Learn just these few streetwise medical definitions to stay healthy much longer and to pay much less for medical care.
defect, disorder, disease, syndrome, and illness
symptom, trigger, and cause
cause vs symptom vs trigger
body defense system, and cure
inherited or acquired, and genetic predisposition
genetic disorders and genetic diseases
inflammation and infection
chronic meaning, chronic symptoms, chronic illness, and chronic pain
chronic inflammation and chronic infection
And why all of these make no sense at all:
sign vs symptom
Any misunderstanding, just ask.
Meaning, once we can distinguish the critical terminology above, all these can be treated as elusive synonyms: condition, illness, sickness, ailment, health issue, health problem, etc.
Note that the medical definitions discussed here are relevant to both canine health and human health.
You will notice that these terms are the most used medical terms in everyday language about health in general, and yet they are so widely used with contradictions, ambiguity, and imprecison.
It's a DISASTER, and certainly triggering if not causing the many failing treatment attempts that have caused and will continue to cause ever more disorders!
Conversely, the terms as used here are clear, precise, and consistent.
Plus, they reflect the original meaning of the words, which makes them feel like common sense.
So be rest assured, these few key medical definitions here will place you ahead of most physicians!
Take note that this is regardless whether you welcome or reject some or all of these definitions, because you will start thinking about them.
And you will notice just how much ordinary physicians struggle with this most basic medical terminology.
This is why IMHO you as the patient and/or dog owner NEED to be able to sensibly differentiate these terms yourself in order to aim and pay for cure of the cause of your present or future illness, or your dog's sickness.
So that you stay healthy much longer and that you pay much less for medical care.
Because, without clarity in terminology it's impossible to understand:
Of course it does!
So before you click through all these links here I would advise that you read just eight words that make up the Foundation of Health!
And then read the Purpose of Treatment and decide what your purpose is?
Because otherwise your allopathic MD or veterinarian will continue down the path of treatment of changing symptoms that in fact all lead back to not having addressed the original cause earlier!
This is why on this page you find the precise medical definitions that have served me well in daily practice.
- the popular definitions ranking in Google these days ... have not been helpful by any standard
- and the ballooning public health deficits and people's increasing medical bills in almost every nation are proof of that.
- Yet for each term I have linked what comes up in Google so that you can see for yourself if maybe any of the Google-ranked medical definitions serve you any better?
After reading these key medical definitions here you may notice in every conversation with your MD or veterinarian that they use different terms with indifference, confusing you and themselves.
- At the start of a sentence they may refer to your condition as "disease"
- by the end of the same sentence it miraculously changed to a "disorder"
- which of course suggests "it doesn't matter what you have, we gonna treat it with indifference anyway"
In the medical literature it is the same: naming is a mess. See for example these:
There is not one article that systematically reserves each term for its disjunct circumstances, and only those.
Although obviously it is necessary to reserve each term for its disjunct circumstances, you see?
Look, you wouldn't say: "I go to work by plane" when actually you go by car. Depending on what you have, people treat you very different: Both in terms of transport and in terms of health.