Prevention Education

by Patrick Quanten MD

In the immortal words of our Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, the priority is "Education, Education, Education".

The Medical hierarchy emphasises the enormous importance of prevention in their battle against diseases.

Let's examine how far Western man has come in overcoming the threat of illness and how efficient he is in putting his knowledge into practice.

Mankind suffers from a cauldron of disease, regardless of age, sex, race, nation, class, or religious or political conception. The victims of disease are found impartially among young and old, rich and poor, among white men and coloured, among male and female, communist and democrats, poets and peasants. Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and atheist all suffer alike. Disease and premature death are common to them all.

This universal suffering is a dangerous menace to the human race and calls for an immediate and effective universal movement to end it. There is an urgent need. And what have we done about it? The methods hitherto employed by official medical sciences and institutions are impotent and hopelessly inadequate. Yet, human life and human health and longevity are the most important of all problems facing mankind.

In spite of the obscene amount of money invested over many years into an increasingly pressurised health system, the waiting lists are getting longer, the bed and staff shortages more acute and the overall cost of investigations and interventions has spiralled out of control. On top of that, another obscene amount of money has been invested in scientific and medical research to further our understanding of illness and its pathways, which has obviously not delivered on the promises made as no amount of "progress" has diminished the suffering. On top of that, each year the number of hospitalisation days, the number of doctor's consultations and the number of days on sick leave increase dramatically. Directly opposed to these depressing facts are the well-known statements of the authorities, such as "We are now healthier than ever before", "People, nowadays, live longer than ever before". These have been repeated so many times that we have ceased asking for proof and have adopted them as the truth: no one is to question these dogmas of modern science.

Reasons for this sorry state of affairs are given. None appear to be more than excuses.

  • The technological advances made are enormous. One only has to look at the scanning options, the cancer detection methods and the laboratory analysis techniques to realise what has been achieved. Question: Does any of these result in people being healthier? Consult the health statistics for the answer!
  • There are less people dying of cancer than there were fifteen years ago. Question: Since all the people still die, what are these "saved lives" dying of now then? This obviously illustrates the fact that suffering may have changed, but that it hasn't diminished.
  • Drug treatment is now so advanced and sophisticated that we can control almost all medical problems. Question: Have the number and seriousness of side-effects been reduced? As drug treatment is now so effective, what is the reason for the regularity with which drugs are banned, removed from the market and proven to be responsible for irreversible damage to the body? Recent examples are Seroxat and the MMR vaccine.
  • The increasing demand for higher medical care standards has driven up both the cost and the pressure on staff and facilities. The problem arises from the fact that people want more and better, because we are better. Question: Who else but the medical profession itself has introduced the idea that they, and no one else, could cure all diseases; that they are so fantastic? You have asked for the attention, and now you are getting it.
  • More illnesses are recognised, diagnosed and treated than ever before. Question: This suggests that in the past people have not recognised what was wrong with them, as it implies that the total number of diseases around was the same as it is now. Not being well, which interferes with one's daily chores, has always been a good enough reason for people to try and do something about it. Indeed, people have always been keen to stay healthy, so if we find more illness than ever before, it is because there are actually a greater number of diseased people around. Also, why is it that the medical profession has acknowledged disorders such as ME, fibromyalgia and dyslexia only after many years of pressure from the population and after a public campaign fuelled by the frustration of a population that has not been listened to?
  • People are said to turn to the medical profession for the slightest thing nowadays, thereby clogging up the system for more needy cases. Question: Who, but the medical profession itself, has told them that one needed a professional person's help with even the slightest health problem?

Can we find an explanation for the massive divide between people's experience of our health care system and the authorities' description of it?

Yes we can, but let's be blunt about it: a spade is a spade, even if you would like it to be a shovel.

Consider the following statements, all based on my own personal experiences backed up by statistics and research information, generally not highlighted in the popular press or taken on board by the authorities. There are mainly three groups of causes.

