Health as a Verb

If you check your local dictionary, health is a noun.  You might have your health, lose your health or regain your health.  Health is also an adjective, as in health clinic, health centre, health insurance – although you might not find these examples in your dictionary, possibly because the intention is sales, or different: sickness clinic, fitness centre, illness insurance. We also use health as an interjection, when delivering a toast “Health!” And of course health might also be an adverb, in the forms healthy – he went for a healthy walk, and healthily – he ate healthily every day.

VerbWordsCalvin-partBut have you ever seen health as a verb? Many nouns and adjectives have become verbs, as Calvin enjoys explaining to Hobbes. Fish is a noun – and a verb. Google was a noun, now it’s a verb too.

What about health? What word says we are ‘improving our physical health’. Surely we are healthing our bodies.  Meditating healths our mind, and our spirit. A varied diet is a way to health our bodies.

But, we don’t use health as a verb.Today, dictionaries don’t recognize that health is a verb.  Why not?

If health was a verb, then ‘to health’ would be to improve your healthiness.  We don’t have a word for increasing our healthiness. In fact, many dictionaries don’t contain the word ‘healthiness’ either. We have words for fighting and recovering from sickness: treat, cure, heal. But, once you are no longer ‘sick’, those become irrelevant.

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We recognize that illness can be present before it reaches the point of diagnosis. Only once it is severe enough, can it be diagnosed. It can become much more severe. Illness can range from minor to very severe, from unimportant – it will pass, to mortal – you will pass. When we treat illness, cure illness, or heal the damage caused by an illness, we move up the scale, from red to green.

In the medical paradigm, once we pass the point of diagnosis – the illness is gone, and little more improvement is possible. There might still be some minor symptoms, if you had a cold – your nose might still feel uncomfortable for a few days.  If you had an infected appendix removed – you will still have a scar, and no more appendix.

Health is bigger than illness. Healthiness can continue to be improved when there is no illness, or after an illness is cured.

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We can health our bodies, minds, spirits, and even our communities, when illness is present. We can health them even more, when illness is not present. “Health” is the verb “to increase healthiness”.

When we combine these views, we see more.

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Medicine has a focus on illness. Healthicine takes a wider view. We need to study illness and healthiness. We need to learn to heal and to health.

Don’t confuse the verb health with prevention. Sometimes, we prevent illness by improving healthiness – consume a healthy diet.  But we often prevent illness by lowering our healthiness. We wear a helmet, which adds weight and blocks vision, to prevent damage to the head, and a life jacket, which adds weight and decreases mobility – to prevent drowning. We might use drugs to lower our cholesterol and aspirin to thin our blood, in an attempt to prevent illness – but these ‘preventatives’ actually decrease our healthiness.

Health is a verb. We can health our bodies, our minds, our spirits and our communities.

And our communities. That’s important.  We recognize that communities, from families, to associations, to companies and corporations, to churches, to governments at all levels, can be damaged, and need to ‘heal’. We also need to recognize that when they are ‘not sick’ – we can still work to health them.

“Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world.”, said Tommy Douglas. It’s never too late to health ourselves and our communities.

We don’t need to be sick to health ourselves and to health our communities. We need only remember that “health” can be a verb.

to your health, tracy
author: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

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Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging

What is health?  What is healthiness? What is unhealthiness?  Where does illness fit into this picture?  What about aging? What are medicines? What are healthicines? Are alternative medicines healthicines?  No, they are not.

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There are many definitions of health, few of healthiness. Illness, disease, and medical condition are technically defined by diagnosis, but many different definitions are used by doctors, patients, insurance companies, employers, etc. Aging too, has many definitions, depending on the goals of whoever is speaking.

Healthicine is the study of health, and definitions of health, healthiness, illness and aging, in the studies of healthicine – are created within goals of understanding and improving health.

Once we begin to make HEALTH our goal, we see many things differently, as if we are standing on a new hill of knowledge.  The entire medical establishment – both conventional and alternative medicines are working to fight illness. They use the word health, because it has a nice sound, but instead of working to improve healthiness – they work to avoid illness, to ‘retain health’ and to treat illness, to ‘regain health’. But once they determine that illness is not present, they assume ‘health’ is present, and no further action is warranted. Medical systems measure illness with infinite precision, probing deeper and deeper into patients to find illness earlier. They are blind to health.

