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Health and its criteria

Health with its two components, bodily and spiritual health, can be regarded as a balance between natural health provisions and the changing environmental conditions.

Health criteria are:

1) Bodily energy, and this appears in bodily performance.

‏2) Positive mood, and this appears as optimism and radiation of joy.

‏3) Contentment.

‏4) Vision into future.

‏5) Social engagement.

‏6) Success at the personal and family level.

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Personality as 4-element outcome

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The human behaviour is the explicit translation of 4 interacting essential components: 1) the intellect (intelligence), 2) the spirit (soul, psyche), 3) the morals (moral values, faith), and 4) the sense (emotion, passion, compassion).

These components behave like individual constituents of a homogenous mix made of either 2 or more of them.

The beauty in this model is that the characters of the person can be viewed as intersection zones between 2 or more of these essential components of personality. This demonstration can effectively help define the meant component(s) by some personality strength/defect with possible plan suggestions for maintenance/change in that personality characteristic.
1- Forgiveness and amnesty are where “intellect” and “spirit” intersect.
2- Generosity and nobility are where “spirit” and “morals” intersect.
3- Modesty and sanctity are where “morals” and “sense” intersect.
4- Decentness and patience are where “sense” and “intellect” intersect.
5- Discipline and order are where “intellect”, “spirit” and “sense” intersect.
6- Self-confidence and charisma are where “intellect”, “spirit” and “morals” intersect.
7- Endeavour and accomplishment are where “spirit”, “morals” and “sense” intersect.
8- Precision and perfection are where “morals”, “sense” and “intellect” intersect.
9- Success is where all 4 components (intellect, spirit, morals and sense) intersect.

The treatment of any personality case is made possible by having a clear view about its origins and conditions. For example, in case of obsessive-compulsive disorder the meant component can be the sense (emotion and faithfulness). The counterbalance of these flooding emotions should be the intellect (reason); so, the treatment would be: 1) defining the emotions as the origin, and 2) defining the intellect as the counterbalance.

Persons with weak personality are of either weak intellect (or little experience) and cannot readily understand their environment, or very sensitive and emotional, while they do not make the best use of their intellect to properly invest their emotions.

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Tank dynamic model of disease – an interview –

Interviewer: Welcome to our program Mr. physician21.
Physician21: Thank you, Sir.
Interviewer: In your opinion, why is there a need for a model of disease?
Physician21: Well. There are indeed many views of disease that came up with the understanding of the disease process. In my new model I try to make use of all these views in one working model.
Interviewer: Great, then, let’s get closer to your model!
Physician21: The model considers the environmental variables, the physical elements including food and drinks, the emotional experiences and the personality.
Interviewer: Yes. Those 4 components are known to contribute to human health state. So, what is new in your model?
Physician21: The model assumes that everybody has a residual disease state at any point of time, and the disease is just an outbreak point of an already existing and ongoing process. The point is that one should take care to set that residual disease state as low as possible, so that such outbreaks would occur very infrequently.
Interviewer: What examples would you tell us in this respect?
Physician21: For example, the negative feelings such as hate and jealous, these are very inappropriate for one’s health. In the Islamic rituals, it is recommended for a sick person to give out money as alms or charity, and it is believed that this would directly or indirectly help cure the sick. This act can be understood in my model such that the act of giving money to the needy would creat a positive feeling or positive energy for the sick and the surrounding persons that would boost their readiness for cure and resolution.
Interviewer: So, your model emphasizes that health state comes from within the person, and encourages everybody to take care of naturally given health elements in those 4 discrete categories: environment, matter, emotions and personality.
Physician21: Yes, true. The process is very interesting and intricate. Everybody owns the keys for good health, just on realizing their proper use. The way one walks, talks, and behaves, all that speak either for or against the health state. So, one should be careful.
Interviewer: So, the progression of a disease state is largely controllable especially at its early beginning.
Physician21: Yes, of course.
Interviewer: You talked about positive and negative energy. is it the energy ‘halo’ of the body?
Physician21: Yes. According to physics matter can ultimately change to energy and both are interchangeable. Pictures, actions, meanings, thoughts, colors, sounds, clothes, objects and food can all take part in outshaping of the energy environment and feelings and, thus, health of the person.
Interviewer: Good. What about the biological and physio-chemical agents as disease causes in your model?
Physician21: These are called extraneous factors that may cause harm or not according to the basal disease or readiness of the person. So, they are not in the center of disease process in our model.
Interviewer: Thank you very much, Mr. physician21 for this great information.
Physician21: You are welcome, Sir. Thank you very much.

