The diseases of old that so ravished our Western cultures are mostly cured. Western medicine has produced literally world saving vaccines and antibiotics. It has created drugs and surgical techniques that do amazing things. It has virtually eliminated all the serious communicable diseases such as leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, tetanus, syphilis, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, meningitis, polio, septicaemia. There are very few women dying in childbirth compared to the past.
Western medicine has been, and is, a triumph in the face of these problems that worried us back then the way cancer and heart disease worry us today. Even the big medical problems of the 1930’s and 40’s and before have literally vanished in the First World.
But the age of infectious disease has given way to the age of chronic disorders. The major killers today are heart and vascular disease, chronic degenerative diseases and cancer, largely incurable and increasing in incidence. The fourth biggest killer is now rumoured to be medical treatment itself.
The strategies that worked so well for all but eliminating acute infectious diseases just don’t seem to work for chronic and degenerative conditions. Patients can be at best increasingly ‘patched up’ by orthodox treatments but at spiraling health care costs.
“The prevalence of asthma, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, immune deficiency syndrome, HIV and a host of other debilitating conditions is increasing. Conventional biomedicine – so strikingly successful in the treatment of overwhelming infections, surgical and medical emergencies and congenital defects, has been unable to stem the tide of these conditions”.
James Gordon M.D., Washington, D.C.
In brief, modern medical research is still using the techniques established to cure serious communicable diseases. They aren’t working well on modern degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease, the two biggest killers in the western world.
All medical drugs are toxic and adding toxicity to an already failing immune system can do little more than hide or block a symptom that is likely to appear elsewhere if not cured. The causes of modern degenerative disease are complex and varied and need treating with similar scope at an holistic level, that is, tuned to the individual. There are vested interests at work in the medical treatment of disease – the big companies want expensive pills or treatments that will create profits for them – so many simple remedies, often cheap or freely available, go unresearched.
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