Apr 01, 2009
Advanced Scientific Health Education Segments
Disease names are misleading and confuse patients about prevention
The fastest way to solve most problems is to immediately establish
cause and effect relationships. Failure to identify the true cause
of a problem inevitably results in an incorrect assessment of what
must be done to correct it. When it comes to sickness, treating the
effect as a cause is a prescription for public health disaster.
The Disease Name Game:
by Mike Adams
Cause or effect?
There is a curious tendency in conventional medicine to name a set
of symptoms a disease. I was recently at a compounding pharmacy
having my bone mineral density measured to update my health stats.
I spotted a poster touting a new drug for osteoporosis.
It was written by a drug company and it said exactly this:
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak and fragile bones." Then
the poster went on to say that you need a particular drug to
counteract this "disease."
Yet the language is all backwards. Osteoporosis isn't a disease
that causes weak bones; osteoporosis is the name given to a
diagnosis of weak bones. In other words, the weak bones happened
first, and then the diagnosis of osteoporosis followed.
The drug poster makes it sound like osteoporosis strikes first, and
then you get weak bones. The cause-and-effect is all backwards.
And that's how drug companies want people to think about diseases
and symptoms: First you "get" the disease, then you are "diagnosed"
just in time to take a new drug for the rest of your life.
But it's all hogwash. There is no such disease as osteoporosis.
It's just a made-up name given to a pattern of symptoms that
indicate you've let your bones get fragile.
Another example: When a person follows an unhealthy lifestyle that
results in a symptom such as high blood pressure, that symptom is
assumed to be a disease all by itself and it will be given a
disease name. What disease? The disease is, of course, "high blood
pressure." Doctors throw this phrase around as if it were an actual
disease and not merely descriptive of patient physiology.
This may all seem silly, right? But there's actually a very
important point to all this.
When we look at symptoms and give them disease names, we
automatically distort the selection of available treatments for
such a disease. If the disease is, by itself, high cholesterol,
then the cure for the disease must be nothing other than lowering
the high cholesterol. And that's how we end up with all these
pharmaceuticals treating high cholesterol in order to "prevent"
this disease and lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in the human
By lowering only the cholesterol, the doctor can rest assured that
he is, in fact, treating this "disease," since the definition of
this "disease" is high cholesterol and nothing else.
But there is a fatal flaw in this approach to disease treatment:
The symptom is not the cause of the disease. There is another cause,
and this deeper cause is routinely ignored by conventional
medicine, doctors, drug companies, and even patients.
Let's take a closer look at high blood pressure. What actually
causes high blood pressure? Many doctors would say high blood
pressure is caused by a specific, measurable interaction between
circulating chemicals in the human body. Thus, the ill-behaved
chemical compounds are the cause of the high blood pressure and,
therefore, the solution is to regulate these chemicals. That's
exactly what pharmaceuticals do-they attempt to manipulate the
chemicals in the body to adjust the symptoms of high blood pressure.
Thus, they only treat the symptoms, not the root cause.
Or take a look at high cholesterol. The conventional medicine
approach says that high cholesterol is caused by a chemical
imbalance in the liver, which is the organ that produces
cholesterol. Thus the treatment for high cholesterol is a
prescription drug that inhibits the liver's production of
cholesterol (statin drugs). Upon taking these drugs, the high
cholesterol (the "disease") is regulated, but what was causing the
liver to overproduce cholesterol in the first place?
That causative factor remains ignored.
The root cause of high cholesterol, as it turns out, is primarily
dietary. A person who eats foods that are high in saturated fats and
hydrogenated oils will inevitably produce more bad cholesterol and
will show the symptoms of this so-called disease of high
cholesterol. It's simple cause-and-effect. Eat the wrong foods, and
you'll produce too much bad cholesterol in the liver which can be
detected and diagnosed by conventional medical procedures.
Yet the root cause of all this is actually poor food choice, not
some bizarre behavior by the liver. If the disease were to be
accurately named, then, it would be called Fatty Food Choice
Disease, or simply FFCD.
FFCD would be a far more accurate name that would make sense to
people. If it's a fatty food choice disease, then it seems that the
obvious solution to the disease would be to choose foods that
aren't so fatty.
This may be a bit of an over-simplification since you have to
distinguish between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. But at least
the name FFCD gives patients a better idea of what's actually going
on rather than naming the disease after a symptom, such as high
You see, the symptom is not the disease, but conventional medicine
insists on calling the symptom the disease because that way it
can treat the symptom and claim success without actually addressing
the underlying cause, which continues to remain a mystery for
But let's move on to some other diseases so you get a clearer
picture of how this actually works. Another disease that's caused by
poor food choice is diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the natural
physiological and metabolic result of a person consuming refined
carbohydrates and added sugars in large quantities without engaging
in regular physical exercise that would compensate for such
The name "diabetes" is meaningless to the average person. The
disease should be called Excessive Sugar Disease, or ESD. If it
were called Excessive Sugar Disease, the solution to it would be
rather apparent; simply eat less sugar, drink fewer soft drinks and
so on. But of course that would be far too simple for the medical
community, so the disease must be given a complex name such as
diabetes, effectively putting its solution beyond the intellectual
reach of most patients.
Another disease that is named after its symptom is cancer. In fact,
to this day, most doctors and many patients still believe that
cancer is a physical thing: A tumor. In reality, a tumor is only a
side effect of cancer, not its cause. A tumor is simply a physical
manifestation of a cancer pattern that is expressed by the body.
When a person "has cancer," what they really have is a sluggish
immune system. And that would be a far better name for the disease:
Sluggish Immune System Disease or SISD.
