We can define 'primary illness' as an illness that is the result of a single primary cause. Scurvy is a primary illness caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C. Dehydration is a primary illness caused by a deficiency of water. Water intoxication is caused by drinking too much water. Broken bones can be caused by too much physical stress.
We have identified 6 primary illness factors, 12 primary causes of illness - deficiency or excesses of genetics, nutrients, parasites, toxins, stress, growth and healing. Each of those may have hundreds of 'primary illnesses', many of which are not studied by our medical establishment.
The primary cause of illness, and the causes of all primary illnesses are simple imbalances. Once we realize this, we can see that many illnesses have no name and are not studied. In this article, I focus on primary nutritional illnesses:
a) we know of over 100 individual nutrients that are essential to health. We do not have scientific agreement on which nutrients are essential to health.
b) therefore, over 100 individual primary illnesses can be caused by deficiencies of individual nutrients
c) and, presumably, over 100 individual primary illnesses can be caused by excesses of individual nutrients
Some of these illnesses are clearly understood when the deficiency is severe, but not well studied when the deficiency is not severe. Severe deficiency of Vitamin A is known to cause blindness, poor immune system function, and poor bone growth. Mild Vitamin A deficiency? Not studied as far as I know. Is the name given to mild Vitamin A deficiency - 'Vitamin A deficiency' or is there no name? What is the test for Vitamin A deficiency? I believe is no well accepted, effective test for Vitamin A deficiency - I can only hope that someone proves me wrong someday.
Vitamin B1 deficiency causes beriberi - or is beriberi the name of severe Vitamin B1 deficiency? What is the name of, what are the symptoms of low level Vitamin B1 deficiency? What is a good test for minor Vitamin B1 deficiency?
Nutrition is the foundation of health. Nutritional deficiencies and excesses can, in many cases be prevented by simple positive or negative actions. Consume nutrients that are deficient, avoid or minimize nutrients that are in excess. Nutritional prevention is the most powerful tool of Personal Health Freedom, because it is most easily affected by personal choice. Personal choice is especially important in light of the poor quantity and quality of information about nutritional deficiencies and excesses.
Nutritional illnesses are also very easy to acquire. Simple in-attention to diet, dietary drift, or dietary simplicity (meat and potatoes diet, pizza diet) can easily result in minor nutritional deficiencies in a very short time period - and severe nutritional deficiencies over a long period.
But are they detected? Health deficits (illnesses) is typically ignored until they become severe illnesses.
Illnesses are mysterious entities, identified by symptoms, not by causes. Thus, the natural reaction is to treat the symptoms rather than search for causes. If you go to a doctor because you have a bad cold - the cold may be treated. It is unlikely that your immune system will be tested, and less likely that you will be tested for any of the many primary causes of a weak immune system.
From one point, this is understandable - the medical establishment is, as they saying goes, 'up to their ass in alligators'. But it is time to think about draining the swamp.
We need a methodical, scientific study of illnesses and primary illness if we are to move our understanding of health beyond the current medical paradigm.
And until we have the results of these studies, and maybe long after - we need the freedom to choose our nutrients, our foods. Many of governments are actively working to limit the nutrients we can consume - and also to limit the foods that can be studied in scientific studies. These limits are put forth as 'consumer protection legislation' - they are often simply health freedom limitations and a recipe for a health deficient future.
Health be with you.
Tracy is the author of two book about healthicine: