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Why Chronic Diseases are Chronic?

18.03.2009

How diseases occur?
The history of diseases must be the same as the existence history of humanity. Because the environment where human lives and diseases occur have not change for ages. For ages, we’re warming up with same sun, feeding ourselves with the things growing on same soil. Currently, even though the interventions with hormonal methods are being made to what we eat..

Human, in the environment which presented to himself, always dealt with diseases also with the help of his intelligence. For some diseases, he found the cure and eradicated them but even though he couldn’t find a cure, he learned to live with them. Or the inured that he has to live with this, made this situation acceptable to human.

Human realized that it’s possible to protect himself from the disease rather than curing it, tried to learn the factors of the disease and analyzed the ways to stay away from it or protecting himself from it.

Of course diseases don’t come up out of nowhere. Suitable environment and required factors are in question.

The factors for a disease to come up are various. Primarily, generally an exogenous factor is in question. This exogenous factor is either a pathogen, like bacteria, etc., or a factor that disrupts body’s general balance, like heat and old. The severity of exogenous factor is closely related to the fatality of the disease. Internal balances are as effective as exogenous factors during the occurrence of the disease and the phase after that.

If body’s defence system is filled enough with reserve nutrition, minerals, vitamins etc., disease is cured with no support from outside, or a little support is enough to cure the disease successfully. In other words, environment is not suitable for disease to grow. So the disease will be weak and body will be strong against it. If the disruptive factor is not strong enough to imbalance the body’s balance, the result is not going to change.

If pathogen factor is severe, body is strong and balanced and reserves are enough, a short lasting severe disease will happen. Even though the result is fatal, it won’t be continuous, chronic. Result will either total recovery in favour of body or in favour of pathogen, disease, which is death.

If pathogen factor is severe and body is weak, it will end with a short lasting weak defence and against the patient, death.

Why diseases become chronic? 
This question must be detailed by defining the two basic problems. If enzyme defection is the basis of it, without solving the deficiency, or blocking the matter that causes the problem, it’s not very possible to cure the disease. For example, haemophilia disease blocks the production of materials in protein structure that plays a role in clogging the blood. In this case, treatment can be made by giving the mentioned material externally. Currently, haemophilia disease doesn’t have any other way of treatment.

As a secondary reason, there’s an external factor that lies in the basis of the disease. This external factor, in other words if pathogen is weak, body is weak, imbalanced and/or doesn’t have enough in its reserves, the period will linger. Sometimes disease will overcome slightly and patient realizes during that period that his disease is heating up. Sometimes body will overcome disease slightly, patient won’t need much support during that period. The period will linger like this, sometimes in disease’s favour, sometimes in patient’s favour. So the disease will become chronic.

External support is very important during this lingering period. Rightly defined support will help to improve the period in patient’s favour.

Or like asthma, there are both internal and external imbalances are in question. In this case, as it’s not possible to completely eliminate the exposure of patient to allergen, relieving the defence cell’s excessiveness is required.

Is living with chronic diseases an obligation??
Finding the cure of a disease means getting to the root of the disease and overcome it, eradicate it there. It doesn’t mean to teach the patient how to live with that disease. For example, the antibiotics used against the streptococcus bacteria which are mostly effective at upper respiratory, eradicate the disease by stopping the reproduction of bacteria or not letting the bacteria live directly. So, they help the patient recover to himself before the disease. This is what wanted and expected from a disease’s treatment.

The treatment opportunities that presented by modern medicine made many diseases non-fatal, that is true. For example, today, to treat pox, the deadliest disease of middle ages, two doses of penicillin a day is enough. Not for all diseases, but this is true for some of the diseases. Patient recovers to his pre-disease condition after a short-term treatment. Of course it’s not right to disregard this contribution. But modern medicine’s this contribution is not enough for it to be named as the sole address, sole competent name of treatment.

Yet in many other diseases, modern approaches don’t present solution, it offers a life model that decreasing the symptoms of disease and making the patient addicted to medicines. For example, on hypertension, high blood pressure problem, 90% of the time the reason is uncertain. The fact that the name is hypertension=high pressure is the indication of this. High blood pressure is not a reason, it’s a result. An indication of a problem, just like fever. As “fever” cannot be the name of a disease, high blood pressure statement is not a disease name and it shouldn’t be.

Sometimes the reason of the disease is a result of the breakdown of the body’s balance mechanisms. Treatment must be carried out according to that, just like hypertension. Sometimes the defence mechanisms are not enough, so the treatment should be based on that, like chronic sinusitis. Sometimes body overreacts, which must be suppressed, like in asthma, allergic diseases. In this case, either you give the patient medicine and suppress the disease or rehabilitate, readjust, the defence system over sympathetic – parasympathetic systems via a method like acupuncture.

In brief,
A major part of the diseases that defined as “chronic disease”, are chronic because they cannot be cured by modern medicine, the ways other than modern medicine are blocked, silenced and patients cannot see any other way of treatment. Otherwise, a chronic disease which is chronic for modern medicine, it’s not surprising that it can be just a “disease” for another type of treatment method.

 

Translated by Nedim Yavuz
  

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