Even with cleaner water and communities, and new and improved medicines, people over the past century have been inflicted with a number of various kinds of illnesses. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic, deficiency, hereditary, and physiological disease. A treatment attempts to improve or remove a problem, but treatments may not produce permanent cures. Cures are a subset of treatments that either reverse it completely, or end medical problems permanently. Many diseases that cannot be completely cured are still treatable.
Acute describes the sudden onsight of an illness requiring short term care considered either severe or generally mild. Nearly one in two Americans (133 million) has a chronic medical condition of one kind or another, and chronic illnesses cause about 70% of deaths in the U.S. and take up 3/4ths of the costs yearly. Chronicity is usually applied to a condition that lasts more than three months requiring long term care management for effective treatment many of which aren’t actually disabled as their medical conditions do not impair normal activities to that degree.
To name a few; asthma, allergies, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiovascular, lupis, ms, hiv, human parvo, cancer, and rheumatism. The causes of these are always the same, such as either co-incidental, or genetic and some times considered environmental or unknown. With as much funding that’s been poured into the fields of medical science and research over the past fifty years, and since it has grown by leaps and bounds, it seems astonishingly untrue that so little knowledge in regard to today’s chronic illnesses has been obtained. This begs the question by the masses, how can this be so?
Etiological discovery in medicine has a history in Robert Koch’s demonstration that the tubercle bacillus causes the disease tuberculosis, Cacillus anthracis causes anthrax and so on as summarized in his postulates. But proof of causation in infectious diseases is limited to individual cases that provide experimental evidence of etiology; greek for ‘giving a reason for and cause’. Contiguity postulates that cause and effect must be in spatial contact or connected by a chain of intermediate things in contact.” For ex.: People who can’t metabolize a drug will require a much lower dose than is recommended by the manufacturer, if any at all, and those who metabolize it quickly may require a higher dose. Also, people without the enzyme to activate them, some drugs such as codeine, will not be effective. People who are poor metabolizers of a drug may overdose while taking less than the recommended dose.
Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in living organisms to maintain life . These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes that are crucial for the reactions to produce energy. Enzymes act as the catalyst in their reaction with others and release energy quick and efficiently, as well as allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes. Poisons cause disturbances usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular level and are determined by the metabolism.
Because the main cause is not always obvious, it is important to consider the significance of each cause very carefully and to consider possible alternatives to it. An immediate cause closely precedes an effect and therefore is relatively easy to recognize. A remote cause takes place further in the past and is less obvious. It’s recommended to assess all possible contributing factors rather than just the most obvious. To not inspect the remote as well as the immediate causes can often result in an oversimplified and illogical conclusion.