Who should know better than your physician should? Yet he does not know what health is, and takes refuge in the following definition: "Health is non-disease". But what is a disease? "Any abnormal change in your body, like an ailing heart, or sore throat", he answers. Then you notice a wart on your hand and ask: "Is this wart a disease? Am I still healthy despite the wart?" He smiles at you in a benevolent air, makes you feel that your question is somewhat silly, and succeeds dodging it. In reality he does not know the answer. The more he thinks about it, the more confused he becomes. Not only your physician, but the entire medical establishment is at loss when confronting two seemingly simple concepts : "Health and Disease."
Why should you be concerned? Since these two concepts determine his action. If you have a disease, he will act, and if you are healthy he will leave you alone. He dodged your question since according to medical textbooks a wart is a pathology, and a pathology is a disease, therefore you have a disease. On the other hand he realizes that your wart may be left alone, and does not require treatment.
One way out is by realizing that some diseases require treatment and other do not. Yet for medicine, disease is something bad, even if it does not require treatment. It has to be watched, and monitored. So why not watch your wart? Yet you carry many other benign lesions, like arteriosclerotic plaques. These tiny lesions appear on the inner blood vessel lining, already in young adults. With age they become more frequent. Occasionally the may clog a blood vessel in the heart, causing myocardial infarction. Arteriosclerotic plaques are pathological aberrations, and therefore regarded by medicine as disease that does not require treatment. Since most of us carry an aberration, it seems as if hardly any healthy people are left.
In order to escape this conceptual deadlock, medicine ought to distinguish between aberration and disease, and abandon two concepts: Normal and abnormal. We either have, or have not aberrations, and they are neither normal nor abnormal. They are aberrations without an adjective. The physician ought to be concerned only with one question. Do they require treatment or not. Now, when does an aberration require treatment? When impinging on our health. Disease is deprivation of health. We landed at square one. What is health? A more thorough analysis of this topic is directed to the physician. You should realize that disease is an experience, a feeling.
You do not feel healthy, you only feel when deprived of health, when getting sick. When healthy, WOB maintains your household, and executes your wishes, like when touching your nose . Yet when something gets wrong and WOB cannot repair it, it alerts you. When deprived of water WOB sends a thirst signal as if saying: "I lack water, go and get it!" Hunger is a related signal. Pain arising when you hurt yourself is WOB 's message that you are injured and should take care of the wound. If it would not induce pain, you might not be aware that you were wounded. When you cut yourself, specialized cells secrete pain-causing substances. The knife itself does not cause pain. Weakness, lassitude, and prostration are WOB' messages that it no longer can cope with your situation, making you feel sick. Disease is defined only by your WOB. If your wart does not make WOB alert you, you are healthy. Leriche expressed it as follows: "Health is life lived in the silence of the organs."
Medicine defines disease for two main purposes: for communication between physicians, and for teaching. While their diseases are abstract entities, your disease is a sensation that involves yourself and your body. Thus when a physician tells you that you got a disease, consult first your WOB. If you feel well you are healthy and that what counts.
You stand in your bathroom, watching the lump in your breast, feeling as if you are going to die. The calm voice of your physician sounded like a death sentence. Why? By now you know that your tumor is only an aberration, like an arteriosclerotic plaque in a young adult. Chances are that the plaque will grow and cause heart disease, but at this early stage, who cares? Your aberration is also at an early stage, and you have plenty of time to train yourself to be a Cancer Yogi. Once you got there you may forget tumor and other aberrations. How do you know that you are at an early stage? Because WOB did not alert you. You feel neither pain nor any other sensation that accompanies disease. Think of yourself before getting the "good news". How did you feel then? Healthy! WOB remained silent , as if implying: "Go on, there is nothing to worry about." And this is correct.
After you left his office, your physician called his advisor on medical ethics asking him: "Should I tell her the truth, or let her go without telling her?" What is this truth that he was considering? That your tumor is a disease? He does not even know whether your wart is a disease. By now you should understand that there is more to cancer than just the tumor, there is WOB that has to be boosted. Put on your lovely dress and visit your nearest cancer yogi.
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