To treat the cause is to understand what gave rise to the problem in the first place, to remove that variable and thereby see the complaint together with the symptom dissipate.
To treat the symptom is to try to reverse the problem by tackling the complaint itself in an isolated manner.
Treating the symptom is chiefly the method that modern medicine uses across the board for almost all ailments, diseases, syndromes, disorders and afflictions that we go in to be treated for, and it is something that is becoming more widely understood as people all over the world with worsening health conditions are looking to understand why there are no tangible solutions to their health problems.
Putting the conventional medicine method into perspective we see that when a symptom presents, we are typically prescribed a pharmaceutical drug to make things appear as though they are fine.
Examples of this would be:
If your cholesterol is high – you’ll quickly be given a prescription for statins.
If you have diabetes – you’ll be handed continual insulin.
In the case of asthma – you’ll get steroids, which will increase in dosage as your symptoms worsen with time.
If you are feeling low – you’ll get prescribed anti-depressants.
If your blood pressure is too high – you’ll be given any one of a host of available drugs, all of which artificially trick the body into creating less pressure.
To expand on this, let’s look at the first two examples of cholesterol and diabetes (type II).
The way in which statins work in the body is to block the liver’s own production of cholesterol by introducing an enzyme inhibitor. What this technically does, is give a reading of reduced levels of cholesterol in the blood since the liver has been prevented from doing its job in a normal capacity.
Stopping the liver from producing its own vital amounts of cholesterol has not eliminated the reason why the patient acquired higher levels of cholesterol in the first place. The likelihood is that the patient’s diet is rich in foods that promote inflammation. Inflammation gives rise to higher production of cholesterol by the liver since it is the cholesterol that is required to reduce the inflammation. By preventing the liver from producing its own cholesterol and by not removing the original cause of the elevated levels [i.e the inflammation-causing diet], the patient can be gleefully told by the doctor that his/her cholesterol levels are reduced but walk away feeling like nothing has improved. In fact, this cycle just described, does lead to much worse complications if the diet issue is not addressed and the liver is prevented from performing its function unfettered.
With type II diabetes, the over-consumption of sugar and fat necessitates the tools to deal with the effects. One of the tools the body naturally uses is insulin. If a patient is diagnosed as diabetic then to remove the symptom of its effects, prescriptions of insulin are then written. The logic being, more of the tool that the body requires to handle the overdose of sugar means that it can then cope better.
To illustrate this we could use an analogy of a burst water main in one’s home. The water gushing in is like the over-consumption of sugar and to treat it using insulin is like handing out lots of buckets to manage with the increased amount of water coming in. Seems like a logical solution, doesn’t it? But wouldn’t it make far more sense to address the burst water main and do away with the buckets and flooding altogether? Using the bucket method will keep you using buckets forever without actually resolving the problem.
Are we trying to get the body to cope or is the objective to teach the body to heal? For if it is the latter then the administering of insulin is surely counter-intuitive. It would stand to reason that the culprit here would be the poor dietary habits that led to the complications in the first place – alter these habits and the need for additional insulin departs together with the diabetes.
The glitch in conventional medicine is that all these typical methods only deal with the issue in a topical sense; the root cause remains very much unaddressed.
What does this mean for you, the patient?
In essence, that not only will you remain in a perpetual state of ill-health but you simultaneously remain bound to a never-ending prescription for drugs.