Examining the facts on a wide range of health conditions, begins here. We help you identify differing symptoms and how they may be linked with the main underlying cause(s). Understanding the numerous causes of a symptom is the first step towards the most effective form of treatment. Controlling the symptoms with medications does not offer a "cure" because it only suppresses the underlying mechanism(s), as in the case of anti-histamines for hay fever or pain killers for a painful joint. Isolating the cause, avoiding it and, if necessary "switching it off", brings the best long term benefits. As the American physician Dr Doris Rapp MD put it: "when you get a nail in your foot, you don't put a bandage on it...."