1. A declaration of the right to Personal Health Freedom - Everyone has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of healthiness.
2. Definitions of health and healthiness, that are useful and can be measured. Health is a measure of the states of wellness of a person, or community. Healthiness is a specific incidence, or measurement, of health. Overall health is a summary of a set of measurements of healthiness.
3. A comprehensive hierarchy of health from genetics, through nutrition, cells, tissues, organs, systems, body, mind, spirit and community, that facilitates study of specific primary layers, and secondary studies of how layers integrate.
4. A clear summary of the causes of illness - specific deficiencies or excesses and a definition of Primary Illness - an illness that has a single cause.
Where to go next?
The foundation is solid and might lead us in many directions. We can analyze further, although it may lead to more questions than answers - hopefully the questions raised are more important than the questions we face today.
Answers, according to John Ralston Saul, are simply "a mechanism for avoiding questions". One of the missions of my blog is to find some of the questions that no-one asks about health. It's too easy to ask questions about illness, and so hard to find the right questions about health. I expect that as we propose and find answers - they will lead us to more important questions as well.
I believe it is time to build a community of healthiness and the study of healthiness. Maybe to find a community of healthiness. Does one exist today? Do several exist? Do they know they exist?
What do you know about health? What are your most important illness questions? For most of us, that's easy.
What are your most important health questions?
That's more difficult. Is it possible to think about and discuss health without referring to illness? Is it possible to find a health website that does not, in actual fact, look for solutions to illness rather than ways to improve health?
What books do you think give the best health information?
What websites give health information, not just medical or illness information?
Where can we find health?
I'm looking for your input, your questions and your opinions so that we can all learn together. My aim is to provide a list of book reviews, website reviews, etc from a health perspective. Send me your suggestions, ideas, etc.
Together we can build a community of health.
yours in health, tracy
Tracy is the author of two book about healthicine: