Canadian born Tracy Kolenchuk is author of two books: “Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness” and “Aging Healthicine: The Arts Sciences of Health and Healthiness”.

Tracy is not a doctor. He is the founder of www.healthicine.org and www.personalhealthfreedom.blogspot.com where he works to change the way the world defines and looks at health, healthiness and healthicine.

The Case of the Incredible Disappearing Cancer Patients!

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

It’s been almost 20 years since I met my first disappearing patient — a nurse in her early 40s, let’s call her Kate. Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a nurse, she had seen the results of breast cancer treatments. She was terrified, and determined. She was not heading for surgery, nor chemotherapy, nor radiation.

But Kate worked in a hospital. She worked with the doctors who diagnosed her cancer, and she worked with the surgeon, who wanted to schedule her into surgery “as soon as possible.”

The first thing Kate did was slow down. She did some research. It didn’t take her long to remind herself that in Canada, and in the USA, the treatments for cancer are akin to law. No hospital would dare deviate from the deadly three (cut, poison, burn).

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Diseases Cured – But Not By Medicines

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Can you name a disease that can be cured, but cannot be cured with medicines? Can you name two? Five? More? Can you name a common disease that can be cured by medicines? How many diseases can you list that can be cured by vitamins or supplements?

There are many definitions of disease – and many definitions of medicine. So.. What is a disease? What is a medicine? Are medicines defined by the diseases they treat? For this discussion, I will use a very simple definition of disease, and a very simple definition of medicine.

  • Disease: a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor. Bacterial infection, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s, hypertension, depression, the common cold etc.
  • Medicine: a substance marketed to treat a disease, recognized as a drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (or equivalent).

Cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, depression, the common cold, and many other diseases have symptoms that can be ‘treated’ with medicines. But they cannot be ‘cured’, according to current medical textbooks.

In reality, many diseases can be cured by healthicines, or healthy actions.

Medicine or Healthicine?

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Understanding Medicines – From Deadly Drugs to Healthy Foods

19th November 2014

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

You might think there are only two types of medicines – conventional medicines and alternative medicines. There are many different ways to view medicines and their effects, and when we take different viewpoints, we can learn more. The differences between conventional and alternative medicines is a very weak distinction, so weak that it is not recognized by the US FDA – the official body for the approval of medicines.

How should we view different classes of medicines? In this article, we view different medicines according to their effects on healthiness. Some medicines have a positive effect on healthiness, some have a very negative effect on healthiness, and many are in-between.

In the diagram below, ‘medicine’ types are arranged from the least healthy on the left, to the healthiest on the right. In each case there is some overlap – sometimes this overlap can be very wide.

Effects of Different Types of Medicines on Health

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Beware the Quack Quack Quack

18th October 2014

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What is Quack-Quackery?

What is a quack? What is a quack quack? What is a quack quack quack? And why do we need to beware them?

The Quack

Is a quack someone who sells ‘false medicine’. Not just that. Merriam-Webster defines a quack as “one who makes false claims of identity or expertise” – not just medicines. They are claiming to have expertise they do not have.

Does a quack know they are a quack? Do they really think they have the required expertise, or are they simply lying, perhaps to sell a dubious product, and moving quickly to the new customer? It doesn’t matter. Both the idiot and the liar fit the definition of a quack.

The Quack Quack

A quack quack is someone who claims to see a quack, but is actually “making false claims of identity or expertise” themselves.

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The Placebo Paradox

28th September 2014

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

When you research medicines, alternative medicines, even medical treatments that do not involve a physical substance, you will see reference to the “placebo effect”; statements such as:

X is no better than a placebo
Y is probably just a “placebo effect“…
Treatment X is just a placebo
Medicine X failed to beat a placebo in controlled clinical studies…

What is a placebo? What is the placebo effect? Is it real, fake, or something else? Is the placebo effect magic? No, but placebo effects are a paradox.

Merriam Webster defines the placebo effect thus: “improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used“. Thus, the placebo effect is a real effect in response to a treatment that cannot cause that effect. A paradox.

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10 Reasons to Love Your Homeopath

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Lots of people swear by homeopathic medicines, but a small group think they should be banned.

In the book “Think Like a Freak“, authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner tell us that the three hardest words in the English language are “I don’t know”. These three words are the reasoning for arguments against homeopathy. We know homeopathic medicines work. We don’t know why. We don’t know how. But we often fear what we don’t understand, and fear can lead to anger and accusations when we simply don’t know.

So why should you love your homeopath? There are lots of reasons…

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We Study Illness with Infinite Precision – But Who Measures Health?

