Falling in Love with
Your Disease
By Alex Strande, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath



One of the first questions I ask new patients is, “Are you in love with your disease?” Many patients tell me they are put off by this question. When I first started in the healthcare field I could never have imagined that some people might not want to get well. I now understand it is a problem particularly in people who have had chronic illnesses for longer than a few years.

Some people need their illnesses for a variety of reasons. It could be they get a lot of attention focused on their illness from loved ones or family members. It could be there are financial rewards such as disability insurance. Sometimes people are addicted to trying many different approaches to healing and it becomes their life. To “let go” of your illness can be a scary thing.

I once had a patient in such severe pain that she was forced into action. She could get no relief from allopathic medicine and had used a variety of pain relievers to no avail. She started my protocol and noticed a reduction in her symptoms within one week. She quickly told me not to get rid of her pain entirely, “just enough to be tolerable.” I did as she asked, but gently pointed out that she could eliminate her pain altogether.

She assured me that she did not want to get rid of her pain but wanted to have some quality of life. I have only received one request like this — she actually was very cognizant of the fact that she was in love with her disease, but did not want to change her approach. She simply wanted to reduce the pain enough to be able to live. Many patients in love with their disease are not aware that they do not want to get well.

This may sound strange to people who are actively trying to eliminate their symptoms or those who have never been chronically sick. Most healthcare practitioners can identify with this phenomenon. Some patients are shocked at how quickly their symptoms disappear using therapeutic dosages of liquid herbs and decide to quit treatment when they are recovering nicely. This amazes me, but as a health-care practitioner I try to give the patient what they want.

One thing I cannot do is help those who are in love with their disease, which is why I always ask that question during the initial consultation. Although I can empathize with the process of falling in love with your illness, I cannot do anything for these patients.

Using therapeutic dosages of liquid herbal extracts and supplements doesn’t “treat” symptoms, it eliminates them. This approach is starting to gain recognition in the United States, but most alternative practitioners in the U.S. have not been trained in this manner.

Many patients tell me how they have tried different alternative approaches, spent thousands of dollars, and still don’t feel better. Either they read the dosages on a tincture or bottle of herb they have purchased and are taking a few drops of watered tincture or a few pills of powdered herbs three or four times a day or they have gone to a practitioner who may be well meaning, but is not dispensing therapeutic dosages.

The quality of herb is important as well as the concentration and type of herb. I use quality herbs that are tested throughout the manufacturing process which means you have an active ingredient that is not contaminated. I also use an extract form, which is the strongest way to produce the herb. This means you are getting concentrated dosages of the herb. Dispensing proper dosages is critical to healing and getting results for the patient.

Regardless of the practitioner, new patients should be noticing a difference in their symptoms within 5-10 days. If you are not getting results, it is not the right approach. You should not be going to a practitioner week after week and not getting results.

Alex Strande, Ph.D., is a Traditional Naturopath and a Microbiologist. His office is located in Irvine, California. He can be contacted for questions and appointments at (949) 553-1882. Please visit his website at www.simplyhealingclinic.com

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