Making an Important Distinction Between Common Vs Normal

If I had a dollar for every time a patient told me “it’s all downhill after 40,” or “this getting old thing really sucks,” I would be offensively rich. That being said, I would happily hand over every one of those dollars for the opportunity to elevate the expectation people have for their lives, to help people understand just because something has become common, that doesn’t make it normal.

It is not normal to have to take time off of work because you are always sick. It is not normal to have to take a hand full of prescription pills just to make it through the day. Not being able to play with your kids because your body is breaking down is not normal. Being laid up in the hospital is not normal. Cancer is not normal.

All of these circumstances are, unfortunately, common.

The world is getting sicker. All you have to do is look out the window and you’ll see people are more overweight, diseased, and stressed out than ever before. Every day I encounter people whose health is suffering in one way or another, whose lives have been downgraded by sickness. Somehow, this commonality has altered our belief of what is normal; we have forgotten how wonderfully we were made. Our bodies were made to heal!

A patient in our office, let’s call him Tim, came in because he wanted help dealing with his lower back pain. “Just a part of the aging process,” he casually referred to it. This is a lie that could have led him down a destructive path. Thankfully we’ve been able to create in him a new belief, a hope for more. Now, he not only lives without pain, but he is able to enjoy things he thought he was too old for. When I met Tim, I had no idea he liked to go sailing. It fills me with joy to see a man in his 80s living as he was meant to, with love and happiness and a deeper sense of purpose.

It may be a difficult concept to grasp in the current state of the world, but this is the truth: health is our default setting. As long as you don’t mess with your default setting, your body will always revert back to health.

Our society claims to have made extraordinary advancements in regards to our health. We appear to be living longer lives than ever in recorded history. But if those years are spent in sickness, does it really count as living?

The hard reality is we aren’t living longer; we are dying longer. Even as somebody is on their death bed, their body is still trying to heal the sickness within them. Their body is still, through disease and weakness, trying to revert back to health. Disease may be common, but health is normal.

I struggle to believe people are consciously choosing to be unhealthy. People aren’t waking up every day, thrilled to be addicted to prescription medication while their bodies fail them. Mothers aren’t knowingly inhibiting the development of their children’s immune systems by reaching for a Tylenol the moment a fever comes on.

There is a breakdown in understanding of what is normal and what people can expect for their lives. It is time to begin expecting health.

Studies show that 95 percent of disease can be eradicated by simply making healthy lifestyle choices. By engaging in your fitness and nutrition and maintaining the health of your spine and nervous system, you can and will achieve health.

We have a lot to overcome in this world of sickness. But we must never believe the lie that just because sickness is common, it should ever be regarded as normal.

Include Cashews In Your Diet To Get The Following Health Benefits

It is no secret, small size cashews are loved by everyone. Its salty and sweet taste tingle the taste buds of everyone. They are also the overloaded with essential nutrients, which are the important requirement of the body. The powerful nutrients in it promote the heart health, normal functioning of the brain, maintain digestion, and much more. Again the question that hits in everyone’s mind is how the small size cashews are the powerhouse of many nutrients? Here is the answer.

The cashews consist of minerals like Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Phosphorus; let’s see how they are essential for the human body.

  • Copper: This mineral is very important for the production of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein in the RBC’s (red blood cell). RBC’s are responsible to carry the oxygen to the tissue in your body. The deficiency of haemoglobin will make the life suffer a lot. You may come across with health disorder like Anemia, Pale Skin, Fatigue, short of breath, Dizziness, Cold Hands, Brittle Nails, and Headache. Taking a hand full of cashews in your daily diet will maintain the number of RBC’s in your body and help you to live a healthy life.
  • Manganese: This nutrient is the stem of the normal health system in many ways. Manganese helps enzymes carrying out their normal function in the body. Enzymes activities are very important for the digestion of food in the stomach. This nutrient also maintains the heart health by metabolizing carbohydrates, protein, and cholesterol.
  • Potassium: Potassium is very essential for the bone and teeth health. This is true that bone health is maintained with the calcium and phosphorous. Potassium is the mineral that maintains the balance between both calcium and phosphorous. To build up the strong bone system, so that you don’t suffer from the bone-related problem in future, you must eat cashew nut every day in limited amount to strengthen your bone structure.
  • Zinc: This mineral is referred by many nutritionists because it is mostly missed in the diet. This mineral aids the immune system. This mineral helps to produce immunoglobulin in the body, which is responsible to fight against the foreign body. Zinc also supports reproductive health among the male.

