Might there be a single cause for chronic disease?

IF MONTY Python were around today, they might say “infectious diseases are a doddle”. And they would be right, comparing our successes in conquering these afflictions with our successes to date battling chronic diseases.

With infectious diseases, at least we were able to lump them under the single cause of ‘germs’ — be they bacteria, viruses or protozoa — leading to immunisation, public health planning and eventually antibiotics. Unlike the ‘germ theory’, though, which instigated a mono-causal focus for treatment,