Healing versus Curing

by Patrick Quanten MD

The struggle to rid the world of disease has intensified during the last century. An obscene amount of resources has been made available in the war against illness. So far the overall impression we are left with is that there is no sign of us winning this war. It feels like a guerrilla war where you think you have found the enemy and then it turns out you haven't. The enemy keepsdisappearing into the jungle. We seem to be chasing a ghost.

Our Western belief that the enemy is somewhere out there has taken root thanks to Louis Pasteur and his colleagues. They were able to demonstrate that diseased tissues contained "bugs", which they called bacteria. The logical conclusion drawn from that observation is that once we get rid of the bacteria disease will disappear. So, the commercial bandwagon started rolling. Money, time and effort were invested in the search for the magical stuff that would do the trick because it was soon realised that whoever found it - The Holy Grail - would be famous forever and rich beyond belief.

War was declared and the arms race had begun. Soon the first products, antibiotics, were developed which had been proven to be effective against the growth of bacteria under laboratory conditions. Now these products proved their worth in human beings and nasty bacteria were dying quickly, saving thousands of lives.

A party was thrown, victory was declared and bacteria were sneered at. It had turned out to be a lot simpler than anticipated, but since we are the highest evolved creation of our world we should not have doubted our strength. As we were still celebrating the first problems started to show up. Some people reacted badly to the medication: people were having digestive problems, skin rashes, and breathing problems. However, don't worry because those complaints are due to the "roughness" of the products. Once we have refined it a bit, you will all be better off. The other problems that we noticed related to the fact that some bacteria were not dying as easily as they did when we started using these antibiotics. Well, don't worry about that because it makes sense that not all bacteria are exactly the same. So what we'll do is, we'll learn more about the individual bacteria and we will develop products that are very specific. And so the killing continues.

As we sophisticated our weaponry we became more cocky about our power and our abilities. We ignored the fact that both the problems with the medication tolerance as well as the problems with bacterial resistance increased. Convinced as we were that one day we would know all there is to know about every bacteria under the sun, we continued increasing the resources to find the illusive all-powerful antibiotic. In the same way as we continued to be convinced that one day we would find the all-powerful pesticide which would give us total control over the insect population.

They didn't read the script and neither did the bacteria!

To Cure or not to Cure

In the mean time the idea that a person gets ill when he gets attacked from the outside had taken root in the whole of our Western Society. This belief meant that we could create an industry dedicated to eradicate the invading force. To destroy became the theme tune for the medical profession. The endless search for invading organisms took on gigantic proportions. From bacteria we moved on to viruses, parasites, worms, and fungi. We find the blithers everywhere giving us good ground to develop more products. The industry is booming. And more so, because we have managed to legislate our business.

Laws have come into force which regulate and control the development and manufacturing of medication. We have protected and secured our field. We can claim the natural product ingredients as our own and manufacture these artificially as medication. We increase our resources of money, time and energy to study ingredients and find a disease for them. Once we have successfully negotiated this hurdle and a disease or condition has been found which improves whilst taken this medication we can start the money collection, our reward for our efforts in the name of the health of the population. And people are so grateful they will "invest" even more money in our business, hoping for more successes. Laws become more and more sophisticated and we now determine that anything that is seen to improve a medical condition is deemed to be a medication and will therefore come under the prescription drug law. And furthermore, no one outside the "industry" is allowed to make any medical claims as we are the only ones who are investing money, time and effort into this industry. And consequently, we are the ones who are saving thousands of lives.

We are licensed to find the cures; nobody else is. That means that nobody else can find a cure. Anything anyone outside the industry says has to be a false claim as they have no license to "cure". The law which we invented, states that these people mustbe wrong and therefore they are.

And we continue to cure.

What does "to cure" mean? - It means: to restore to health. That's fine, I've got that. And then again there is a problem here. Since we all die, ultimately nobody gets "restored to health", do they? Therefore, measured by that yardstick "to cure" is a total failure. Well that's a pity as we have invested so much money, time and effort into the industry that we cannot be a failure. We need to do something about that. Like what?

