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Understanding Conventional Treatments

While modern medicine has come so far, particularly in the last hundred years or so, in terms of technology and the skills available to us, there are core elements with our current system that require a closer look to know just how the medical system operates and how we can best utilise all the aspects that can truthfully benefit us.


When we go to the doctor because of a health problem or symptom that has arisen we do so because we’ve understood that the doctor is a healthcare professional first and foremost and that he or she is so skilled in the knowledge of the human body and diseases that we can confidently place the responsibility of our care and our health concerns, safely in his or her hands. The doctor does know best after all, right?


This concept is one that is ubiquitously accepted as fact and one that simultaneously has led to more problems than solutions in relation to healthcare.


These days, under the supervision of conventional medicine we are seeing more cases than ever before of heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders such as Parkinson’s and  Multiple Sclerosis, and the whole gamut of cancers, from easily removed Stage I lumps to Stage IV aggressive tumours.


It is very important to understand how the medical establishment approaches the concept of healing and to examine how in fact they define healing, because this is crucial to deciding what direction you wish to take in relation to your own personal health.
The profession of doctors by and large involves the study of the qualification known all around the world commonly, as Medicine.

What is Medicine

All subjects, modules, subsets of topics and specialist courses within the Medicine degree generally fall under the umbrella of one of these two very broad headers:


Essentially, Medical students study


Anatomy and Physiology – for the purposes of surgery and any physical procedure




Pharmaceutical drugs and how they (currently) affect certain diseases

This last point is key to coming to the realisation that doctors do not “know everything there is to know” about all different types of healing. They are not versed in any other modus of treatment for any disease other than surgeries and medicines (also referred to as pharmaceutical drugs).


They are trained to look in detail at the drugs that are put forward by the pharmaceutical industry and what their mechanisms of action are within the human body in relation to a disease.


By definition, doctors study ‘Medicine’. There are in fact many different methods to treat disease and conventional medicine is but one of them.


So why are things going so wrong and why are our good doctors struggling to improve the collective health of everyone?

Are we treating the cause or treating the symptom?

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.