WHOSE JOB IS IT TO FIND CURES FOR CHRONIC DISEASES?

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If someone asked you, “whose job is it to find cures for chronic diseases,” what would your answer be?

  1. Doctors?

  2. Pharmaceutical Companies?

  3. Researchers, Developers and Scientists?

Most people probably believe at least one of these choices answers the question (if not a combination of these choices.) In this post, I’m going to try to convince you cures ( to a large extent) remain undiscovered because cures are NOT THE GOAL. Then, I will share my opinion where the best CURES can be found.

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795a40c580e02b128d6171e260b12b2b1. It is believed today, a medical doctor’s job is to diagnose and provide pharmaceutical treatments based on these diagnoses. The consumer ASSUMES these treatments appropriately “FIX THE PROBLEMS.” As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, doctors have NO INTENTION of “curing” chronic health problems (ex. high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol.) These medications are provided with the assumption the patient will require them (or newly developed drugs to replace them) for the REST OF THEIR LIVES. Yet the consumer ASSUMES this method of treating chronic health conditions is “FIXING THEM.” Ongoing renewable prescriptions is NOT A CURE; it is an ongoing source of RENEWABLE REVENUE. The doctor, therefore, simply follows a protocol that supports a FINANCIAL MODEL OF SUCCESS for the medical industry. It is NOT their job to discover cures!

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bigpharma_create_customers-not-cures2. The Pharmaceutical company’s “job” is developing and supplying new drugs THAT ADDRESS, (NOT CURE) chronic health conditions. We have more than 50 different cholesterol lowering drugs, 270 high blood pressure drugs, and 154 Type 2 diabetic drugs on the market, yet none of them were developed with the intention of “CURING” any of these conditions. They were designed to (metaphorically) “PLUG” HOLES rather than designed to “REPAIR” HOLES. From a business perspective, treating chronic disease by “plugging holes” perpetuates an ongoing source of revenue. Although a better business plan, this approach does NOT PRODUCE CURES! Think about it, when was the last time you heard any pharmaceutical company say it was their JOB to develop CURES? They may mention the term, “seeking cures,” but in reality the focus is developing new drugs for doctors to distribute to their patients (life long when possible.) We consumers simply ASSUME these companies do research to develop cures. Our naivety and desire to believe the pharmaceutical industry and medical industry has the consumer’s best interest in mind has lead to an ongoing FALSE ASSUMPTION. Does this make the pharmaceutical industry evil? No, they are business people looking out for THEIR OWN INTERESTS. They are NOT making us use their products. They are simply providing availability the same way the tobacco industry and alcohol industry provide their products. If consumers CHOOSE to support the pharmaceutical industry by following a lifetime drug treatment plan their doctors recommend why are we blaming the pharmaceutical industry? Until we wake up and ACCEPT THE TRUTH that drugs DON’T FIX CHRONIC DISEASE and, therefore, DO NOT OFFER CURES, we will continue following a path that commonly destroys the quality of our lives.ย  As you can see, pharmaceutical companies are NOT taking or claiming RESPONSIBILITY for developing CURES for chronic diseases?

albert_einstein_quote3. Researchers, Developers and Scientists are given money to explore new approaches to address diseases. Where are the dollars coming from to provide funding for these professionals? Almost 75% of U.S. clinical trials in medicine are paid for by private companies. (Bodenheimer, T. 2000. Uneasy alliance: Clinical investigators and the pharmaceutical industry. New England Journal of Medicine 342:1539-1544.) These companies have financial stakes in the game and often impose their designs and criteria for researchers, developers and scientists to follow. With such limitations imposed on these professionals, their jobs often come down to simply reporting the findings. Once again, CURES are not the goal in their job descriptions. The private industries use these professionals to gain government regulatory approval for drug marketing and use.

WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US?

It leaves us with a REALITY we must face. CURES ARE NOT THE GOAL FOR CHRONIC DISEASE. All of these professions provide services on some level that benefit all of us. That being said, we must look at these doctors, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, developers and scientists recognizing the LIMITATIONS THAT EACH POSSESS. Cures are not typically found in prescription bottles; they are found in lifestyles that provide our bodies the tools needed to overcome disease restoring health and balance. When great imbalances exist, additional support in the way of homeopathic remedies, ayurvedic medicines, eastern medicines or western pharmaceuticals may be needed. However, when health and balance is restored, these agents should no longer be necessary (in most cases.)

Well then:

WHOSE JOB IS IT TO FIND CURES FOR CHRONIC DISEASES?

