A Brief Note On The Health And Wellness Concepts

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Using naturopathic medicine to prevent and treat seasonal influenza Part 1: World Health Organization, or the WHO, defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 1948). It is interesting that the organization has not updated this definition since 1948, even though medicine and health concepts evolved since then. The health and wellness concepts are often used interchangeably. Wellness can be described as being healthy, or having optimal health. There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. One can reach an optimal level of wellness by understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions of wellness (Ardell, 1988). Health is an interesting concept. It is sometimes the grass on the other side of the fence, and other times how we compare ourselves to others. A comparison based on ever-changing norms. When people define healthy, they often take others’ health into consideration; this is often a mistake, as it establishes false beliefs as in how healthy we should expect to be at a particular age. It is clear that health and wellness have a strong hereditary nature, however environment, and lifestyle are just as important to health.

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