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health

1. the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
2. the general condition of body and mind

Health

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Health is something that is frequently neglected by a developing medium, yet is most important. It is especially so if that person wishes to do any spiritual healing. From Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications (Llewellyn, 2004):

The first requirement for you, as a spiritual healer, is good health for yourself. You cannot hope to heal others if you are the one in need of health. To this end you need to follow a good diet, cutting out junk food and things like sugar (the “white death”) and bleached flour. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Acidic fruits, such as the pear, peach, plum, orange and lemon, are especially good for you, since they act upon the liver and tend to cleanse the blood.

I don’t for one moment suggest you become a vegetarian (I personally believe that canactually be unhealthy for all but a few people). However, don’t overindulge in red meats. Try to keep a balanced diet—though what is balanced for one may not be for another. Avoid becoming grossly overweight or underweight. Drink only decaffeinated tea and coffee—and make sure they are naturally decaffeinated, not chemically. The teas I drink are actually caffeine free, rather than decaffeinated. One is Celestial Seasonings’ “Caffeine-Free Tea,” which is fairly easy to find. Another is called “Kaffree” tea (distributed by Worthington Foods, Inc.) and is made from the leaves of the Rooibus shrub (Aspalathus linearis); an African herb. There are also the “Rooibos Leaf Caffeine Free Tea Bags” put out by Alvita and available in health food stores. All of these taste very much like a pekoe tea, yet are caffeine free.

Try to develop a mind that is sympathetic and receptive, in an attitude of kind helpfulness. If you feel at all selfish it sets up an immediate barrier to helping others.

Sources:

Buckland, Raymond: Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2004

Health

 

the natural state of the body, characterized by its equilibrium with the environment and by the absence of any pathological changes.

Human health is determined by a complex of biological (inherited and acquired) and social factors; the latter have such great significance in the maintenance of a state of health and in the origin and development of disease, that the preamble to the code of the World Health Organization reads: “Health is a state of complete physical, spiritual, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of diseases and physical defects.” However, such a broad sociological definition of health is somewhat debatable, since the full social development of man does not always coincide with his biological state. In general, the concept of health is somewhat conditional and is objectively established according to the totality of anthropometric, clinical, physiological, and biochemical indexes, which are determined while sex and age factors as well as climatic and geographic conditions are taken into account.

Health must be characterized not only qualitatively but also quantitatively, because there is the concept of the degree of health, which is determined by the breadth of the adaptive possibilities of the body. Although health is essentially a state contrary to that of disease, it is connected with disease by various transitional states, and there may not be distinct boundaries between the two states. A state of health does not exclude the presence in the body of a not-yet-manifested pathogenic principle or of subjective fluctuations in a person’s feeling of well-being. In connection with these features, there has arisen the concept of the “practically healthy person,” in whom pathological changes observed in the body do not affect the subjective state of being and are not reflected in the person’s efficiency. At the same time, the absence of manifest disturbances of health does not indicate the absence of a pathological state, since overstrain of the protective-adaptive mechanisms, while not disrupting health, may lead to the development of disease under the action of strong stimuli on the body.

Factors that determine the health of a population are the amount of real wages, the length of the working day, the degree of intensity and conditions of work, the presence of occupational hazards, nutrition, the housing conditions, the life-style, the state of public health, and the sanitary condition of the country. There is practically no well-defined criterion for judging the state of health of the inhabitants of any country; even such a complex index as the average longevity, taken alone without consideration of complex social and biological research, is still insufficient for evaluation of the health of a population. The scientific organization of health protection for individual persons and groups of people must be based on increasing the defensive properties of the body and on creating conditions that prevent the possibility of human contact with various pathogenic stimuli or reduce their effect on the body.

Soviet public health services strive in every possible way to develop, preserve, and strengthen human health. This is possible because of the prophylactic character of Soviet medicine; free, available, and qualified treatment; the creation of a broad network of institutions for treatment and prophylaxis, sanatoriums, and rest homes; and massive organization of physical culture and sports. The Basic Principles of Legislation of the USSR and the Union Republics on Public Health, adopted by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on Dec. 19, 1969, reads: “The protection of the people’s health is one of the most important tasks of the Soviet government… . Protection of the health of the population is the obligation of all government organs and community organizations.”

V. A. FROLOV

health

[helth]
(medicine)
A state of dynamic equilibrium between an organism and its environment in which all functions of mind and body are normal.

Health

agate
symbolizes health; supposed to relieve snake and scorpion bites. [Class. and Medieval Legend: Leach, 27]
Asclepius’ cup
symbolizes well-being. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 397]
Carna
goddess of physical fitness. [Rom. Myth.: Leach, 192]
Damia
goddess of health. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 409]
Hygeia
goddess of health; daughter and personification of Asclepius. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 123]
Hygeia’s cup
symbol of fertility and fitness. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 396–397]

health

Good condition. Good shape. Health generally applies to people, but the term is also used for hardware. For example, in a cluster of hardware, the software can migrate to a "healthy node" if one fails. See antivirus program, behavior detection, SMART HDD, health app, fitness tracker and healthcare IT.
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