BLOG-Pege-fingre 60percentIt’s YOUR JOB and MY JOB to diligently work hard to learn and practice a lifestyle designed to PREVENTย  UNNECESSARY CHRONIC DISEASES. It’s THEIR JOB to develop products designed to provide SHORT TERM support when our bodies are temporarily compromised beyond their own capabilities to combat invaders. It’s their job to develop and provide LONG TERM support when genetic and environmental factors impede our bodies from recovering on their own. This approach creates a winning team effort utilizing all of our skills and knowledge to achieve AND MAINTAIN OPTIMAL HEALTH.

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37 comments

  1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

    I honestly believe in the 6 or has it been 7 years, anyway a really long time ๐Ÿ™‚ that ive been diagnosed with fibromyalgia i have done more good for myself then all of the doctors ive seen all of the medications theyve tried me on and the research unfortunately has not told me anything that i havent figured out already for myself. Some days are just going to be very unpleasant to say the least physically but its not going to kill me so thats a plus! ๐Ÿ™‚ and very correct healthy choices even though some ppl might not want to deal with making the changes its really the only way to go. No more processed foods and no more sugary drinks for me. im looking for a long term solution not just a medicated band aid thats gona cause my hair to fall out or my feet to swell! crazy side effects made me feel like each time i had to take a pill i was putting more chemicals and poison into my body that could hurt me more ten years from now then they could ever help me right here right now. bottom line eat some fruit make an awesome salad with all goodness in it and treat your body better. no one is gona take care of you better than you can! ok rant done…sorry i have just been through it all and cant express enough to people going through it right in front of me that if they want the pain to ease up they have to make changes.

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    1. Your comment once again is so appreciated. When I was in practice, I gave similar advice on an ongoing basis. Part of the problem, however, was the advice was coming from a “doctor” instead of a “real person” suffering the condition the patient could relate to. You are that “Real Person” and will add credibility to the advice I offer because you are an example of the benefits achieved. It certainly doesn’t mean there won’t be bad days; many factors can influence this. You will likely, however, have many more good days and a significantly improved quality of life. Keep the energy high and maintain a positive attitude as often as possible to minimize discomfort on the more painful days.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

    well thank you again for posting this blog on such an important subject. It was difficult for me to speak of my condition for years. But now anytime someone mentions their pain and difficulties all I want to do is help them. I know the frustrations and the physical limits also how much you beat yourself up because you can no longer do the things you use to. Sometimes its even embarrassing. Its not easy to grow a positive attitude when you are in constant pain. I wish there were more doctors like you. Happie 4th to you and yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I encourage people to speak out so people don’t feel so isolated with beliefs that they are the only ones that feel the way they do. I believe learning to empower oneself (which you have clearly done) is an important step in redirecting one’s life in a better direction.
      Thank you again for your kind words.
      Enjoy your 4th of July as well.

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      1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

        thank you so much for your support and the concern you show to all of us out here looking for answers!

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  3. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

    also if i can just add i am not perfect. i have changed my eating habits yes but i still fall back. good example I ate a piece of pizza tonite and with in the hour of eating it my knees, leg, foot pain and all of my joints were so bad i knew for sure it was from the pizza. happens each time i have it but still i let myself tonite. i try to tell myself it was one tiny piece compared to 4 months ago i would have eaten 4 or 5 of those small pieces and mozzarella sticks too! so yea i justify it or something to myself but really i can only blame my hormones and cravings so much. i have the control to tell my craving it does not matter and eat an apple instead..usually as soon as i bite into the apple the craving for anything else goes away. i dont want anyone that might read my other comments to think i am saying its easy to change because I know it is not. But that doesnt mean it cant be done.

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    1. It’s not about perfection; its about reality, work, and an ongoing effort to achieving a healthy balance. Your comments are clearly stated with honesty and integrity. You accept responsibility and work toward achieving better outcomes. I don’t believe anyone will be under the false impression that it’s easy based on the honesty you share. Good health requires work and effort. Money doesn’t buy it and poverty doesn’t make it unachievable. It’s based on a personal work ethic and understanding that good health takes precedence. For without it, opportunities for growth and development fade away.

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      1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

        I love the way you put it! you are the first doctor that has shown understanding! each one i see seems that they want more to tell me what to do then to try and help me figure out how to do it. or actually they spend my 15 minutes in the exam room telling me what i should not be doing and then i leave there feeling like wow if i dont help myself looks like no one else is gona! do you know what i mean? but for the first few years of trying to figure out what was happening to me and why i would go into full fibro flare on my way to my dr. appt. it got me so nerved up and so anxious that my whole body would lock up and shake all over. I knew what was i was heading into and i would leave feeling like i had just been reprimanded it was just so uneasy. ive changed dr 5 times until i found one that is better she listens to me for the most . honestly having this place to admit it all out in the open feels good plain and simple so ty again i cant say it enough!

