Symptom or Cause? Why Can’t They Get It Right?

I cannot help but laugh when I see television commercials of medicines. Forget that they have longer warnings of how it may hurt or kill you than the benefit they may give you–in fact if you did not look at the television during the commercial but only listened, you would swear to never take another medication in your life. But I am now laughing on something else as well.

Every time I watch my weekly favorite show (60-Minutes), a commercial pops up for Crohn’s disease and Colitis with a guy interviewing for a job wondering if he can get through the interview, the meeting, the flight, etc. Then the advertisement goes something like this: “What if you could find out that the underlying cause of your disease is inflammation… ” something like that–this is not verbatim since I don’t know the exact words and even if I did, it is not important. The meaning is important.

The “underlying cause is inflammation”? Really? On which planet is inflammation a cause? On planet Earth it is a symptom that has a cause on its own. Thus treating inflammation does not treat the underlying cause but treats another symptom that causes the original symptom you feel. So you have to live with a decision of which symptom you prefer to have.

But what is the cause of the inflammation?

The truth is that we may never find out what the cause of the inflammation is for a few reasons: First, pharmaceuticals are not looking for the cause of an illness but the treatment of the symptoms. We are in an era of symptom treatment and not illness cure or cause finding. There are several reasons for this. One of them is that treating symptoms makes money and keeps you sick. The second reason is that finding the cause means you will be cured and then you won’t need to take medicines anymore. That leads to long unemployment lines in both pharmaceuticals and among doctors. It is in no one’s interest to cure you. You can see that by how they treat the new drug for Hepatitis C, which provides a cure but no medical establishments wants to pay for it! They would rather not cure you and keep you sick so they can continue treating your symptoms.

The third reason why there is no cure is that no one knows how to find it since by the time you have symptoms, often times the causing pathogen or agent or problem is long gone. It is a detective work that would have to be starting early; perhaps it needs to be genetic research to find the cause and prevent it from becoming an illness.

We understand that we do not yet have the science to solve all problems but please, do not fool the public! The public tends to believe the industry since “they know what they are talking about.” Ha! No they don’t!

I would love to hear from you! Angela

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About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain, electrolyte homeostasis, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage gated channels that modulate electrolytes and voltage in the brain, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other related variants, such as the MTHFR variants of the B vitamin methylation process and many others. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings after treating over 4000 migraineurs world wide, all ages and both genders, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know and also hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide". Due out in the summer of 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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