What is health? Health is whole, illness is a hole in your health.  The study of holes, is not the study of health. What is healthiness? Healthiness is a measurable instance of health, as illness is a measurable instance of ‘being ill’.

What about unhealthiness? What is the difference between unhealthiness and illness?  Is it possible to be unhealthy, without being ill?  Is it possible to be ill, without being unhealthy?

What are healthicines? Are alternative medicines healthicines?  No, they are not. What is illness? A growing list of illnesses is being classified as ‘incurable’ by current medical systems. Arthritis, diabetes, cancers, IBS, MS, Parkinson’s, even depression are often defined as illnesses that can be treated, but not cured. There are fundraising efforts to find a cure, but medical textbooks make clear statements – disease X is incurable, the best that can be done is to treat the symptoms. What’s going on? Why is the list of incurable diseases growing instead of shrinking? Because medicine is blind to health. Many illnesses do not need to be cured, cannot be cured, must be healthed. Only healthicines can ‘health’ an illness. But our medical systems do not study healthicines.

These are the questions explored in the book: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging.  In the first three chapters, health is explored – without reference to illness. With that foundation, illness and aging are seen in a different light. Healthicine is not ‘alternative medicine’, it is rather, a clear view of health, a new perspective on health.

The book explores the concepts of healthicines – things that improve your healthiness – and compares them to medicines – things that fight your illness.  Many of today’s medicines are actually healthicines – but our current medical systems do not recognize the distinction, thus, they cannot study healthiness.

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Searching for Wellness: Two Types of Illness

What is wellness? How does ‘wellness’ relate to healthiness and illness? There are many definitions of wellness.  In Healthicine we define wellness as the absence of disease. You are either ill, or you are well.

Wellness is not healthiness. Illness is not the opposite of healthiness. The inverse of healthiness is unhealthiness.

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Each of us has a unique level of healthiness, as in the above diagram, where the level of healthiness is 72 percent. We each have some room to improve our healthiness.  Room for improvement is our ‘unhealthiness’. As we grow healthier, unhealthiness shrinks.  As we grow less healthy, healthiness shrinks, and unhealthiness grows.

What happens when we get sick?

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You have a medical condition, when a doctor makes a diagnosis.  A medical condition does not have a ‘percentage’ on your healthiness scale. It is either there, you have a diagnosis, or it is not there. Of course your medical condition might be mild, moderate, or severe, chronic or critical. It might be growing, or receding. It might be infectious or not.

When you get well again, your medical condition disappears, and you are back to the first image. The first image contains ‘wellness’, but you can’t “see” the absence of disease. Wellness is neither healthiness, nor unhealthiness, it is the absence of illness, the absence of a medical condition. Wellness does not imply any level of healthiness, or of unhealthiness, it is simply the absence of illness.

How can you attain wellness? First of all, you need to be sick.  If you are not sick, you are well – and you have attained wellness.  But, if you are sick, if you have a medical condition, there are two ways to achieve wellness.

There are two types of illness, thus two ways to attain wellness.

Type 1 illness is caused by an external agent.  Bacteria, viruses, or a whack on the side of the head. To achieve wellness, you need to remove the external agent. Fight the bacteria, the virus, or run away from the person who is whacking you on the side of the head.  Your disease will disappear, and your body will heal.   You will be well.  When you fight the illness cause, you remove from the Medical Condition and return to the status of the first diagram.

Type 2 illness is caused by your personal life choices, by unhealthiness. If your healthiness is 72, as in the first diagram, and you do many unhealthy things, your healthiness will drop, and an illness will creep in, as in this diagram.

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If your illness, your absence of wellness is due to low healthiness, you can’t fight the illness. There is nothing to fight. The only way to deal with an illness that result from unhealthiness is to improve your healthiness.  When you improve your healthiness, it will push the illness, the medical condition, off the top of the chart – and you will have attained wellness again.

Improving healthiness is the best preventative – of illness, the best way to maintain wellness. For many illnesses, improving healthiness is the only effective treatment.  For all illnesses, improving healthiness will help you to recover faster and more completely.

