Medicine has a problem, and it’s getting worse, not better. The problem is disease. The more we study diseases, the more contributing factors we find. Cancer, the most extreme example, is caused by everything, and at the same time, prevented by everything – a statement supported by our best scientific research.
As a result, we no longer search for cures. Five recently published medical dictionaries do not contain the word ‘cure’. Ridiculous, but true. Medical reference books like MERCK, Lange’s, and Harrison’s do not define cure, avoid the word cure, or do not use the word cure consistently. Now that’s just silly. This leads to many treatments that ‘do not cure’; to encouraging patients to learn to ‘live with their disease’; to chronic disease. Ridiculous. But true. Gradually, more and more diseases are becoming ‘incurable’ and ‘chronic’.
There is a path out of this dark forest. It’s almost trivial. We need to simplify.
Each illness has a single cause.
Can this be true? Yes, it can. We can make it true! Make it so.
There is a clear difference between an illness and a disease. The difference is well defined by the field of medicine, and understood by every doctor.
An illness is what the patient presents to the doctor.
A disease is what the doctor diagnoses and treats.
Every illness is invisible. We see the symptoms first. We can track the symptoms back to the cause, although in some cases this might be very, very difficult – in some cases it is trivial. But where is the illness?
It is possible to suffer many causes, without symptoms, without illness.
Many symptoms can be a result of different causes, different illnesses.
Where is the illness? An illness is the concept, the intersection of a single cause, and a set of consequences and symptoms. Every illness is invisible.
In most cases, the doctor treats symptoms of disease. The illness is diagnosed, but only the disease is treated. Cures are seldom attempted. If you are diagnosed with hypertension, depression, arthritis – and more – only the symptoms will be treated, with little attempt to identify, much less address cause. No attempt to cure. Cures is not even defined for these diseases. As a result, if one is cured, it’s not possible to recognize, much less to prove, the cure. Cancer researchers study cause to death, in statistical studies. But when you have a cancer diagnosis, cause is ignored – treatment proceeds directly against the symptoms, the cancer cells.
Many diseases once considered curable in most cases, like depression, are now considered ‘treatable’, but not ‘curable’. Medicine, the practice of medicine and the science of medicine, is broken.
There is a simple way out. We need to move in the opposite direction, to search for causes, to search for cures.
Each illness has a single cause. Addressing the single cause cures the illness.
Can this be true? We can make it true. We have many illnesses to use as models.
- Pneumonia can be caused by a bacterial infection, cured with an antibiotic.
- Scurvy – is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C, cured with Vitamin C.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by an unhealthy work environment, cured by addressing the cause, by healthing the work environment.
In each example, curing the illness is simple. But, of course, there’s a challenge. Not every case of pneumonia is cured by an antibiotic. Not every case of scurvy is cured with Vitamin C. Not every case of carbon monoxide poisoning is cured by healthing the work environment. In each case of an illness, the cause can be a bit different, or very different.
To cure each case of an illness, we need to find the true cause. Scurvy might be caused by poverty, by addiction, by lack of dietary knowledge, by food likes and dislikes, even by living on a faulty diet prepared by someone else. Each cause is unique. In each case, the illness can only be cured by addressing the specific cause.
Every illness has a single cause. But the disease – scurvy – does not have a single cause. Only a specific case, a single illness, has a single cause. As a result, each specific case, every illness, has a single cure: address the cause.
Each case of an illness is a single case with a single cause. Every disease has many different cases, many different causes.
But…. but… Aren’t there illnesses that have multiple causes, that have many contributing causes?
That’s not a ‘fact’, it’s a view. Sometimes, it’s a useful view, but… It’s the view that has led us into this morass. We need to abandon that view, if we are to to find our way out. We must adopt the view that every illness has a single cause.
Let’s take a commonplace example – although this example might not be in any medical text. A patient is diagnosed with depression. What is the cause? Are there multiple causes? In the 1960s, depression was ‘curable in most cases’ according to medical reference texts. Today, depression is incurable. What has changed? Our view.
Depression is actually a symptom, not an illness. But today’s medical practice, when it cannot cure, often gives up and names a disease after a symptom.
Depression symptoms have many causes.
- Depression symptoms can be caused by dietary deficiencies.
- Depression symptoms can be caused by dietary excesses.
- Depression symptoms can be caused by relationship problems, by loneliness, by financial strain, by physical abuse, by addiction, by chronic pain, and more.
What if someone is suffering from symptoms depression as a result of several causes?
They are suffering from several illnesses. Each unique cause, and the resulting symptoms, is an illness.
Unfortunately, many doctors are suffering from medical blinders. Doctors use the word ‘depression’ to describe the symptoms. Doctors also use the word ‘depression’ to describe the disease – the entire concept of the disease of depression. They also use the word ‘depression’ to describe depression in a single patient. They also use the word ‘depression’ to describe several different depressions, in a single patient. As a result, ‘depression’ becomes complex, mysterious, and then…. incurable.
When we take a different view, everything becomes clear – depression becomes curable.
The other view:
Each case of an illness has a single cause.
If a patient has four causes of depression, that patient has four illnesses, four depressions. Each is a single illness. Each has a single cure. To cure the patient’s depression illness, we must cure every case of depression, by addressing every cause. Once every depression is cured, the patient is cured. Health is also a powerful curative. Sometimes, curing one or two of the depressions lift’s the patient’s spirits, and their health does the rest.
But if only symptoms are treated, it is much more difficult, sometimes impossible for the patient’s health to recover. The depression becomes ‘incurable’, because no-one has attempted a cure.
There is a simple (although not too simple) process to cure any illness. The steps are straightforward, although not trivial. Note: This post is about an ‘active illness’ with an active cause, not about a disability or injury illness.
In theory, every illness can be cured, and many can be cured with this process.
To cure, using this process, requires two fundamental changes in our view of illness.
We must accept that:
- Every illness can be cured.
- Every illness has a single cause.
How can we be certain we have found the cause of an illness? Only by curing it. How can we be certain we have cured the illness? Only by knowing we have addressed the cause. Yes, it’s a circle. The cure is the cause, the cause is the cure. Escape is only possible – with a cure. Proof is never perfect, but a cure is a cure.
Once we adopt these rules, many cures can be found. But when we stop looking for cures, cures cannot be found. We can only find cures when we search for them, or by accident. But today, in today’s medical paradigm, when cures are found by accident – we seldom notice them, they are ignored. Cure ignorance abounds today’s medical theory and practice.
It’s time for a change in perspective.
When we understand, we can cure. When we do not understand, we cannot find cures, cannot see them when we encounter them.
to your health, to your cures,