From The Elements of Illness to the Serenity Gap

To cure illness, we must study the elements of illness.  There are three basic elements: illness, injury, and blockage as illustrated in this diagram.

Illness Element: an active element of illness consists of a cause and its consequences – the signs and symptoms of the illness.. The cause might be internal or external.

A causal illness element is cured by addressing the cause. This is a causal cure. There are no other cures for an illness with an active cause.

Injury Illness: As an illness progresses, or if it is not cured, it might cause an injury illness.  Injuries can also be caused by other internal or external factors.

Injury illness elements are cured by healing. Healing is a process of growth, that is always active before, during, and after an illness. Healing progresses independent of cause, independent of illness or disease, and independent of causal cures. Healing often benefits from medical treatments, intervention, or assistance. Healing is seldom, if ever, perfect.

Blockage Illness: When healing cannot completely resolve the damage of an injury, a blockage might occur. As with causal illnesses and injuries, a blockage might also come from other internal or external factors.

Blockage illnesses elements are cured by transformation. 

If a blockage cannot be cured, then it is a disability, a handicap, or sometimes a natural attribute of life and of health.

The serenity gap is the distance between a blockage and a disability, as in the serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

A blockage has the potential to be changed, to be transformed, to be cured.  A disability cannot be cured. The gap between blockage and disability depends on our ability to change, and our ability to believe that we can make the change.

Congestion: Blockages, when not addressed, lead to congestion.Congestion is not an illness, because it does not have an active cause that can be addressed to prevent or cure.  Congestion are not cured, they can only be cleared, or not. Congestion can have other internal or external causes. When the cause of congestion is not addressed, the symptoms of congestion will reappear after clearing.  For example, if congestion is caused by a blockage, and the cleared, but the blockage is not also transformed, the congestion will reappear.

Cause An illness element is defined as having a single cause, a single chain of causes, which might come from an internal or an external source.  Each individual cause can be expanded to a chain of causes, by asking “what is the cause of this cause?” and when a new cause is found, asking again, and again. Sometimes we can learn more by asking “what are the direct consequences of this cause, before the illness appears?“. One more important question that is key to understanding a chain of causes is “How is the patient benefiting from this cause?” Many causes exist and persist because they provide benefit, or are perceived as providing benefit to the patient.

The illness is cured, stopped, when the causal chain is broken, when the cause is addressed. The cause has been addressed when the illness is cured. Successfully addressing any cause in the chain, if the chain has been correctly identified, will cure the illness.

There are no ‘root causes’, only ‘cure causes’. Any cause that leads to a cure is the right cause.

The first cure is to address the cause.  The second cure is to heal the damage, the third to transform the blockages that resulted from healing. It is possible, sometimes necessary to work on elemental cures out of sequence, or at the same time. However, cures cannot be completed out of sequence, because the prior illness is a cause, and the illness will recur.

Complex Illness

A complex illness contains two or more elements of illness, causal illness, injury illness and blockage illness, with a single cause. A complex illness requires a cure for each illness element.

Compound Illness

Many illnesses and many diseases are compound, consisting of several illness elements, possibly several types of illness elements, each with unique chains of causes, that result in similar diagnoses.

Each requires a unique set of cures, based on the individual causes. Every cure is individual.

Every cure is an anecdote.

Hierarchy of Illness

The hierarchy of healthicine is a hierarchical of life and of health. It is also useful to view the hierarchy of illness. An illness can exist in a single cell, the simplest life form. A single cell might have an illness with a single cause, that causes an injury, that is healed, but leaves a blockage, resulting in congestion.

An illness might exist in a bodily tissue, independent of the cells comprising the tissue.  A tissue is a layer of life above individual cells.  A tissue might have an illness cause that is not a cause of cellular illnesses, that leads to tissue injury, which heals and leaves a tissue blockage, resulting in congestion in the tissue.  In the same manner, a limb, or an organ, or an organ system might have a simple or compound illness.

An illness can be based in the body.  This is the common view of much of today’s medical practice. It is sometimes a useful view, sometimes not so useful. The illness of the body, like that of a cell, or that of a tissue might begin with a cause, or as an injury or a blockage, caused by an internal or external factor.