Well, we could put time limits on the "cure". We could for instance say that we will call you "cured" of cancer if you are still alive five years after the initial diagnosis. We can then encourage an "early detection system", in which we invest a lot of money, time and effort, which will dramatically increase our "cure-rate" figures. How? Very simply. If a certain cancer will take ten years to kill a person, and we manage to detect it when it is still in it's infancy, say in the first year of its development, we will have "cured" that person without doing anything else. Early detection saves thousands of lives.

Other limits need also to be set, such as test levels. We can call a cure when certain blood levels have been achieved. Or when certain weight or strength levels are reached. Or when certain tasks have been performed. Any "improvement" can be called a "cure" providing you put the "finishing line" inside the improvement boundaries. And as we are the only ones who are licensed to cure, we are the only ones allowed to call a cure a cure. We make the definitions, we set the limits and hand out the prizes.

And what about the annoying problem when we don't find an invading critter to hold responsible for the disease. Well, then we just speculate. There certainly must be one, but we haven't found it yet. We can call it an illusive virus or something, and faithfully promise that when we do find it it will soon be eliminated.

And the war against the invading forces of our surroundings and the environment continues.

Definitions of "To Cure"

spiritual and pastoral charge
relief or recovery from a disease
something that corrects a harmful or troublesome situation
to restore to health, soundness, or normality
to bring about recovery
to rectify
to free from something objectionable or harmful
to prepare by chemical or physical processing, especially to preserve by salting, drying, or smoking

"To cure" obviously means more than just recovery from a disease. The Western Medical Authorities have hijacked the definition through the use of legislation. It now turns out that anything that helps to restore health or normality, anything that helps to free us from harm, anything that helps to correct harm or trouble is per definition "a cure". This does not solely apply to drugs produced in pharmaceutical laboratories. A mother who picks up her child after it has fallen and hurt its knee and kisses the knee better effectively produces a cure.

In order to correct a harmful or troublesome situation one needs to change that situation. Covering up the situation through, for instance, pain control or "anti"-medication, does not change the situation. It only changes our perception of the situation, i.e. I can't feel the pain anymore, or the excess stomach acid is now neutralised. To effectively change the situation one has to make changes. These will inevitably involve changes in the way one is doing things right now, as it is that behavioural pattern which has created the harmful situation in the first place. So, a cure will only really be established by making changes.

But what about our war then?
Fighting an unknown enemy, who also adapts to the new environment much quicker then we can create it, is going to be an impossible task. Furthermore, we notice in our environment, in Nature, that there really is nothing that is just dangerous, or just advantageous. Everything seems to depend on the balance between "constructive" and "destructive" forces. Out there, there is no war amongst the plants and animals; there is just evolution. Everything changes all the time but no one species has got it all its own way. Wouldn't it make sense to acknowledge that, as we are part of and living in Nature, our lives are following similar lines and laws. Changing environments bring changes within plant and animal live. If they are detrimental to health then we, as conscious human beings, have the capability of altering our ways in order to create "a cure", to correct a harmful situation, to restore health. We don't need to fight; we need to change.

To Heal

to make sound or whole
to restore to health
to restore to a sound or normal state
to mend

Healing also means restoration to health, but the definition mentions "making whole" which is not a feature of curing. Curing busies itself with situations or bits that have gone wrong, whilst healing seems to concentrate on the "wholeness". When you restore something to a sound or normal state you do not necessarily have to restore it to its original state as described in the manual.

When we heal people, we very often notice that the disease does not disappear. Yet, somehow we have the feeling that we did help that person. Healing is not about "curing diseases"; healing is about "making whole". In healing no one is fighting anything or anybody. There are no bugs or mystery causes to be destroyed. Healing is not about destroying; healing is about making whole. A person, an animal, a country or culture can be made whole without overcoming all illness and discomfort. Even Nature has its own discomforts, its own pains and anxieties, but none of it imbalances the structure. "Evil" and "goodness" are human concepts which colour our world in good and bad. These concepts do not help us to live a more whole live as they separate the seeds from the husks, the active ingredient from the impurities, the "me" from the "them". It is this separation that creates the harmful situationwe are now desperate to find a cure for. Healing brings together all those differences in a whole; it delivers the normal state.

