Disease Or Dis-Ease, Which It Is?

The short answer to the title question is ‘either, either, or both’. Dictionaries provide a primary definition of the word ‘disease’ as:

“Any impairment of normal physiological function affecting all or part of an organism, especially a pathological change caused by infections or stress etc, producing characteristic symptoms; illness or sickness in general.”

In alternative modalities, in order to work holistically with us, the term dis-ease is preferred. It’s not a malapropism, it is in fact, more accurate in reference to the origin of the word ‘disease’. Herewith:

“Early 14c., "discomfort, inconvenience," from Old French desaise "lack, want; discomfort, distress; trouble, misfortune; disease, sickness," from des- "without, away" + aise "ease".” 

It is unfortunate that proponents of conventional medicine tend to throw stones at the alternative healing fraternity and vice versa as if they’re on opposite sides of the war. In reality, both have their place. We need them both in our healthcare. To put it into perspective, and this is not conjecture, it is thanks to the alternate health proponents that the population, in general, has become aware of and takes more responsibility for the state of their health as opposed to ‘handing themselves over’ to a medical professional as if they have no say over what happens to them. But neither does it suddenly negate all the amazing research, capabilities and practice of conventional medicine. What alternative health approach does in the area of disease prevention is not insignificant.  The concept of treating people as whole beings (holistically) and the expectation that one participates in and feels empowered to facilitate one’s own health and well-being is not to be minimized.

Whenever we move away from our natural and desired state of ease and well-being, we feel uncomfortable, discomforted, or dis-eased. It’s that simple and yet it fosters a huge paradigm shift whereby the emphasis on pathology is considerably reduced and we feel capable of finding out how to help ourselves back to health, wellness and ease of living again. The mindset that this thinking has brought about has and is helping millions around the world to live more mindfully. People are encouraged to fully respect and engage with the wonderful body mechanisms, working to cooperate intelligently with the way things work in humans.

So, back to the opening title question: To whatever extent we are in distress or discomfort, we are ill at ease and therefore have dis-ease. When it is discovered what has brought our discomfort about, we may discover we do indeed have a disease i.e. the ‘impairment of normal physiological function affecting all or part of an organism’.   Labelling it helps immensely, for example, might we have hypothyroidism or is it Hashimoto’s? (FYI-  Hashimoto’s is named after Dr Hakaru Hashimoto, the doctor who described it in 1912.) In either event, there is discomfort (dis-ease) as well as a recognizable disease.

The conclusion is that if you’d like to work intelligently with your body to relieve any dis-ease you’re experiencing and steer your own ship to the safe harbour of well-being, we’d be delighted to assist. Contact us on 011 463 1614 or visit our site at


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