronic causes. A chronic disease is often a compound chronic illness.

Chronic illnesses often emerge when we fail, or give up our attempts to cure, and resort to medicines that treat symptoms – symptomicines.  Medicines that treat symptoms often have side effects, and because the medicine is intended to be ‘chronic’, to be taken over extended periods of time, these side effects become chronic illnesses, caused by chronic medication.

Progression of Illness

This diagram presents the transitions from illness, to injury, to blockage, to disability.

Illness can lead to injury, and injury can cause illness.  Injury can lead to blockage – and a blockage can cause injury.  A blockage that is incurable is a disability. When a disability is cured, we can know that it was really just a blockage.

Cure is the END of an illness. When a cure is accomplished, medicines that were used to treat symptoms of the illness are no longer needed. One goal of cures is to remove the dependence on medicines.

  1. A cure of an active illness, comes about when the cause is addressed, and the activity of the illness is stopped.
  2. Healing damage done by injury or illness is a cure that comes to an end when healing is completed.  When healing is completed, the medicine used to treat symptoms is no longer needed.
  3. Transformation cures disability or blockage, although transformation often requires healing to complete the process.

This diagram completes the transitions from illness to injury to blockage and disability, by adding the techniques to cure each condition.

Cures come from Health

Who cures? Cures are only accomplished by the health of the patient, although the cure might be aided by other people:

  1. A cure addresses an active illness, an illness with an active cause. Active causes can come from external life forms (parasites), or the patient’s life activities.  Medicines can sometimes address a parasitic illnesses, but no medicine can make a change in the activities of the patient.  Only the patient can cure an illness that is not caused by a parasite. Many parasitic illnesses are cured naturally, by the health of the patient, often before they are consciously noticed as illnesses.
  2. Healing is accomplished by the healthy body, mind, spirit and community of the patient. No external person or doctor can ‘heal’ the damage of an injury. Healing can be aided by healthiness, by proper diet, physical, mental, spiritual and community exercise, and other actions.Healing is part of growth, which is always active, even when no illness is present. The immune system is a healing system and also a powerful curing system.
  3. Transformation can come about when the patient becomes aware of the blockage that is the disability and changes themselves. In some cases, a change can come about without awareness of the blockage. Transformation can also be induced with the help of an external person by physical, mental, spiritual, or community manipulation to identify, remove, and cure the blockage. Disabilities and blockages that persist over time are chronic causes. They often diagnosed as chronic diseases. If a blockage cannot be cured, it is not an illness, it is a permanent disability. A permanent disability can be converted to a ‘was a blockage’ by curing it.  A blockage can be converted to a permanent disability by giving up.
  4. Preventative cures contain risk.  It is often said that “prevention is the best medicine“, even “prevention is the best cure“.  However, there are two types of preventatives.  It is possible to prevent illness by improving healthiness – the best medicine, the best cure. But it is also possible to prevent illness by never taking any risks, by decreasing healthiness. Crossing the street can lead to injury and illness.  But choosing to never cross the street is not the best medicine, it diminishes healthiness.  Crossing at the crosswalk, after looking out for traffic, is a healthy prevention.
  5. Placebo cures – can a placebo cure?  Actually, yes, although the exploration of that concept is an entire discussion in itself.  We typically think of a placebo as a symptomicine, addressing symptoms, but not attempting to cure. However, the prescription of a placebo can sometimes cause a transformation in the mind, the spirits, or the community of the patient, leading to a cure. Also, many so called ‘placebos’ and ‘placebo effects’ are simply cases where we do not understand.

References:

  1. Webster’s: Cure: 3.a complete or permanent solution or remedy. 
  2. Oxford: Cure: 7. “A means of healing”.
  3. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary: 1. “To heal, to make well
  4.  Oxford: Cure II 4.To treat surgically or medically, with the purpose of healing

 References that do not define CURE:

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary, Third Edition

The Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary, Ninth Edition, 2015
The Bantam Medical Dictionary, Sixth Edition, 2009
Barron’s Dictionary of Medical Terms, Sixth Edition, 2013
Medical Terminology for Dummies, Second Edition

Merck’s Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Harrison’s Guide to Internal Medicine
Lange’s Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
The DSM 5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

 

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The Mysteries of Homeopathy: Resolved

Let’s face it, the basic theory of homeopathy is bunk. ‘Like cures like‘. Not only is it simplistic nonsense, demonstrably false. It’s not even true to the meaning of ‘cure’. Homeopathy claims that substances which cause similar symptoms, cure the symptoms.  But we don’t ‘cure’ symptoms.

