What is health?

November 21, 2011

When we ask “What is health?” there is more to it than a mere physical absence of illness.

The constitution of the World Health Organisation defines it simply, but powerfully: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The health of our bodies touches everything we do, every decision we make, and is influenced by everything around us: the food we eat; the place we live; the clothes we wear. Issues of health will decide, positively or negatively, what we choose to do with every day.

A sense of wellbeing

But we ask more of ourselves than to just not be feeling sick. We want and expect a sense of wellbeing, an energy that flows not only from a physical machine performing its functions adequately. When we truly feel healthy there is a harmony in the feelings and sensations we receive from our bodies and minds – and that intangible inner feeling that some call spirit.

Health in our wallets

Health is big business, no question about it.

Some forecasts predict that the pharmaceutical industry globally will earn over a trillion US dollars in revenue by next year. That’s around R8 trillion on pills, potions, ointments and other medications. And that’s just part of an enormous industry that includes medical schemes, medical practitioners, food, exercise programmes and gyms, among many other things that we spend money on in the name of good health.

It’s big business for governments too.

Read the full article on ~uHealth24.com#www.health24.com/Woman/General/711-3633-3635,71556.asp~

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