An illness might also arise in the mind, or the spirit, or even the community aspects of a life entity, from internal or external causes. An illness might result in damage to the mind, or to the spirit, or to the community aspects of the patient, which when healing is not perfect, results in a blockage – leading to congestion, and possibly even a new illness.


Illness can cause injuries, injuries can cause blockages. Illness, injuries and blockages can cause congestion. Illness, injuries, blockages and congestion might cause a new illness. Illnesses, injuries, blockages and congestion can also be a result of internal or external causes that might reside in the cells, the tissues, the organs, organ systems, body, mind, spirit, or community of a life entity.

Each illness, while not cured, can lead to the next in the circle – from illness to injury, to blockage and to more illness.

At first it looks like a circle, with no escape. But there are escape routes at every illness element: cures.

Addressing the cause cures illness,
healing cures injuries,
transformation cures blockages,
clearance releases congestion, but it is still necessary to cure the cause of the congestion.


Many diseases are compound illnesses, consisting of multiple causes with similar or overlapping signs and symptoms. Thus, most diseases consist of a number of illness elements, often including all types of illness (causal, injury, and blockage) in a single disease. Most diseases are incurable by medicines – the exceptions being diseases that can be mapped to simple illness elements. Blockages illnesses are often cured by medical treatments, conventional or alternative, that transform the blockage.

Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illnesses have at least two causes, the cause, and the chronic nature of the cause. . Causes that persist over time.  Cures for chronic illnesses must address not just the cause, but also the chronic nature of the cause. This does not mean they are impossible, however, No medicine can cure chronic diseases, because no single medicine can address both elements of a chronic illness.


Curing is complex and often difficult. The serenity prayer applies to every element of every illness, to every disease, and to every cure. If we think we can, we can cure.  If we think we cannot, we are right.

Partial Cure

A partial cure exists for each type of illness element.  A causal illness element might be partially cured if the cause can only be partially addressed. A causal injury element might be judged to be partially cured when healing stops, but is considered insufficient. A blockage illness element might be only partially transformed to healthiness, resulting in a partial cure.

Remission vs New Illness

When an illness is cured, it often occurs again.  This is natural, and should be expected in many cases.  Illnesses arise from the life situation of the patient, and the cause can easily occur again. Is this a remission, or a new illness?

An illness has been cured when the cause has been addressed.  If the cause occurs again, it is a new illness. If the symptoms were masked or hidden, but the cause was not addressed, it is a remission.

Curing a chronic illness requires not just addressing the cause, but also addressing the chronic nature of the cause.  When the cause, and the chronic nature of the cause have been successfully addressed, there is a cure.  When a cure exists, any new occurrence is a new illness, not a ‘remission’.

The importance of judgement:  Every illness is a negative judgement.  Every identification of cause is a judgement.  Every cure is a judgement. This is a reality of illness, causes, and cures.

to your health, tracy
Founder: Healthicine

Post Updated: September 25, 2017



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I Can’t Make it Out to Work Today, I’ve got Two Colds and a Flu

I won’t make it out to work today,
I’ve got two colds and a flu,
I’m sniffing and sneezing,
My head’s all stuffed up.
And now I’m hot, and cold too.
My body is aching,
My bones they are creaking,
I’m barfing and running to poo.
I can’t make it out to work today,
I’ve got two colds and a flu.

(and I think I’m hung-over too…(and it was a long weekend too). )

Did you ever have two colds at once?  How would you know? There are over 100 different types of virus that can cause a cold… Surely it is possible to get a cold, and then to get another cold within a few hours, or days, or even a week.

I always wondered about the folk wisdom:

“with proper treatment, you can cure a cold in 7 days,

if you leave it alone, it will go away in a week”.

But sometimes a cold lasts 10 days, or two weeks, or maybe longer.  Maybe a 10 day cold is really a 7 day cold and another 7 day cold on day 3 of the first day?  Maybe a three week cold is actually three weak colds?

Maybe it’s unfortunate that colds are so common, and so easily cured that few have noticed ‘two colds at once’?

And what if you have a cold, and then you get the flu?  Or if you have the flu, and then you get the cold?  Can you have two flus (that doesn’t even look like a word) at once?

