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Human health and filling in the gaps

There are seemingly no clear boundaries between health and disease of humans. From one side the judgement of one’s health may be subjective, and from the other side the feeling of being healthy or sick may be intermingled in the different parts of the same day. One of the most impactful insights in medical sciences is to find the appropriate definition of health and disease statuses. The definition of health laid by the World Health Organization states health as “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Apparently and in practical terms no one on Earth would fit to the WHO definition as being a healthy human.
The human health, being the sum of several biological components or entities, should not be regarded apart from its inherent dynamic nature. It can, therefore, be considered and expressed in hand of mathematical probability estimation. The human health may be, accordingly, defined as the state of satisfactory physical, mental and social showing in average life conditions with or without auxiliary means in terms of lifestyle and/or medical treatment. Therefore, in light of this definition while health state judgment may be individually tailored and appreciated, the presence or absence of certain physical or psychological disease state would be regarded as a constitutional health element for every individual. For the delineation of such constitutional health elements, physicians and other health scientists may succeed in writing down all known conditions (or diseases) with their different possible classifications.
Such dynamic nature of human health should give a red alarm to physicians not to make statements on one’s health based only on some data in limited clinical sessions or visits. In many cases, closer observation and more rigorous data collection may be needed before the health state of an individual can be judged.
On handling certain health condition, the natural body resources and compensatory reserves (so-called natural healing power) should not be overseen, but rather boosted and encouraged. In other words, the medicines; if they are clearly indicated, should be given prudently so that such natural resources and reserves would still be desirably in action. The benefits of such prudent medical conduct include: 1) preservation and boosting of natural healing would ensure permanent or durable cure and reflect positively on longevity, 2) giving less medicines with less chances for side-effects and with lower cost, and 3) deliberate ‘undertreatment’, i.e. prudent treatment, would allow easy-to-follow life style and help avoid iatrogenic (of doctor origin) and accidental overdosing.

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kitchen, physician's rest

Plain pan bread

Ingredients:
– All purpose flour
– Dried baking yeast
– Water

Method:
1- Put the desired amount of flour, e.g. one and half cups, in a suitable dish and add the dried baking yeast (about 1 full small spoon) to the flour.
2- Add the water little by little to the flour and mix gently in one direction. The desired consistency of the baking can be like that of a milk yoghurt or even lighter.
3- Put a clean pan on the oven top and let the fire set near to maximum. When the pan is quite hot, pour some of the flour mix to the center of the pan.
4- Wait until your baking in the pan hardens, and separate it gently from the pan by a suitable tool like a spoon. And then turn your baking on the other side.
5- After your bread is nicely cooked on both sides, take it out of the pan, and make the next bread by the same way until the whole amount of baking is done.
6- Enjoy your bread with spiced food like cooked beans, olives and green salad, or with sweet stuff like honey or jam; and of course your favorite hot drink 🙂