Idiopathic vs Root Causes

Idiopathic: a term used to describe a medical condition or disease that has no known cause.

Idiopathic hypertension.  Idiopathic angioedema.  Idiopathic scoliosis.  Idiopathic cardiomyopathy.  I could go and and on.  In medical school, we were taught that we simply don’t know where all these “diseases” come from.  Then we put a fancy sounding word like “idiopathic” in front of everything, and all the sudden it really sounds official and permanent and off limits to even consider there may be root causes!

Medical school does not teach students how to address root causes of any symptoms or diseases.  How can doctors be expected to fix something they aren’t taught the cause of? This lack of knowledge is leading to sub-optimal healthcare, and is why the citizens of the United States are the sickest (and getting sicker) of all the first world countries around the globe.

Medical school taught me to be an expert in managing hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, acid reflux symptoms, migraine headaches, angina, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, hayfever, and I could go on and on.

All of these are considered long term, chronic, progressive diseases (most of them idiopathic) that must be managed.  There is no fix.

One time I decided to just “manage” the slow leak on my wife’s tire.  Every 5 days or so I’d just go fill it up with some more air.  The tire would slowly lose air over the next 5 days. I would go fill it up again.  I kept doing this for weeks.  It was a quick, easy, convenient and cheap “fix”.

When you decide to manage something instead of fixing it, you run into unintended negative consequences down the road.

The unintended consequences of not fixing the hole in my wife’s tire was that the shocks, struts and alignment were negatively impacted.  The stress and wear & tear on the other tires increased.  I also put her at a greater risk of a blowout, rollover, death and dying…..but at least it only cost me a quarter and my co-pay covered it!

We’ve been managing all these “idiopathic diseases” (really just consequences, not diseases) for about 4 generations now.  We went from the healthiest people group in the industrialized world pre-WW2 to the sickest….dead last in all health categories today.

It’s NOT our genes.  Genes don’t change that fast!

Common sense and the medical literature both tell us (even if medical school curriculum doesn’t) that diet and lifestyle are at the root of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and just about everything else American’s are suffering and dying from.  Standard American diet and lifestyle choices result in an acidic, de-oxygenated, and inflamed internal environment.  This toxic environment turns on the cancer genes, the obesity genes, the dementia genes and is a perfect Petri dish for germs to set up shop and wreak havoc on us because our immune system is to disrupted by the chronically inflamed internal environment.

A couple of years ago, Bluecross Blueshield published the Millennial Health Study.  It showed that the average millennial’s healthspan curve started taking a nose dive at age 27.

Idiopathic vs Root Causes

Then a couple of months ago, this report came out that Gen X and Y are not faring any better.

Until we, as a nation, face the fact that our “healthcare” and medical education system took a wrong turn 100 years ago when the leaders decided to take us all down the pharmaceutical-based symptoms management road, we will not be able to get our healthspan curve to match our lifespan curve as God intended. 

I know it’s hard for most of us to admit when we are wrong, ask for forgiveness, and repent (turn and go the other way!), but that is what must happen for us to get back on the right track.  For the sake of our future generations, we need to admit to our mistake and stop “managing” this diseases that we have eaten, drank, sat and stressed our way into!

God designed you perfectly.  The miracle cure is already built into you, just waiting to come out!  Ask God to show you what you need to add to or take away from or shift or wait on or say no to or say yes to in order to align yourself more and more with the truth.

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