Confusion abounds about what constitutes a symptomatic health regime. Symptomatic as defined in this article means that the methods or protocols are primarily focused on symptom relief.
This is in contrast to balancing the body and other approaches. With these methods, one does not focus on symptoms as the primary focus of healing.
Characteristics of symptomatic protocols:
- They may be designed to be inexpensive, rapid and simple to apply. Symptomatic protocols work in a few hours to a few weeks. Deep healing takes longer.
- Success is measured by how well a symptom is masked, suppressed or the body part is cut out, even if it is temporary, as it is in the majority of cases. However, there are long-term side effects for which additional pharmaceuticals are administered, which also have long-term side effects. These long-term side effects are usually considered less important or are never discussed.
For example, cancer treatment statistics are quoted in terms of five year survival. Survival means the person is alive, and nothing else. The quality of life may be poor, the cancer may be growing elsewhere, and death may come the next day or week. But, for now, the symptoms are masked, suppressed without any evidence, yet, potential return or moving to other body parts has a high probability.
- Symptomatic methods are based on observable phenomena, aided by MRI, lab tests, etc. Methods that balance the body profoundly, such as nutritional balancing, are far more difficult to evaluate, especially in the early stages of a person’s healing and development. Subsequently, the benefits are obvious in better overall health and general well-being. The majority of people’s health is restored with no observable adverse symptoms.
Allopathic/Western Medicine a.k.a. drug medicine symptomatic methods:
The most familiar example of symptomatic methods for most people is the conventional medical system. This system formally began in the fall of 1765 when the first and only medical school in the thirteen American colonies, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine enrolled students for ‘anatomical lectures’ and a course on ‘the theory and practice of physik’ (sic).
This system is dependent on finding the right pharmaceutical—Prescription or Over-the-Counter drug, body parts cut out and other protocols to mask, suppress or relieve the symptoms for everything from Abdominal Pain To Zits and everything in between. The motto, “When in doubt cut it out,” was aptly coined to fully understand Allopathic/Western Medicine.
The exception of surgery to repair broken bones or deep wounds is the value Allopathic/Western Medicine brings to humanity. These procedures go to the problem itself and correct it to the best of the circumstances and skill of the practitioner.
Allopathic/Western Medicine surgical procedures and pharmaceutical drugs are heavily advertised to the degree that people are indoctrinated and conditioned to believe there are drugs or surgery to eliminate every discomfort. Furthermore, it is advised that people take many vaccines for preventative care, which have many side effects and does not prevent the disease for which it was administered.
In the U.S. ‘Death by Medicine’ has become a way of life for millions of people. The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by Allopathic/Western Medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S. By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5) By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith,
The cost of Allopathic/Western Medicine is spiraling out of control and more doctors and hospitals are being sued as a result of the superficial nature and inadequacies of this method of ‘so-called’ health care. In fact, Allopathic/ Western Medicine has become known as ‘sickness care.’ In other words, keep the person comfortable by suppressing the symptoms and/or cutting out the body parts until there are no more body parts to cut out.
The Majority of holistic, Naturopathic, Homeopathic, herbal healing is also often symptomatic based.
Although, Naturopaths, Homeopaths and herbal remedies tend to be less toxic and debilitating than most allopathic drugs and body parts cut out an early death rate is higher than using Deep Healing methods. An exception is acupuncturists, Rolfing, structural integration, foot reflexology, and Body Stress Release®
This in my humble opinion is unfortunate, but understandable since the deeper methods of correcting the stress response, for example, and deep removal of toxic metals are rarely mentioned in Naturopathic, Homeopathic or herbal health care practitioner education programs.
As stated in Part I, Natural Methods are less toxic and generally cost less than Allopathic/Western Medicine/Naturopathic or Homeopathic protocols, which often make the body more yin, which is not helpful, and they are still symptomatically based.
Examples of Symptomatic Versus Balancing Approaches
A structural Example:
If one goes to a chiropractor who simply adjusts the vertebrae of the neck to relieve a headache, this is a symptomatic approach. The adjustment may also balance the spine, but is not aimed at doing so primarily.
However, if the chiropractor first checks the entire spine to see where the problem areas are, then she/he is addressing a deeper imbalance. This then, is a balancing approach via a chiropractic method.
A Nutritional Example:
One can give a nutrient to prevent or eliminate a symptom. For example one can use Vitamin C to prevent or eliminate a cold. This is symptomatic nutrition at its worst. However, it is used frequently by many holistically minded people and it is helpful sometimes.
Alternatively, one can use Vitamin C to raise the sodium level on a hair analysis, to lower the cooper level, to remove cadmium, or for other reasons. These would be balancing body chemistry with the same remedy, and is much less of a symptomatic approach.
A Medical Example:
If a person complains of hip pain, the doctor may do a quick physical exam and prescribe a pain killer, as they are commonly called. This is symptomatic, since the doctor did not look for the deeper cause and uses a remedy that only masks or numbs the recognized pain. There are 40+ Prescription and 30+ Over-The-Counter pain killers. Not to mention none of these drugs solve the issue. Therefore, many people are doomed to be on pain killers for life while suffering from a long list of negative side effects, not withstanding pain killer addiction, which requires additional prescriptions and also have a long list of negative side effects.
The abuse of prescription drugs has risen to unprecedented levels. The U.S. Attorney General stated that the growing number of deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses is an ‘urgent and growing public health crisis’.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) most recent report, 4.3 million Americans engaged in non-medical use of prescription pain killers in the last month. Plus, over 50% of people who misused prescription pain killers got them from a friend or relative for free, and over 22% got them from a doctor. But opiate pain killers are not the only prescription drug subject to abuse and addiction.
This information is being set-forth to help people understand that the word symptomatic approach is optional rather than mandatory as presented by pharmaceutical commercials and Allocpathic/Western Medicine doctor’s orders.
In other cases, the remedy, such as an anti-depressant will work poorly and may cause a suicide or homicide because it severely unbalances the mental/emotional bio-chemical infrastructure of the brain.
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of antidepressant use in the United States rose by 400 percent between 1988 and 2008.
Dr. David Healy, author Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression has linked Prozac, Paxil and other SSRI’s to suicide. He estimates at least 250,000 people have attempted suicide worldwide because of Prozac alone and that at least 25,000 have succeeded. ”  Prozac, Suicide and Dr. Healy By Rick Giombetti
- 58 FDA approved drugs have warnings or precautions about suicidal behavior.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the 2011 statistics, (the most recent year for which data are available), 39,518 suicides were reported. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. To make a more poignant comparison, a suicide is committed every 13.3 minutes. However, it is critically important to include the many deaths that are suicides, but, are labeled as accidents, because there is NO definitive evidence to support a suicide designation. Car crashes, drug (street and prescribed) overdoses, and other death causing mishaps are sometimes unconscious suicide.
Between 1990 and 2000, the suicide rate decreased from 12.5 suicide deaths to 10.4 per 100,000 people. Over the next 10 years, however, the rate generally increased and by 2011 the suicide rate stood at 12.3 deaths per 100,000. Coincidentally, during the past 10 years pharmaceutical companies have cranked out several SSRIs .
Research published in the American Medical Association Journal, 2010 concluded that antidepressants are no more effective than placebos for depressed people. Jay Fournier, University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues aggregated individual patient data from six high-quality clinical trials and found that people with mild, moderate, and even severe depression, placebos work nearly as well as antidepressants.
What we can know if we choose to think outside the pharmaceutical and Allopathic/Western Medicine paradigm is this: Emotional Pain is as real as physical pain. Emotional Pain—the root of the symptoms is caused by experiences and the requisite feelings—sadness, fear, anger, humiliation, guilt and shame that were never addressed or resolved. Thus, they externalize as ‘physical’ symptoms as a message.
The one factor, in the Allopathic/Western Medicine protocol is that the psychological, spiritual and interpersonal effects of the symptoms of depression— called a disease by the aforementioned constabularies is rarely considered. From a purely metaphysical perspective depression is a message that all the joy has been squeezed out in favor of others’ needs, wants and perceptions. In addition, depression is created by longstanding emotional issues; anger that the person feels s/he does not have a right to have and hopelessness ensues. Last, but not least, longstanding emotional pain engenders a belief in stress and strain. Life is difficult becomes the overriding life perspective. It is an downward spiral, for which Allopathic/Western Medicine does not connect the cause and effect dots.