Of course there’s a catch.  It’s not always easy to tell if your illness is Type 1, illnesses that strike, or Type 2: an illness that results from sliding health.  Some illnesses, cancer for example, might result from a strike (radiation, viruses, etc.) in some individual situations, and from sliding health – poor nutrition, crappy food, too much sunshine. Because cancer takes a long, long time to develop – medical doctors don’t bother to identify the specific cause, nor to distinguish between different types of cause.

You can fight back. Whether you have an illness that strikes, or an illness that slides into view, you can fight both with health.  If you are healthier, illnesses that strike, colds, flu, even broken arms, pass more quickly.  And if you are healthier, you are less likely to slide into illness.

The way to find wellness, and to maintain wellness, the absence of disease, is found in health.

To your health, tracy

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downloadThis post is an expansion of the concepts presented in the book: Introduction to Healthicine, Theories of Healthiness, Unhealthiness, Illness and Aging.

 

 

 

 

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Health Based Medicine vs Evidence Based Medicine? vs SBM? vs PBM? vs DBM? vs HBM?

Today, we have Evidence Based MedicineScience Based MedicineData Based MedicineInstinct Based MedicinePatient Based MedicineExperience Based MedicineFunctional Medicinedisease based medicinehospital based medicine, pseudo-evidence based medicine, and a jokes: Seven Alternatives to Evidence Based MedicineCrap Based Medicine?  What’s going on?

What should medicine be based on? Health. We need:

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The leading candidate today is EBM, so called Evidence Based Medicine. “ is defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” (Wiki). Wiki goes on to say “Trisha Greenhalgh and Anna Donald define it more specifically as “the use of mathematical estimates of the risk of benefit and harm, derived from high-quality research on population samples, to inform clinical decision-making in the diagnosis”.

The rub, simply, is to be found in the reasons Evidence Based Medicine exist. Medicines are dangerous. Standard medical technique is to ‘fight’ the illness.  To war against the disease. We need EBM to reduce risk and harm for the patient, because medicines create risk, and harm patients.

According to BMJ “Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” If it is, we are only half way to success.

Science Based Medicine is the ‘new kid on the block’. Science Based Medicine vs Evidence Based Medicine says “Science-based medicine (SBM) is not a replacement for the more familiar concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Instead, it emphasizes some neglected aspects of EBM. This article explains the differences and the need for the distinction.”

What are those ‘neglected aspects of EMB’ that are provided by SBM? Frankly, the above post does not give a single difference worth quoting.  It simply rants with phrases like “That’s insane!”, “quasi-scientific obfuscation”, and “the quack leapfrogs”, but provides no actual answers.  It is interesting that proponents of SBM claim EBM is a ‘subset’ of SBM, while also suggesting that SBM ignores evidence that is attended to by EBM. SBM sounds like PBM (Propaganda Based Medicine) to me.

Both EBM and SBM ignore anecdotal evidence.   Anecdotal evidence is one of the monsters of modern medicine. Specific cases of illness that were cured.  In many cases, specific instances of illnesses – that are judged to be incurable – were cured. Anecdotal examples abound. Even more confounding to EBM and SBM proponents, in many anecdotal cases no ‘medicines’ were used – no prescription medicine, no Evidence Based medicines, no Science Based Medicines. How can this happen? Do EBM and SBM study these cases? Nope.

Is it possible to ‘cure’ a disease, without a medicine?  Of course it is.  It happens every day. It’s just not acknowledged by EBM, SBM, or any other current “based medicine”.  If you are suffering from dehydration, the cure is not ‘medicine’, it is water.  If you are suffering from scurvy, the cure is not ‘medicine’, it is nutrition. If you are suffering from malnutrition, the cure is food, not medicine.  There are many,many types of malnutrition, more than we know.

If you are suffering from unhealthiness, the cure is to improve your health. No medicine is needed.  No medicine will help. The only solution will be found in Health Based Medicine, which often does not use ‘medicines’ – improving healthiness instead.

How many illnesses are better served by Health Based Medicine than EBM or SBM? We don’t know.  Obviously, dehydration and scurvy are best treated with health – medicines don’t work.

How many other illnesses are best treated by health? Make a list. Make a list of illnesses that are ‘incurable’ today.  It’s a long list.  It’s also a ‘growing list’.

