Isn’t Health just the Absence of Illness?


“Illness is just the absence of health.”.

Nope. It’s a common mistake, often repeated without much thought.

Is a donut the ‘absence of a hole’? Nope. A hole is the absence of a donut, but a donut is not the absence of a hole.

Is light the ‘absence of darkness? Nope. Darkness is the absence of light, but light is not the absence of darkness.

Health is whole. Health is wide and deep. Health is honest and true.” – The Healthicine Creed.

We try to trick illness, but you can’t trick health.

Illness is a hole in your health. When you are ill, something is missing from your health.

Illness indicates absence of healthiness, but health is not absence of illness.

Health is not ‘the absence of holes’. It is the presence of healthiness.

to your health, tracy

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.


About Tracy Kolenchuk

Founder of Author of two books about healthicine; Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness Healthicine: Introduction to Healthicine
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