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        1. Your story is a common one. Dr’s mean well, but many don’t understand the emotional component attached to many health imbalances. Your persistence had helped you achieve great advancement over many suffering Fibromyalgia. Keep setting small attainable goals for yourself and keep reaching them. It’s not about how fast you restore balance to your life; it’s about “GETTING THERE” and remaining there!

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          1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

            Yes yes yes! i tell myself all the time fibro did not happen to me over night it took years to become what it is to me now so im not going to reverse it over night. I make small changes every day and truly ive learned to applaud myself for them everyday. you are so right to say its about getting there and remaining the remaining is the hardest part but that is my goal! ty for your time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Awesome post! We need to take back our power over our own bodies!

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    1. From the comments I’ve seen from you, it looks like you are working on taking back control over your body. That is marvelous.

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  5. From a business perspective, treating chronic disease by โ€œplugging holesโ€ perpetuates an ongoing source of revenue.

    Excellent post! The key to understanding the “business” of medicine is understanding that medicine is a business. Healthy and active people don’t bring in the dollars.

    A medical “cure” is like a restaurant that only wants your business one time to eat the single dish it serves. How many restaurants would survive that way? NONE.

    I love that you focus on this, Jonathan. I think it is key to understanding why we each need to be responsible for our health.

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    1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

      Tanya i absolutely love how youve just explained that! See Jonathan you are so right to say your comment can positively impact the lives of others because her comment did just that for me!

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      1. Thank you!

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        1. heartandsoul777 · · Reply

          you are welcome! thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. I agree with you Tanya. People look at health care OUTSIDE the realm of a business. In general, it is a FOR PROFIT VENTURE. Your restaurant analogy is spot on. The current health care model takes control over people’s health instead of teaching and empowering the patient to take control of their own health. If people took greater responsibility, the frequency for seeing doctors would reduce. This would NOT, however, reduce their importance and roles in society. Maintaining HEALTH is just as important as treating disease. In fact, preventative health care would likely add greater quality to people’s lives.

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  6. Yes, its actually interesting and empowering to take control of your health. At first, maybe overwhelming, but there are so many choices, so many paths to explore: excercise options, food, herbs, alternative modalities, spirituality options, and many, many people to meet along the way. Even it there doesn’t seem to be options, professioanlly speaking, yoi can meet so many people who are themselves practicing other modalities that can get you started.

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    1. Well said. I used to tell my patients to start this journey by sitting back and observing life. This helped SLOW people down and give them a chance to REALLY SEE LIFE (often for the first time.) I then asked them to SLOWLY add different components they looked forward to adding. Most people want to dive in too quickly and get overwhelmed. Instead of focusing on 10 different tasks requiring “check marks” showing completion, I chose to help my patients experience less tangible, but more meaningful results. I wanted to help them identify EMOTIONS that created joy, happiness and fulfillment. Once they were more in tune with themselves, applying individual tasks that accomplished these emotions became much easier. Sometimes EXPERIENCING LIFE rather than following the algorithm of “SUCCESS” creates a more fulfilling outcome with significantly less stress.

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  7. Our current model of health care puts profits before people. That needs to change. I’m appaled by all of the advertisements for prescription drugs on television and the way they attempt to normalize conditions like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, insomnia, depression and even e.d. that can all by reverersed by attention to lifestyle factors. My definition of natural health is “maintaining or regaining without relying solely on drugs or surgery”. I believe,as you do, that this is the only sustainable model for the future of health care in America. We just need a few more concerned and commited people like you to lead the way.

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    1. Thank you Jason. If people could be convinced of their own personal VALUE in life, it would require fewer of us. People take themselves and their bodies for granted. Getting them to understand the reality BEFORE harm occurs is a better approach than politely telling them, “I told you so,” afterwards. Although I believe health education is important, I believe focusing on SELF WORTH might create a more tangible message people can relate to resulting in a self imposed change in attitude and lifestyle.

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  8. I think the biggest hurdle is realizing as patients that we may be the one’s to blame for the current state of our poor health. Setting genetics aside, we fully participate in reducing the quality of our bodies function by over exposure to bad foods and under exposure to exercise and fitness. Its easier to blame someone else, and to let other people try to fix our problems. There are coming up with new drugs and devices to “help” us not to do the hard work in getting better. so we don’t have to make the tough choices, but in the end, there is no such thing as a short cut when it comes to health. so the businesses profit while everyone else sufferes. we are equally to blame though.

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    1. The first step in changing our thinking is identifying our shortfalls. You have outlined many shortfalls beautifully in your comment. The next step requires committing oneself TO ONESELF. This requires CARING AND VALUING one’s life. Most people never really think in these terms.