These are some extravagant benefits that are provided by the small size cashew nut, which can improve the quality of your life. After learning about the incredible health benefits of having cashews, don’t forget to make them a part of your diet, as it may improve your health.

Is Mental Health Illness Or Well Being?

What does your mind conjure up when you see the words ‘mental health’? Yes, the phrase does reek with all sorts of connotations doesn’t it!

When you think of the phrase Mental Health….. is it about

  • People who are strange or not normal.
  • Mental illness is a stigma or label to be avoided or kept quiet about
  • Referring to issues of incapacity of the mind and behaviour
  • A term that is a label to describe insanity, madness, weird people
  • Pathologies like depression, schizophrenia.
  • Or even the Mental Health department in your State’s Health Department?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Not the first thing that comes into many people’s minds with that phrase is it?

Part of the problem is the actual term ‘mental health’ – it conjures up images of illness, yet the word health is the opposite of illness – if we have health, we have wellness, not illness.

Formally, it is a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well-being or an absence of a mental disorder. From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

The problem lies in the term itself – it is not accurately descriptive of what it means
So perhaps mental wellbeing or wellness is more to the point when encouraging or doing something positive about your own inner health.

Mental good health can also be defined as an absence of a major mental condition (for example, one of the diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, IV) though recent evidence stemming from positive psychology suggests mental health is more than the mere absence of a mental disorder or illness. Therefore the impact of social, cultural, physical and education can all affect someone’s mental health.

We live in a society that takes great care of physical health or well being/wellness – look at the tremendous technological, pharmaceutical and research advances occurring every day.

Consider all the resources for physical health we have put before us constantly – weight loss programs and diets, gyms and exercise programs, fitness activities, sports, obesity concerns, nutritional supplements and so on.

Yet where is the equivalent education and push for mental well being? We readily take steps to ensure we avoid infections, injury and organic conditions (e.g. heart) – yet what do we do to avoid negative effects on our mental wellness?

So do you think of your own inner health as it were? And take care of it?

This is critically important when you consider that depression and anxiety affect so many, let alone more serious mental illness diagnoses.

In families, do we put as much conscious focus on mental well being as we do on physical health. Many know lots about good physical well being activities, but are we as informed about good mental health equivalents as we raise and teach our kids.

And, what State doesn’t have under-funded mental health department?

We have lost the concept of an holistic approach to our bodies, lives and society. We too readily compartmentalize – and put mental health into the too hard basket or simply neglect it.

We have ‘abnormalized’ mental health, instead of seeing it as important to our well being and a normal part of life – even if someone suffers from a mental illness.

People who suffer adverse mental well being conditions are still ‘normal’ people – just as an injured person is ‘normal, or just as a deaf person is normal.

Health Care Review

HEALTH AND DISEASE

The concept of Health is somewhat difficult to understand. When we say a person is healthy, it means to the lay man that the person is normally doing his activities and does not outwardly show any signs of any disease in him. However, for the medical man it denotes the conformity to certain standards like physical measurements, biochemical norms and rates, physiological standards, etc. Even these standards vary with race, rest, exercise, food, habits, starvation, climate, altitude, latitude, etc. It has been extremely difficult for scientists concerned with human biology to lay definite criteria for health and define the term Health in a specific manner.

From the history of medicine we know that there have been various systems of medicine or healing arts evolved in different parts of the world during different civilizations. But in no system has there been a clear-cut definition of health.

In the oxford dictionary health means the state of being free from sickness, injury or disease, bodily conditions; something indicating good bodily condition. A few decades ago this meaning was conveyed in the definition of health but recently the World Health Organization have considered it necessary to give a direction towards the achievement of a robust and happy and active bodily and mental condition capable of continuous productive ability and, therefore, have defined health as follows:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.” (WHO—1948) it will be seen that even after having this definition it will be difficult to conceptualise and standardise positive health with specific clear-cut attributes and criteria for measurement. A person may be enjoying mental equanimity and enthusiasm for doing anything. He may also be physically able to do any amount of work, but he may be having some minor dysfunction or deficiency or even a mild infection causing a very minor disturbance which however does not upset his normal activities.

For example, Hyper pigmentation on the skin or lack of pigmentation on the skin; angular stomatitis due to B complex deficiency; a ring-worm patch on the skin, etc. In these conditions strictly speaking the person cannot be called ‘health’ but for outward purpose he will appear healthy and he will also be fully active. Similarly, under the mental component there are ever so many stresses and strains that an individual is exposed to and depending on his own mental make-up he is either able to overcome the strain or suffers from worry and depression. If in spite of his worry he is able to function normally others may take him to be healthy, whereas the worry may normally be making him mentally unsound.