The list starts with some of the oldest illnesses, arthritis. Why is arthritis incurable? Because, in many cases – especially in cases of slowly progressing arthritis – arthritis is not an illness, it is an unhealthiness. The progression, the gradual worsening of arthritis, continues because the unhealthiness continues. Arthritis has actually been compared to ‘rust’.The Orthopedic Institute, for example, says “One such form of chronic injury is arthritis, which might be thought of as a “rusting” of the knee joint.” If your car is rusting, can you cure it with ‘medicine’? Of course not.  That’s why modern medicine claims arthritis is ‘incurable’. EBM, SBM agree to search for the best painkillers.

What do you need to cure arthritis? Health. Health does not require medicines, medicines fight illness.

How many other illnesses are best served by health? Make a list of ‘chronic illnesses’. Why are chronic illnesses “chronic”? Why do chronic illnesses progress slowly, but inexorably? Because chronic illnesses are actually chronic unhealthinesses. If the illness is progressing, the progression has a cause. In many cases, the cause is not illness, it is unhealthiness. It is likely that ALL chronic illnesses are better served by health improvements, by Health Based Medicine, than by ‘medicines’.

What about non-chronic illnesses? Can we treat all illnesses with health, instead of medicines?  Should we try to treat all illnesses with health, instead of medicine?

No.  There is a fundamental difference between medicines and health. Health is slow, honest, and true. Improving health is NOT useful in emergencies. In emergency situations, medicines are required.

But in non-emergency situations, Health Based Medicine can provide more, better, “health”.

Evidence Based Medicine, Science Based Medicine, Hospital Based Medicine, Patient Based Medicine, Disease Based Medicine all ignore health. They are very successful tools in critical situations, where patients are very ill, and in need of medicine. But they fail when the patient needs health.

We need Health Based Medicine.  We need a health based theory of healthicine, more than we need an evidence based theory of medicine.  

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Measuring Healthiness: Health is Whole, illness is a Hole.

APPLEhealthillnessHealth is whole, illness is a hole in your health.

It’s as simple to measure illness, as it is to measure a hole. We can measure the depth, the breadth, the growth rate, without reference to the whole around the hole. In some cases, a single measure can diagnose an illness – although in principle several are required. One of the reasons diagnosis is error prone is the fact that measurement of symptoms is simple. Measurement of illness is also simplified by the fact that we don’t need to ‘understand’ illness to diagnose it. We only need to detect it, and once it is detected, we begin to fight against it.

Measurement of healthiness is much more challenging. With an apple, for example, we can measure the health of the apple from an apple’s perspective, or from a human perspective, where apples are food. Healthiness can be measured in many dimensions.  We might measure the healthiness of the skin of the apple, is it of consistent depth and strength, does it protect the interior, is it clean and clear of pesticides, is it strong, does it protect the interior? We can also measure the health of the flesh.  Is it ripe? Is it bruised or beginning to rot or mould? For each measure of healthiness – we can define perfection, or 100 percent healthy, and then measure against perfection.  If the skin is 99 percent free of pesticides, then that aspect of skin health receives a score of 99 percent healthy, and one percent unhealthy. Each aspect of healthiness can be expressed as a percentage, because healthiness is whole. Healthiness includes the healthy score and the unhealthy score, which adds up to 100 percent, the whole score. Health is whole.

The illness, the worm and the worm hole are also part of the measure of healthiness – they are unhealthy scores.  If there are no worms, the worm health score is 100 percent. If there are worms, the worm health score is less than 100 percent.

There are many other aspects to the healthiness of an apple, including the seeds, the ability to reproduce, and even the tree it came from.  It is not possible to take one, or a few single measurements to create a complete measure of health.

People too have many aspects of healthiness. If we want to create a complete measurement of a person’s healthiness, we must measure the entire hierarchy of healthiness, from genetics, to nutrients, to cells, tissues, organs, systems, body, minds, spirits, and communities.

Our medical systems work very hard to fight illness. We cannot measure healthiness without working hard to understand health. We can only improve our measurements of healthiness, by continually improving our understanding of health.

