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What Is ‘Common’ And What is ‘Normal’?

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Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

There are several diseases and symptoms that we tend to ignore just because they are ‘common’. For example; most people think acne is common just because nearly all adolescents get acne breakouts.

Similarly, today, several other conditions like infertility, diabetes, menstrual problems have become common. However, just because an increasing number of people are getting affected by these disorders, it does not mean it is normal to have these health issues. 

Let’s take a look at what is COMMON, NOT NORMAL:

  • Headaches 
  • Miscarriages
  • Painful periods
  • Skin rashes 
  • Fatigue
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic disease
  • Depression 
  • Bloating 
  • Constipation 
  • Brain fog 
  • Hormonal imbalances 
  • Digestive issues 
  • Anxiety 
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension 
  • And many others…


Instead of ignoring these complaints as normal, we need to understand the difference between common and normal so that we can seek appropriate treatment when your symptoms, though common, are definitely not normal.

Why is it important to differentiate between normal and common health issues?

We must make efforts to differentiate between the symptoms and diseases that are normal vs. those that are common.

For example; having mild nausea during pregnancy is common and even normal to some extent as it occurs due to the hormonal changes occurring in the body.

However, if you suffer from more extensive nausea and vomiting, it could pose health risks to you and your child and this is when it ceases to be normal.

Also, in case you are diagnosed with diseases like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, you should refrain from thinking of them as a normal part of life. We believe it is normal to have these diseases, because that’s what we have been told or because we see a large number of people suffering from it.

However, these diseases, even though common, can still ultimately lead to life-threatening complications, if ignored or not managed properly. 

The world, today, has become full of diseases as is evident from the rising incidence of a large number of acute and chronic ailments. 

Hence, it is important to accept that ‘common’ does not always mean ‘normal’ and follow the functional medicine approach to protect yourself against these diseases and their complications.

As we enter the new year, instead of making crazy resolutions, make a commitment to foster HEALTH in a world that has become full of ILL-HEALTH. You can start today by identifying common causes of diseases and learning what you can do to protect yourself from these ‘common’ but not ‘normal’ health conditions.

Common causes of diseases

Lack of knowledge

Several diseases can be potentially prevented simply by learning why they occur and what you can do to avoid them.

The lack of knowledge and education about how to stay healthy is often the primary cause of most diseases. For example, even today, many teenagers do not know the risks involved in unprotected sex and how they can avoid sexually transmitted infections. [4]

Your personal relations and social networks

Your health will definitely improve when you have strong personal relationships and social networks. On the other hand, having strained or unhealthy relationships and social isolation may contribute to disease development and faster progression. 

Unfavorable factors at workplace

Spending a larger part of your daytime at work can naturally put you at risk of some occupational health risks linked to mental stress, long working hours, inadequate rest, lack of adequate physical activities, exospore due to hazardous chemicals, indoor air pollution, lack of sunlight exposure and higher likelihood for unhealthy food choices. 

Dangerous elements at home

A multitude of issues at home can pose health and safety hazards and trigger disease development. These factors include indoor air pollutants like volatile organic matter, carpets, fumes, furniture varnish, mold, asbestos, carbon monoxide from worn-out furnaces, lead in paints, gas leaks, and noise pollution. 

Some diseases, especially infections, can also spread due to living in cramped spaces.


Lack of knowledge of epigenetics that refers to how your environment and behavior can change the way your genes work can prevent you from making the right diet and lifestyle choices thus putting you at risk of disease development.

Activity level

Living a sedentary lifestyle is a major factor that can contribute to the development of diseases. Regular physical activities could improve blood circulation and energy levels and boost the activities of your immune system. 

Food habits and nutritional deficiencies

Eating the best quality foods is the key to ensuring your body receives all the essential nutrients. Many diseases are linked to the deficiencies of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. This marks the need to improve your dietary habit to reduce the risk of diseases.

Lifestyle habits

Unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, alcoholism, and the use of recreational drugs are often at the root of diseases like lung cancer, hepatitis, and depression. 

Infections and inflammation

Infections and inflammation in healthy tissues can hamper their normal functions and reduce the oxygenation levels in the body. The damage caused due to the inadequate oxygenation may contribute to mitochondrial dysfunctions preventing the cells from producing an adequate amount of energy to support their functions.

It is important to address the issues like infections and inflammation in order to improve oxygenation at the cellular level and prevent mitochondrial dysfunctions.


Our body is exposed to a large number of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis in the forms of pesticides, insecticides, food additives, pollution, and radiation. The damage to the healthy tissues can be minimised by supporting the natural detox pathways that help to cleanse the body system. 


We have been told a false story that our symptoms are unmanageable. The impression that we are powerless to fix our diseases unless we seek drastic interventions has been created over several decades. We are made to believe that our body is not capable of healing without using modern drugs.

However, the fact is that making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle is the most effective way to avoid diseases and stay fit and healthy for years after years.

Remember that true health is the culmination of your diet and lifestyle habits.

Understanding how our body works, and why and how a disease develops, instead of accepting ‘common’ diseases as ‘normal’, can be the first step you can take today towards a healthier life. This is what we do at Truly Heal – educate to remove causes, empower and heal. 

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