Some notable Greeks were the Fathers of modern medicine who developed and documented a system to "diagnose" and treat with herbs. This Unani system reached India through the Arabs a long time ago. Today it is being taught in universities and institutes and Indian researchers are working hard at developing strategies in integrative medicine that incorporates herbal remedies into allopathic medicine but such integration is based on scientific research and methodology and evaluation in rat models and clinical trials. They are making pretty nice strides. Many conditions may not be properly diagnosed. Doctors may just put labels on conditions with little knowledge of the underlying causes, including the disturbances or alterations in the healthy biochemical pathways associated with mineral depletion or excess hydrogen peroxide that is not converted into water and oxygen fast enough. Excess hydrogen peroxide can alter biochemical reactions in the body. Chronic inflammation is another major factor in the development of disease and aids the progression of disease conditions. Chronic inflammations can be initiated by:-
1. Oxidative stress especially when associated with poor nutrition or the empty calorie syndrome, the symptoms coming from oxidative damage to molecules in the body, cell membranes and to the genetic molecules or production of abnormal proteins and/or 2. Weakening of the body's natural antioxidant defense mechanism that may be accompanied by sharp declines in glutathione levels, keeping in mind that excessive use of drugs in treatments can lead to mineral depletion and/or
3. Decline in the production of ATP and antioxidant enzymes such as coenzyme Q10 that may be associated with a decline in mitochondrial density and/or 4. Toxins produced by pathogens including afflatoxins from fungus and/or 5. Heavy metal accumulation in the body including from cosmetics with lead, aluminum from perfumes and several heavy metals from cigarettes, and mercury from power plants and haze or from excess thimerosal and/or 6. Chemicals from pesticides and chemicals such as benzene used in petrol and its derivatives used in drugs and food preservatives, keeping in mind that excessive use of drugs can lead to production of secondary radicals such as the hydroxyl radical in the mitochondria leading to problems in the mitochondria and/or 7. Allergens from protozoal infections that can be very toxic. Health problems such as elevated blood pressure can be caused by very very fine (VVF) particles, from cigarette smoke and haze and exhaust fumes, that stick to the surface of red blood cells, surface of epithelial cells in the air passages and to the heart cells where they can cause minerals to leak out. On the surface of heart cells they can cause magnesium to leak out leading to sudden heart failure. Formulations using alpha-lipoic acid and pectins in the nano-form extracted from edible substances is the most effective and fastest way to biochelate toxins, heavy metals and VVF in the bloodstream and in the cells of the body especially the fat cells in which they may bioaccumulate. Diagnosing a condition is not about putting a label on a condition or health problem. The underlying causes or associated factors must be determined. Psoriasis, for instances can be caused by low production of the natural corticosteroids in the body or by allergens from protozoa or may be due to free-radical chain reactions initiated by heavy metals. The treatments for these are not the same. Many of the issues in modern medicine now arise simply because of the voluminous and diverse research published in the myriad of scientific and medical journals as well as research in alternative therapies including clinical nutrition, biologics and nano-technologies and nano-biotechnologies. The sudden explosion in knowledge must now be put to good use to create and develop the architecture of modern health systems and modern medicine, the two not being identical. There must be a legal distinction between drugs for treatment which primarily are toxic or synthetic and contain both the L-form and D-form molecules in contrast to antioxidants and phytochemicals obtained from food and edible substances that must be further segregated from toxic molecules or preparation obtained from plants which are in the L-form. The human body is an L-form biological system that thrives on L-form antioxidants. The metabolism of d-form chemicals yields hydrogen peroxide which must be converted into water and oxygen by the catalase-glutathione enzyme system that requires minerals such as zinc, iron, copper and manganese for it enhanced catalytic function. Spent natural antioxidants, on the other hand are converted into other useful biomolecules in the body. For instance, when L-vitamin C loses its electron to quench a free-radical or by donation to another “spent” natural antioxidant, the ascorbate radical can be converted into elastin or collagen. Treating a condition must now be distinguished from approaches in healing. To see the difference, consider scurvy. Healing such a condition is by using natural vitamin C or fruits that are rich in vitamin C. Treatment science based on drugs and the healing sciences are not the same but can be part of modern medicine together with modern procedures. They are not the same as they clearly fall into two separate and distinct categories. Life is about good creativity and productivity that serves people well by giving a benefit or benefits or creates value for them. Perhaps the American Dream was built around that notion. It remains a great and wonderful notion to create wealth. I am not sure if drugs do such a wonder to this notion and the economy. Drugs are a bitter pill for the economy. I do not think there is such a thing as a wonder drug as all drugs have toxic side effects to varying extents. The damage they do depends on their ability to generate free-radicals in the body and promote oxidative stress and in mineral depletion and in their ability to damage adhesion molecules. It also depends on the dose and the length of time they are consumed or administered. So, there is no such thing as safe drugs, only doses deemed "safe" and their use is based on their benefit/risk profile unlike non-toxic preparations or formulations that are made from edible substances. It is not surprising therefore, that thousands of patients worldwide suffer adverse drug reactions, enough in numbers to create a specialist post-graduate training in this field. Many of such adverse reactions are due to or related to the damage of adhesion molecules and the healing approach lies in a cocktail of natural antioxidants not more drugs. Drugs cannot perform biological repair or cell membranes or promote genetic repair or promote the production of repair proteins or elevate the blood antioxidant levels in the patient. W. Scott Thompson, someone whose writings I have great regard for, recently wrote about A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW FOR A BUSY SMALL CITY. In it he wrote that the "American health system is scandalous. True, at its high end, it is by far the best in the world with the latest equipment and highest standards of treatment."
Yes that is correct in its context. That context being equipment and procedures but the treatment, on proper and careful analysis in not within the framework of healing science for treatment and healing are very different. You can treat a cancer patient with toxic chemo and risk losing his wellbeing in many ways and if the treatment succeeds in remission, there is still the need to heal the patient to wellness. Similarly, you can treat so called "HIV-positive" patients with toxic AZT that causes the same symptoms as AIDS, which means if you administer it to healthy people long enough, the treatment can sufficiently suppress the immune system to result in opportunistic infections or initiate the development of cancers through development of very high cell membrane potential which is a measure or severe inflammation through loss of electrons from molecules in the cell membrane, and through oxidative damage to the genetic molecules through loss of hydrogen atoms in the genetic molecules. Of course, W. Scott Thompson is right in the context of his article and the points he made therein. There is now a need for creating a new architecture in modern medicine based first on an understanding of the basic need to develop L-form interventions and the need to conceive and nurture the notion that the best healthcare system is the one that focuses on wellness and healing by promoting the production of antibodies and repair proteins and by supporting the natural antioxidant defense mechanism of the body that drives healthy biochemical pathways and helps to boost the body's immune system, not one that suppresses it, there being exceptions in preventing rejection in organ transplants, and in developing non-toxic approaches. Good health and healing is a multi-factorial process and hence the need to understand and teach it as healing approaches. That is where the future lies for health whereas the future for treatment science lies in drugs and chemicals.
So, what shall or should or ought to constitute the foundation of the new architecture? That is the primary question along with the scandalous costs.