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Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in "good health" or "healthy").[1] The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Systematic activities to prevent or cure health problems and promote good health in humans are undertaken by health care providers. Determinants[edit] More specifically, key factors that have been found to influence whether people are healthy or unhealthy include the following:[9][10][11] The concept of the "health field," as distinct from medical care, emerged from the Lalonde report from Canada. The environment is often cited as an important factor influencing the health status of individuals. Overview of potential issues[edit] Mental health[edit] Diet[edit] Related:  Common connotations of GREEN

Illness Death due to disease is called death by natural causes. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Diseases can also be classified as communicable and non-communicable. The deadliest disease in humans is ischemic heart disease (blood flow obstruction),[2] followed by cerebrovascular disease and lower respiratory infections respectively.[3] Terminology[edit] Concepts[edit] In many cases, the terms disease, disorder, morbidity and illness are used interchangeably.[4] In some situations, specific terms are considered preferable. Disease Illness Illness and sickness are generally used as synonyms for disease.[6] However, this term is occasionally used to refer specifically to the patient's personal experience of his or her disease.[7][8] Disorder In medicine, a disorder is a functional abnormality or disturbance. Medical condition A medical condition is a broad term that includes all diseases and disorders. Morbidity

Is Coconut Water Really Better Than Sports Drinks? As a runner, I always considered sports drinks a necessary evil: While I never loved the taste, I held my nose and downed my Gatorade for the sake of proper hydration. But last year, a friend handed me a little box of coconut water, which, she told me, had just as many electrolytes as Gatorade. I took a sip, loved the mild taste, and found myself regularly shelling out as much as $3 for 11 oz. of the stuff. That is, until it disappeared from my local supermarket earlier this summer. Turns out I'm not the only one with a new coconut water addiction. Although the beverage has been popular for centuries in countries where coconuts grow, it has only recently been marketed in the US. Not to be confused with coconut milk, which is made from the white flesh of the fruit, coconut water is the clear liquid in the fruit's center. But according to Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC-Davis, coconut water isn't ideal for prolonged bouts of physical activity.

5 Steps for Macrobiotic Beginners 1. Eat Whole Grains When I say "whole", I mean it. These days, huge corporations (and even the USDA food Pyramid) are understanding that not all carbs are bad. So now your favorite breads and cereals include whole grain flour. Think about your best friend: She's got great hair, a perky nose and a husky voice. Now imagine pulverizing her into a powder--is she the same? Whole grains are cheap and easy to cook. 2. I know I sound like your mother here, but "CHEW YOUR FOOD!! By chewing well (50-100 times a mouthfull--gulp!) 3. Think about it. Neither China nor Japan have ever included dairy food in their daily diets, and they seem to be doing okay; much less breast cancer than in the West, very little osteoporosis and obesity a downright rarity. The whole idea that milk is the Perfect Food for combatting bone loss is not only wrong, but some people would argue that dairy food is a major contributor to the problem. 4.

The Healing Power of Sound The History of Sound Healing Sound has been used as a healing force for thousands of years. All ancient civilizations used sound for healing. Traditional cultures still surviving today understand the remarkable healing power that lies in sound. In the Bible we are told that David played his harp to lift King Saul’s depression. Egyptian papyri over 2,600 years old refer to incantations as cures for infertility and rheumatic pain. The ancient Greeks believed music had the power to heal body and soul. Pythagoras used special songs and incantations with particular melodies and rhythms, to cure diseases of the body and mind.[1] What is Sound Healing? Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health. The French ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Alfred Tomatis has devoted the last 50 years to understanding the ear and its function. Resonance Scientific Research into Sound Wolfson 1.

