The One True Cause of all disease (All 52 of them)

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  1. fuzzyfungus

    One implicit premise that seems to run through many of these (somewhat ironic, given how "They treat the symptoms, not heal the body!!!" is one of the stock attacks on those evil 'allopaths', with their chemicals) is the notion of some sort of ideal state of purity and harmony(with heavy moral overtones) that you either adhere to or deviate from, which is why all diseases can usually be resolved just by giving you a suitable shove back toward righteousness.

    Team biology, by contrast, suggests that even fairly simple organisms, much less humans, are a raging mess of (at best) dynamic equilibria between a few zillion cell types (a majority of them not even cells of that organism; but various sometimes-symbiotic fellow travellers), with deviation from the statistical norm (some of it harmless, some quite lethal) possible on an overwhelming number of different points, hence the proliferation of diseases and treatments.

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