The Reasons Symptomatic Methods Are Popular:
- The medical, pharmaceutical and food industries use highly effective subliminal messages using words, images and music/sound. Corporations and governments are obsessed with subliminal messages, because they are effective at controlling thought patterns without your knowledge. Some of the most popular subliminal messages in advertising used by corporations and governments involve sex, pharmaceutical drugs, food, fear, and violence. These five types of subliminal messages can easily be found in commercials and magazine ads. Next time you watch TV, pay very close attention to the commercials, and see if you can detect one of the five types of subliminal messages listed above.
When you understand how subliminal messages work, you will understand why society is highly addicted to sex, drugs, food, fear, and violence. The main reason why corporations and governments use these five types of subliminal messages in advertising the most is because they are very effective at selling their ideas or products. Besides being used in TV ads, subliminal messages are used in a lot of Disney movies, cartoon shows (e.g., SpongeBob/Square Pants) and video games.
When they use subliminal messages to influence people’s minds to a certain point, they can motivate those who are unaware of the indoctrination and conditioning to do certain things without people’s knowledge. For example, they can use subliminal ads to stimulate the unconscious mind to accept compulsive behavior, and then use specific images or words to trigger those behaviors. This type of subliminal message is very popular in the pharmaceutical and fast food industry.
Subliminal messages in advertising and Disney movies
Alex Jones does an excellent job of exposing the negative effects of subliminal messages in Disney movies, advertising and magazine ads. Overall, Mr. Jones does an excellent job of exposing the dirty underbelly of advertising that the government and many industries do not want people to know. However, Jones’ information is not 100% accurate and he tends to concentrate too much on using fear to warn people. Ironically, using fear is a form of subliminal manipulation. Even though sometimes his information is misleading, he did a great job of exposing the negative effects of subliminal messages in advertising. Whether people take his warning seriously is another matter.
- The remedies seem logical and easy to use. Since these remedies are superficial and easily understood by doctors and the majority of people alike—it seems like a miracle for a perplexing and painful issue. The out-come of promoting Allopathic/Western Medicine as miracles, people seek a ‘quick fix’ for everything.
Balancing methods like nutritional balancing and acupuncture are more challenging to practice, as well.
- Doctors, Pharmaceutical companies and hospitals are portrayed as loving people.
Doctors and Pharmaceutical companies have positioned their industry as miracle workers with angel wings. Unfortunately, this is a sad commentary because people never really get well. Thus, they are life-long patients as they come back with the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs or from the body part removed, as well as the next symptom or problem.
Likewise, the socialized medical systems of Europe, Canada and elsewhere continue this stupid and costly method of drug use and body parts removed. Are you ‘getting the picture’ of the revolving door scenario that Allopathic/Western Medicine creates? For the most part, Asian countries are the exception to this rule.
According to the World Health Organization, (WHO) 2014 of 191 countries. India (Ayurveda) ranks #1 in health care effectiveness and efficiency. China (Chinese Medicine) ranks #2. The U.S. ranks 37th in health care effectiveness and efficiency.
Other findings in the WHO report include:
- In Europe, health systems in Mediterranean countries such as France, Italy and Spain are rated higher than others in the continent. Norway is the highest Scandinavian nation, at 11th .
- Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica and Cuba are rated highest among the Latin American nations – 22nd, 33rd, 36th and 39th in the world, respectively.
- Singapore is ranked 6th , the only Asian country apart from Japan in the top 10 countries.
- In the Pacific, Australia ranks 32 nd overall, while New Zealand is 41st .
- In the Middle East and North Africa, many countries rank highly: Oman is in 8 th place overall, Saudi Arabia is ranked 26th , United Arab Emirates 27th and Morocco, 29th.
The majority of Naturopathic and Homeopathic approaches are still recommending symptomatic treatments, in my humble opinion. Among these treatments are chelation therapy, bio-identical or natural hormone replacement therapy, OTC vitamins and herbal treatments that may or may not work.
