Pound of Cure

You’ve heard the expression, but let’s examine exactly what it says and what it means…

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

An ounce of prevention on a scale metaphor

From the perspective of historical medicine which was originally based on natural therapies (before the adoption of surgical barbarism and an era of drug addiction lead by western allopathy), that relied upon herbalism and dietary control of the body’s terrain.  With those foundations in mind, prevention was mathematically 16 times more effective than cure, (one ounce x 16 = one pound).  What we’ve done to that equation through the “marvels” of modern pharmaceuticals is _______.   (I can’t summon enough angst to sum it up in one word without obscenity, so fill in the blank yourself – using any word that relates a combination of shortsighted stupidity, insanity, and blatant greed.)

Allopathic therapy has completely inverted that formula, transforming it to basically, ‘Take two pills three times a day, and call back if there’s a problem.’  This Western method concentrates its’ “cures” with doses measured in milligrams, not pounds.  If we duplicated the principles of our original treatments, our modern natural “cures” would require some significant commitment, perseverance, and diligence…which is exactly what traditional naturopathy always requires.

Modern prevention is measured in pounds.  Pounds of fresh unadulterated foods.  Pounds of pure water.  Pounds of supplements.  Pounds of fresh juices.  That’s why so many people miss the mark…they think they can fight the anvil with a broom-straw.  Holistic healing requires that you stop doing the things that harm the body, and replace all of those things with positive reinforcements…just to break even.  Those efforts and compounded protocols, might move the needle one degree toward the target.  Once the tide turns in favor of healing, the forward momentum can bring determination, until the desired results arrive.  It isn’t easy.  It never is.

DrDIY is a food-safety professional with an extensive sanitation background within the food & beverage manufacturing industry. He consults on food-safety - from hygienic-design to integrated pest-management through microbiology support, quality improvement audits, total-process management philosophy, CIP optimization, and lean-six-sigma project participation.

Overcoming an extended disability through a complete overhaul of diet and nutrition, DrDIY embraced traditional naturopathy and combined the wisdom of nature with the principles of modern sanitation to help build more sustainable systems within the food industry. He continues to study and practice holistic nutrition, food-safety, detoxification, and self-improvement and this site represents personal experience and opinion - and does not reflect the position of any employer past or present.

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