Welcome to Health Based Medicine

Health Based Medicine is based on the concept that there are two kinds of medicines.

Health Based Medicines are based on the concepts of improving health,healthiness, and healing. The simplest examples of Health Based Medicines are vitamins.  When you are deficient in a specific nutrient or vitamin, you can develop an illness. When you address the deficiency, you improve your healthiness to the point that the illness disappears.

Health Based Medicines also includes health based restrictions.  If you are ill because of ingestion of a toxin – a health based medicine approach is to stop consuming the toxin.

There are many other types of Health Based Medicine, and I expect it will take some time to discover and begin to explore its different aspects.  That is one of the main missions of this site.

Illness based medicines are based on attacking illness and the causes of illness. If you have a bacterial infection, and you take an antibiotic to kill the bacteria, you are using an illness based medicine.  Medicines that only tackle symptoms are also ‘illness based’, not health based medicines.

If you are suffering from a nutrient deficiency, an illness based medicine will not address the deficiency.  It might make you feel better, while your health gets worse.  If you are suffering from a toxin, the result will be similar.  You might feel ‘better’, while you consume more of the toxin – and your health continues to deteriorate.

Medicines that attack symptoms allow chronic illness to grow worse. These medicines can be effective when used for a short term, while your health has time to recover.  A pain relief medicine is an excellent medicine when you suffer a gunshot wound or break a bone. But their use over the long term can lead to poorer health.

About Health Based Medicine.com

This site is about Health Based Medicines, a new concept in our understanding of health. It is based on the concept of “Healthicine: the arts and sciences of health and healthiness” at Healthicine.org, our sister site.

Note: Health Based Medicines does not distinguish between conventional medicines, alternative medicines, natural medicines, patent medicines, Chinese medicines – or any other school of medicine.  Each of the schools or commonly known ‘types’ of medicine uses both health based medicines and illness based medicines depending on the illness and depending on what medicines are known.  I believe we should always search for health based medicines.

Health is poorly studied and poorly understood, because we generally focus our energies on illness, not healthiness. As a result the concepts explored by HealthBasedMedicine.com are evolving and will change over time.

Is your Medicine Health Based, or Illness Based?

The next time you take a medicine, think about these questions:

– is this medicine health based, or illness based?
– if it is illness based, are there health based alternatives?
– which is likely to be more effective in the short term?  the long term?

to your health, tracy


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