Moral Health Pits.

What should “games” add to this medical blog? They may attract more people especially those who do not have medical background or interests. Of course, posting an interesting item for the public may not be an easy job, but the question always is how fine and useful that idea or post could be.

Indeed, computer games did give me here some inspiration. Now with some reflection, playing games may have healthy aspects other than spending a pleasant time. Let’s discover this view together.

Introduction

Moral problems can negatively affect our health either directly or indirectly. By moral problems I mean bad habits (e.g. cigarette smoking), weak morals (e.g. inpatience) and illogical thinking (e.g. unreasoned fear). Indeed, such moral problems may pave the way for a punch of psycological illnesses and bodily diseases as well. “Moral Health Pits” will focus light on health and personal threatening moral pits and may thereby alarm us not to fall in those pits or even to help get out of them.

Players

Many players are expected to share in the game, but for necessity reasons a single player may also be practical.

Mode of the game

The mode is quite flexible where face masks, pictures or name cards can be used. Of course, game computerizing is also fine.

Tips

Each participant player would blindly choose a number of cards, each showing a certain moral pit. Then, a dialogue will be played for each problem separately, as follows:

Patient: Help me come out.

Helper: What is wrong with you?

Patient: I lie. I am a liar.

Helper: Have you been long there?

Patient: Yes, dear. A few years or so.

Helper: I would help with pleasure, but say one reason why do you need help.

Patient: Well. Lying is a bad thing that puts me deep down. I want be really up.

Helper: That’s fine. You are out and congratulations, dear.

Score

The player has a health credit of 100 at the beginning of the game. The sum of harm potentials of the concerned moral pits (drawn blindly by the player) is subtracted from the initial health credit. After solving a certain pit its potential is added positively to the actual health credit. By the end of this game round the health credit should be 100.

Moral health pits (their harm potential)

1- Eating unduly much (-5).

2- Going to bed unduly too late (-5).

3- Waking up unduly late (-10).

4- Systematically delaying jobs to a later time  (-10).

5- Not dare to learn new good things (-10).

6- Not having a plan (-15).

7- Undue pessimism (-15).

8- Unreasoned fear (-20).

9- Lack of interest (-20 ).

10- Obcessions (-20).

11- Nervousness (-20).

12- Rashness (-30 ).

13- Self understimation (-30).

14- Unreasoned passion, irrealistic (-35).

15- Always find others to blame for any fault (-40).

16- Self overstimation and self admiration (-40).

17- Bad smoking habits (-40).

18- Stealing objects or money (-45)

19- Materialistic attitude (-45).

20- Tricky attiude (-50).

21- Denying favors by others (-50).

22- Feeling jealous to others’ success (-55).

23- Having hate to someone (-55).

24- Think to revenge (-60).

25- Being guiltily sexually minded (-60).

26- Negative attitude (-60 ).

27- Telling lies (-70).

Health is not more blessed than disease

Wishing good health is a constant thought that grows with us spontaneously. A healthy man is expected to have a happy long life. On the contrary, disease is quite frightening to most of us and usually arouses bad expectations and pessimism. Although this point of view may be generally accepted, there would be much debate about what health and disease would mean. The question if health is always a bless or if disease is misfortune, shows another aspect how these two can be weighed.

In fact, health owes disease a lot. Apart from giving contrast and rationale to understand health, a disease may advance or promote health, e.g. by conferring immunity. Health and disease should, thus, be seen as proponents rather than opponents. On the moral and spiritual level, a disease is as praiseworthy as health for finer perception and attitude.

Emotional whirl

It is not a secret to blame emotional state for one’s health problems and deranged productivity. Yet, the implication of that emotional aberrance or “whirl” may be more than it could be thought of particularly in naturally oversensitive and intellectual persons. In an extreme adoption of this emotional perspective of human health a considerably large sector of psychic, psychosomatic and mental illnesses may no longer be considered as abnormal.

A reliable key to interprete some physical complaint, e.g weakness or fatigue, or unusual feeling like lostness as being of emotional origin is that it would happen unexpectedly, i.e. out of situational context, and there could be also several unrelated complaints. For people who are unaware of such emotional basis of these health phenomena the situation may be embarrasing enough and undue management may be made, when assurance and a glass of normal water could be the best thing to offer.

An emotional whirl – as I am trying to name overflooding emotions here – may take quite different forms. The person may have insomnia, loss of appetite, some headaches, and other things one may find in a psychiatric textbook. Once possible organic (?) causes can be excluded by the qualified doctor, appropriate life style and social manibulation should be very helpful and the person enjoys a happy and productive life very proudly.

NPO

A considerable challenge in the medical profession is to come up with a large number of standard and non-standard abbreviations. NPO in the medical practice stands for “Nil per os” which means nothing by mouth.

Physicians should not only point to medicines in their different forms but also to life acitivities, including food consumption, as for their relevance to the current illness of their patients. Indeed, in many cases of health problems proper shaping of life style and nutrition rules would save doctors and patients as well much unnecessary and dispensable medical prescriptions (see also: Emotional whirl).

Logically, none of the body systems is functioning in separation of the others. Indeed, body systems have to work in a harmony to best enable a certain performance or function at a given time. A dozen of autonomic reflexes (involuntarily) are set up to ensure this functional harmony. Although the extent and intesity of these involuntary reflexes may vary from one person to another and even in the same person depending on the health state for example, it seems that they present inherent physiological rules.

Generally speaking, it is the personal and professional view of the physician whether to consider NPO for a patient where the decision maybe absolutely needed for one case but too superfluous for the other.