means much more than merely not being ill. Many people who are not ill are
never really healthy either and it can be difficult for a doctor to find out
is largely a matter of looking after our minds and bodies sensibly.
In some ways a healthy body
can be compared with a good machine that is being properly looked after.
Both can be relied upon to do their daily work without breaking down, but
even the best machine must be given the right kind and amount of fuel to
keep it going and must not be overworked than its designer intended. Leading
a satisfying lifestyle is the key to happy and healthy life.
We must remember no machine
is as wonderful or as complicated as human body. Human body has so many
hidden systems, all parts doing most important work to keep the systems
working, so that food is digested properly, waste products are passed out of
the body, oxygen enters the lungs and goes into the blood, and the nervous
system and the brain continue to make it possible to see, feel and move. It
is when the parts of these systems are not working properly that the feeling
of good health is lost, even though there may be no actual illness.
The main way in which the
human body differs from a machine is that each human being has a mind as
well as a body. Being healthy in mind is not the same as being healthy in
body, but it is connected with it. If there is something wrong with the
mind, the body goes wrong as well. The aim must be " a healthy mind in a
Medical knowledge increases
further each year.However, as once fatal diseases are eliminated as threats
to people ( Example: Small pox, yellow fever, plague, measles, malaria,
tuberculosis, leprosy, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, diphtheria etc ) new
forms of diseases become apparent. For instance mental illness has become
one of the most common cause of ill-health.
As doctors irrespective of
our speciality, our aim should be to try to teach people to take greater
care of their health.
There is growing evidence
that sitting and sedentary behaviour can have a negative effect on the
Research shows lack of
physical activity and prolonged occupational sitting can cause negative
metabolic effects and can be associated with greater cardiovascular
morbidity, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, some cancers and premature death.
Smoking, taking drugs,
drinking excessive alcohol or eating the wrong kind of food
cut life expectancy by 10
People have the opportunity to
keep themselves healthy in small ways by cultivating regular habits.
By doing certain things every
day at about the same time, you can train yourself to do it more easily and
sometimes even without thinking about it. Much of daily life is made up of
habits of this kind.
The most obvious examples are
eating healthy food, exercising everyday, carrying out our professional
duties, maintaining a happy and healthy social and family life.
Peace of mind and
tranquility is the key to healthy body. This takes effort and has to be
Some examples are:
Meditation, writing down your thoughts, being creative in a small way,
sharing fresh ideas with friends and learning something new everyday.
Keep your inner organs
healthy by living a healthy and balanced life. Prevention is always
better than cure.