If cancer were actually called Sluggish Immune System Disease, it
would seem ridiculous to try to cure cancer by cutting out tumors
through surgery and by destroying the immune system with
chemotherapy. Yet these are precisely the most popular treatments
for cancer offered by conventional medicine.
These treatments do absolutely nothing to support the patient's
immune system in order to prevent further occurrences of cancer.
That's exactly why most people who undergo chemotherapy or the
removal of tumors through surgical procedures end up with more
cancer a few months or a few years later.
It also explains why survival rates for cancer have barely budged
over the last 20 years (In other words, conventional medicine's
treatments for cancer simply don't work).
This whole situation stems from the fact that the disease is
misnamed. It isn't cancer, it isn't a tumor and it certainly isn't
a disease caused by having too strong of an immune system that needs
to be destroyed through chemotherapy. It is simply a sluggish immune
system or a suppressed immune system. And if it were called a
sluggish immune system disease or a suppressed immune system
disorder, the effective treatment for SISD would be apparent.
Secret language Many other diseases have been given misleading
names by western medicine. But if you take a look at how diseases
are named elsewhere, you will find many countries have disease names
that actually make sense.
For example, in Chinese medicine, Alzheimer's disease is given a
name that means, when translated, "feeble mind disease."
In Chinese medicine, the name of the disease more accurately
describes the actual cause of the disease, whereas in western
medicine, the name of the disease seems to be intended to obscure
the root cause of the disease, thereby making all diseases sound
far more complex and mysterious than they really are.
This is one way in which doctors and practitioners of western
medicine keep medical treatments out of the reach of the average
citizen. Because, by God, they sure don't want people thinking for
themselves about the causes of disease!
By creating a whole new vocabulary for medical conditions, they can
speak their own secret language and make sure that people who
aren't schooled in medicine won't understand what they're saying.
That's a shame, because the treatments and cures for virtually all
chronic diseases are actually quite simple and can be described in
plain language, such as making different food choices, getting more
natural sunlight, drinking more water, engaging in regular physical
exercise, avoiding specific food toxins, supplementing your diet
with superfoods and nutritional supplements and so on.
See, western medicine prefers to describe diseases in terms of
chemistry. When you're depressed, you aren't suffering from a lack
of natural sunlight; you are suffering from a "brain chemistry
imbalance" that can only be regulated, they claim, by ingesting
toxic chemicals to alter your brain chemistry.
When your bones are brittle, it's not brittle bone disease; it's
called osteoporosis, something that sounds very technical and
complicated. And to treat it, western doctors and physicians will
give you prescriptions for expensive drugs that somehow claim to
make your bones less brittle.
But in fact, the real treatment for this can be described in plain
language once again: regular physical exercise, vitamin D
supplementation, mineral supplements that include calcium and
strontium, natural sunlight, and avoidance of acidic foods such as
soft drinks, white flour and added sugars.
Virtually every disease that's prominent in modern society-diabetes,
cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, clinical depression, irritable
bowel syndrome and so on-can be easily described in plain language
without using complex terms at all.
These diseases are simply misnamed. And I believe they are
intentionally misnamed to put the medical jargon, and therefore
medical diagnosis, treatment and prevention, beyond the
comprehension of everyday citizens.
The language of health and healing
Mastery of their secret language has created a great deal of
arrogance among the practitioners of western medicine. This
arrogance deepens the divide between doctors and their patients.
Division never results in healing. In order to effect healing, we
must bridge the communication between healers and patients using
plain language that ordinary people understand and act upon without
learning a new language.
We need to start describing diseases in terms of their root causes,
not in terms of their arcane, biochemical actions. When someone
suffers from seasonal affective disorder or clinical depression,
for example, let's call it what it is: Sunlight Deficiency Disorder
To treat it, the person simply needs to get more sunlight. This
isn't rocket science, it's not complex, and it doesn't require a
If someone is suffering from osteoporosis, let's get realistic
about the words we use to describe the condition-it's really
Brittle Bone Disease. And it should be treated with things that will
enhance bone density, such as nutrition, physical exercise and
avoidance of foods and drinks that strip the human body of bone mass.
All of this information, of course, is rather shocking to
old-school doctors and practitioners of western medicine, and the
bigger their egos are, the more they hate the idea of naming
diseases in plain language that patients can actually comprehend.
That's because if the simple truths about diseases and their causes
were known, health would be more readily available to everyday
people, and that would lessen the importance of physicians and
There's a great deal of ego invested in the medical community, and
it sure doesn't want to make sound health attainable to the
average person without their expert advice. It's sort of the same
way that some churches don't want their members talking to God
unless they go through their priesthood first.
Doctors and priests all want to serve as the translators of "truth"
and will balk at any attempts to educate the public to either
practice medicine or talk to God on their own.
But in reality, health (and a connection with spirit) is attainable
by every single person. Health is easy, it is straightforward, it
is direct and, for the most part, available free of charge. A
personal connection with God is the same, if we ask humbly in prayer
for a relationship with Him, and guidance.
Don't believe the names of diseases given to you by your doctor.
Those names are designed to obscure, not to inform. They are
designed to separate you from self-healing, not to put you in touch
with your own inner healer. And thus, they are nothing more than bad
medicine masquerading as modern medical practice.
*Author Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist with over 4,000 hours
of study on nutrition, wellness, food toxicology and the true
causes of disease and health. He is well versed on nutritional and
lifestyle therapies for weight loss and disease prevention/reversal.
Adams uses no prescription drugs whatsoever to maintain optimal
blood chemistry and he relies exclusively on natural health,
nutrition and exercise to achieve optimum health.
Adams' books include the Seven Laws of Nutrition, The Five Soft
Drink Monsters and Superfoods For Optimum Health. In his "spare"
time, Adams is president and CEO of a well-known email marketing
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