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  1. #1 Doctors only treat the symptom 
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    I was having a discussion on Facebook with an alternative health proponent and after this person chose to criticize doctors. I took it upon my to author my response in the form of a blog. I would like some opinions though.

    This is an argument I hear on occasion, usually from alternative health proponents, and it is used as a justification to ignore what doctors have to say in favor of preferred natural remedies not supported by medical science.

    Most doctors today only treat symptoms, and generally their first response to any complaint is "here, take this pill." That is not to say that I discredit everything that medical science has done for humanity. It's to say that I hold traditional holistic health approaches and natural remedies in much higher regard than Dr. Jones who spent 10 years in medical school only to tell me to "go home and put ice on it" or "take this pill and let me know if the problem continues."
    "Doctors only treat the symptoms." Oh, I am so sick of hearing that. Vaccinations, surgery, chemo and radiation treatments, antibiotics, antiretrovirals, and other such treatments are designed to specifically target the cause of illness based on our knowledge of the ailments' biological mechanisms. The very fact that these treatments exist is evidence that our doctors are not merely treating symptoms!

    Vaccinations provide a sample of a given disease so that our bodies can learn to recognize it and build antibodies against it. Chemo and radiation treatments, while incredibly invasive, target cancer cells directly and kill them. Antibiotics are designed to kill or slow the growth of bacteria that would otherwise make us sick. Antiretrovirals are the preferred means of treating HIV, aside from preventative measures. This is not treating the symptom! These are treatments for the WORST ailments your body could endure, far worse than it can cure by itself in many cases. This criticism is a pitiful excuse by the uneducated who have no idea what doctors do. They don't know enough about biology to know when their own immune system is all the remedy they need and they can't tell the difference between good medical advice by a licensed physician and pseudo-science woo.

    This criticism is also contradictory when one is simultaneously promoting natural remedies instead of mainstream medicine. Here is why. Let's say you have a mild cold and you go see your doctor. After an examination, your doctor has a choice. Depending on the severity of the case, he may give you a direct treatment which might have inconvenient side-effects or decide to let your body do what it does naturally: treat itself. Given the latter choice, your doctor may prescribe something to dull the symptoms so that you are more comfortable during this natural healing process. So doctors may favor reliance on the very natural remedy we all rely on the most and yet alternative health proponents dare criticize our doctors for such audacity? The hypocrisy is so staggering it's embarrassing!
    Tanoro's Blog - Doctors Only Treat the Symptom
    What do you guys think? Opinions? Criticisms? Pokes with a fork?

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    Treating cancer with radiation/chemo, and treating sore throat with tonsil removal, and replacing worn knee with titanium is IMO the thing called "treating the symptom". Some people believe the underlying causes for disease is in the environment & polution & food, and by having a healthy lifestyle or doing stuff (or some magical fix, or elixir, or some regiment, or changes) can cure/prevent diseases. -Unfortunately people probably don't understand how a disease & sickness actually work when it actually happened & how the chemicals in drugs can fix it, and probably they didn't understand that drugs is not all painkillers and/or suplement, because some do actually fix stuff.

    For example, elderly people might benefit from a drug that reduce the degeneration of pancreatic cells (it slow down diabetes), since high risk of diabetes is unavoidable for old people.

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    Dear Tanora. Because I've been around for awhile I've experienced a few disorders of my living System. It's true, depending on the capabilities of ones Immune System, that the disorder may be overcome given time and the proper understanding of what is needed to assist the Immune System. Because we are "" modern "" Humans, it is debatable if our Genetic Immune System is in a position as far as adaptability goes, to deal with modern disorders. That is to say some ingested chemical that wasn't around when our Immune System was honed. You get the idea without me having to rattle off many other "" modern "" hazards to health. As far as Diagnosis is concerned, well, find the good mechanic and then listen and perhaps ask a question or two. Life threatening illnesses are easier to deal with. In the Diagnosis I mean. Then we can be thankful for the skills available to save lives. Some Doctors, only a few, are prepared to await developments, making a diagnosis simpler. If you are still alive after a few weeks they then assume that it can't be too serious. If you are on your last legs then he would call an Ambulance and pass the responsibility over to the Emergency Department. westwind.
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