Once upon a time (like almost yesterday, eh) in Canada, there was a parade in a small town. The local doctor was in the parade, in a shiny red convertible.
As one family watched the parade, a small boy exclaimed,
His sister, about 13 years old, responded,
The girls responds, knowingly,
The girl replied angrily,
Can doctors cure?
Do doctors have any cures?
I recently surveyed 6 current medical dictionaries, but 5 did not contain the words cure, cures, nor cured.
Most also provide no definition for 'incurable'. Don't believe it, check it yourself, and message me. I'd love to see other dictionary definitions of cure - I've become a bit of a collector. I'm also curious to know if this is happening in other languages?
Some people claim cures are illegal, because the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says that 'only' a drug can cure a disease. But there are no laws against curing. The laws are against 'claiming' that something will cure - unless it is an approved drug.
When I checked the 100 best selling medicines of 2012, only four of 100 claim to cure any illness.
Many people think that only 'alternative medicines' can cure. Alternative medicine is a marketing term - and the US FDA does not have a definition for 'alternative medicines'. They only approve medicines.
Five 'prestigious' medical diagnosis and treatment books do not have 'cure' in the index, nor in the table of contents. Cure is occasionally used in the texts, but is not defined, and is not used consistently.
Dictionary (non-medical dictionary) definitions of cure are simplistic nonsense, the worst being "the act of making someone healthy again after an illness" in Webster's, as if you first wait for the illness to go away, and then you cure the patient.
Cures are not defined in modern medicine, except for illnesses caused by parasites - cured by poisons like penicillin.
Illnesses caused by lack of healthiness, like,
...cannot be cured, because cured is not defined and cannot be tested for these illnesses.
If you cure your obesity, there is no proof.
Most medicines treat symptoms, and do not cure any illness.
Illnesses caused by a lack of healthiness can only be cured by treatments that are healthy, only by treatments that are not drugs. It is possible, as a result, for alternative or conventional medical practitioners, or even patients, to cure these illnesses - with health.
But because cured is not defined for these illnesses, and curing with health is not recognized by any medical authority - the cure will not be recognized. It doesn't count.
There are many people who claim to have cured healthiness illnesses, like diabetes, cancers, Parkinson's, etc. But there are no tests for cured for these diseases. Diseases can be diagnosed - but cures cannot be diagnosed.
These cures are ignored...
There are medicines for symptoms, but there are few cures in modern medicine. Cures don't count in modern medicine. If you cure your illness, even an incurable illness, your cure is ignored. You simply disappear from the system.
It you try to publicize your cure, you will be viewed as a quack. After all - everyone knows that diabetes, cancer, arthritis, obesity, Parkinson's, cannot be cured.
If you cure your illness - any illness that cannot be cured with a drug, your medical insurance will not pay for the cure:
For more information on this phenomenon, see the previous article The Case of the Incredible Disappearing Cancer Patients!
What kinds of doctors do cure?
Many doctors claim to cure:
...often claim to cure illnesses. Not every illness, not every case, but they do claim to cure in some cases.
They are consistently, and easily ignored, even when specific cures are claimed. It is not possible to prove a cure for any disease unless it was caused by a parasite.
Cured is not defined and cannot be tested.
We will not know until we put 'cure' back into the dictionary, and study cures scientifically.
It is trivial to define cure, to create a useful definition of cure.
Cure - To stop the progress of an illness by addressing the cause
I have checked dozens of dictionary definitions of cure.
There are lots of definitions. Not a single one mentions cause. It's time for a change. It's time for a cure.
Every illness has internal and external components.
Sometimes, the best cure is to remove the external threat, to make the environment healthier. Sometimes, the best cure is to raise the healthiness of the patient, such that the illness is cured by health.
The common cold is defined, by medicine, as incurable, because it cannot be cured with medicines.
But it is frequently and easily cured with health and time. Healthier people cure their colds faster, people who are less healthy get more colds, and they last longer.
Health is the best cure,
the only true cure.