It's amazing what scientists and inventors have come up with in the last hundred years, isn't it? Jet airplanes...the television...the cellular telephone...the internet...these are just a few of the things that the majority of us use on a daily basis that, when you step back and think about them for a second, are pretty brilliant ideas. We've become a very technologically based society and, while I don't think we're going to see the flying car by 2015 a la "Back to the Future 2," I do think that we're going to continue to push boundaries and develop some even more amazing gizmos.

The techno-craze has produced some pretty amazing things in the healing arts, as well. Surgical advances in the last few decades have been nothing short of incredible. The things that they can do to save a life when someone is flirting with the gates of death....whew. Unreal. Very impressive. They even have machines that perform surgeries. Naturopaths now have instrumentation that allow them to use acupuncture meridians to gauge potential deficiencies in organ function. I, myself, rely on a sweet little gadget to assess the brainstem and nerve system function.

Yet, there is a school of thought that thinks that one day a cure for cancer will be developed...that a cure for AIDS will be discovered...that a cure for various different diseases will come about that will rid the world of all its ills. Let's explore this concept...

Are we really heading in the right direction on that front? Many would assume that we're closer now to a scientifically created cure for various life-threatening diseases then we were ten years ago...definitely twenty years ago...without question forty years ago. Is that assumption well founded?

Let us consider for a moment that cancer has never been more prevalent than it is right now. Neither has heart disease or stroke. Those are the three CDC leading causes of death every year (and have been for a while now). Let us also consider that scientifically created medications have never been more widely used or produced. There's an interesting correlation between the rise of the modern medication and the continued rise in prevalence of these aforementioned conditions. It's not a causative relationship, mind you. Yet, it is an interesting finding that partially thwarts the assumption mentioned in the last paragraph.

So, let's take a look at a few other facts. A distinction need be made between a scientific fact that is accepted by our medical community and the general definition of fact. If a person goes against the grain and doesn't do the prescribed cancer treatments after their diagnosis, but instead decides to make lifestyle changes (nutrition, properly function nerve system, etc.) and they rid themselves of that cancer...that's not a medical fact. A medical fact would be if 2000 people all went into a room with cancer, made the same lifestyle changes without the medical treatments, and a high percentage got rid of their cancer cells. It is, nonetheless, a FACT that said person did something different and got better.

The FACT is that there are lot of people that don't choose to go down the medical road when diagnosed with a "medical" illness. Yet, they still get better doing nothing medically oriented. So, is the scientifically created cure really the key?

Here's a few more things to consider. The University of Chicago Medical Center says that heart disease is preventable. The Cancer Society says that cancer is preventable.

Dr. Chad's P.O.V. - If we spent as much time educating society about how to lead healthier lifestyles as we do on treating the symptoms of their various conditions, we might very well find the prevalence of said conditions would decrease dramatically.

Thinking good things for you, as always,

Dr. Chad