Pain and symptoms
We all know there's no cure for the common cold. But, if you go to any drugstore, you'll see shelf after shelf of "cold remedies". There are medicines for all the discomforts associated with cold such as head pain, chest congestion, runny noses, stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and body aches.
Curing the Common Cold?
Do these drugs cure the common cold? No. The best they can do is temporarily stop the symptoms while the body works to regain its health. Yet, you'll often hear people rave about a particular drug. "It really knocked that cold right out of me," they'll exclaim. "I was sick as a dog and I took two of those pills and felt better the next day." "My neck pain went away right after taking those pills."
Unfortunately, these people are confusing their symptoms with the actual sickness and/or injury taking place in their bodies. They think that because the symptom is gone, the problem is gone. They think that good health is merely the absence of symptoms.
We need to realize that symptoms are the body's way of announcing that there is a problem. When everything in the body is functioning normally, we don't have headaches, stomach problems, neck or back pains. If the smoke detector alarm in your home went off in the middle of the night, would you rush over and disconnect it? Once the noise was gone, would you go back to sleep again as if nothing had happened? Of course not! That's because you know that the alarm is NOT the problem. It's just a warning that a problem exists. The same is true for symptoms. Your body will often send out a warning signal, a symptom, to tell you that a problem exists. If you take a couple of pills to cover up the symptom, it's like disconnecting the alarm. You haven't solved the problem, you've just silenced the alarm.
In his practice, Dr. Bisanti deals with many people who are in pain. It is important that they understand that “pain” is a symptom to a problem. Although Dr. Bisanti may administer various therapies that help alleviate pain and discomfort, his overall objective is to address the problem. If Dr. Bisanti corrects the problem, the pain/symptom will go away.