Dr F I have found over the years of looking at reasons for my own health issues I am guided by findings from research. Good or Bad!
My Psychology training has me questioning everything that comes in front of me so that I can see why a conclusion is found.
If the researchers have a bias that shows in the end result.
If the researchers are fixed in their understandings that also shows in their results.
If researchers are collaborative, share ideas across the Medical spectrum and think outside the box then results change such as the often quoted Stomach Ulcers understandings.
The pieces of research about individual diseases, the common points in both the expression of the diseases/symptoms and the co-incidences or co-factors of the findings paints a picture that is often the difference to the story.
I am beginning to believe that our opinion of what is 'self' and what 'isn't self' comes into play here as well.
We say that we are what we eat and we say that we are what is contained within us and then we say that we are not the bacteria or the bad cholesterol or not the cancer cells we carry with us.
We are the synergy result of all things we contain.
Which comes first is more of the question in the realm of Health. Is it also about balance like it is with Camel loading, one straw is all it takes, BUT was it anything to do with Straw?
If you take things individually away from a problem and the problem changes does that mean the singular item is the cause of the problem or is it the sum of the items or is it the knowledge about the item.
When I look at the items suspected in the diseases that share 'our' symptoms I see there are links, common factors that are known. When the balance is changed in those diseases the label for the disease changes as well. Bacteria are implicated in most if not all diseases across the board and then there are ongoing effects of imbalances such as inflammation due to the change of balance of the bacterial load.
The effect of Bacteria may or may not be the issue as such because the environment has to exist for the Bacteria volume to change the 'whole system' or 'environment'. So there is definitely an interplay in process and to exclude one will not 'fix' the whole. To return 'harmony' to the system at large is multifaceted and the key players are the solution to 'disease'.
Many profess that diet is the key, and as soon as you follow that avenue you find that for instance Mindfullness is also a critical factor that needs to be in balance with diet and so on and so on.
The other findings are that the loss of balance within a synergy system requires decreasing an item such as anti-biotic death of excess bacterial load to reboot or rebuild from scratch the system.
So which is the cause, we will ever know?
So after writing this I am thinking that both of our approaches have flaws. There is always a chicken and egg, and another and so on, each time a conclusion or assumption is made.
There will always be unknowns and never one eternal answer across the spectrum that we Humans present.
It is the common denominator that I am seeking most often and that may be my downfall!
Tired now and it's 8.10 am after a walk and a talk!
Have a great day!