Theory of Cures


First Principle: Every illness can be cured. 

“Every illness can be cured” is the foundation of The Healthicine Theory of Cures. It is based on the simple principle: “If you think you can, you can.”

If an illness cannot be cured, is it really an illness? How is an illness distinguished from a broken arm, a disability, or a sign like blood pressure or cholesterol level, or a symptom, like a headache or toothache, or even a simple attribute like skin color, pattern or texture?

We might simply  define all illnesses as ‘those that can be cured’.  If it cannot be cured, it is not an illness. Q.E.D. This logic works in the reverse as well.  When we find we can cure all illnesses – then we will learn that those things that cannot be cured, are not illnesses.

If we are to cure every illness, we must answer the question “What is an illness?” There are many definitions, but we need one that meets our purpose, our goal – to cure every illness.

An illness is an abnormal, active, negative, medical condition.

Many medical conditions are not illnesses, although they may be the result of an illness. An amputated leg is a medical condition, but is not actively progressing. An illness is abnormal and negative.  Many positive conditions, like excellent healthiness, are abnormal, but not negative.

We can only ‘cure’ a specific instance or case of an illness. We should not expect to cure a general class of diseases, like cancer, arthritis, or diabetes. Even antibiotics, the most powerful medical cures known today, do not cure every case. A specific patient, with a cancer, with arthritis, with diabetes, can be cured. There are cases where it is not possible to cure the illness before it kills the patient, and many cases where we do not know – today – how to cure the illness. But every illness can be cured, in theory, and this is an important theory.

Many illnesses ‘cure themselves’ or the body cures them naturally – like the common cold, influenza, and measles.  A few are cured by conventional medicines.  Most illnesses, we shall learn, can only be cured with healthiness.

Principle: Each illness has active causes.

Every illness is ‘active’ by definition. If it is not active, it is not an illness.  A broken arm, or an amputated leg, is not actively ‘getting more broken or more amputated‘. To be active, an illness must have active causes.  If the causes are not active, not continuing, the ‘illness’ is not continuing, an illness does not exist. If the cause is not continuing, it is not an illness any more, although it might be a result of one.

Most illnesses have more than one cause.  A ‘simple illness’ is an illness with only a single cause – but simple illnesses are rare, and often easily addressed.  Even the simplest of illnesses can have many interacting causes and reactions. Causes often need to be traced backwards to their sources. An illness can be caused by another illness.

Today’s medicine often neglects to classify disease by cause, and thus neglects to classify illness by cause.  This is a simple error. Many different illnesses of the heart, with many different causes, are classified as ‘heart disease’. Cancers are generally first classified by their location, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, etc.  If we are to cure every illness, then we must classify every illness by its cause. This is done in many cases – but it needs to be a fundamental part of diagnosis.

Principle: Each illness has an active progression, based on its causes.

If a illness is has no progression, if it is not waxing, and not waning, it is not an illness. Two factors determine the progression of an illness – the growth, or shrinking of the cause, and the natural healing and illness fighting ability of the body, the minds, the spirits and the communities of the patient.  All of these factors are continually changing.

A chronic illness is one that has a slow moving progression.  An acute illness has a rapid progression, or has reached a crisis stage.

Some of today’s ‘illnesses’ are simply not illnesses. Type 1 Diabetes is a simple, clear example.  Type 1 diabetes exists when a patient’s body, a patient’s pancreas, is so badly damaged that it cannot recover, it cannot heal.  There is no ongoing cause, no ongoing progression. The cause is long gone.  The patient has a disability, not an illness.  A disability can be treated, it might even be reversed, but it cannot be ‘cured’.

Healing occurs during the progression of the illness, and continues after it has been cured. 

It’s easy to confuse healing and cure. Healing is always happening and is part of the natural progression of every illness.  In some cases, healing can continue, or take place many years after the illness is cured. Confusing the definition of cure, by adding ‘compete and permanent healing’, can lead to confusion about when a patient is ‘cured’.

Cure: An illness is cured when the progression is stopped by addressing or removing key causes. 

If the illness is still progressing, it has not been cured. However, sometimes illnesses become ‘dormant’, or the progression is below our ability to detect it. The key to knowing if an illness has been cured, is in knowing the causes. Our current treatments for cancer are designed to ‘kill all the cancer cells’, and thus stop the progression.  But there is no attempt to identify nor to address the causes. This is why we have many ‘cancer survivors’, but no cancer cures.  If we don’t know the causes of a specific case of cancer, we cannot know that the causes have been eliminated, and we cannot recognize a cure, even when it happens. Cancers can be cured, we just can’t see the cures.

Some illnesses, like the common cold, are naturally cured by our healthy bodies – and we get another cold later. Other illnesses, like cancer, can be treated into remission, although the illness is not gone.  It can rise later to visibility and danger – sometimes even years later. This can give the mistaken impression that ‘cancers’ cannot be cured.  Cancers can be cured – when the key causes are addressed. If the causes return, the patient will get a ‘new cancer’, not the same cancer that was cured.

If the causes have not been addressed, the illness has not been addressed. Maybe only the symptoms have been addressed.  It is not possible to ‘cure’ symptoms. Treating symptoms can only hide the illness, not cure it.

A single case of an illness can have more than one cure.

When we look at the concept of an illness, with each illness having a cause, or perhaps many causes, it becomes clear that a single illness might have many different cures.  Even simple illnesses might have more than one cure.  A trivial example: scurvy, caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C, can be cured by a medical chemical -ascorbic acid, it can also be cured by a dietary change that includes any of many different food containing Vitamin C. Which cure is better? MERCK doesn’t use the word ‘cure’ for scurvy, but it recommends ascorbic acid for the emergency situation, and dietary changes for the long term, the permanent cure.

A more complex illness might have a chain of causes. In these cases each link in the chain provides a potential cure, and the challenge for modern medicine is to find the ‘best cure’, or the most efficient cure. Of course every patient is different, and the best cure might be different for different patients.

Many patients have more than one illness.

The common cold can be caused by hundreds of different organisms.  It is possible therefore to have ‘two colds and a flu‘ at the same time.  In more complex situations, a patient might be suffering from obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and at the same time, to have two colds and a flu.

In some cases, the best cure will cure several of the illnesses at once.  The healthy body will cure two colds and a flu, in a relatively short time period. Curing diabetes, might also address the causes of obesity – and cure more than one illness at the same time.

Treating Symptoms does not cure.

Most of today’s medicines, both conventional and alternative medicines, address symptoms, but not the cause.  Treating symptoms, while ignoring the cause, does not address the progression of the illness – and in some cases can actually aid its progression. Treating symptoms alone does not, cannot cure, although treating symptoms in some cases – like the common cold, can help the body to cure the illness. In other cases, treating symptoms can be useful to help the patient through the cure. But cure, not symptom treatments, should always be the goal.

Medicine is not magic,not mystical.  Cures are not magic. 

Many of today’s medical treatments, both conventional and alternative treatments, use a ‘mystical’ model.  We don’t understand why it works, but it works. If we are to truly understand ‘cures’, we need to get resolve the mysticism. The key to removing the magic from medicine is understanding and addressing causes.

There are no ‘spontaneous cures’.

So called ‘spontaneous cures’ occur when an illnesses rapidly disappears without a medicine. Every cure happens for a simple reason – the causes, or  a key cause has been addressed. Every case of ‘spontaneous remission’ is simply an opportunity to better understand the causes of illness.

Anecdotal evidence vs Clinical Studies.

The vast majority of clinical studies measure effects on ‘symptoms of disease’, because those are the most profitable medicines. Very few, if any, clinical studies actually measure cures, for the simple reason that cures either cure, or not. Measurement of symptoms is often not relevant in the study of cures.

Each case of an illness is a unique anecdote, although there are many common threads that help us to find, and to address the causes. Modern medicine fears and shames anecdotal evidence, much of which must be embraced if we are to learn to cure. For many of today’s diseases, like cancers, diabetes, and most chronic diseases, the only proof of a cure is anecdotal, because all cures are anecdotal.

Placebos do not cure. 

The complexity of placebos, placebo responses, and placebo effects is much more than we can address here. But we can clearly state that placebos do not, and cannot, cure.

Can this be true?  Surely there are thousands of reports, stories, anecdotes, even studies where placebos actually cured a disease?  What about ‘warts’. Dr. Andrew Weil advises us that almost every doctor has a story of a wart cure – and they often assume the disease was cured by the ‘placebo effect’.

Placebo effect is simply an effect, like so called ‘spontaneous remission’, that cannot be explained today. If a placebo was administered, and a cure came about, but cannot be explained – then either the placebo did not cure, or it was not a placebo. Q.E.D.

Most placebos, are not prescribed as cures.  They are prescribed to address symptoms.

Most of Today’s Medicines Do Not Cure.

In the top 50 medicines, by sales in 2013, there is not a single cure.  Every one of the top 50 medicines, and most of the top 100 medicines, simply address signs and symptoms of disease – but do not cure. They are not designed to cure, and cannot cure. We might believe that this is because medicines that cure illness – don’t make more sales once the illness is cured, that medicines that treat signs and symptoms sell more as signs and symptoms progress.

The truth is simpler. Most medicines don’t cure because most illnesses can only be cured by health, not by illness. Heart disease is a health condition – it can only be cured by health, not by medicine. Many of today’s medicines are simply sophisticated placebos, nothing more.