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  9. Again, I marvel at your wisdom, gift for engagement, creativity, and generosity….thanks so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. In all honesty, I am just a regular guy with a passion for health and a desire to experience and share happiness.

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      1. There’s that humility….you are very down-to-earth, but you are also so very generous of spirit….and, I can’t even imagine what it took to get through all those years of education…the sleep deprivation alone would have been enough to deter me. I know we are all equally-deserving of respect…we all have inherent dignity and worth…and, I can also appreciate those who are committed to do the most they can, for the most they can…that doesn’t just happen….it requires a level of determination and commitment that others do not aspire to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Hey Doc, I’m not sure if there are records or if people even know the answer but I would like to ask what was the rate of disease back before pharma companies existed? I’m not talking about T.B or The Plague ( ;-/ ) but about cancers and the like that are so prevalent in today’s society. Obviously these would have been managed via diet and exercise (well, generally living life)
    I’m not sure if I have been able to vocab the question properly but I’m sure you get the drift ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I would love to tell you there is consensus about modern day disease on the rise resulting from chemicals and other man made toxins, changes in our food supply, etc…, but the truth is I can’t find good quality research that doesn’t skew results based on desired outcomes. In cases like this, I turn to “COMMON SENSE” and look at FACTORS that influence health and disease. LIFESTYLE becomes the #1 factor in prevention.
      Years ago people lived shorter lives, they did not have good hygiene practices, they did not understand the relevant factors promoting good health. The rates may not have changed significantly because we may have simply traded out one increased risk profile for another. (Ex. Where there was poor hygiene, we now have massive pesticide use on our crops.) I can say that most experts in England and the U.S. believe the rate of cancer will significantly increase over the next 20 years. The following comes from the World Health Organization:
      “Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, accourding the the WHO.” “The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’S specialized cancer agency and released on World Cancer Day, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million.”
      Interesting how we must wait 20 years for these numbers to prove themself before we decide to “renew our focus on prevention!”

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      1. That is some very scary figures…..

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        1. Reality is often quite scary. Some get hung up in the fear and allow other people to make decisions for them; others want to understand the various options available to make the best personal informed decisions for themselves.
          I just want to make certain people know there are good credible sources to turn to for additional opinions if they choose to decide for themselves.

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  11. I use to believe it was the job of researchers to cure diseases…and then I realized where the grant money comes from and it clued in that it won’t happen that way. I’ve taken my health care into my own hands and am, like you suggested, focusing on prevention so that I won’t need any “cures” inflicted upon me!

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    1. No one can impose their “cure” on you if your lifestyle promotes healthy outcomes. Obviously imbalances in life develop leading to deviations from well being. This is called REALITY. The trick, however, is recognizing the factors that contributed to the loss of homeostasis and addressing them to allow the body to return to a state of healthy BALANCE.

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  12. Did this post arise from our conversation last week? I too thought researchers were responsible for finding the cure to diseases, but with the limitations/objectives placed on them. Also, I was naive enough to think big pharm would be working on cures, but why
    would they, that would be like asking Texaco to invent an car engine that runs on a single drop of salt water.

    Good post.

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    1. The answer is YES! I don’t like to mention bloggers names because I don’t want them to potentially receive criticism from the words I write and the beliefs I share.
      Your comment made me realize many people probably assume the premise of this post.
      I always hope people take my information and put it to good use, but my ultimate goal is to simply create AWARENESS to elevate each person’s ability to make the best informed decisions for their own individual lives.
      Thank you for giving me this idea. I would never have thought of it if you didn’t comment on a previous posting.

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  13. Unfortunately, there are many conflicts of interest in big pharma. It’s really up to us to become advocates for our own health. I’m working on a project called mediswarm.com. We are a social health community focused on using meta data to develop research, find new treatments and cures, and improve health outcomes. A new legislative bill passed today to allow researchers performing clinical trial to use real life data along with traditional controlled studies. We believe in the next 10-20 years there will be a significant shift in healthcare analytics and treatments because of the availability of better data and hopefully this will lead to more cures and less “plugs”.

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    1. If you look up “FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE” you will see a trend in health care that is moving in the direction you discuss. Root Cause issues are being revealed explaining systemic weaknesses that result in many chronic conditions including auto immune diseases. Learning about epi-genetics and their role allowing “disease” to express itself is part of the science that functional doctors are exploring.
      You are correct; traditional medicine is under attack rightfully so, for its approach to maintain chronic disease rather than assist the body in restoring GOOD HEALTH. As a result, it will likely morph over the next decade into a new and better approach that discovers these underlying weaknesses and CORRECTS them rather than MAINTAINS them.

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