|The Illusion of Disease|
By Mike Adams
There is a curious tendency in conventional
medicine to label a set of symptoms as a disease. For example, I
recently spotted a poster touting a new drug for osteoporosis. It
was written by a drug company and it said this: "Osteoporosis is a
disease that causes weak and fragile bones." The poster went on to
say that you need a particular drug to counteract this "disease."
Yet the language is all backward. Osteoporosis is
not a disease that causes weak bones. Osteoporosis is the name given
to a diagnosis of weak bones. In other words, the weak bones
happened first, and then the diagnosis followed.
Another drug company defines osteoporosis as "the
disease that causes bones to become thinner." Again, the cause and
effect are reversed. And that's how drug companies want people to
think about diseases and symptoms: First you "get" the disease, then
you are "diagnosed" just in time to take an expensive new drug for
the rest of your life.
But it's all hogwash. There is no such disease as
osteoporosis. It's just a name for a pattern of symptoms that
indicate you've let your bones get fragile. And to treat it, western
doctors will give you prescriptions for drugs that claim to make
your bones less brittle.
We should really call it Brittle Bones Disease,
and describe the treatment in plain language - exercise, vitamin D,
mineral supplements with calcium and strontium, natural sunlight,
and the avoidance of substances like soft drinks, white flour, and
added sugars, which strip away bone mass.
Diabetes is another condition given a complex
name that puts its solution out of reach of the average patient.
Type 2 diabetes isn't technically a disease. It's just a natural
metabolic side effect of consuming refined carbohydrates and added
sugars in large quantities without engaging in regular physical
The name "diabetes" is meaningless to the average
person. It should be called Excessive Sugar Disease. If it were
called Excessive Sugar Disease, the solution to it would be rather
Cancer is another disease named after its
symptom. To this day, most doctors and patients still believe that
cancer is a physical thing: a tumor. In reality, a tumor is only a
side effect of cancer, not its cause. A tumor is simply a physical
manifestation of a cancer pattern that is expressed by the body.
When a person "has cancer," what they really have
is a sluggish or suppressed immune system. And that would be a far
better name for the disease: Suppressed Immune System Disorder.
If cancer were actually called that, it would
seem ridiculous to try to cure it by cutting out tumors and
destroying the immune system with chemotherapy. These are the two
most popular treatments for cancer, and they do nothing to support
the patient's immune system or prevent future occurrences. That's
exactly why most people who undergo chemotherapy or the removal of
tumors end up with yet more cancer down the road.
The cure for cancer already exists, and it's
found in every human body. Your body kills cancer cells as a routine
daily task, and it has done it thousands of times in your lifetime.
All we have to do is stop poisoning our bodies
with cancer-causing chemicals and start feeding ourselves the
materials our bodies need to beat chronic disease. Instead of
searching for new technological cures, our money and time would be
better spent making people aware of the existing cures and
prevention strategies available right now.
Here's another example: high cholesterol.
Conventional medicine says that high cholesterol is caused by a
chemical imbalance in the liver, the organ that produces
cholesterol. Thus the treatment is drugs (statin drugs) that inhibit
the liver's production of cholesterol. Upon taking these drugs, the
high cholesterol (the "disease") is regulated.
But the fatal flaw in this approach is once again
evident: The symptom is not the cause of the disease. There is
another cause, one that is routinely ignored by conventional
medicine, doctors, drug companies, and even patients. The root cause
of high cholesterol is primarily dietary. A person who eats foods
that are high in saturated fats and hydrogenated oils will
inevitably produce more bad cholesterol. It's simple cause and
effect, not some bizarre behavior by the liver.
"There's a great deal of ego invested in the
medical community, and they sure don't want to make health sound
attainable to the average person."
If the disease were accurately named, it would be
called Fatty Food Choice Disease. That would make more sense to
people. And the obvious solution to the disease would be to choose
foods that aren't so fatty. Of course, that may be a bit of an
oversimplification, since you have to distinguish between healthy
fats and unhealthy fats. But at least the name would give patients a
better idea of what's actually going on.
Outside the United States, the names of diseases
in other languages (such as Chinese) more accurately describe their
actual causes. In western medicine, however, the name of the disease
obscures the root cause. That makes all diseases sound far more
complex and mysterious than they really are.
That's a shame, because the treatments and cures
for virtually all chronic diseases are actually quite simple and can
be described in plain language. Preventing and reversing these
diseases only requires language that describes things like making
different food choices, getting more natural sunlight, drinking more
water, engaging in regular physical exercise, avoiding specific
toxins, supplementing your diet, and so on.
There is a degree of arrogance in the language of
western medicine, and this arrogance propagates the separation
between doctors and their patients. Separation never results in
healing. In order to create healing, we must bring together healers
and patients by using plain language that real people understand and
that real people can act upon.
There's a great deal of ego invested in the
medical community, and they sure don't want to make health sound
attainable to the average person. Making the language of disease
complicated keeps it out of reach of the public.
But health is attainable by every single person.
It isn't rocket science. It's not complex. And it doesn't require a
prescription. Health is easy, it is straightforward, and it is
direct. And, for the most part, it is available free of charge if
you invoke the healing power of sunlight, pure water, stress
reduction, exercise, and healthy food choices.
(Ed. Note: Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist
and author of more than 1,500 articles on disease prevention,
conventional medicine, and more. He posts new articles daily at
http://www.NewsTarget.com. His downloadable e-books (many are free)
are published at http://www.truthpublishing.com.)