People often confuse measures of illness with measures of healthiness. Measures of illness are often single measurements. The vital signs: resting pulse, body temperature, blood pressue,  breathing rate, and pain, are often used to determine level of illness. But single measurements are not measurements of health. Because health is whole, a measure of healthiness should be expressed as a part, or a percentage of a ‘whole’. If you are measuring healthiness – you need a target, a goal, to measure against, and the goal will have large or small variations depending on the individual. With the apple, one goal is ‘no worms’, zero worm illness equals 100 percent worm healthiness. Measures of pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing and pain are not measures of healthiness without a goal.  No pain, for example, is not a health goal – if you are ”feeling no pain”, your health is less than perfect.

Several single measurements can be combined to create a diagnosis of illness. But measuring the depth, breadth, width, and growth rate of a hole – tells us nothing about the surrounding wholeness of health.

Measures of strength, speed, performance, etc. might also look like measures of healthiness, but these single measurements do not measure health. Measurements of performance when made in a medical setting, or in a competitive setting, are often measures of deficiency or excess. We notice when someone has a weakness.  We also notice when someone is excessively strong – but excessive strength is often an indication of unheathiness. Bobby Fisher was able to win the World Chess Championship, because his brain was unhealthy – in a way that made him a powerful chess player. It seems that he never recovered his health. Weight lifters can lift more than normal humans, due to an unhealthy excess of strength, resulting from unhealthy diet and exercise. Of course we know that the fastest runners, cyclists, etc. are not the fastest because of their healthiness, but because of their drug pipeline. We should not confuse performance with health. Health is about balance, not about excess.

So what does a measure of healthiness look like? What are some examples? Well… truth be told, there are no examples in common use. We don’t study health, we study illness instead, and we don’t measure healthiness, we measure illness.

What about BMI?  Can’t BMI be used as a measure of healthiness? BMI combines more than one measurement into a formula.

BMI is a useful ratio, although it was created to measure the unhealthiness of groups of people – not individuals.  For BMI to be a measure healthiness of an individual, there must be a goal for that individual. A standard BMI test gives a range of ‘healthiness’ that is quite wide, in fact, it ranges from deficient to excessive. Like many measures of illness, BMI lists a ‘normal’ ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. People who score below 18.5 are underweight, and those who score over 24.9 are overweight. Those who score over 30 are listed as obese – an illness. BMI is limited to ‘normal’ people, giving potentially false results for athletic persons and elderly persons. Inside the ‘normal range’ your BMI makes no statement about your health. Like all medical measurements – ‘normal’ results are ignored, because doctors search for illness.

If we want to use BMI to create a measure of healthiness – we need a goal.  If your target BMI is 22.3 and your BMI is 24 – you are still ‘normal’ according to the illness measurement of BMI.  Your BMI Health score is about 93 percent. There is seven percent ‘potential for improvement’ in your BMI score. ”Potential or improvement” in a health score can also be named “unhealthiness”.  Your BMI is 93 percent healthy, and 7 percent unhealthy. Of course there are many ways to calcualte a healthiness percentage of BMI, which might result in different scores. The impotant thing is to have healthiness expressed as  apart of the whole, so that we can measure our goals and our success in moving towards those goals. Note: Unhealthiness is a normal result of measuring healthiness.  It is the inverse of healthiness, and unless you are perfectly healthy, you will always have some level of unhealthiness.  Unhealthiness is not a moral judegement, it is simply a fact of life, living, and a result of measuring healthiness.

Your BMI is one small measure of your healthiness. You might have an excellent BMI, a lousy diet, a crappy attitude, a liver suffering from alcohol toxicity, and poor relationships with friends and family.  Each of these is a measure of your healthiness, and your unhealthiness.  There are many measures of healthiness – all throughout the hierarchy of healthicine.

Is it possible to create a complete measure of your healthiness?  Maybe not. Certainly not today. But we can try. And as we try, we will learn more about health, and more about ourselves. It is possible to create useful measures of healthiness, and learn from them. We can start now.

to your health, tracy

This post is based on the concepts in the book: Healthicine, the Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness.

 

 

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Can Rich People Buy Healthiness?

Interesting questions, and intereting anwers about money and health.  Can rich people buy healthiness? Check it out on Personal Health Freedom’s blog.

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Visualizing Health

Spread your arms as wide as you can. Imagine your presence extending from genetics, in your left hand accross your body, to the nutrients that build your cells and tissues, your organs, your bodily systems – to your body in the centre.  On the right, join your hands with your communities, your family, your pets, your environment, the organizations you are a part of, your friends, perhaps your church, your employers, your government, and the corporations around you.

