In science it is usual for a certain entity or process to describe a model that may describe, explain, or predict facts and phenomena concerning that natural entity or process. In this regard the disease process may not be an exception. Indeed, the disease process, and thence the cure method, is being regarded from several aspects that would complement each other in understanding the diseases and providing cure measures, or individually suggest an opinion that is not readily usable by other medical views.
In this essay, I shall present my own perception of the disease process with new name coinage, the tank dynamic model of disease.
1) What is a disease?
The disease is a deranged health status that can be subjective (addressed only by the person) or objective (addressed by the surrounding persons).
2) What are the basic common pillars of the disease?
The disease should have: 1- a complaint (picture), 2- a time onset, 3- a pattern, 4- a natural course, 5- opponents and proponents (things that oppose or favour), 6- cause(s), and 7- treatment(s).
3) What are the assumptions of this model of disease?
1. The disease is a dynamic process.
2. Everybody has a basal disease state at any point of time.
3. The matter and energy of an individual are interchangeable as explained by physics.
4. The disease ensues as an over flow of an already present and ongoing process in which a few unitary disease elements are in play, with or without the incidental superimposing an extraneous factor (a biological or a chemio–physical incident).
5. The unitary disease elements include: 1- sensual elements: environmental conditions and landscape, 2- emotional elements: fear, grave, happiness, hate, etc., 3- physical elements: exhaustion, tiredness, thirst, hunger, satiety, over- satiety, cold, hot, physical sexual overflood (stagnation), and 4- personal elements: shyness, honesty, intelligence (theoretical and social), sensitivity, etc.
6- The treatment of a disease condition comprises the timely and ordered measures according to the underlying contributing disease elements.
4) How is the disease process viewed in this model?
The disease has 3 phases: 1- preparatory phase, 2- shock or culmination phase, and 3- resettlement phase.
The disease may have one of 3 forms: 1- disease with mainly extraneous factor determinations (e.g. fever, malaise), 2- disease with mainly general physical phenomena (fatigue, fainting, hypertension, etc.), 3- disease with mainly neuropsychic phenomena (anxiety, depression, obsession, …).
5) How do the disease elements work?
The disease elements may work in triplets for many disease processes. Other more complicated disease elements’ contribution may be present.
6) Which diseases would you choose to explain as examples?
1. Bacterial sinusitis:
The disease elements can be: 1- physical stress (exhaustion, little food, little drinks, inability to properly clean the nose; e.g. lacking the hygiene paper tissue), 2- emotional feeling of pressure and shortage, and 3- environmental stress (hot, cold or dust).
2. Renal colic