We cure illnesses. Symptoms rise and fall, wax and wane, as long as the illness is active – and fade away when it is cured. When we attempt to cure ‘symptoms’, the inevitable result is that the illness will appear to go into remission, and later reappear.

Homeopathic theory has no theory of cure, no clear medical or scientific definition of cure or cured, rendering the homeopathic mantra is ‘like cures like’ to a meaningless (but nice sounding) phrase.

So.  If the basic theory of homeopathic makes no sense, how does homeopathy persist?  How does it continue to exist, even to thrive in the face of modern medicine? Brace yourself for the reality.

Modern Medicine Has No Theory of Cure

Modern medicine cannot dispute homeopathy’s theory of cure, because it has no theory of cure itself. Modern medical reference texts do not define cure, and do not use the word cure consistently. Many current medical dictionaries simply do not have definitions for cure, cured, nor for incurable. Modern medicine’s view of homeopathy is limited to arguments about treatments that do not cure. And the only winners are nonsense and marketers.

Sometimes, modern medicine actually cures. Cures are recognized for illnesses caused by a parasite (bacteria, fungus, etc., when the parasite is addressed, or killed. But there is no general theory of cure in modern medicine.

Note: The healthicine theory of cure is simple and direct – and it includes cures that are brought about by killing parasites:

An illness is cured when the cause is successfully addressed. 

Homeopathy persists because it works.

A simple google search to find lots of people eager to prove that homeopathic medicines CANNOT WORK, because they contain no active ingredient. Many of them even quote so called ‘scientific’ clinical studies demonstrating again and again that homeopathic medicines work ‘no better than a placebo‘, that homeopathic medicines cannot work and do not work.  But this nonsense – and it is nonsense – has little effect on homeopathy.  Why? Because homeopathy works. There are many homeopathic doctors, and many homeopathic patients who know that it works, that it worked for them in specific situations.

What’s the catch?  The catch if the definition of ‘works’.  There are several definitions of ‘works’ to consider.

Works: Cure

First of all, do homeopathic medicines ‘cure’ any illness?

When we look at ALL of the clinical studies that look at the effectiveness of specific homeopathic medicines, compared to non-homeopathic medicines, we might notice something a bit strange.

Most clinical studies of homeopathy do not count cures.  There is one study, done about 50 years ago, that counted cures.  But when the study was ‘replicated’ 30 years later, the test for ‘cured’ was removed – and cures were not counted.  Do you recognize the smell a dead rat?

Current studies of homeopathy are designed without a definition of cure. They are designed such that, if a cure occurs, it cannot be tested, cannot be proven. Cures are ignored. The so called ‘scientific’ studies of homeopathic medicines, those that compare homeopathic medicines to a placebo, and those that compare homeopathic medicines to a non-homeopathic medicine, don’t look for, have no way to notice, and don’t count cures.

It’s not just homeopathic studies. ‘Works’ as defined by today’s practice of medicine, seldom considers ‘cure’. Most clinical studies do not define, and do not test for ‘cured’.

Clinical studies comparing homeopathic medicines to non-homeopathic medicines, are simply studies of which medicine ‘does not cure‘ better.

‘Works’ is defined by the effect a medicine has on the symptoms. The effect it has on the illness is ignored.

Maybe you think that’s strange?

Actually, it’s usually the case for modern medicines as well. Most clinical studies, whether they study homeopathic medicines or not, are studies of which medicine ‘does not cure‘ better. If you look at a few hundred, or a few thousand current clinical studies, you will find very few that define or test for ‘cured’.  Most medicines, homeopathic or not, simply make no attempt to cure. The fact that homeopathic medicines do not try to cure is moot, irrelevant.

What illnesses are Treated with Homeopathy?

There are three types of illness that might be treated by homeopathy.

  1. Minor first aid problems, like cuts and bruises
  2. Acute illnesses – like cold and flu, that usually go away quickly,
  3. Long term chronic illnesses.

You might notice something interesting about these types of illnesses.  NONE of them can be cured by conventional medicine.  Today’s modern practice and science of medicine has no definition of cured for first aid problems (they are healed, not cured); nor for illnesses like the common cold (the are called ‘self limiting’ and no medicine can help and no medicine is necessary except for symptoms); nor for chronic illnesses.  In today’s medical theory and practice, all chronic illnesses are incurable.

This gives considerable insight into the success of homeopathy.  If modern medicine cannot cure an illness – who is to say that homeopathy can’t cure it either? Maybe homeopathy can cure some of those illnesses?

