Chronic illness is any kind of disease process that continues for extended periods of time. People can feel miserable for weeks, months, or even years at a time with no relief in sight. For many of the conditions we treat, the regular medical world either has difficulty making the diagnosis, or with finding an effective treatment.
Why do people have chronic illness?
Chronic illness can have a number of causes: genetics, dietary habits, allergies, autoimmune disorders, toxins, chronic infections, and sometimes even cancer. Many symptoms of several different chronic illnesses can be very similar, often making diagnosis difficult. In “conventional" western medicine, merely making a diagnosis is typically the most important thing, which leads to many laboratory tests, X-rays, CT scans, etc. Oftentimes, however, chronic diseases can be lumped into one of a few major categories.
How do we treat it?
While there may be many causes for a patient's chronic illness, there are some treatments that can work very well for many different conditions. Things that are common among many different chronic illnesses are decreased oxygen, increased acidity, nutrient deficiencies, and inflammation. Because of this, many of the treatments we have work for a variety of different classes of chronic illness.