Medical Causes

  1. Symptoms are regarded as diseases. Symptoms are signs that will lead you to a diagnosis, providing you follow them right the way through to where and why they have been generated. With all the modern equipment in the medical profession, the public is stunned into the belief that the root cause of the problem has been demonstrated in one test or another. Example: You complain of regular stomach pains. Either, the doctor immediately tells you that you have too much acid in your stomach and you need to take medication that controls the production of stomach acid (research shows that the great majority of "acidic" stomachs have a lack of acid, not an overproduction!), or you go for tests. Clever tests may show up an ulcer, which will be treated by medication similar to the other option. Everybody now relaxes as we have found out the reason for your stomach complaint. Or have we? What if we ask the doctors: "Why have I got an ulcer?" If you don't live on curries, alcohol, or your nerves, the answer is very likely to be "Oh well, it happens sometimes. Nobody knows why." Has anybody investigated whether or not someone else may know why? Certainly not, because what one doesn't know about diseases as a doctor is not worth knowing!
  2. Consequently, symptoms are treated, thereby neglecting the real diseases. When we continue to ask the question "Why?" and do not rest before we have found the true answer, we start to become aware of a greater pool of knowledge where the real causes of diseases are known, and have been for many thousands of years, in a variety of forms but containing essentially the same wisdom.
  3. Instead of aiding the natural forces to hold off diseases, the medical profession seems generally ignorant about them, neglect them, and hinder them. Have you noticed that, without exception, all known carcinogens are toxic products? So, in general terms it would be fair to conclude that toxic products are more likely to cause cancer or contribute to a cancerous growth than natural products. Then why is it that we are made to believe that the only way cancer can be conquered is by the most lethal toxins man has ever produced?
  4. Chemical and artificial medicines do far more harm than good. In 1994, an estimated 2,216,000 (1,721,000 to 2,711,000) hospitalised patients had serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and 106,000 (76,000 to 137,000) had fatal ADRs, making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the USA. The figures have increased every year, and the total cost of drug related illness has spiralled out of control. However, the authorities are still in control, and happily continue to do what they do. The recently maligned vitamin and supplement studies have shown, but failed to draw attention to, the harmful effects of supplements having been caused by artificial products. Natural products have never shown any side-effects or detrimental effects to health.
  5. The official sciences and institutions use their power and authority to stubbornly pursue this one-sided drug approach and to persecute all tendencies to improve the situation. They have claimed the exclusive right to the use of words such as "cure", although they never actually manage it! They are the only ones who have a right to "treat" diseases, although by their own statistical evidence their track record is extremely poor. When the public pressure because so enormous they no longer can ignore other healing methods, they embrace them, curtail them and hide and control them under the same umbrella of poor quality science. They claim the exclusive right to a scientific approach, dismissing all other investigative method out of hand. It is only by stamping their authority on the community and forcibly policing the field of human suffering, ill health and available treatments, threatening people with court orders on the public health act, and ridiculing the integrity of the "questioner" that their reign still extends.

Educational Causes

  1. The official sciences and institutions are almost entirely diagnostic and therapeutic, whereas the best cure is prevention. Once it is known how to really prevent diseases and the necessary preventative measures are taken, all diagnosis and therapy is superfluous. The prevention of disease is much easier, quicker, cheaper and less painful than its diagnosis and cure. The natural vitality of the organism forms the only truly effective protection against diseases and premature death, and it is only recognising this fact and supporting the natural processes that health will become the norm, not illness.
  2. It is only by education in the technique of healthy and natural living that disease can be prevented. Without this type of education, disease will continue to dominate our lives and the finest specialists and laboratories will be totally valueless, as is already starting to show up in all epidemiological statistics.
  3. True medicine worthy of the name is the practical and preventative application of the techniques of natural living and of the natural healing forces. The official medical sciences and institutions have transformed the simple science of life, available to all, into a theoretical, static, useless and extremely complicated system. Now not only do ordinary people no longer understand what causes disease, they also have been far removed from attaining that knowledge by introducing such barriers as long, expensive studies and difficult to obtain diplomas. The knowledge of health has become the exclusive privilege of the few, dominating the masses by means of incomprehensible jargon, confusing messages and useless statistics.

Economic Causes

  1. Existing institutions have attached medical science to commercial enterprises, such as drug manufacturing, chemical products, health foods, food additives, medical investigation and treatment equipment, specialised health enhancing tools, etc. These enterprises use their power, organisation and propaganda to induce the ignorant masses into buying and consuming articles which are harmful (all low-fat foods, diabetic foods, preserved foods, ... ) and into subjecting themselves to the use of test and treatment equipment which induces illness (for example, increased breast cancer risk with regular mammographies).
  2. The medical sciences and institutions exaggerate the usefulness of drugs, medicines, chemical products and all kinds of "specialities". As no one is in a position to seriously question the truthfulness of their statements and claims, because they have removed themselves so far from everyday people and everyday living, their empire of commercialism still stands. It is for this reason, and for this reason only, that medical care today is excessively expensive and consequently inaccessible to the great majority of people. In countries where a form of National Health Service exists the burden on the taxpayer has become unbearable whilst the deliverers of the health care continue to enrich themselves.
  3. The existing medical sciences and institutions, together with the commercial enterprises attached to them, are organised on the basis of commercial exploitation and the economic defence of their jealously guarded rights and position. They therefore have every motive for struggling bitterly against every idea, movement, tendency, science or organisation which wishes to make the sciences and knowledge of healthy living and natural preventive medicine available amongst the wider masses of society. From the moment that the simplified technique of healthy living and of natural medicine is widely available and put into practice, they will lose their privileged position and rights and all their economic profits.
  4. The commercial exploitation of disease, of suffering and of the ignorance of the masses is the most widespread, the most inhumane and the most immoral of all forms of exploitation of man by man.

