Current medical practice is to treat the disease only. Bacterial infections are combated with antibiotics, viral infections with antiviral and parasitic infections with the limited antiparasitic pharmaceuticals available. Body defense system, immune system, depression caused by emotional stress is treated with antidepressants or tranquilizers. Immune depression caused by nutritional deficiency is seldom treated at all, even if recognized, and then by suggestion to consume a more healthy diet.
Medical training is so strongly emphasized toward 'treating the disease' that 'treating the patient' is generally overlooked. For example, all physicians know that oral antibiotics kill not only the pathogens, but also the resident bacteria in the gut that are required for digestion. They know that antibiotics cause gut irritation and deplete the Telephone Number List nutritional content, especially the B-complex vitamins. It is exceedingly rare however , for a physician to prescribe consuming yogurt to reestablish the depleted flora of the gut or to prescribe a B-complex vitamin supplement to help overcome the nutritional deficit caused by the antibiotic. The disease is treated, not the patient.
Current medical training includes knowledge of the immune system and the macrophage is generally recognized as the most important component of the body defense system. It is recognized that an activated macrophage is absolutely essential to finally "cure" any disease. Consideration of the immune system is generally concentrated on the acquired immune response, primarily the development of vaccines or investigating methods of depressing the immune response in order to enhance the success or organ transplants. The innate immune system, truly the initiator and director of body defense response, which maintains the health of the body on an ever alert and constant basis is ignored.