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

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, 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 mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some 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. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. 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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