So, why can we be so sure they have got it all wrong?

First of all, one has to ask the question "How in God's truth, did men survive so far without all the technology that is keeping us alive today?".

Our medical learned friends will tell us that people used to have many, many more children, of which a great number died and the survival of the fittest ensured the continual existence of the human race. And that's it!

Purely on that basis, one would expect the fittest still to be the fittest in our Western society and therefore still to be surviving without any aid at all. Checking the statistics of the over 50's who are not having any medical treatment at all you won't be surprised to learn that that is less than 5% in the civilised world. The conclusion is that this would not be sufficient for the race to survive!

So, what other reason or reasons might there have been for the survival of humans throughout the ages without any technological help whatsoever? How has our life changed in its foundations from what it used to be centuries ago, taking into account that the dramatic downturn in health and unaided survival numbers has occurred during the last century?

The main striking difference is the advent of the industrial revolution. Heavy industry and large scale mining changed not only the landscape forever, but also people's lives. We saw the emergence in large numbers of "new" diseases such as miners lungs, and a resurgence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and polio. As hygiene conditions improved in the second half of the century, there was a significant drop in numbers of infectious diseases, so much so that the medical profession could claim victory for their vaccination programmes. (See "A Critical Look at Vaccination" and "The Origin of Germs") At the same time we witness great leaps forward on the medical scene. On the strength of the self-proclaimed medical intervention victory over infectious diseases, the population was more than willing to be talked into more victories that were "just around the corner". Huge sums of money were invested in the development of drugs and the research of chemical compounds, and regularly major breakthrough claims could be heard. More and more chemicals were now used, both for treating diseases as well as for domestic use. And the appearance of "new" illnesses increased the feeling of threat, the willingness to invest more and the keenness to accept the expert's advice. Little did anybody realise that the expert's chemicals were to blame for most ills that people were suffering by that time, as these experts certainly weren't going to be the ones to spill the beans. Even the public humiliation of exposure, sadly through experience, of the fatal floors in the claims of the drug barons in white coats (cfr. the thalidomite/softenon babies) wasn't convincing enough for the people to turn their backs on the whole industry. By this time, they were too scared and eager to believe that their health heroes would not, could not knowingly hurt them. The first rule they had sworn to was indeed: First, do no harm.

And still today, it is that same belief that keeps the medical science and institutions in power. That belief is underpinned by fear; the fear of abandonment. "What is going to happen to me if I don't accept their advice? Surely they know what they are doing!" Most people now realise and admit that all the chemicals we are using cannot do us any good and is more than likely to be doing us harm. Yet, when it comes to making decisions based on such a statement, there are only a few that find the strength to row against the tide. Don't be surprised or disappointed: it is no different from us "knowing" that smoking is bad for our health, that alcohol poisons our system, that refined foods destroy our digestive system, and yet, we continue to use them all!

All of that does not change the truth. Since the introduction of chemicals in most aspects of our lives, the general state of health of the population has exponentially declined.

Furthermore, whenever we have exported our ideas, and commercial interests, to other places on the globe, a similar decline in health has invariably occurred in all those areas. The introduction of, and consequent reliance on, chemicals has almost immediately introduced diseases that never existed in those places before. Together with the reliance on chemicals for their commercial and domestic use, we removed their traditional belief system in natural living and healing. The combined effect is a total dependence on our help and support with the exclusion of all alternatives.

The Answer

These facts and causes give rise to urgent problems. The health and life of humanity are in danger, while sciences and institutions are becoming increasingly petrified (insurance premiums escalate) and degenerate along with the whole medical profession, throwing out more and more conflicting research results and having to persecute and vilify its authors.

The masses increasingly turn in the direction of various conflicting branches of medicine that are either illegal or semi-legal in character. Alternative medicine has become big business in its own right, and is now struggling with the emerging awareness amongst the population that they also are not providing the whole answer. Unfortunately most of these are equally one-sided and just as incapable of healing as the official sciences. And generally they are just as exploitative, as costly, and as inaccessible to the masses.