Social well-being is very much related to the mental adjustment of the individual to others around him in the family or in the community. Sometimes it may so happen that a person may find it had to adjust with his group and may, therefore, be under a mental strain. But he may be doing his work normally from which others would judge him to be healthy. It is only if he reaches a break-point and behaves either in a withdrawn manner or becomes aggressive that his mental condition will become manifest to be seen and experienced by others.

We have, therefore, to understand that the term health is not an abstract thing but a relative concept. In it we see a continuum of freedom from sickness to better health and positive health. When we say positive health we refer to a condition in which the body has sufficient reserve nutrition and resistant factors to prevent the invasion of the body by any micro-organism or by the deprivation of any nutritional factors causing a deficiency pathology and, therefore, completely free from disease.

Disease is a little less difficult to define than Health. It denotes the condition of the human body in which something has gone wrong and has upset the Norman functions of the body including the mind. As in health there is also a continuum from a predisposition or premonition of illness which may or may not be experienced or noticed even by the individual concerned, to a definite condition of illness manifested by signs or symptoms and impairment of body functions.

This continuum may further extend from mild sickness to severe sickness and death or recovery from sickness back to a debilitated condition and later to a normal condition.

As has been pointed out in the previous paragraphs the normally of health of person may shift towards positive health depending on the improvement of health by wholesome food, wholesome water proper living conditions, proper work atmosphere, good personal hygiene, etc., or the deterioration of health due to faulty or inadequate food, infection through food, water or air, skin or due to external injuries, accident etc.

For maintenance of good health the following things are essential:

1. Adequate quantities of proper nutrition
2. Adequate quantities of safe drinking water
3. Proper shelter with adequate ventilation and lighting
4. Proper clothing
5. Proper work, exercise and rest and recreation
6. Proper social conditions for a harmonious existence and work
7. Proper security from fear of any kind
8. Proper sexual behavior
9. Personal hygiene
10. Provision and utilization of health services.

Disease can be due to say one or more of the following causes:

1. Genetic traits
2. Congenital deformity or malformation
3. Cancer
4. Malnutrition
5. Poisons

The above are the direct causes.

The science of epidemiology employs various methods and approaches to explore, investigate, identify and establish the cause of disease as against maintenance of health in the individual, in the community and in a geographical area. Modern epidemiology has revealed a multiple causation theory for most of the diseases. The direct or immediate causes may be congenital, traumatic, infection or cancerous growth, etc. But besides these direct causes, many indirect and predisposing causes have been described,

For example, tuberculosis is caused by the tubercule bacilli, called myco bacterium tuberculosis, this is the direct cause. The other causes which predispose a person to the infection by tubercule bacillus may be overcrowding, poor nutrition, bad ventilation, heavy work, fatigue, etc. It may be appreciated that these causes are socio-economic causes. The economic factors arising out of poor means of livelihood, inadequate food, etc., are also inter-related with human and social factors like bad ways of living, customs, habits, beliefs, superstitions, etc. Taking another example, malnutrition may be due to either lack of availability of nutritious food in adequate quantities or the wrong practices of preparation of food in which nutrients may be wasted. The economic factors may be the cause for non-accessibility and the social factors may be the cause of wastage of nutrition even after the food stuffs are available or on the contrary over eating and addiction to alcohol, etc., causing metabolic disorder. In the rural countryside we have a lot of locally available food resources but the habits may be such that the people do not know what can be eaten and how, for deriving nutrition.

The human and social factors are very predominant determinants in any society or community. In affluent countries many of the metabolic diseases like obesity, heart diseases, diseases due to air pollution, etc., are on the increase due to social customs. In the poor countries the large number of communicable diseases and nutritional deficiencies are due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and low and faulty intake of food. These are again in turn due to economic and social factors.

Study of human behavior is extremely important in public health and in any community oriented programme. The mere opening and establishment of hospitals or clinics or treatment centers by any government or voluntary agencies does not immediately ensure that all the people will use the facilities whenever they fall sick. For a person to seek treatment for a particular illness from a doctor or an institution the following stages of human behavior are expected to take place.

Social psychology has a very prominent place as a diagnostic tool in the beginning of the programme and also as a tool of evaluation where the programme is under progress or at its termination. For example, in the control of Cholera or any gastro enteric infection, it will be futile to introduce any sanitation programme unless the people know the causative factor and the mode of transmission of infection. There may be need to improve the water supply, provide proper excreta disposal, food hygiene and personal hygiene. All these things involve a scientific awareness of the reasoning behind each measure or practice and a change of behavior accordingly.