With the many conversations I have with holistic practitioners I have discovered many are still interested in having people come back as a life-time customer. Many holistic practitioners believe they cannot stay in business if they truly assist people to heal in Mind, Body and Spirit. Therefore, no matter what they profess, they are less interested in deeper balancing methods that truly heal the person at the deepest levels. Their fear is unfounded in my humble opinion. I wake up 5-days a week knowing that I am working with new people to begin their healing process and assisting others to continue their transition into health and wellness in Mind, Body and Spirit. Likewise, others are transitioning to be their own health care manager.
And, I hasten to add, overall holistic protocols are more effective than conventional Allopathic/Western medicine protocols.
- Symptomatic approaches ask very little of the person in most cases
The person deposits his/her body in the doctor’s waiting room until his/her name is called. Then, 15 – 20 minutes later she/he has a full load of prescriptions to take, or a referral to a lab for a few tests. Nutritional or overall health practices, such as Eating Right For Your Blood Type, eliminating junk food, quit smoking, exercising, and mental/emotional issues are considered unimportant and ignored. Unless, the complaint is about sleep apnea, heart problems/heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity or dire health issues no investigation for the symptom is considered.
I hear this scenario from every person, who comes to me to create health and wellness. Everything from A to Z—Abdominal Pain to Zits and everything in between can be healed in Mind, Body and Spirit.
Problems With Symptomatic Approaches:
When dealing mainly with symptoms it does not tell the whole story about the underlying causes of the problem. Chinese Medicine protocols are an excellent example of finding the root cause of all symptoms.
All Allopathic/Western Medicine systems are in a financial crunch as more people move away from a ‘quick fix’ for an earlier death.
Furthermore, they become more ill from the drug and body parts removed and negative side effects. People are becoming wise to the dirty underbelly of U.S. traditional medical protocols. The U.S. Allopathic/ Western Medicine ranks 37th in the world for health care efficiency and effectiveness. The situation will only get worse until symptomatic medicine is abandoned in favor of deep healing and balancing the Mind, Body and Spirit and spiritual development.
Shockingly many people will suffer from at least one wrong or delayed medical diagnosis during their lifetime, according to the latest data. Americans experience about 12 million diagnostic errors a year, the IOM report revealed.
Conservatively, the report found that 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care will experience a diagnostic error. Further, such errors are thought to contribute to 10 percent of patient deaths and 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals.
They’re also the leading type of paid medical malpractice claims and are nearly twice as likely to have resulted in the patient’s death compared to other claims.
Devastating Diagnostic Mistakes Are Claiming Patients’ Lives
“Getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect of health care: It provides an explanation of a patient’s health problem and informs subsequent health care decisions.
For decades, diagnostic errors — inaccurate or delayed diagnoses — have represented a blind spot in the delivery of quality health care. Diagnostic errors persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients,” the IOM report stated.
Diagnostic errors are often incredibly harmful to people as they may lead to delays in treatment, lack of treatment, inappropriate, or unnecessary treatment. This, in turn, can have physical, psychological, and financial consequences.
Causes are varied but include inadequate communication between physicians and patients, a health care system design that does not support the diagnostic process, limited feedback to clinicians about diagnostic performance, and a health care culture that discourages transparency, so diagnostic mistakes are typically not reported (and not learned from).
Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, told CNN:
“It’s probably one of the, if not the, most under-recognized issues in patient safety… Much of the harm that we once labeled as inevitable we’re now seeing as preventable.”
CNN noted several examples of diagnostic mistakes included in IOM’s report:
- A 51-year old woman with a family history of heart disease repeatedly asked her doctors’ office to refer her to a cardiologist for a stress test. Three months after her initial request, on the day of her appointment, she died because of significant coronary artery disease.
- A doctor mistook a blood clot in the lungs of a 33-year old woman for an asthma attack, leading to her death.
- An urgent care clinician misread an X-ray and diagnosed a 55-year old man with an upper respiratory infection instead of pneumonia. He died as a result.
- Doctors at a trauma center decided not to perform a CT scan on a 21-year old stabbing victim and missed a knife wound penetrating several inches into his skull and brain.
- A newborn baby suffered preventable brain damage when doctors failed to test for high levels of a chemical in his blood that had turned his skin yellow from head to toe.
Deep Healing avoids the misdiagnosis syndrome as the practical approach to detoxing the body is direct and highly effective. Discovering cause and effect is determined using a trance state to access the subconscious mind, which holds all information and all solutions to each person’s pain, distress or symptom.
