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Is the Word Cure Inflammatory?

Is the Word Cure Inflammatory?

Things that make me angry: people who push into queues (in England we are very protective over the structure and logical sequence of people standing in line), sexism masquerading as jovial banter and the use of the word cure in a sentence where it is preceded by psoriasis.

Someone, no matter how innocently mentioning, stating and most commonly, broadcasting that they have the cure, found the cure or are selling the cure for psoriasis make my blood boil.

There. Is. No. Cure.

Repressed anger?

I ask myself where this has come from, and I suspect it is from the many years off falling for the promises of snake-oil salesmen and women, of product promises and guarantees. Buying things on peoples recommendations for what worked for them; black seed oil, neem oil, some herbal cream that secretly had steroids in it.

It upsets me more I think because sometimes these words are coming from my people. My kin. So it’s a mix of anger, and sadness and disappointment and some other emotions I should probably acquaint myself with.

Journalists and dieters

I have nothing against journalists or dieters (I am gluten and dairy free< myself); however, when I see the word cure in my social media feed it is usually because either:

  • A journalist is sensationalizing some story about someone who swapped to a fragrance-free moisturizer and was cured (went into remission) because they removed their trigger but the article suggests it was a miracle cream.
  • I have posted something on social media, and someone has replied that I need to go vegan, or dairy free or nightshade free because that is the cure. It cured them.

The problem with the word cure

I have corrected journalists many times (I usually thank people recommending diets because they are trying to be helpful), but there is one problem. If you look at the definition of a cure in the Oxford dictionary there are two definitions:

“Eliminate (a disease or condition) with medical treatment.1

or

“Relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a disease or condition.1

My frustrations with the word cure

So while the official line is that there is no cure for psoriasis and that psoriasis is treatable and can go into remission2… is it possible that from a literary sense- the word is not being misused? In some of the circumstances that make my blood boil… is the word cure actually used correctly? If a dietary change relieves the symptoms, is that dietary change, according to the Oxford dictionary, correctly referred to as a cure?

My truth

I feel genuinely in my soul that there is no cure, and there never will be one cure-all as psoriasis is so complex and so different in each of us. Yet, I question whether I am being too judgemental. I believe using the word cure inspires a kind of hope that can not be validated and may lead to crushing disappointment and/or increase stress; which may actually worsen both psoriasis and the wellbeing of the person who is trying to heal.

I think searching for a cure in product recommendations is expensive, and has the potential to delay successful treatment approaches; from a doctor or a qualified alternative practitioner.

Vulnerable to solicitation

But then I do have hundreds of pounds worth of supplements and creams and oils stashed at the back of my wardrobe from my last flare to remind me of what can happen when a person who should know better gets desperate. Really? I suspect we all love the idea of a cure…and that’s what makes us so vulnerable. It’s what makes me so angry and why for me, the word cure is so inflammatory.

What do you think about the use of the word cure? Does it infuriate you or do you think its use is acceptable for those going into remission?

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  1. The Oxford Dictionary (2019) 'Cure'  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cure accessed 23/02/2019
  2. PAPAA (2019) FAQ http://www.papaa.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions accessed 23/02/2019

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