There’s the rub.  If ‘cured’ is not defined in conventional medical theory, and cured is not defined in homeopathy, all bets are off.  Any homeopath can claim a cure, and it can’t be proven, but it can’t be disproven either.  As long as conventional medicine makes no attempt to define cure – when homeopathy claims to cure, homeopathy is one up.

Works: Chronic Illness

Most homeopathic treatments are for chronic illness. When people break their arm, or cut their leg, or get a strange rash, or suffer severe chest pains, they don’t search out a homeopath – they head to the hospital emergency department.  When they have cold or flu symptoms that persist, and might be dangerous, they head to a doctor, not a homeopath.

Many people first visit a homeopath when they have a chronic illness that’s getting worse, that conventional medicine has consistently failed to address and cure.  Homeopaths are often a last resort after conventional medicine fails. Every success by a homeopath should be seen as ten times more valuable than a success by conventional medicine, because it can teach conventional medicine new techniques.  But are homeopathic successes celebrated and studied?  No, they are dismissed and ignored, especially if they cure.

A chronic illness is often defined as one that persists longer than 3 months, in most cases, and is defined implicitly or explicitly as incurable.  There are no defined cures for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, obesity, cancer, or any other chronic disease.  If you have one of these diseases, and it ‘goes away’, it is not possible to prove it was cured. Cured is not defined for these diseases.

Healthicine Note: The healthicine definition of cure recognizes that chronic illnesses have chronic causes. Chronic illnesses are cured by addressing the chronic nature of the cause. Modern medical theory ignores chronic causes and thus fails at chronic cures.

It is trivial to create a specific chronic illness, and trivial to cure it as well.   All that is necessary to create a chronic illness is to create the causal situation, lower the dose and extend the duration.  The illness is cured by removing the cause.

Sometimes, treatments recommended by current medical reference texts lead directly to chronic illness, that can only be cured by addressing the chronic cause – the chronic medicine. Treating an illness with chronic medicines that do not cure, can easily create a chronic illness. If a person has scurvy, all three medical treatment reference texts (Merck, Lange’s, and Harrison’s) acknowledge the cause is a dietary deficiency of Vitamin C.  They recommend treatment (not cure) with supplemental Vitamin C. However, supplemental Vitamin C does not actually ‘cure’ scurvy, because it does not address the dietary cause.  As soon as the patient stops the medication, the symptoms re-appear.  The illness was never cured, the cause was never addressed.

All three medical references recommend a treatment for scurvy that creates a chronic illness – incurable in theory. Even though the cure for scurvy is clearly understood, it is not stated in the recommendations.  Some credit to Merck – they do recommend a dietary change, but it is recommended as a treatment, not as a cure.  Not one of the texts uses the word cure.  In medical theory – according to these references, scurvy is incurable.

Conventional medicine gives up on cures for chronic illness.  Homeopathy does not give up. It tries to cure chronic illness.  Sometimes, it succeeds.  How often?  We don’t know, because ‘cured’ is not defined, cannot be tested.

Works: Has a Positive Effect on Symptoms

Most clinical studies of medicines measure whether or not it has a positive effect on symptoms. If patent owners believe the medicine is marketable, they also need to design clinical studies to prove that the medicine is safe to use, and figure out the dosage that is dangerous. Most homeopathic medicines, have no dangerous dosage.

Placebo treatments have strong effects on symptoms. All medicines have placebo effects. Therefore, any medicine, whether it is a homeopathic medicine, or a conventional medicine, will have a strong positive effect on symptoms.

All medicines, even placebos, ‘work’ when ‘cure’ is not studied, not defined and not tested. ‘Works’ becomes a nonsense argument about ‘which medicine does not cure better’.

Works: Clinical Studies

There is another important aspect of clinical studies that must be understood, if we want to understand the success of homeopathy.

Clinical studies are specifically designed to PROVE a hypothesis. If a clinical study does not PROVE the hypothesis being studied, it is a failure, and probably will not be published.

A clinical study can be designed to prove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, or, it might be designed to disprove the effectiveness of a specific treatment. Clinical studies are, by design, self-fulfilling prophecies.  If a clinical study does not meet their potential as a self-fulfilling prophecy, the study and the study designer has failed.

If we want to prove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, we need to design a clinical study that will, if all goes well – or fate is on our side – “prove the effectiveness of the treatment”.  If we fail in our design, our clinical study is a failure.

On the other hand, if we want to disprove the effectiveness of a specific treatment, we need to design a clinical study that will, if all goes well – or fate is on our side – “disprove the effectiveness of the treatment”. If we fail in our design, our clinical study is a failure.

So… When you see a clinical study proving that a specific medicine, or medical treatment ‘worked’, you can bet your bottom dollar that the study was specifically designed to prove that the treatment ‘works’.  When you see a clinical study proving that a specific medicine, or medical treatment ‘did not work’, you can bet that same dollar that the study was designed to prove that the treatment did not work.  If the study did not accomplish what was set out at the beginning, it failed.  Failed studies are seldom published.

Most clinical studies of homeopathic medicines are designed to prove that the medicine did not work, or works ‘not better than a placebo’. So, successful clinical studies of homeopathic medicines that are successful demonstrate that the medicine did not work – even if some patients were cured.

Homeopathy vs Homeopathic Medicines

It is important, when discussing homeopathy, to clearly distinguish between homeopathy and homeopathic medicines. There are, as far as I know, NO studies that measure homeopathy for effectiveness.

Frankly, I don’t believe a medical scientist would dare to undertake such a study. Based on the fact that modern medicine does not define ‘cure’ or ‘cured’ and makes no attempt to cure any chronic illness – it is impossible to make an honest assessment of homeopathy. What if it cures a patient?  A conventional medical scientist cannot make an assessment, if cured is not defined.

Medical science deliberately limits ‘clinical studies’ to specific medicines.  Arguing trivialities, while ignoring the bigger question. Clinical studies are designed to work like a surgical knife.  They draw a clear line, a clear cut between A and B.  Between one medicine and another, or between one medicine and a placebo. Clinical studies measure specific treatments, for specific groups of people, with specific diseases or medical conditions.

Clinical studies don’t actually work it you try to compare a medical practice like homeopathy, or naturopathy, or chiropractic, or osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Ayurveda, or conventional medicine, to any other. Current medical theory has no clinical studies that attempt such a comparison.

So… Medical researchers resort to testing specific homeopathic medicines, in specific situations, comparing those medicines to specific conventional medicines (or placebos). Only treatments that DO NOT CURE are tested, because only treatments that do not cure can be ‘measured’ objectively, when cured is not defined.

The results are interesting in theory, useless in practice.

If we want to know how homeopathy ‘works’, to learn when it works best, and when it doesn’t work so well, we need to study homeopathy, not ‘selected homeopathic medicines that do not cure‘ on illnesses that are defined as ‘incurable’ by medical science.

When we begin to search for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, by openly and honestly assessing homeopathy, not specific medicines, we will learn more about medicine, the science of medicine, and the practice of medicine, than we learn about homeopathy.

Arguing that a homeopathic medicines ‘cannot work’ is a distraction, a red herring, deliberate ignorance of the truth. In truth, homeopathy works some of the time.  In truth, modern medicine works some of the time.  But works is not good enough.  We will do better when we pursue cures, not symptoms.

to your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

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A Medical Definition of Cure

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’ve discovered there is no scientific, medical definition of cure. Well, I’ve finally resolved that issue, after much research and many sleepless nights, I’ve created what I believe is a useful, complete definition medical of cure, that can be applied to any illness.

Creating A Medical Definition of Cure

Before we define ‘cure’, we need to define what we are curing. Are there diseases that cannot be cured? How can we know? Are there diseases that can be cured? How can we know?

Actually, it is not possible to cure ‘a disease’. A disease is a general concept, not a specific case. A cure can only occur in a specific case of a disease.

Every single cure is a single incident, a single case, a single unique story. Every cure is an anecdote.

Does every single case of disease have the potential to be cured, to be proven to be cured? Actually no.  The definition of ‘disease’ is quite broad, and the ICD10, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases and Related Medical Conditions, makes little distinction between disabilities and diseases. Sometimes even medical tests are given a ‘disease’ code, for statistical purposes. The goal of the International Disease Classification system is to be inclusive of anything any doctor in any country might call a disease – not to distinguish which might be cured. We don’t expect to ‘cure’ a disability – so when a disability is given a disease name, that disease is incurable. Of course many diseases that are usually curable, like a bacterial infection, might not be curable in a specific case, where the infection has advanced too far, or the patients health is too weak.

In healthicine, our goal is to cure every illness. Every type of illness. Every case of an illness. Not just to cure every illness, but to define cured for every illness, and create useful medical tests for ‘cured’ for every illness. How might this done?