Youth A teenager in Italy. The term teenager is often considered synonymous with youth. Terminology and definitions[edit] Around the world, the English terms youth, adolescent, teenager, kid, and young person are interchanged, often meaning the same thing, but they are occasionally differentiated. Youth can refer to the entire time of life when one is young, including childhood, but often refers specifically to the time of life that is neither childhood nor adulthood but rather somewhere in between.[4] Youth also identifies a particular mindset of attitude, as in "He is very youthful". The term also refers to individuals between the ages of 16 and 24.[5] Although linked to biological processes of development and aging, youth is also defined as a social position that reflects the meanings different cultures and societies give to individuals between childhood and adulthood. Youth is an alternative word for the scientifically-oriented adolescent and the common terms teen and teenager. School[edit]

Evolution's Next Step - Passing Knowledge and Experience The theory of evolution might be obsolete as biologist develops a system that can predict that the next step will be a technical living form that will be able to pass its experience and knowledge to the next generation.Darwin’s theory of evolution focuses on the best adapted organisms but leaves out the succession of living things during the process. The developer of this new theory, called the “operator hierarchy” is biologist Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis, who improved the hierarchy of life by adding a classification of inorganic natural matter. “Biologists’ take on the hierarchy of life has been pretty careless up to now, [and] this hinders the discipline,” says Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis. Jagers identifies the particles that are independently formed from other particles, directly beneath them in the evolution hierarchy, and calls them “operators” . Every closure is a step towards a new form of self-organization and a new unique entity – a new operator.

Scientists Finally Admit There Is a Second, Secret DNA Code Which Controls Genes The fascinating and recent discovery of a new, second DNA code further lends credence to what metaphysical scientists have been saying for millennia — the body speaks two different languages. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, researchers have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. But biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level. The different kinds of cells in our bodies provide an example. Skin cells and brain cells have different forms and functions, despite having exactly the same DNA. No Such Thing As Junk DNA The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that reside in bits of DNA that once were dismissed as “junk” but it turns out that so-called junk DNA plays critical roles in controlling how cells, organs and other tissues behave. The genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons. Controls Genes DNA Responds To Frequency

Hope Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.[1] As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation".[2] In psychology[edit] Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson argues that hope comes into its own when crisis looms, opening us to new creative possibilities.[4] Frederickson argues that with great need comes an unusually wide range of ideas, as well as such positive emotions as happiness and joy, courage, and empowerment, drawn from four different areas of one’s self: from a cognitive, psychological, social, or physical perspective.[5] Hopeful people are "like the little engine that could, [because] they keep telling themselves "I think I can, I think I can".[6] Such positive thinking bears fruit when based on a realistic sense of optimism, not on a naive "false hope".[7] The psychologist C.R. D. In healthcare[edit] Background[edit]

The Art of Seeing (9780916870485): Aldous Huxley, Laura Huxley Neil deGrasse Tyson Believes In GMOs Nature Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic. The study of nature is a large part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena. Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" often refers to geology and wildlife. Earth[edit] Main articles: Earth and Earth science View of the Earth, taken in 1972 by the Apollo 17astronaut crew. The atmospheric conditions have been significantly altered from the original conditions by the presence of life-forms,[7] which create an ecological balance that stabilizes the surface conditions. Geology[edit] Geology is the science and study of the solid and liquid matter that constitutes the Earth. Geological evolution[edit] Historical perspective[edit] Water on Earth[edit] Media:

Meditation May Protect Your Brain | Miller-McCune Online For thousands of years, Buddhist meditators have claimed that the simple act of sitting down and following their breath while letting go of intrusive thoughts can free one from the entanglements of neurotic suffering. Now, scientists are using cutting-edge scanning technology to watch the meditating mind at work. They are finding that regular meditation has a measurable effect on a variety of brain structures related to attention — an example of what is known as neuroplasticity, where the brain physically changes in response to an intentional exercise. A team of Emory University scientists reported in early September that experienced Zen meditators were much better than control subjects at dropping extraneous thoughts and returning to the breath. The same researchers reported last year that longtime meditators don’t lose gray matter in their brains with age the way most people do, suggesting that meditation may have a neuro-protective effect. Where does all this lead?