What is health?
- By Tim Larson, Ph.D.
Most people would answer this question with responses like,
"the absence of disease" or "If I am not sick, I am
healthy." But if you take this perspective, you are missing
out on a lot!
Good health is much more than the absence of disease.
There are many important issues here.
One important point is that people don't generally go from
being healthy to being sick suddenly, although it can seem
that way when a symptom of disease first appears. But the
truth is that the disease process started before the
symptom appeared. The symptom is just the physical
manifestation that most people finally recognize. But signs
of a developing imbalance would have appeared long before
the symptom manifested.
Good health involves more than just the body; it also
involves the mind and the spirit.
When you are in balance and enjoying good health, these are
signs that reflect that balanced state of health.
- Radiant glow showing strong aura
- Lustrous eyes
- Vital, vibrant appearance
- Attractive appearance
- Charismatic personality
- Spontaneous smile
- Expression of love, warmth, and joy
- Sharp, clear mind
- Strong, flexible body
If we don't have these signs, then there is something to
strive for to make our life better and more fulfilling, and
the only question is, "What is the best way to achieve
There are continuous assaults on us by internal, food-delivered,
and environmental toxins. We can be driven out
of balance by stress, repressed emotions, inappropriate
diet or lifestyle, insufficient rest, environmental toxins,
climate or seasonal changes.
If we don't have the signs of health listed above, then we
should be watchful for signs of imbalance, because they are
probably evident and, with proper knowledge, can show us
how to restore balance. By restoring balance at an early
stage, we can not only avert disease, but improve our state
of mind, our ability to cope with situations, our rapport
with others, and our enjoyment of life.
Ayurvedic doctors are trained in this specialized knowledge
that can detect imbalance and recommend steps to restore
Many people prefer to take an active role in their own
health and are aided by an online web application that can
check for early signs of disease or a developing imbalance.
You can also do this through the computer program,
Almanac, which can detect imbalance through interaction
with you, and can recommend steps to restore balance that
are specific for your personal needs.
Whichever method you choose, your life can be dramatically
improved by achieving the balance that these methods
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Tim Larson developed the first computer program on Ayurveda. His mix of the ancient secrets of Ayurveda with the modern technology of computer programming brought a new interactive experience of Ayurveda, custom-tailored for the user. You can find more information about health at http://www.mindxpansion.com/health
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