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A Broad Look At Illness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 01:27
Illness never exists in a vacuum. Something causes illness to begin with and it has some effect on our life and on the people around us. In the face of illness, many people can only focus on the pain, suffering, financial loss, or loss of dignity and independence illness creates. Often the cause and the factors leading up to the illness are either forgotten or ignored in the shadow of the problems and symptoms of the illness itself. Most people do not want to bring more pain or conflict in discussing how the illness occurred or how it affects all involved. Few of us choose to be ill, yet many of those who do become ill are not fully able to look at the causes, deal with the consequences or heal the illnesses.

Once ill most people seek treatment to eliminate their discomfort and stop their illness. Few of these people realize that by doing this they often ultimately maintains the existence of their illness instead of healing it and eliminating it completely. Western medicine is at best designed to control and eliminate symptoms and to make the existence of an illness more tolerable. To be fair, both the great majority of people who present themselves for medical treatment and the majority of the medical profession believe that medical treatment is about healing illness, however in most cases this is not at all what happens. The problem is that for the majority of people who seek medical attention their illness continues, sometimes controlled and sometimes not, without being healed. An example of this is the diabetic who seeks help and is placed on anti-diabetes medications and remains a diabetic for the rest of his or her life. To find examples all we have to do is pull out the very long list of acute and chronic diseases which can only be controlled and never cured.

Why Is Illness Often So Difficult to Heal?

The main reason why so many illnesses are never healed is that as we have repeated suggested, the current medical system is not designed to “heal” illness, instead it is designed to “treat” the symptoms of the illness and to keep sick person comfortable. In many cases, surgery is performed only because the physicians cannot heal the original problem and it has progressed to a point where there are no other alternatives. This situation is not caused by the doctors for many of them really believe that they are doing their best, and as long as they operate within the “rules” and “codes” of the medical profession, they are. The problem is caused by the way that the field of medicine developed and because of a series of beliefs that the profession propagates telling us that illness is created outside of us (by germs, bacteria, viruses). Our science-based medical profession believes that our mind is unimportant and that our spirit should be dealt with as part of our religious beliefs, and that neither should be considered in choosing medical treatment programs or when trying to help the sick person. In recent years we have added to this construct that many of our medical problems are genetic in origin and hence, there is nothing that “we” (the patient or the doctor) can do about it. This creates a mind set where the medical doctor is working literally with both hands tied behind his back. We are treating illness with medications and surgery, while the negative effects on the body, created by our mind and spirit’s inability to function correctly, rather then actual cause of the illness. To heal illness the real cause of the illness must be identified and then dealt with correctly.

To Heal Illness,

The Real Cause of the Illness Must Be Identified
and Dealt With Effectively.
and Then Dealt with Correctly.

If the medical profession, your physician, is not looking for the real cause of your illness, than it is likely that it will not be able to cure you. Fortunately, in most situations where people become ill, the ill is self-limiting and ultimately heals itself. Here treatment usually decreases the degree of discomfort while the illness traverses its normal stages. In some cases where infection exist treatment may clearly shorten the length of the illness process.

Unfortunately, in many cases the unresolved illness may gradually and steadily progress until it becomes more severe or until it reach the stage of where it becomes a chronic disease. At this point it may no longer be reversible, it may have caused irreversible damage to the body and its tissues. Most patients and physicians generally attribute this progression to aging, or lack to of understanding of the disease process, and in some cases, to bad luck or bad genetics. Too often however, it is none of these, rather it is lack of solving the real, underlying cause of the illness.

Finding the Exact Cause of Your Illness?

Contrary to what most people believe there are only a few real causes of illness. The most common of these are nutritional deficiencies and excesses, exposure to toxic chemicals, and stress. Certainly genetic causes do occur but if one looks carefully they will soon see that something, usually a conflict of some sort, or dietary excesses or deficiencies or exposure to one or more toxic chemicals triggered the onset of this genetic disease. Obviously injuries is another important cause of problems but for the moment we will focus on non-accidental illnesses, even though to a great degree the same rules apply to injuries. Clearly nutritional problems, exposure to toxic chemicals, infections and even genetic disease have a stressor effects on the body and often they have a some associated stress component inherent in their structure.

Nutritional-Based Illnesses

In its most simplistic form we can think of nutritionally-based illnesses as nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Deficiencies of adequate vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, proteins, fiber or even water, They are deficiencies of nutrients essential to our overall health, well-being or essential to the body to run our metabolism, defensive and offensive, healing and repair systems. One can become sick from excesses such as too many calories causing obesity, excess of alcohol or imbalances with excesses in some areas and deficiencies in other areas of our nutrition. As I said above, this is a simplistic view. For an individual who leaves in an area of severe drought or famine this is all that is necessary to cause illness. For most of us here in the United States the process is more complicated. As the deficiencies and excesses soon turn out to be bad choices, lack of information or subconscious “suicidal-like behavior.” If for example you eat foods you know are bad for you than the fault is not in the food but in the person making these decisions. More often than we might like to believe subconscious fears, anger, negative thinking, death wishes underlie the negative choices we make that cause nutritional deficiencies. We all know the individual who eat very poor diets and make light of it. We may even counsel them that the diet is inadequate and they may laugh it off, or act as if they understand than go back and continue doing exactly what they know is dangerous for them.

These situation also demonstrate the power of unresolved conflicts, stress, fear, death wishes in crating illness and undermining the ability of the body to heal itself.

Toxic Chemicals

This area is more straight forward then nutrition in that most people do not chose to poison themselves. Yet as a society we are doing exactly this by not reducing the use of fossil fuels and banning solvents and chemicals that are dangerous to humans and to the animals and food we eat. The air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink can all bring toxic chemicals into our body. The medications, lotions and creams we use can also do this. Some toxic chemicals are widely known while other have not yet been recognized. Where we live, the work we do and the activities we chose can all increase or decrease our exposure and hence risk from toxic chemicals.

Stress As A Cause of Illness

Most people are really unaware of what stress is and the depth and breath of the stress mechanism. They are unaware of how it causes illness and what causes stress in them. Ultimately the stress that most commonly leads to illness occurs as a result of faulty belief systems, suppressed or open guilt, hostility, anger, rage, envy, dissatisfaction, or feeling of having sinned. In all of these cases, the stress mechanism is activated and the immune system will ultimately become undermined if the cause of the stress is not found and resolved. We believe that in these situations the illness is an intelligent act of our body communicating to us that we have unresolved conflicts that require solutions. The symptoms associated with most illness are frequently clues to the specific causes and directions on what kind of solution is necessary to solve the problem or problems that are causing the illness.

Since this is a subject that is both extremely important as we believe it is one of the very most important reasons for the majority of illnesses we see in medical practice and because it requires a book of its own we refer reader to two books about stress as a cause of Illness,

Stress-Related Disorders, Illness An Intelligent Act of the Body

When Your Body Talks, Listen!

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