Dorlands Illustrated Medical Dictionary defines "cure" as:
Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary defines "cure" as:
Notice the differences between the medical dictionary and the non-medical dictionary in the definitions and their orientation.
... and why are there two totally different definitions in the first place?
The medical dictionary orientation is about "treating" the disease. Dorland's medical dictionary also defines a treatment as: The management and care of a patient for the purpose of combating disease or disorder.
The non-medical dictionary orientation is about a method or process of restoration or correction.
While Dorland's dictionary does not define the word "combating", Webster's dictionary defines it as:
A conclusion can be made that modern medicine is about "fighting, combat, armed conflict, battle and struggle". All of these events usually produce casualties and almost anyone that has experienced our allopathic medical system can also relate to these definitions. Using this strategy can we honestly relate to our problem being cured or our wellness being restored, or has the problem simply been suppressed? Can our medical system as we know it afford for people to be healthy? Can the pharmeutical industry? Can the various well meaning organizations that evolved around the existance of any particular "disease" afford for that disease to just simply go away?
As in the all too common headache, we typically take aspirin or some other pain medication but it does not get rid of the cause of the headache. It suppresses the most obvious symptom, pain. There can be numerous causes of a headache from a misaligned spine or neck, an allergenic response to a substance, cranial pressure, a tumor, inflammation or even sinus congestion to name a few. To infer that pain medication fixes all of these plus the other numerous possibilities is missing the opportunity to take responsibility for our healing and really make a difference. Unfortunately, without much thought and all to frequently, we use the easy and most convenient strategy even if it is ultimately harmful. We rarely consider the harm (side effect) until it also starts to produce its own obvious symptom.
What is a cure and how does it occur?
Water doesn't cure a thirst. It doesn't know how. The body cures the thirst by using the water appropriate to the body's needs.
It can be said that no thing cures!
Not surgery, not radiation, not a drug, not a vitamin, not a mineral, not a salve, not an herb, not a thing. While the statement may sound ridiculous at first, it is never the less true. We are taught to believe that "taking something" can cure a problem in the body as if the "something" knows what to do and how to do it. This belief is one of the foremost limitations in supporting the body in the healing process. When we look at the most obvious elements that participate in the curing process we can only find one thing that "knows" what is going on and that is the body itself or more specifically, the cells that compose the body. The body in its wise design uses many diverse resources to exercise it's mandate to thrive. Most of them come from what we ingest, and most of the substances that harm the body also enter the same way.
Each individual cell in the body makes the distinction as to what it is going to use and how to use it. It and it alone decides what to allow into itself, what to use and what to avoid. If it didn't there would be no such thing as immunity, for this is the basis of all immunological function to the point of the cell being overwhelmed by a substance or event that exceeds its resistance to being changed. This phenomena is called Gene Amplification and it is the determinant factor in the cells resistance to being stressed by anything harmful to the cells function. The cell will initially resist any attempted change or alteration to the point of being overwhelmed. The information regarding the surviving cells resistance is passed on in the genes of the a new cell following cellular division. The new generation of cell is more resistant to the stress because of the information passed on to it and this is how the cells basically become stronger and more resistant to challenges to their own well being. We call it immunity. Collectively, the cells work as a team (holistically) creating what we interpret as an "immune system". You can see that something external to the cells function can not cure anything because the so called cure can only be induced by the cell and not by the tool that the cell uses. The cell is alive and it breathes, eats, excretes waste material and replicates itself. The universe it does this in, along with all its friends is called the body.
Only the body can fix itself because it's the only entity that knows what is going on within itself at all times and under all circumstances. From a simple cut in the skin to the moment to moment recreation of itself by replacing it's own cells with new ones.
The body developed from a single cell contained within an egg about the size of this dot "." ......and to presume that it doesn't know what it is doing at any given moment is to deny the body's very act of self creation. That single cell knew how to make an entire body including the brain, heart, lungs, spinal chord, blood vessels, eyes, the skeleton and everything else that composes the body....... And it did it in all directions at the same time. Another interesting fact is that almost every cell in the body knows how to do the same thing all over again.
This my be incomprehensible to most and yet it is an agreed upon scientific truth. Most of the time this truth is ignored because, generally, it has no scientific context in which to be placed. It can't be logically explained....so forget about it. Pretend that it's not there staring us in the face. Let's go study something else more "understandable" and less confrontable to our academic logic.
In spite of our misplaced interpertations, the body always knows what it is doing and it has always known how to do it even from the time it began as a single cell smaller than that dot. That the body makes mistakes is also a myth, but it can malfunction. If the body was prone to mistakes, its evolution would have ceased long ago. We ( that which is not the body) may not understand what the body is attempting to do and all to frequently we misinterpret what it is attempting to do or communicate, but given the raw materials it needs to heal and to minimize, or more desirably, eliminate what interfered with its health in the first place, it heals itself according to its own priorities and methodology. After all, the body is recreating, replacing, healing, repairing and maintaining its own status to various degrees and from moment to moment anyway. The weakest link in it's ability to maintain it's health is us, or put in a more philosophical way, the personality (ego) or being which occupies the body. A clue to this is that we cannot even talk about the body except as a possession of ours. If in fact we possess it, than "who" is the "we" that is doing the possessing? And it also suggests who is it that is responsible for supporting and helping maintain the body that we use? Something to think about!
The body relies entirely on our ability to gather the raw materials and resources it ultimately needs to function qualitatively and to minimize introducing it to events, including chemicals, that can overwhelm it and interfere with it's ongoing mandate to thrive. To the extent that is denied or ignored, the body suffers. And the quality of the raw material makes a difference, after all the body is made out of what we eat and drink (ingest) and the old engineering phrase "quality in, quality out" applies in the most literal sense. How safe would we feel if the next time we flew on a jet plane we found out that the nuts and bolts used to put it together were purchased at our local hardware store instead of being custom made to the exceptionally high standards for the specific purpose for which they are used? The same reasonable expectation of quality should apply to what we eat and drink but when you look around and see what most of us are using for raw materials in the ongoing rebuilding of our own body, it's easy to draw more from the "quality in, quality out" message.
When it comes to health as well as human behavior, can we deny the influence the quality of raw materials has in being utilized in the ongoing recreation and maintenance of the body?
Are we being respectful of what nature has so exquisitely presented and made available to us?
What happens when we introduce deficient and processed food, nonfoods and other unnatural substances in quantity into the body and for long periods of time?
Frequently, "let the government do it" is a common answer, except history has shown that putting our well being in the hands of others hasn't worked very well.
When we look around to see who is ultimately responsible for the job, there is no one else but us. The individual that occupies the body. After all, if we own and drive a car, there are certain inherent responsibilities in maintaining the car to a qualitative standard in order to provide ourselves with a sense of security when driving it. We also want to provide that sense of security to any passengers. If we want the sense of security, we have to take the time and spend the money to produce the result we want. As there are always choices available to us, we can also pretend that we are secure and ignore the needs of the car.
If we don't pay any attention to the brakes, we may eventually pay a price for our neglect. If we don't maintain fluid levels such as engine coolant and oil, the engine may be damaged by overheating or ultimately be destroyed by seizing completely. If we don't keep it fueled it will eventually stop. Abuse and neglect can shorten the life of a car, sometimes substantially. With the body, as well as the car, we are free to cheat and think we're getting away with it, but eventually somewhere down the road there is a higher price to pay.
And It is usually our children who get the bill.