At a medical checkup, the doctor takes the heart rate and blood pressure, conducts various tests and may even take x-rays. Controlling and measuring these health aspects enables us to study them scientifically and give an objective and accurate knowledge about a patient’s health

This focus on physical health has become increasingly rooted in our healthcare system through the development of best-practice guidelines, created using knowledge from scientific studies and intended to give health professionals the best approach for diagnosis and treatment of a particular illness.

Indeed, medical science has led to many advances in our ability to manage and support physical health. But our society and health- care system exaggerates the physical aspects, promoting a distorted view of what it means to be healthy.

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So we must ask - What does it mean to be healthy?

In Enigma of Health, Hans- Georg Gadamer concluded that "defining health is difficult because when we are most healthy is precisely when we are least conscious of our health. Health manifests itself by escaping our attention."

The word 'health' is related to the old English word halig, which means 'wholeness’.

What does it mean to be whole? As a physician, I have the privilege of being involved in a patient's healing journey when they are ill, and on occasion I perceive aspects in their life that are out of balance. When health is lacking, it requires patience and attentiveness on the part of the patient and health professional to ascertain aspects of one's health that need to be supported and restored.

Consider what can be ascertained about health through a recent patient of mine: XYZ, a middle-aged woman, who has developed breast cancer. In discussing her case she explains that a few months before being diagnosed her whole life was is in turmoil due to her son's accident and she was overwhelmed with feeling of helplessness. Instead of working through her emotions and thoughts, her cancerous activity has occurred as a compensation for this conflict.

As to why has this occurred in a woman who enjoyed perfect health before the son's accident can be understood through the works of Dr. Hamer which show that diseases are not meaningless, but instead are age-old "Biological Special Programs of Nature" that assist an individual during unexpected emotional distress. When we unexpectedly experience emotional distress, an emergency repair program is set in motion, with the aim of returning the individual to normal.

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For example, a mother suffered a conflict (a distressing situation that she for which she was not prepared), when her child meets with an accident.

Since the woman experienced the shock as a mother-child worry conflict, an adenoid breast gland cancer developed in her left breast. This response is by no means meaningless The purpose of the increase of additional breast gland tissue is to assist her baby by providing more breast milk than before. This way the mother's organism tries to compensate for the inflicted harm. The breast gland tumor continues to grow (with increased milk production) as long as the worry persists. Thus, in the conflict active phase, the nursing mother has in her 'sick' breast more milk than before. The resolution only occurs when the child is well again whereupon the breast gland cells stop multiplying.

Hamer illustrates this with another example, a woman who finds her husband in bed with another female. As a sexual frustration conflict it causes uterus cancer. If she instead experiences it as a partner conflict, then in a right-handed woman it leads to cancer of the right breast. If the conflict feeling is lack of self-worth, cancer may develop in the pubic bone.

Thus there is a definite link between the affected organ and type of emotional reaction faced by the person to a particular situation. The mind and body are in fact very closely related to one another.

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