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Tank dynamic model of disease

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In science it is usual for a certain entity or process to describe a model that may describe, explain, or predict facts and phenomena concerning that natural entity or process. In this regard the disease process may not be an exception. Indeed, the disease process, and thence the cure method, is being regarded from several aspects that would complement each other in understanding the diseases and providing cure measures, or individually suggest an opinion that is not readily usable by other medical views.

In this essay, I shall present my own perception of the disease process with new name coinage, the tank dynamic model of disease.

1) What is a disease?

The disease is a deranged health status that can be subjective (addressed only by the person) or objective (addressed by the surrounding persons).

2) What are the basic common pillars of the disease?

The disease should have: 1- a complaint (picture), 2- a time onset, 3- a pattern, 4- a natural course, 5- opponents and proponents (things that oppose or favour), 6- cause(s), and 7- treatment(s).

3) What are the assumptions of this model of disease?

1. The disease is a dynamic process.

2. Everybody has a basal disease state at any point of time.

3. The matter and energy of an individual are interchangeable as explained by physics.

4. The disease ensues as an over flow of an already present and ongoing process in which a few unitary disease elements are in play, with or without the incidental superimposing an extraneous factor (a biological or a chemiophysical incident).

5. The unitary disease elements include: 1- sensual elements: environmental conditions and landscape, 2- emotional elements: fear, grave, happiness, hate, etc., 3- physical elements: exhaustion, tiredness, thirst, hunger, satiety, over- satiety, cold, hot, physical sexual overflood (stagnation), and 4- personal elements: shyness, honesty, intelligence (theoretical and social), sensitivity, etc.

6- The treatment of a disease condition comprises the timely and ordered measures according to the underlying contributing disease elements.

4) How is the disease process viewed in this model?

The disease has 3 phases: 1- preparatory phase, 2- shock or culmination phase, and 3- resettlement phase.

The disease may have one of 3 forms: 1- disease with mainly extraneous factor determinations (e.g. fever, malaise), 2- disease with mainly general physical phenomena (fatigue, fainting, hypertension, etc.), 3- disease with mainly neuropsychic phenomena (anxiety, depression, obsession, …). 

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5) How do the disease elements work?

The disease elements may work in triplets for many disease processes. Other more complicated disease elements’ contribution may be present.

6) Which diseases would you choose to explain as examples?

1. Bacterial sinusitis:

The disease elements can be: 1- physical stress (exhaustion, little food, little drinks, inability to properly clean the nose; e.g. lacking the hygiene paper tissue), 2- emotional feeling of pressure and shortage, and 3- environmental stress (hot, cold or dust). 

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2. Renal colic 

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3. Fainting

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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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Psychology phenomena ladder

Basically, psychological diseases such as anxiety/depression and phobias/manias may not be regarded as diseases but rather merely as psychological phenomena. This is because of two reasons: 1) they can be experienced by almost all people (then it is quite embarrassing to find all people psychologically ill) and 2) they can happen in varying degrees and in different time lapses.

The origin of psychological disease/phenomenon seems to be the specific set of characters that the person builds up from the very beginning of life and throughout life especially during the first few years. This argument may be supported by the assumption/observation that certain psychological conditions would be experienced by some persons in some life stages but not by others in the same life stages. For examples, anxiety would me more in young adults with little experiences who tend to be sensitive (good-spirited and ambitious) and righteous, while depression may be more experienced by materialistic (intellectual and chance chasing) and self-centred persons.

Such naturalizing of psychological diseases/ phenomena would, from one side, reduce the emotional burden given by those experiences, and revise the significance/role of medical treatment of psychological conditions, from the other side. Indeed, nonmedical or conservative treatment would be the general rule while the medical treatment may be needed only on occasional basis. However, every psychological case should be considered individually and the treatment plan should be, hence, very specific for that person.

As the extent of psychological experiences varies in terms of obviousness/picture, duration and pattern, those experiences may be ordered in a ladder of ascending phenomenal grades. Although that view would implicitly mean a mode of diseases/condition evolution, neither the relay between stages nor the completion of the whole track may be strict.

This scheme sheds light on the importance of the insight of the person as a determinant for favourable/unfavourable psychological path. It implies also the role of the person’s will, i.e. choice – to a certain degree – as to where to direct his/her emotional and spiritual investment.