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Article - AAFP - treat causes of chronic illness not symptoms

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by xchocoholic, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

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    http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/...w/annual-assembly/20071005chronicillness.html

     
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    Well, daaah, I came to this same conclusion in the late 80s. Its why I got into systems theory. Complexity is the issue, doctors typically try to simplify to clear cut choices, not by finding critical pathways to regulate, but by eliminating possibilities. Such elimination may well eliminate critical options to help treat the patient. I am glad to see the push into systems biology. It where I was targeting my career but never had the health to pursue. Bye, Alex
     
  3. richvank

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    Amen and Bravo!

    Rich
     
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    Treating symptoms can help stabilise the patient, for awhile and thats when the treatment of me/cfs falls apart, alot also has to do with proper testing and then being able to treat these abnormalities, which is why i think that testing nk function isnt common because at the end of the day, whats a gp going to do about it. Thats why we are all running around chasing our tails throwing down every dam vitamin herbal concoction thats suppose to help our immune system and there no real testing to see if any of its helping only our subjective response, which makes treating cfs more an art form then a science.

    cheers!!!
     
  5. xchocoholic

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    I look at the approach taken by traditional medicine as if they were treating each individual leaf of a dying plant.

    Instead of simply providing the plant with the nutrients it needs to grow, they disect each leaf and examine it under a microscope. Then give each condition they find a name aka diagnosis.

    Then they either treat what they found via drugs or surgery or say they don't know to treat it.

    MEANWHILE ... the plant dies ...

    In contrast - Holistic, functional or integrative practitioners would feed and water the plant ..

    tc ... x
     

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