WHO’s definition of health achievable?

Health: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO definition, as cited in Barr (2008))

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This definition intrigues me because I find it to be plausibly true. It may be hard to obtain but well needed in order to maximize longevity. It could also be said that this kind of “goal” is not achievable in this kind of society. People look at this definition as absurd or not realistic because of the world we’re grown up in; its description is not considered normal. But what if we lived in a society where this type of overall well-being was first priority. It would seem ignorant to endeavor in something that’s not beneficial to ones health, such as purposely putting oneself through stress for survival needs or succumbing to short term pleasure knowing it’s detrimental, which sadly we do on a daily basis not thinking twice because its considered normal.

The more research I do the more I realize how naïve and blinded the human race is. Might sound a bit harsh but with a quick look at how the world works (societal constructs, the economy, etc.) and the continuous problems we have, my previous sentence would seem like an understatement. I don’t mean to get off topic but when it comes to health, and any other problem for that matter, our cultural hierarchies don’t promote what is the best for us as a whole but only what is best for making the most money (the cooperate side is first priority, if not the only priority). I could give list upon list of examples where this applies but something that is more prominent than others is the American diet. It’s not hard to figure out why the average lifespan for Gen Y and Z is predicted to be lower than the previous generation (first time ever in current history knowledge) (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr043743#t=article). And I can tell you its not because there’s lack of scientific advancement.

Article showing the power of epigenetics and how it’s biologically possible for humans to live 1000+ years: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/03/can-humans-live.html

The documentary Forks over Knives (can be found on Netflix) shows and explains in great detail how a plant based diet could solve 90% of our current health problems (diseases, cancer, and other unnatural issues) and we’ve known this for over half a century now yet there is no promotion whatsoever, in fact it’s actually criticized from friends and family because it’s not “normal”. The media constantly pushes overt coercion down our throats in order to make sure we have some kind of problem in any of the areas covered in WHO’s definition of health. These problems we have whether its physical, mental, or social end up leading to other problems within another area of our life. Which sounds like common sense but if it were we would’ve stopped this madness of unnecessary problems along time ago. There’s a simple process to switch from the unorthodox view of health to a unanimous understanding of how easy WHO’s definition of health is obtainable. You may say it’s more complex than that but I say we only convolute matters we think are above our understanding.

 

– Jaiden Deal

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4 thoughts on “WHO’s definition of health achievable?

  1. You bring up some very great points about the relationship between health and society as a whole. I think including the WHO’s official definition of health really helps set a basic understanding of how we are discussing “health,” which is certainly different than how we use the term in our everyday language. I find it interesting how you mention that humans are very blinded and naive, and it makes me wonder how different things could be if each individual had more long-term goals based around the community rather than themselves in the short term, and how that could impact humanity’s health over time.

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  2. I’m surprised to hear that lifespan for Gen Y and Z is shorter than the other generations. I tried to open the link, but couldn’t find the source. Intuitively, I would assume the lifespan would continue to increase, so I find that very interesting. Whether lifespan equates to a life-time of overall better general health goes back to the original question of how to be achieve perfect health. Also the standards of the generations’ lifestyles have changed; I’d argue more people are vegan and vegetarian in the younger generations than the older. So maybe there is another control that is effecting those generations?

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    • I totally agree with you, as Im vegan, and many others are starting to experiment with these kind of diets you would think our lifespan would increase. But recently I’ve read this book called outliers and in the beginning they talk about this town in the US that had no heart problems in the 1950s which was big back then and they couldn’t figure out why until they saw how social their community was, they were very united and uplifting (ate horrible like the rest of America) but showed no signs of heart problems like the rest of America and it was hugely due to the social aspect of their health.

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    • Also I fixed the link, thank you for pointing it out!

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