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Symptom vs Trigger vs Cause

Get here a better understanding how to determine the cause of sickness.

Let's again first briefly look what the current understanding elsewhere is, as reflected by Google's results of the presumably "best content" in the world. cry

This is what Google ranks top for cause medical definition:


This ranks top for what the world knows about etiology: the analysis of the reason for sickness, the diagnosis of causation, the understanding of the cause of sickness:


And this ranks top for arguably the most critical differentiation of all in western medicine, namely cause vs symptom: eek


In fact let's take one more look, at the search volume: the interest of people in a particular topic:


You see there:

  • a lot of people want to learn the flawed, ambiguous, and superfluous differentiation sign vs symptom doh!
  • only few people want to learn the critical differentiation cause vs symptom exclaim
  • and "no one"(!) wants to learn the critical differentiation cause vs trigger exclaim

Be fully aware that all this means that the medical discussion and thus understanding of the cause of sickness in general is mediocre, to say the least.

Because Google's search results reflect the existing content on any subject! eek

Cause Definition

So let's now improve the understanding and hope that Google will share it widely, quickly. For anyone interested and googling the meaning of cause:

Cause is the one circumstance that originates a defect, disorder, or disease.

This may be another defect, disorder, or pathogen, or a mutation, injury, radiation, vaccination, or chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment).

Note that most times the cause is most difficult to determine, because:

  1. typically there is a considerable time lag between cause and symptoms and their diagnosis
  2. both professionals and non-professionals have been "trained" to focus on symptoms instead of thinking in order to peruse the cause
  3. and after some ill-advised prophylaxis or one or more rounds of overhasty treatment - before or after symptoms started to show - the cause and some or all triggers can become unidentifiable retrospectively.

Also note that:

Cause Examples

What I love most about all these medical definitions here: They make complete sense, they are common sense - once you think them through. You see that too?

Of course only because over the years I have ironed out earlier imprecision, inconsistencies, and ambiguities. That's what these here, and everywhere else, will still have to do:

Typically I only review the top 100 results for any Google search. And all of those articles and publications, in every area of medicine, all of it is a linguistic mess: imprecisions, contradictions, ambiguities throughout.

Hopefully after reading just the core medical definitions here you notice the urgency for improvement too?

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Because without that it is unsurprising why much of today's treatment attempts are ineffective, outright counterproductive, and so why the public health budgets and individuals' health cost everywhere are accelerating.

While this meets the interest of some individual businesses... the cost of this wrongdoing to both the citizen and the economy at large does not justify inaction. Correct?

Help make progress now:

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