The Three Cures and their Two Dimensions

IMG_0487e-f-2Can you name the three basic types of cures?Every illness can be cured. If we are to cure every type of illness, we need to study three categories of cures. Some illnesses need only a single type of cure.  Some need two types of cure.  Some need three types of cures.  What are the three categories of cures?

I have written, and blogged about cures for several years.  I was surprised to learn that the word cure is very poorly defined, and that there are no functional scientific definitions of cure. Medical researchers and writers avoid the word cure, using vague terms, like treatment and reversal of disease instead. I searched many dictionaries and medical texts for clear definitions of cure and found mostly simplistic nonsense.  I have blogged about this, and the word cure, in many posts.

And then one day, I found the answer.  It was not in plain sight.  I didn’t recognize it right away, it took time to sink in.  The key was on the World Health Organization’s webpage about the ICD10, the International Classification of Diseases, Version 10, which defines are three broad categories of diseases:

communicable diseases, HIV, TB, etc.
non communicable diseases : hypertension, breast cancer, etc.
external causes of injuries : traffic accident, drowning.

There are three categories of diseases, and thus, there are three categories of cures.

Communicable diseases are caused by parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi. However, from a healthicine perspective, we need to extend the ICD10 classification to include all parasites – like parasitic worms, parasitic animals (tigers, wolves and yes, humans) and parasitic communities – tribes, governments, corporations, and more.

Non communicable diseases are caused by unhealthiness, or absence of healthiness. Obesity is caused by an unhealthy diet. Hypertension is an unhealthy circulatory system, a cancer is unhealthy tissue.

External causes of injury are caused by ‘external causes’.  Accidents, physical stress, etc.

These lead directly to the three classifications of cures.

  1. Communicable diseases are cured by addressing the parasitic cause.
  2. Non communicable diseases are cured by addressing the healthiness cause.
  3. Injury diseases are cured by healing the injury.

Of course when we deal with specific individual cases, it’s not always clear. Many individual illnesses are actually more complex, having more than one cause, even more than one category of causes.

However, this framework provides a foundation for understanding all cures.

There is also an additional dimension to be considered.

Every illness is the result of an imbalance, or inability to balance. Imbalances can result from deficiencies or from excesses. Each of the three classifications of diseases can be caused by a deficiency, or by an excess.

Many parasites can be beneficial or harmful, depending on the circumstances. Our digestive systems cannot function without a healthy mass of parasitic bacteria.  A deficiency of parasitic bacteria can lead to an illness, just as an excess of parasitic bacteria can lead to an illness.

Non communicable illnesses can be caused by deficiency, or by excess.  A deficiency of Vitamin A leads to one illness, an excess of Vitamin A leads to another illness.

Injury illnesses can be caused by an excess of physical stress, but they can also be a result of a stress deficiency.  Bedsores result from a deficiency of physical exercise.  Stress fractures result from an excess of physical exercise.

Two dimensions of cause provide two clear dimensions of each of the three cures. Sometimes, the cure is to address a deficiency.  Sometimes the cure is to address an excess.

Disease Category Cause of Illness Cure
Communicable Diseases Deficiency or excess of parasites Parasitic Cure: Address parasitic deficiency or excess
Non communicable diseases Deficiency or excess of Healthiness Healthiness Cure: Address healthiness deficiency or excess
Injuries Deficiency or excess of Physical stress. Healing Cure: Address physical deficiency or excess

The US FDA goes so far as to claim that “only a drug can legally make such a claim (to cure a disease)”. Simplistic nonsense, pushed into stupid laws.  You might note, for example, that, for example, posts “The information we provide access to is not intended, nor designed to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.” due to these laws restricting ‘cures’ to drugs’.

We can see in the above table, that a drug can only cure a single type of illness – those caused by parasitic excess. And drugs can only ‘cure’ some parasitic excesses, they cannot cure when the parasite is a tiger, a human, or a community. There are thousands of drugs approved by the FDA, but most of them make to attempt, and no claim to cure any illness.  Of the top 100 best selling drugs in 2013, only 3 claim to cure an illness – and all three are anti-parasitic medicines.  Why does the FDA make this simple error?  Because the FDA approves ‘products’, or drugs that cure diseases. Only one of the six types of cures is a drug.  Only one of the six types of cures can be approved by the FDA. Most of the drugs approved by the FDA do not cure, they ‘treat’ symptoms of illness. Most of the drugs approved by the FDA are symptomicines, not cures. 

A deficiency of healthy parasitic entities, perhaps a bacteria can cause illness.  But this cause, and the corresponding cure is almost totally ignored by modern medicine. It is not approved by the US FDA as a cure, although it might occasionally be approved as a ‘treatment’. How is a deficiency of parasitic entities addressed? By eating healthy, living, foods, healthicines, green medicines.

Non communicable diseases cannot be cured with a drug, thus, according to the US FDA laws, and according to many medical experts, all non communicable diseases, from arthritis to heart disease to Alzheimer’s to stroke, are incurable.

It is not possible to prove that any illness is incurable, but that doesn’t stop many ‘experts’ from claiming or declaring that certain diseases are incurable. These illnesses can only be cured by treatments that are ‘not drugs’.

Are injuries ‘cured’, or are they ‘healed’? Some might argue that healing is not a ‘cure’, but dictionaries disagree. Healing, and healing treatments are definitely cures in many cases. Medical experts agree that surgery, for example, can cure some illnesses – although the details are not clearly defined. Is surgery a healing cure? It can be, although healing cannot be caused by surgery alone. There are many other healing cures.

When we consider questions like these, the boundaries between illnesses, and the boundaries between cures, can get fuzzy. A simple example: A tiger, a parasitic animal, might cause an injury illness due to the unhealthy attitude of his captor.  Is it a healthiness illness, a parasitic illness or an injury illness?

The answer can only be found in the cure. The cure is the cause, the cause is the cure. If removing the tiger does not cure the illness – then it was not the ‘useful’ cause. If treating the captor’s unhealthy attitude does not cure the illness, then it was not the ‘useful’ cause.  If healing, perhaps aided by surgical stitches, cures the illness, then it was an injury illness, caused by the physical stress of being bit by a tiger. The cure defines which cause we need to pay attention to. But if we just treat the patient’s pain, and not the actual injury – there is no attempt to ‘cure’ and a cure can only come from their own healing.

Once we understand the three basic types of cures, and their two dimensions, we can use this framework to study all cures, or every illness.

to your health, tracy

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About Tracy Kolenchuk

Founder of Author of two books about healthicine; Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness Healthicine: Introduction to Healthicine
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