Incurable?

After a decade in practice, I’m still perplexed by conventional notions of what’s “curable” and what’s not.

  • Why do we heal from the flu, but only go into remission from cancer?
  • Why does a specific set of test results mean we have type 2 diabetes forever, even if we change our lifestyle and reduce that blood sugar to normal levels?
  • Why is Crohn’s “incurable” even though many people never experience symptoms again once they change their diet?

Remission is a term we use when we expect a disease to return. But is expecting something to return really the most helpful way to approach it?

My experience–and that of thousands of others–is that healing from many chronic diseases is possible. It might be that changing our perspective begins with changing our language.