Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kevin On the matter of 'Disease' - it's diagnosis and prognosis.

On the matter of 'Disease' - it's diagnosis and prognosis.
People are constantly ringing me, or writing letters asking for my advice.
Very often I am able to help them, but there are limits.
Sometimes it is not possible to accurately visualise the condition of a patient from the description given in a letter or over the telephone. 
Now that I am retired I usually advise these people to consult a competent naturopath.
The situation inevitably arises when we will ask the question… “Has this patient a chance of survival?”
We want to help those people but often their enthusiasm overshadows the real facts and possibilities.
Let us assume the patient has a terminal disease and their medical advisers say that life expectancy is only two months.
• These doctors must have good reasons for issuing this prognosis.
• They must surely have given thought to the question.
• They probably realise that the patient cannot survive unless the digestive system is able to utilise the food being eaten.
• If the food is not being assimilated then it is only a matter of time before the reserves will become depleted, and when this happens, the patient will die.
I have always regarded the temperature as a good guide to the latent vitality present in any organism, but it is not the only one.
There may be sufficient vitality to allow the body to make one last vigorous effort to heal itself, but it may not be sufficient to ensure recovery.
Many other factors must be considered, which a lay person may not take into account.
As well as the temperature we should also know
• the blood pressure,
• breathing rhythm and
• pulse.
The blood-pressure can be roughly estimated by inspection of the iris or by palpating the temporal artery, but a lay person could not do this.
The breathing rhythm may be too slow or uneven. Here again only a qualified person could accurately judge.
The pulse may be weak, too slow or uneven. A lay person would not be qualified to determine whether the pulse is satisfactory or not.
But, even if these signs are all normal we cannot assume that recovery will be automatic.
We must also know
• whether food is being digested and assimilated,
• and if the kidneys are functioning normally.
• Inspection of the faeces will tell us if the food remains undigested and is simply passing through the body unused.
• Testing the urine with a urinometer will tell us if the kidneys have ceased functioning. If the specific gravity of the urine falls to that of water, it would be wise to assume that death is inevitable.
This was sent to me by Mr Jaffrey to prepare me for the inevitable situation in which a person seeks help after going through most of the traditional courses of healing.
I offer it to those who are confused on the matter of diagnostics.

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