March 12, 2005 by Thriving Now Support

What We Call Our Symptoms

Mike Adams ) recently wrote an article about disease and how western medicine names diseases in ways that both obscure their true causes and make it easy for drug companies to market medicines that “treat the disease” without really treating the underlying causes. I have included some of the paragraphs from Mike’s article with comments.

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.

I believe that there is sufficient evidence that individuals can have a genetic pre-disposition to certain health conditions. For such people, the ideal approach is to proactively avoid the symptoms (namely, actual brittle bones and bone loss) by following a preventive approach. Prescription medications may very well be helpful, even life saving, for a small percentage of the population. Yet, the percentage treated with medicines is far higher than necessary or beneficial. Some of that is cultural; Americans love the simplicity of pills. Some is marketing and capitalism; the more customers the more profits, so there is no economic benefit to stress approaches that do not make money. Some is the difficulty of compliance on lifestyle changes like avoiding soft drinks and sugars; compliance is one of the areas EFT can help with the most.

[Adult-onset] 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 exercise.

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 apparent.

Dr. Mercola says that most individuals with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome really have EDS… exercise deficiency syndrome (in addition to consuming far more sugars and refined carbohydrates than are healthful). Part of the confusion around diabetes is that type 1 and type 2 are such different conditions. Type 2 is usually self-induced, so it often can be controlled through diet and exercise. Yet, the emotional challenges are not easy. My Dad initially controlled his type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise. But he eventually went back to alcohol and ice cream and the like, and his body paid a terrible price. One of my passions is helping individuals stick to nutritional programs that transform the pain of a disease diagnosis into health that is far more vital than before the diagnosis.

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