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What’s the difference between treating the cause vs treating the symptoms?

October 4th, 2014 by admin

Traditionally, western medicine treats symptoms and diseases through differential diagnosis. It is a systematic procedure where the physician begins by observing a patient’s symptoms, examining the patient, and taking the patient’s personal and family history. The most likely causes of the symptoms are listed as possibilities. The physician will ask questions and perform tests to eliminate possibilities until he or she is satisfied that the “single most likely cause” has been identified. A diagnosis is made, and treatment is prescribed. For example, if a patient has an acid stomach, antacids are given. If the gallbladder is causing pain, it may be removed surgically. If the sinuses are congested, antihistamines and decongestants are prescribed. If that doesn’t help, the sinuses are scraped. Inhalers and steroids are given to control asthma. However, the question remains…“What is the cause?” If one is unable to determine the cause, patients must be content to a life which, at best, consists of symptom management, with no hope for complete healing.

Everyday people are diagnosed with some horrific disease. Without minimizing the severity of the diagnosis, you can ask, “What is the cause?” An active parent and work professional suffers from chronic depression. Depression is the symptom as well as the diagnosis. Yet, what’s the cause? A child cannot sit still or focus in school. Grades are very poor. The child’s been diagnosed with ADHD. Lack of focus and concentration, along with a lack of ability to be still are all symptoms. What’s the cause? A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. What is the cause? What situation(s) occurred to allow normal cells to grow and multiply in abnormal, unhealthy ways?

Case studies have shown that no disease is an entity by itself. The cause may be a complex combination of any number of things including nerve interference, poor nutrition, chemicals, food additives, pesticides in food, water, and air, an abnormal life style, stress, abuse, loss, and other physical and emotional “hits” taken over a lifetime. Symptoms due to these issues are not necessarily noticed right away because the body has been created with many systems, organs, and glands, each with multiple backups in place. When one organ is not functioning optimally, the backup organ has to work harder to compensate. For example, if the right kidney is diseased, the left kidney must function to a greater degree. As the primary organ regains function, the backup can return to its state of ease. If any of the backup systems, organs or glands has to work overtime for long periods of time, they will tire and lose optimal function. Each time any part of the body is not functioning optimally, symptoms occur.

Unfortunately people are typically more in tune with what is and what is not working in their home than in their own body. Minor symptoms are self-treated with over-the-counter medications and nutrition, and the cause is ignored. The subtle-energy problem remains undiscovered. It is only when the symptoms become unusually annoying or severe to the point of causing concern that the patient typically thinks to see a doctor. Even then, not all doctors are trained in methods used to discover the underlying cause of health problems. Many diagnose and prescribe treatment based on symptoms alone.

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