The 22 January 1998 Review of the Constitution of the WHO states that “Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity“. The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion complement with the following: “Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being“.
As a health professional and as a Human being, these principles must be established in my practice. The misconception that isolated factors are triggers of illnesses (e.g. diet alone, or food related problem such as allergy reaction to a food compound) must be revised and a holistic functional approach must be applied.
I am extremely interested in understanding how our mental health impacts our body and well-being. Science has been making great achievements at helping us to understand these interactions and bringing this definition of health closer to reality.
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