First, let’s define illness. In healthicine, an illness is first defined thus:

A Healthicine Illness

– a single case in a single patient
– has a single active cause (we will expand this requirement)
– can be cured by addressing the cause

An illness is something that “can be cured”. A disability is something that cannot be cured. Every illness, every type of illness, has the potential to be cured.  If it does not have the potential to be cured, it is not an illness.

Illness: Cured by Addressing the Cause

A healthicine illness is an illness that has a single cause.  It is cured when the cause is addressed. It seems so simple.  Does it work in practice?

Yes. It works for every illness that we currently know how to cure.

A bacterial or fungus infection is cured by killing the infecting agent.  Most bacterial infections are cured when our own healthiness attacks and addresses the infecting bacteria. Sometimes, we must resort to more active treatments, like alternative or conventional medicines, or even surgery – like amputation. When the cause has been addressed, a cure has occurred.

This definition of cured “the illness is cured when the cause has been successfully addressed” even works for illnesses we know how to cure, but modern medicine appears to not know how to cure.  Modern medical texts do not document a cure for scurvy. Instead, they recommend a ‘treatment’, without using the word ‘cure’. And they don’t actually agree on the treatment. Imagine if different engineering firms used  different standards for building Bridges? But this definition of cure works for scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a diet poor in Vitamin C. It is cured when the patient changes to a diet with sufficient of Vitamin C. Cures of course, take time, and we might help them along, but if the patient’s diet does not change, no medicine can ‘cure’ scurvy. Even a ‘medicine’ of Vitamin C can’t cure scurvy, because the patient becomes dependent on the medicine.

This definition of cured works for every known nutritional illness, from Vitamin A deficiency, to Zinc deficiency, as long as the illness is detected in time. It also works for consumption of any toxic chemical, as long as the illness is detected in time.

What if the illness is not detected and cured in time? First, injury, and if the injury is not stopped or cannot be healed, it leads to disability. Disability, of course, cannot be cured, but we’ll discuss that later.

What if a disease has more than one cause? In healthicine, an illness is the intersection of a single cause (or train of causes) and the consequences – the signs, symptoms, and damage caused. If a disease has more than one cause – it is a compound illness, where each single illness has a single cause.  It can only be cured by curing each illness, one at a time, by addressing each of the individual causes.

Injury or Damage: Cured By Healing

Sometimes an illness causes injury or damage. Of course injuries and damage are not just caused by illness, they can be caused by external factors like predators, accidents, and also by  internal factors like stressing the body too much. An injury is not an illness, although it might be a consequence of an illness.

Can we cure an injury?

Yes. There are two ways to cure an injury, depending on the type of injury.

  1. If the injury is being caused by an illness, or by an active internal or external force, then the ongoing injury is an illness, which must be addressed by curing the illness, by addressing the cause.
  2. When the cause of the injury is gone,  injuries are cured by healing.

Note: Healing is active before, during, and after the injury.

Modern medicine generally ignores the concept of healing cures, although healing is in many dictionary definitions of ‘cure’. Healing comes from healthiness, not from any medicine that can be bought or sold. No doctor can ‘heal’ a patient.

The common cold, for example, cannot be cured by any medicine, but it is normally usually cured by health and healing. Health is the best cure for many illnesses.

However, healing cures are seldom perfect. When a healing cure is less than perfect, the result can be a blockage, or even a disability.

Blockage

A blockage is something that limits or blocks freedoms and healthy actions. We’re all familiar with injuries, maybe not so familiar with ‘blockages’. The general term is not used much in current medical practice, although blockages are often encountered, treated, and often cured.

To understand the concept of blockage, we need to understand that healthiness is not about ‘balance’, not about ‘balancing’, it is about using balances – balance and imbalance – to move forward in life. A blockage is an inability to make effective use of the healthy balances of life.

We walk by falling out of balance and recovering in a new position. If we are not able to stand, not able to lean off balance, unable to step forward, or unable to recover our balance in the new position, we have a blockage that limits out mobility. A blockage might occur in many different aspects of health, in our bodies – when we don’t have the strength to walk; in our mind – when we don’t believe we can walk without falling; in our spirits – when we give up trying to walk; even in our communities – which might convince us, or even force us to not walk.

Blockages often come from imperfect healing. When an injury heals, it often leaves a scar, or worse, which might be inflexible, limiting healthy movements.