Imagining illness:

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Imagine the different illnesses, from genetic deformities to cellular tissue diseases like cancer, to diseases of the joints and bones like arthritis, diseases of the heart and circulatory systems, diseases of the brain, imagine illnesses of the spirit like fear and hatred, imagine illnesses of the communities like murder – often a family illness, as well as war, torture, genocide.  Imagine each illness as a small, almost insignificant hole in the ground close to the line of your body.  In the distance, imagine the most serious illness, large holes and finally the cliff of death.  The sun rises every day on hope, and casts shadows of doubt - often setting on death. All of this space contains all of the gradations of illness between minor symptoms and ultimately death. It might look like a landscape on a dead planet or moon.

Your body is in the centre of this field of possible illnesses. When you die, your body dies, if you have managed to reproduce, your genetics do not die. Your family does not die. The communities you are part of do not die.  Of course sometimes, a genetic line dies out.  Sometimes a family dies, and sometimes larger communities as well.

Illness is a huge field of study. Everyone is affected by illness at some time in their lives. The field of medicine encompasses only part of the field of illness, from our body, our current state of illness – to death, in the distance.  But the field of medicine ignores illnesses of the spirit, like fear and hate, and illnesses of the community like war and genocide. When we study illness, our studies stop when the illness is gone, or insignificant. Once the illness is gone – our studies leap to a new illness.  There are plenty of illnesses to study. Plenty of sick people.

Now turn around and look in the opposite direction. Now, behind you are all of the illnesses that exist, from genetics to genocide.

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In front of you is only health.

How can we describe the depth and breadth of health?  Health too spans from our smallest genes to our largest, our longest lived communities. But when you look in the direction of health, what do you see in the distance?  When we look at illness, we clearly see death in the distance.  What do we see when we look at health?

We see hills to climb, mountains to summit, a sky with planets to marvel at and explore. The sun rises every day to excitement and expectation. In the field of health we can see joy, and love, and kindness. We can see the strength of independence, and the strengths of communities. We can see having, and sharing, need and support. The field of health is as wide as the field of illness – but it is much deeper. There is no death at the end, we might see a horizon, but as we approach it, it becomes part of our health – and we see another fair horizon in the distance.

Now.  Put your arms down. Look around. Health includes illness. Every illness has aspects of healthiness. Illness does not include health.  It is possible to be healthy without being ill – but it is not possible to be ill without being healthy. If you have no health, you are dead.

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In this composite image, we see that the line between illness and healthiness is not easily defined.  Most of us, probably all of use, have some aspects of illness and some aspects of healthiness. We can spend most of our lives on the healthy side looking a healthiness, or on the healthy side, studying illness.  Medical professionals spend much of their lives on the illness side, searching for healthiness – or searching for and fighting illness.

We can choose to move our bodies to healthier status, or to a sicklier status, but often when we make ‘health choices’, were not sure which way we will move as a result of any choice. Many choices clearly move one part of us to healthier status, while moving another part towards illness. Health is about balance, so tipping it one way can create other imbalances.

We measure illness with infinite precision – but who measures health?  We study the causes and search for cures of illness – but who studies the causes of health? We might pretend we are studying health, as we study illness.  But when we study illness, we are facing the wrong direction to study health. We cannot expect to climb the mountains of health by looking down into the holes of illness.

Health is whole, illness is a hole in our health. When we only study the holes – we learn little about the wholeness of health, only the darkness of illness.

If we are to learn about health, we must learn to study healthiness independent of illness.   It is important to study illness.  It is more important to study health.

amazonBookImgeHealthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness is about the study of health.  Healthicine is a new field of study.  There are no experts – only those who might claim to be experts because of their successes in studying illness.

Healthicine is an enormous field of study, which we hardly know. Today, every expert has an opinion about health, advice about health, an understanding of health, but there is no science of health. There is no commonly accepted way to recognize healthiness – except by recognizing the absence of illness. There is no medical or scientific technique for measuring healthiness – except to measure the absence of illness.

 

Most of today’s ’health experts’ are facing the wrong way, looking at illness, blind to the majesty and enormousness of health – that exists in plain view behind them. It’s time to turn around, smell the roses, and explore the stars.

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