Healing therefore can take place in spite of illness or even death. As a matter of fact before you can leave this earthly life you will have to heal to some degree because in the spirit-world, in the here-after, in the beyond, there is no discomfort, no pain. All is well, after we have passed on. Via a medium we can get some limited information about the way things are beyond death as messages are passed on to us. All these messages tell us that the suffering has finished, that life is fine now, that everything is "whole" again. This can only be when at some stage healing has taken place and life has been "made whole" again. This can happen long before death, but if it hasn't then something has to change during the pass over. From being in an abnormal state, in an imbalanced state, life must have been restored to health, to a normal state.

When people are dying we observe some very peaceful and quiet deaths, but we also experience some disturbing and terrible dying processes in which people seem to have a real "fight" before they finally pass away. What's the difference? Well, if the person is healed there will be no dissimilarities between the state before and after death and therefore the pass over will be smooth and simple. In contrast with the person who has not healed and is therefore in a different state from the one he/she is moving into. One can imagine the difficulties that may arise from making the transition under those circumstances. It may well be that it becomes a real struggle to let go of the life as we know it in order to move into the more whole life that is awaiting us. This struggle is painfully visible to anyone watching the dying process of a person in that state. However, once the transition has been made the person has become "whole" and "normal" again. Everyone heals before dying!

The implications are that not only has "healing" nothing to do with "curing", but also that healing is an essential part of life. One could even say that it is the goal in life to heal, because without it life is not complete, life cannot finish, life is not "whole".

To Cure or to Heal

Finding cures for illnesses, uncomfortable situations, seems so insignificant in the light of healing. Diseases must have a meaning in life which goes beyond the fact that they need rectification through intervention. Curing a disease does not make the person whole; healing a person does not cure the disease. Restoring a part of life to normal does not make the whole life normal. It never can, and never will. Restoring one part whilst leaving life as a whole abnormal will only induce another part to malfunction. This process will continue until life itself is no longer sustainable.

Illnesses are not the result of a vicious attack by an outside aggressor but are internal imbalances. Bugs appear in diseased tissues from within the tissues itself, as has been demonstrated in laboratory conditions. There are no mysterious viruses that travel vast distances or lie dormant for decades before "attacking" the innocent victim. Illness has not so much to do with "out there" as it has with "in here". It is an internal affair and should therefore be treated as one. No aggression directed toward an outside cause is making any real impact on alleviating distress caused by illness. Money, time and effort - vast amounts of - invested in this belief system has so far only served us with the knowledge that nothing is working. What is required is a shift in thinking. We need to stop blaming outside factors for internal problems. We need to regard the whole rather than the parts as the essence of life.

Restoring life to normal, making life whole again, will allow all parts to continue functioning for their intended life span. It brings out the best in all parts which together make up the whole. In other words, life in balance will not only last longer it will also be more comfortable. A long life is no priority and we should not make statistics and compare the length of one life with another. Not all dogs are expected to live for the same time span; in effect within every species in Nature we find at any given time a number of short and long lives for a great variety of reasons. What remains extremely important though is the quality of life, and particularly in terms of wholeness. The more complete and balanced life is the more it will reach its potential. When it has reached its potential the transition into the faze beyond the Gate of Death will be a smooth one.

The sooner the attention of our society can be switched from curing illnesses to healing people the sooner we will see peace descend upon the individual and the earth as a whole. To find a cure will remain an illusive wish for the non-seer. I am afraid to say that it will not and can not happen, ever.

Curing diseases does not make people better. 
Making whole does.

August 2002


Patrick Quanten has been a general practitioner since 1983. The combination of medical insight and extensive studies of Complementary Therapies have opened new perspectives on health care, all of which came to fruition when it blended with Yogic and Ayurvedic principles. Patrick gave up his medical licence in November 2001.
Patrick also holds qualifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Reiki, Ozon Therapy and Thai Massage. He is an expert on Ear Candling and he is also well-read in the field of other hard sciences. His life's work involves finding similarities between the Ancient Knowledge and modern Western science.

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