Blockages are often a healthy reaction to a injury. If you fall and bruise your hand, as I recently did, it bruises and swells up. The bruise and swelling block internal bleeding. They also limit mobility, giving the hand time to rest and heal. However, as healing progresses, it becomes necessary to free up the movements, to remove the blockage, which might have, over time, progressed to a physical and a mental and even a spirit blockage. Sometimes, I don’t ‘feel like’ (spirit healthiness) moving my hand, even though I know that flexibility exercises are necessary to cure the blockage.

Yes. Blockages can be cured. Not every blockage can be cured. Some blockages are disabilities, that cannot be cured. How can we know the difference? In many cases, we can only know by trying. And by trying again and again. Curing blockages takes time, and energy, and persistence. Sometimes it might take so much effort that we need to ask ‘is it worth the effort’ (in a specific case).

Once we understand the concept of curing blockages, we gain some insight into physical therapies in hospitals, which help patients with disabilities, by clearing as many blockages – physical, mental, spiritual, and in our communities as well. Many physical therapy treatments, like osteopathy and chiropractic treatments, can actually bring about cures. Mental and spiritual blockages can also be cured by advice, by talking and listening, by counselling and psychotherapy. Physical, and even mental, spiritual, and even community blockages can also be cured by stretching exercises and techniques like yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and similar techniques that stretch out abilities, extending them past our current limitations. Of course in many cases, these techniques don’t ‘cure’ a blockage illness, because we don’t perceive the presence of an illness. However, it’s not hard to find examples of illness cured by techniques that address blockage.

We also need to be aware that these techniques can also be used as symptomicines, addressing the symptoms of an illness, without any attempt to cure. Massage, for example, might help us feel better, without addressing the root of the blockage, and the ‘problem’ which was relieved simply returns over time. If the massage therapist can find and address the root of the blockage, the problem can be cured.

In our current medical systems, ‘cure’ is not recognized for blockages. There is also no medical test for a blockage cured, even when it occurs. Every cure is a story, involving a single patient, with a unique problem. Every true cure is an anecdote. For this reason, clinical studies seldom document cures, except for illnesses caused by parasites.

Cleft lip is a blockage cured by surgery, by addressing the improper growth, and helping it to repair. At present, there is no medical test for ‘cleft lip cured’, other than the word of the surgeon and attending physicians.  If they say it’s cured, it’s cured.  If they say the cure is a failure, it was not cured.  If they disagree – we’re not certain.

Four Types of Cures

In summary, this gives us three types of cures:

  1.  addressing the cause of an illness
  2. healing damage caused by injury or illness
  3. releasing blockages caused by illness, injury or healing

There is another type of cure, important, but much less concrete. Each of the above cures occurs in specific cases, in very specific ways. The final the of cure is more general: prevention.

Preventative Cures

Sometimes, we take actions to prevent illness, injury, or blockages, before they occur. We have engineering standards for staircases, to prevent falls and to prevent failures. We design streets and walkways to prevent accidents and injuries. We wash our hands and brush out teeth to prevent infections.

Preventative cures cure illnesses before the can occur, by addressing causes before they arise, before they cause illness, injury, or blockage.

However, it is important to understand that every preventative cure is a blockage. Preventative cures are deliberate limitations on our activities. As such, we need to continually examine our preventative actions, our preventative cures, with regards to freedoms, potential for other injuries, and more. Preventative cures are hypothetical, statistical, not actual cases of patients cured of an illness.Preventative cures can easily be taken too far.  Hand washing too much can cause illness. Blocking a street completely avoids all traffic accidents, but impedes the flow of traffic, making it less of a street.

Can we cure Every Illness?

No.  Of course we cannot cure every case of every illness, but we can cure every type of illness.  If we cannot hope to cure it, it’s a disability, not an illness.

If we think we cannot, we will have no trouble proving ourselves right.

When we think we can, we find ways to do it.  When we think we can, we might fail, but we can try and try again, until we succeed.

To your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

 

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My Toothpaste Rant

Today is senior’s day at the local drug store – time to stock up on supplies. But not toothpaste evidently. I prefer Tom’s, but I sometimes buy Sensodyne Original. I used to buy it there. Not that I’m partial to Sensodyne, just that it is one of, possibly the only toothpaste commonly available (outside of health food stores) that does not contain fluoride. But, the clerk said “If it’s not on the shelf, we don’t sell it.”

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Healthicine: Illness > Injury > Disability and Cures

In medicine, everything is a ‘medical condition’ and sometimes, even more than ‘everything’ is a disease.  Medical conditions and diseases are defined (or not) by medical authorities and by diagnosis.

In healthicine, need to distinguish between illness, injury, and disability.

 

 

 

 

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