Most alternative medicines do not cure.

If, and when, alternative medicines actually cure, they are often adopted by the medical establishment – and are no longer ‘alternative’ medicines.  The exceptions would be where the field of conventional medicines do not recognize a cure.  If an alternative medicine cures a cancer, for example, it would not be recognized by conventional medicine, because cancer is a disease that cannot be cured – according to medical experts.

Most alternative medicines, like most prescription medicines, and even most prescription placebos, simply address signs and symptoms of illness.

Conclusion: Theory of Cure

If modern medicine is to progress to curing every illness, it must embrace the first principle: “Every illness can be cured.” There are many illnesses, many very common illnesses, that are classified as ‘incurable’, and patients are advised to ‘learn to live with’ their disease, saying, in effect “your disease cannot be cured”. We can do better.

Which of Today’s Illnesses cannot be Cured?

Modern medicine groups illnesses into diseases. Every illness can be cured, but it is not possible to cure a ‘group of illnesses’.  The confusion between illness: what a specific patient has, and a disease: what the doctor diagnoses to aid in treatment, leads to confusion about cures. There are diseases on our lists today, which cannot be cured. They are not illnesses. If it cannot be cured, it is not an illness.

The most common reason why an illness might be classified as in curable disease is simply that ‘cured’ is not defined.  It is not possible to prove that heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases are cured.

Let’s take a look at today’s top killer ‘diseases’:

1. Heart Disease – the top killer disease, is clearly a disease of unhealthiness. Finding and addressing individual causes will cure many cases of heart disease.  However heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases often require significant healing as well. Why do we believe heart disease is incurable? One of the primary reasons is simply that ‘cured’ is not defined for heart disease. It is not possible to demonstrate a cure – because cure is not defined, therefor, the ill-logic goes: heart disease is incurable.

2. Cancers – a large class of diseases.  No one studies the cause of individual cancers today, so there is, in current medical theory,  no way to cure cancer. There is also no test for a cancer ‘cured’.   Cancers are complex and the causes are complex as well. Cancers require an initial cause, which may or may not be ongoing, but they also require additional causes that facilitate growth and allow the cancer to grow without detection, without a fight from the healthy body.  These additional causes present many opportunities to cure cancers. Once we learn to study and address causes, many cancers will be cured. There are many cases of cancer cures that should be examined so that we can learn to cure cancers consistently.

3. Chronic lower respiratory disease – we know the causes in general, but ignore them in specific cases, smoking being the most common cause. To cure the disease, the causes must be removed.  COPD, in someone who has quit smoking, is not a ‘disease’, it is a result of disease. COPD might be healed, but it is not a progressive disease with a cause.  COPD is a handicap, not a disease. Like many handicaps, it grows worse as we grow older.

4. Stoke is not an illness, it is the result of a crisis. It is a handicap which might be treated, even healed, but it is not an illness to be ‘cured’.

5. Alzheimer’s disease -we don’t know the causes nor the chain of events that lead to Alzheimer’s.  There might be many causes, many chains.  Current treatments for Alzheimer’s focus on symptoms, not on cause. But there is a cause, or causes. Once we learn to identify specific causes in specific cases – we will begin to cure the illness.  However, Alzheimer’s, like many diseases, causes damage or disabilities, which must be healed, not ‘cured’.

6. Diabetes is curable.  Diabetes is not curable.  Today’s medicine uses the same name for two different conditions.  Type 1 diabetes is not an illness, it is a disability. It cannot be ‘cured’, because the cause is gone. Type 2 diabetes has an ongoing cause and is curable. There are many cases of diabetes cures that should be examined so that we can learn to cure diabetes consistently.

7. Kidney diseases are curable. There are many ongoing causes of kidney disease and when the individual causes are addressed the disease will be addressed. Like many diseases, kidney disease can also be a disability, or be caused by a disability, which is incurable.  In those cases, kidney disease can only be ‘treated’, but not cured. The challenge is to know which is which.

8. Influenza, the common cold, pneumonia – can be cured. In many cases the best cure is health, and the healthy body will cure the diseases. In some cases, the body needs or can benefit from medicines.

I am not a doctor, the above list is prepared by simply applying the theory of cures to many common diseases.

How to Cure?

If most conventional medicines do not cure, and most alternative medicines do not cure, and placebos do not cure, and there are no spontaneous cures, how do we find cures? We can only find cures by looking for the ‘cured’, on a case by case basis. We need to study those who are cured, to learn if they were really cured, to determine what actually caused their illness, and how it was cured.

When we do that, we will learn that the cure for every illness is healthiness.  The cause of many illnesses is simply ‘unhealthiness’.  Once we remove the cause, what is left is healthiness – and the illness is cured.

to your health, tracy

Tracy is the author of two books about healthicine:


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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