- Negative/Adverse side effects
Negative/adverse side effects are the collateral effects or unintended consequences of ingesting toxic chemicals, albeit in the guise of medicine. These problems stem from the interconnectedness of all parts of the body. It is impossible to chemically alter/change one part of the body without affecting the rest of it. Thus, altering one condition or symptom often leads to other changes in the ‘system’ that are unwanted. Furthermore, when a body part is removed the body no longer functions as it needs to function. It is insane to think that removing a body part will have no consequences. Every body part has specific and critical life sustaining responsibility. Who would think removing a car part is of no consequence? Yet, the medical profession has deemed that removing body parts is a protocol that is acceptable because toxic chemicals can be administered to do what the body part does.
For example, a drug that lowers blood pressure will induce tiredness or upset sexual activity or dangerously reduce potassium in the blood. A drug that kills bacteria will kill the good flora in the intestines, leading to yeast infections and other ‘secondary problems’.
While some negative/adverse effects are of little consequence, others kill people every day, though the majority of people do not realize this and the medical and pharmaceutical profession will deny any culpability. unless there is a wrongful death suit or class action suit and the legal system holds them accountable. And more people are waging more suits.
This problem can also occur with so-called ‘natural’ or ‘bio-identical hormone therapy. For example, because the body is not designed for hormones to be taken on a time schedule or a doctor’s schedule and all are somewhat toxic a negative/adverse affect ensues. Then, a different drug is given to counteract this negative/adverse affect.
- They tend to mask deeper problems by eliminating warning signs
For example, simple fatigue can signal cancer or a pending heart attack.
However, the majority of doctors, faced with this common complaint, do little or no testing to find out if something deeper is amiss. Instead, they usually advise the person with fatigue to exercise more, take a nap, take a vacation or worse, have a cup of coffee or tea.
By following this remedy, however, the person often masks or obscures the original symptom of fatigue, and the person mistakenly believes problem solved, all is well. This will lead to worse problems in the following months or years.
- Little or no development
Little or no development occurs for several reasons. First, general health usually gets worse with symptomatic treatment, even if one feels better. Filling the body with toxic chemicals in the guise of so-called medicine does not improve health, even if the headaches are gone and even if the blood pressure is lower. The reason for either or both is still functioning. For example, the metaphysical cause of High blood pressure is longstanding emotional problems not solved.
In addition, by failing to ask the person to participate, one misses the benefit of true healing. This benefit occurs to due to the effort required to shift one’s diet, take supplements and do procedures.
Deep Healing is the slow, gentle unraveling of layers of imbalances that thought patterns that may be physical, mental, emotional, and other levels of the body that cause superficial and other symptoms.
The Deep Healing process by itself improves many qualities and teaches discipline, patience, persistence, honesty, integrity and other important mental and emotional skills and attributes that promotes and builds health on a long-term basis.
- The remedies can give a person a false sense of confidence that all is well when it is not
This may seem minor, but it is critical. No better example can be cited than chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. Chemotherapy and/or radiation does not ‘cure’ cancer, but it disables it a little. This is not healing it simply temporarily suppresses it, in most cases. Then, it appears elsewhere in the body or if that the first invaded body part has been cut out, the cancer is considered gone. However, the 5-year waiting period is significant, because the cause has not been eliminated, then, reason the cancer occurred simply moves to another body part. AND the reappearance is usually more aggressive than before and cannot be addressed as easily. Not to mention the body has been compromised by the previous radiation/chemo or body parts removed.
Symptomatic nutritional remedies, herbal treatments or Homeopathy brings the same result with less debilitation and toxicity.
Using symptomatic methods as a last resort
- Hopeless cases
There are ‘terminal’ cases where the person has been ill for a period of time with no intervention and is considered on death’s door. These people are usually only interested in palliation care or pain control, and little else. Thus, Allopathic/Western Medicine pain killers and muscle relaxants will assist the person to transition with less pain.
In the final analysis you have more choices than the medical and pharmaceutical industry would like you to believe. YOU are in the driver’s seat. YOU do not need to be intimidated and manipulated into a debilitating no-win sickness care regime.