How many different kind of flu are out there at once? Flu tends to go in waves, epidemics, so in general there is only one wave passing through – although it is possible to get two if you are in a flu area when another wave comes thru.  I think two flu infections are more serious than two colds.

Which is worse, a cold and a flu?  Or a flu and a cold?

No matter which comes first, I’m suspect it weakens your resistance to the other.

But maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe the first one puts your immune system on high alert – and therefore second is weaker.  I’m not sure I want to volunteer for this type of medical study…..

Take care this summer season, to your health, tracy


  1. I’m not sick. I had this silly poem running around in my head and had to put it down for the record.  I retired years ago, so I don’t have to go out to work today, although there are lot of chores. I just had to share…
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Every Illness, Every Cure

Modern medicine has no theory of illness and no theory of cure. It’s time.

How many different types of illness are there? Three, or four.

How many different types of cures? Three, or four.

What are the basic types of illness? How are each of them cured?

Every illness can be cured. What do we call an illness that cannot be cured?

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How to Cure Any Illness

If we want to cure any illness, we need a clear definition of ‘cure’ for each and every type of illness. Then, we work to determine which type of illness we are attempting to cure, to define the process required for curing. Finally, we proceed to find the cure, using a process that checks and verifies itself as it proceeds. Let’s begin:

Step 1.  Define CURE.

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

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.

There are three basic types of illness:

a. causal illness: the illness is active because the cause is active.
b. injury: the cause is gone.
c. blockage: where the illness consists of an inability to perform naturally healthy functions. A blockage might exist in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community aspects of healthiness.

Cures: There are four distinct types of cures: curing, healing, transformation, and prevention.  One for each type of illness and one more for good measure.

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. 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. If the cause reappears, an new illness might result – but not every instance of a cause results in illness.

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.

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

A chronic cure cures a chronic illness has a chronic cause, which can often be characterized as a habit. A chronic cure must not only address the cause, it must also address the chronic nature of the cause.  Chronic illness often requires changing the habits of the patient, once the cause has been identified.

While an illness is not cured, it creates injuries.

2. Healing is an ongoing curative process that repairs injuries before, during, and after the illness. (Reference 2, 3, 4). An injury might come from an illness, or from an external event. Healing is seldom perfect.

Imperfect healing can lead to a blockage or a disability.

3. Transformation: Removing, and thus curing, blockages that reside in the body (physical), the mind (mental), the spirits (spiritual) or the community (communal and social). (Reference 4) Surgical cures are transformations. Most transformations are less severe:  physical changes to body, changes to mental, spiritual, or community states cure blockages. Removal of blockage often necessitates healing.

A blockage that cannot be cured is a disability.

A disability is not an illness, because a disability is incurable. A disability is converted to a blockage by transformation, by curing it.  A blockage is converted to a disability by giving up in attempts to cure, by accepting it as final.

4. Preventative cures address causes before illness can arise.

Note: When a cure is completed, no more medicines are required.


  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

== End of Definition of CURE===

Step 2: Determine if the illness is a causal illness (has an active cause), an injury (the cause is gone) or a blockage (which might be transformed into an injury.

Step 3: If the illness is active, if it has an active cause, identify and address the cause.

If the illness is an injury, facilitate and aid healing.

If the illness is a blockage, attempt to transform it.  This may result in an injury that can be healed.

Step 4: Test if the illness is cured.

The process for curing an illness is more complex in theory, and of course a lot more complex in practice. This image shows the theory of curing illnesses as a process flowchart.

Final note.  Many ‘diseases’ actually consist of multiple active illnesses, with multiple causes.  It is not possible to cure an illness consisting of multiple causes with a single cure – the illness can only be cured one cause at a time. This can be tedious and time consuming, but it is the only path to cure.

to your health, tracy

ps. Most medical dictionaries and medical reference texts do not define ‘cure’.  As long as we ignore the concept of cures, we will remain ignorant of the cures that exist. Cure is a forbidden word in today’s practice of medicine.

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Can Homeopathic Medicines Cure Dehydration?

Homeopathic medicines, friends and foes explain, contain 99.9 percent water (or perhaps more).  Dehydration, according to the Mayo Clinic, is when “your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions”. It makes sense then, that homeopathic medicines can cure dehydration. Or does it?

Actually… it’s much more complicated than you might think. Continue reading

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