What is one to do then?

If it has become obvious that the medical profession is not providing the real answers to the questions of health and illness and that many years of an increasingly more and more sophisticated approach to do battle with illness has resulted in the enemy taking a significantly much larger share of life, can we then conclude that the strategy of treating and curing is not working and has never worked?

If the alternative medical treatments have provided safer and human friendlier ways of combating illness, but have failed in their bid to outgun the orthodox medical strategy as far as cure results are concerned, are we then justified in asking whether the whole idea of "treating" is still justifiable?

If "curing" not only doesn't work, but is actively worsening the situation, are we then not justified in turning our attention to "prevention"?

Of course we are. And the medical profession is all for it: vaccinations, preventative antibiotic use, surgical interventions to prevent disease developing in high risk patients, regularly repeated highly technical testing to detect early disease signs, and lifelong medication to reduce disease developing risk. But lets also ban all vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements; a ban on the validity of systems that have served people for many thousands of years. Prevention, by all means, but only as long as the methods used are economically and socially beneficial to the authorities in charge!

And what about campaigning for the removal and total ban on known contributory factors to ill-health, such as cigarette smoking, alcohol, coffee and tea, hydrogenated vegetable oils, refined food products, all food additives, food radiation, high powered electromagnetic fields, microwave emission equipment (mobile phones, communication masts, kitchen equipment, etc.), chemical medication, cars and motorbikes - need I go on? There is very little sign the protectors and caretakers of our health are doing more than paying lip service to the idea that some of these are not good for your health. However, to actually take real preventative action on behalf of the threatened population and have these health risks removed, the medical authorities do not consider that their job. You have the individual right to choose to make yourself ill, since either yourself and/or the taxpayer will pay the same medical people to "cure" you. It seems, however, that you do not have the individual right to personally purchase health supplements, which may or may not enhance your health, could save the health service money and relieve the pressure on the health care system.

So, what is really required?
If it is going to be up to the individual to make their own decisions, then it would only be fair for people to have all the information available to them to ensure that they are in a position to make the right decisions for themselves. "Making informed choices", is a popular phrase used by the medical profession to demonstrate how open and accessible they are. Well, information about, and more specifically education of, disease prevention is the prime example of this adagio. When people are educated in the art and knowledge of health, disease can become a distant memory, provided every individual chooses the healthy option. If they don't, the consequences will be theirs, and no one will be responsible for their "disease-care".

Through collective education, a knowledge of the technique of a healthy life will spread through all classes of society, and will make diagnostic and therapeutic medicine a thing of the past, replacing it with a system of collective preventive hygiene. It will thus become progressively impossible for the profit system in medicine and its commercialisation and exploitation to continue. This revolutionary social activity assures the moral superiority of the preventative movement over other individual movements and tendencies.

The very basis of disease prevention lies in the prevention of a health imbalance, which occurs when our way of living becomes "out of balance" with the rhythms of its core. We are all rooted in Nature, whether we like it or not. We are animals, created in the same way, and living of the same life-source. Living a life that is off-balance compared with our natural rhythm creates tensions and tears at the system. Compensating mechanisms, in order to survive, are available and used frequently, but will eventually show signs of extreme distress, called disease.

Understanding the natural rhythms, and living in accordance with them, allows our system a smooth ride on the waves of life. The ups and downs of the changing seasons, moon phases, solar activity, climactic conditions, and natural environment all need to be harmoniously integrated into our daily lives. Awareness of these influences, accommodating them and gaining from their offerings, will ensure a harmonious life, devoid of stresses and strains on the system, allowing the system to "float" through life, using a minimal energy input, preserving energy and improving and prolonging life.

Nothing more or nothing less is required than educating the population in these techniques. The reward is an inexpensive, universally available health care system which is individually based and one hundred percent effective. Very often people, indoctrinated by the medical cure approach, believe that living a healthy life has very limited input into the state of our health. This is only correct if the mentioned healthy life has been limited to a few aspect of real life. True and full education will show people the importance of a full understanding of life, the way it is created and the forces that drive it on. An opinion based on a limited understanding of these issues will have only limited value.

This is why the time has come to spread the whole knowledge of living in harmony, with the added bonus of preventing disease. Only proper education of the masses regarding the true balance of life can ensure a long and prosperous life, fulfilling all its potential. Understanding that in utilising all the natural and cosmic forces as treatment tools (foods, sun, air, water, earth, exercises, etc.) we must pay attention to the seasonal and periodic rhythms. This is the sole means of maintaining health, curing diseases, prolonging life and improving the individual capacity.

May 2003


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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