Introduction: We’re Not #1
I believe Americans require a new approach about health. Look where our current views on the subject have gotten us — we are last among the world’s teen most จัดฟัน industrialized nations in all the key indicators of health. It’s hard to think but true: we’re last in life span; we have the highest rates of obesity, infant mortality, low birth weights, heart problems, diabetes, chronic lung disease, homicide rates, teen pregnancy and sexually fed diseases.
The lead author of the Institute of Medicine, NIH sponsored study that revealed this case remarked that “Americans get sicker, die faster and sustain more injuries than people in all other high-income countries. inch (That’s a quote from the report. ) Then he added this coup de elegance: “We were amazed by the predisposition of findings all on the negative side — the scope of the disadvantage covers all ages, from babies to seniors, both sexes, all classes of society. If we fail to act, life covers will continue to shorten and children will face greater rates of illness than those in other nations. inch
Two Ways to consider Health
I believe Americans are overly passive about their health. Good health can only be attained and maintained by conscious deeds. These deeds require planning and disciple. These include exercising regularly and vigorously, dining with techniques that nurture the body without causing problems and otherwise performing in positive, active ways.
The quality of health you will enjoy is clearly affected by yourself choices. Your health status depends to a great extent on whether you invest in your well being or not. If you make no such investments, your health will depend on chance, genetic makeup, growing old and the timeliness of the standard of health care bills you get.
If, on the other hand, you do invest, if you seek, protect and defend a complicated state of well being, the character of the health status you will have will be dramatically different — and better.
Therefore, we need to distinguish these two kinds of health situations — one passive, one active.
The Institute of Health report that places America last demonstrates that message of America that is passive. If the quite small message of the American population that practices active health were separated, if their health data were put together and compared, I believe we might be #1.
For these and related reasons, I propose we view health in two various ways — by making a distinction between static health — which is how most view and approach their health, and earned health. The latter is what you get when you invest wisely in your own well being.
It’s a way of life I call REAL wellness.
Health As Currently Perceived
The WHO definition of health is unrealistic (nobody, not even the most passionate wellite, enjoys “complete physical, mental and social well-being, inch at least its not all day). Most think of health in less exalted ways. Most think they are well if they are not sick. This is horrible. It leads with not needing immediate medical assistance. For a large proportion, this is a “good enough” view of health. Thinking that way is a self-fulfilling prophesy. It means that not healthy is the best you can a cure for. This is the static definition of health and it must be reformed and at least accompanied by another, comparison perspective for those Americans happy to do their part. That has to be earned health.
I think we start to use ideas about health that remind people of a key fact, that is, that a passive situation is not as effective, desirable, protective or rewarding as a dynamic earned state of health. We should all remember that static health, the default setting you get for only existing and doing nothing special to enhance health, can and must be reinforced and improved.
Using a term like earned health might remind people that health can be much more than non-illness. The term earned health can signal the accessibility to a richer level of well being. It can remind everyone that health at its best is regarding green static condition. Health is a dynamic state; it gets better with effort, worse if ignored.
Earned health represents a higher health standard. Earned health is more ambitious and more in step with a real wellness mindset and lifestyle than the current convention of health as non-sickness.
The Static/Earned Health Continuum
This continuum is another way of expressing Doctor. John Travis’ original, simple line drawing type of health along a continuum, with “premature death” on the far left side of his continuum) and an ever-changing dynamic of “high level wellness” at the other, right side extreme. The “0” at the center represents a natural point, which could be simple non-sickness.
The Static/Earned Health Continuum
-10 ______________ 0 ______________ +10
Earned health is what are the results from the natural specify the +10 indicator. Everyone moves along an fictional continuum of this kind every day, because health is dynamic, under constant change. By living wisely with the right behaviors, we fuel a situation of health that is preferable to if we allow health status to be determined by the passage of time (i. e., growing old, chance, medical interventions, circumstances and events.
This continuum is a simple way of depicting the basic fact that earned health evolves largely due to our own efforts to improve and protect our well being; static health, opposed to this is affected by what are the results to you.
By the way, Doctor. Travis made regular expansions to his original model. You can view the latest edition and read more the continuum here. A related construct that will interest wellness enthusiasts is Doctor. Travis Wellness Energy System.
Earned health is not determined or advanced by medical interventions. Static health, that is, health along the continuum from the center to the left of the of the continuum, is so influenced.
The trail to REAL Wellness
To become healthier in an earned sense, it’s up to us to do something so as to move along the right side of the continuum.
The failure to understand the different nature of health, earned from static, to some extent is the reason why America can have so much health care bills and yet not enjoy the highest quality of health status. After all, modern medicine marvelous thing but there are two problems: people expect too much of it and weak hands of themselves.
Understanding the difference between static and earned health might encourage individuals to be less passive — to realize the requirement for and value of REAL wellness lifestyles.