Looking for the Cure

“Seek and ye shall find.”

According to the dictum, if one is seeking a cure for a disease then that is what you will find. The cure is just a means to an end. The actual goal is the negation of the disease. Most people don’t care what the nature of the cure will be. The destination is the goal not the machinations of getting there. Just getting rid of the damn disease will make most people happy.

If it has not struck you already, this is not very sophisticated thinking. It is rather like a three-year-olds mind. “I want it. And I want it now!”

As adults we are prone to want to delay gratification due to our maturity. We feel the need to perform rites so that the cure is earned. It might take sacrifice, hard work or just some time to manifest. We can do that. We are not children after all.

It is also simplistic to think that you have earned a sought-after goal due to a particular methodology. Barking up the wrong tree does not earn you brownie points. Or looking up a tree instead of down a deep dark hole can be just as problematic. Using intelligence and maybe some intuition is the way to problem solve but not by dangling rewards as an incentive.

Where, oh where, is that cure?

How can something be found unless you know what it looks like or at least have some idea? It could be staring you in the face but you might not recognize it unless you have some kind of picture in your mind’s eye.

President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 as the kickoff to begin the “War on Cancer”. The goal was to cure cancer by improving the biological understanding of cancer and to develop effective treatments. How has that worked out over forty years later? Cancer is still around and going strong.

The gung-ho fighting spirit that characterized this strategy is a common ploy to engage the public’s consent. Whether naïve or duplicitous or something else, trying to cure cancer using the metaphor of fighting a war is just a bit contrived. Is strong leadership, a grand strategy and heavy institutional infrastructure the way to solve a biological problem? Sickness can’t be intimidated.

Wanting to eliminate cancer is a reasonable goal. Yet, achieving what you truly want can have consequences that you may not have considered and may not be comfortable with. As a matter of fact, it may turn your world upside down and inside out. This is not the wrath of God but rather the turmoil born of adjusting one’s mind then truly acting in accordance with the new paradigm. Being timid is not going to work well as a revolution in thinking tries to take hold.

If you had to live a fundamentally different life to not be subjected to cancer, would you? Do you want to be free of disease or do you want to keep your current lifestyle and the comfortable thoughts that go with it? The decision could be tougher than you think.

It is a deeply embedded idea that a cure can manifest as a silver bullet – one shot and the deed will be done – end of story! It could be in the form of taking a modern magical pill manufactured by a pharmaceutical giant or ingesting a substance obtained from an obscure and somewhat mysterious source. Or, it might be a risky physical ordeal like surgery or a cross-cultural shamanistic ritual in South America. Or, it might be a dramatic psychological or spiritual event facilitated by a fundamentalist preacher in front of a crowd of believers or just a private moment mediating in nature. The idea is that that a single deliberate event or a series of related events can be transformational to your well-being. Well, maybe or maybe not.

What, Why and How – The Nutshell

Cancer is a condition where certain cells are reproducing in an unregulated manner. The body is all about regulation via multiple feedback loops and environmental ques. Once a normal cell turns into a cancerous cell, the immune system should recognize it as abnormal and destroy it. So there are two obvious questions. Why does a cell leave the straight and narrow track and become aberrant? And, why does the immune system not protect the body from these wild cells?

Cells become damaged for many reasons. This lack of functional integrity is broadly called inflammation. A damaged cell must repair itself to return to normal functioning. If a cell fails to repair itself, it is programmed to commit suicide (apoptosis) or it can change its function into something we call cancerous.

Even though the body can be protected to some degree from environmental toxins or harmful energetic sources, a total protection is not possible. Some cells will eventually become damaged one way or another. The question is can the condition of the body facilitate the repair of cell function on an ongoing basis? If you have a disease or are just ‘aging’ then the answer is obvious.

This is where emotions, lifestyle, nutrition and environmental stressors come into play. If the body has become less healthy then addressing all factors that can be changed is a prudent strategy. Cancer and most other serious diseases do not just suddenly develop. The conditions to create the cancer took place over many years. Your intention to change is only just the start of a potential recovery of your health. Lasting change takes time and effort.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments attempt to kill cancer cells by significantly damaging their function. This may or may not be successful. In addition, these treatments also damage healthier cells to some degree. Partitioning treatment to only affect the cancerous cells is very difficult. Additionally, the immune and hormonal systems have now been subject to stress or outright trauma further limiting recovery and natural function.

The Power is in Your Hands

Your body is your responsibility. It is not the responsibility of the medical system, your religion, your government or a corporation. Understanding your body is the beginning step to taking care of it. Would you abuse an expensive sports car and expect it to run great for very long? Why entrust your body to others? Yes, we have been propagandized and inculcated to be mindless and follow the authority of others. How well is that working?

A poor lifestyle will not keep us healthy. It does not matter what our parents or grandparents did during their lives. We live in a different world now. Some children are now getting what were once adult-only diseases. We have been goaded into worrying and acting on relatively minor or irrelevant health concerns and are oblivious to things that are killing us to a greater degree with each generation. Modern living becomes more and more mismatched to our epigenetic reality.

The health of your body is not going to respond to what you simply believe is true. If you believe that eating a particular food is going to improve your health, an honest appraisal over time will probably show that that is not true. On the other hand, if you believe that exposing your eyes to electric lights late into the night is OK then you are going to be surprised when the body eventually weakens due to circadian mismatching. Being naïve is not going to keep you healthy.

Modern civilization has allowed for the massive pollution of the planet. Overall, it gets worse every year even though there are small things may be seen to improve over time. As individuals we can protect our exposure somewhat through common sense. This is good and should be done as much as possible while still being a modern human. Beyond that our bodies have to deal with toxins and stressors as best as they can. Giving the body the best opportunity to do that is a better strategy than worry excessively. Being environmentally-sensitive should be a strong wake-up call to improve your health not perpetually focusing on avoiding those things that seems to elicit discomfort.

Rather than seeking a cure for a disease you don’t really understand, seek better ways of living that help you to avoid ill health or at less reduce the burdens on an already dysfunctional body. Perfection may not be possible in this world but a better life, no matter what your current condition, is possible with some serious desire and willingness to learn.