When do you think we will find a cure for cancer? Five years? Ten years? More? In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on cancer’, over 40 years ago Since then we’ve spent over 100 billion dollars or more searching for a cure. I recently saw this question on Quora: “When will all cancers be curable?” – What do you think?
Did you know that, today, no cancers are ‘cured’. None. That’s the official cancer statistic. Continue reading “Why we can’t cure Cancers” »
What is aging? Is aging a disease? There are many views.
Aubrey de Grey views aging as a disease, or perhaps a collection of diseases, to be treated, cured, and healed. His SENS project lists seven causes of aging, and presents seven ways to rejuvenate the body – each named ‘something’-SENS of course. All seven are cellular, intracellular or extracellular causes. Surely aging is not so simple, or is it? Other views range from hormonal problems (excesses or deficits), to oxidation (based on calories consumed), to lack of exercise, to free radical damage, to nutrition and toxin issues, and more…
Each definition, each view of aging, results in ideas and products that claim to fight or reverse the effects of aging.
But there’s an important issue often ignored by theorists and marketers.
Unhealthiness Continue reading “Healthicine: What is Aging?” »
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.
But 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? Continue reading “Health as a Verb” »
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.
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. Continue reading “Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging” »
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.
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? Continue reading “Searching for Wellness: Two Types of Illness” »
Today, we have Evidence Based Medicine, Science Based Medicine, Data Based Medicine, Instinct Based Medicine, Patient Based Medicine, Experience Based Medicine, Functional Medicine, disease based medicine, hospital based medicine, pseudo-evidence based medicine, and a jokes: Seven Alternatives to Evidence Based Medicine, Crap Based Medicine? What’s going on?
What should medicine be based on? Health. We need:
Health Based Medicine. Continue reading “Health Based Medicine vs Evidence Based Medicine? vs SBM? vs PBM? vs DBM? vs HBM?” »
Health 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. Continue reading “Measuring Healthiness: Health is Whole, illness is a Hole.” »