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Health is whole. Illness is a hole in our health. When we only study the holes, we learn little about the wholeness of health, only the darkness of illness.

Spread your arms as wide as you can. Imagine your presence extending from genetics in your left hand, across your body to the nutrients that build your cells and tissues, your organs, your bodily systems – to your body in the centre. On the right, join your hands with your communities, your family, your pets, your environment, the organizations you are a part of, your friends, perhaps your church, your employers, your government, and the corporations around you.

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Do You Really Need a Medicine? Or a Healthicine?

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Healthicines increase healthiness. Medicines decrease illness. It’s easy to say, but it can be very difficult to understand clearly.

Are “alternative medicines” healthicines or medicines? Are vitamins healthicines or medicines? Are herbal treatments healthicines or medicines?

Let’s begin with some simple examples, where the lines are very clear….

An apple a day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An apple is a healthicine, not a medicine. You can eat as many as you want. Your children can eat them. Apples don’t make you healthy ‘quickly’, health is created slowly, “an apple a day“. Apples don’t fight specific illnesses, they improve general healthiness. If you are sick, an apple won’t make you well, and if you eat too many you will get diarrhea. But if you are sick, an apple a day will still help you be healthy. You don’t need a prescription to buy an apple.

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Community Healthiness: Love and Virtue Strengthen Our Communities

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I read a beautiful quote on Quora the other day, from a five year old. Her father had asked “How do we show someone we love them?”, and she responded “We play with them.”

I love it! We sing, dance and play! Sometimes we play hard.

When we love, we are strengthening our communities.

Communities, as defined by the healthicine hierarchy, cover a wide range, from couples, to families, to partnerships, companies, corporations, churches, and governments. Any group of people. Even people and animals living or working together.

Communities, healthy communities, can be competitive, cooperative, or even playful. Some communities are very well connected, others poorly connected to their members – and to other communities. Some communities are very rich, complex, complete and healthy. Some communities are very hierarchical, others are more egalitarian. Others are very thin or poorly connected. Each community is unique.

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Body, Mind and Spirit: Understanding the Links Between Health and Consciousness

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Body, mind, and spirit are often presented as the “wholeness” of health. However, body, mind, and spirit are poorly defined, poorly distinguished and poorly articulated in many health (sick care) practices.

Philosophers have pondered – for centuries and more – the definitions and locations of mind, and spirit. We often confuse, or mix discussions of body, mind, and spirit with body, mind, and soul. I will not discuss the concept of ‘soul’.

We each have one body, at least two brains, many minds, and many, many spirits. To develop a science of healthicine – as opposed to medicine – we need useful, functional, practical definitions and distinctions.

The Brain

We can start with the brain. In the hierarchy, the brain is an organ, or a number of organs. As an organ, it is a collection of tissues that perform certain functions – sensing, filtering the senses, and reacting to sensations. The brain is part of the whole body – the collection of all body parts.

Where do you find the mind? In the body? Or in the brain? Nowhere. The mind is separate from the body, separate from the brain. We cannot find the mind in the brain.

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Curing Cancer Requires a New Kind of Thinking

7th August 2013

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Science advances one funeral at a time” said Nobel Prize winning physicists Max Planck. Unfortunately, it has the ring of truth. But why can’t science advance “one cure at a time“?

It can.

In theory, no-one knows how to cure cancer. In theory, everyone is searching for a cure for cancer. In theory, many people are raising money to “find a cure”. But those theories are wrong. We know how to cure cancer. We’ve known for some time.

Many cancers have been cured and people are curing cancer today. There are thousands, possibly millions worldwide, of people who have records of cancer diagnosis, who no longer have cancer. I’m not talking about people who were treated with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Statistically, those people are waiting for remission or death. I’m talking about people who cured their cancer. In some of these cases the patient was given up for dead by the medical system – but is living and thriving today.

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10 Common Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions

15th June 2013

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The most common misconception about nutrition is that we actually know a lot about nutrition.

Fact: no-one studies healthy nutrition and diet in a serious, scientific fashion. We have lots of theories, lots of errors, lots of contradictions, but little true scientific testing in search of truth.

Virtually all of the scientific research into nutrition is ‘illness based’, not healthiness based. This bias creates a lot of knowledge about specific diseases but little understanding of health. When we research ‘illness’, we search for specific causes and specific cures.

Did you ever wonder why everything seems to be bad for you, and almost everything seems to be good for you as well? This is a result of researching illness and ignoring healthiness. Illnesses are ‘specific’. Healthiness is general. Lessons learned by studying illness are poor teachers when trying to attain healthiness.

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