Holistic Health

Editor Emeritus on October 8th, 2005

This is Part 7 in our ongoing series exploring the dimensions of health. Parts 5 and 6 have been concerned with the physical dimension and we will now complete that dimension with the elements of exercise, rest and sleep.

The tenth item on our list of the determinants of physical health (from Part 5) was concurrent health in the other dimensions. This covers all of the rest of this series, so I won’t attempt to elaborate on it within the physical dimension. Hopefully at or towards the end of our series we will be able to expand on the holistic nature of all of the dimensions.

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Editor Emeritus on October 6th, 2005

My goodness, how time flies. Here we are at Part 4 of our little series on the myths of aging. We concluded Part 3 with the intention to introduce one physical theory of aging and one psycho-social theory of aging in the next Part, and here we are already.

I’m not going to revise what was covered in the first three parts of the series. If you missed any you can always find them quickly and easily on the Health Gazette site, so just go now and take a quick look, then come back to Part 4.

So, do you remember the first myth now? Yes; good. Since the reality is that aging is not anywhere near as well understood  as most people believe, it is always more appropriate to talk about theories of aging rather than to pontificate about aging as though it were well understood. Smart people, wise people, informed people, talk about the theories of aging. Ironically it’s the less well educated who say they have all the answers.

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Editor Emeritus on October 3rd, 2005

It is time to check in on aging again. I think I’ve been aging quite rapidly lately actually; something to do with being a parent! Oh well, I can reverse the process so it’s nothing to lose sleep over. That’s a fairly bold claim isn’t it? Let’s take a closer look at aging.

We noted in Part 2 that aging is neither linear nor uniform. Various illustrations drawn from the casual observations of everyday life were sufficient to make these points clear. Or, at least, I hope so.

This rather begs the question though; what actually is aging? So in this article we’ll explore some ideas about that and consider various ways the aging process may be understood.

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Editor Emeritus on October 1st, 2005

Here we are finally. No, this won’t be the final part of the series, I simply mean that we have finally managed to arrive at Part 6 in our ongoing series on the Dimensions of Health. In this series we are exploring the concept of health in order to understand it better. Hopefully greater knowledge will empower changes resulting in improved experience of health for readers and many others whom you will reach.

Those following the series will recall that we are currently exploring the physical dimension of health. In Part 5 we considered 10 basic determinants of physical health and very briefly noted the importance of the first two: fresh air and pure water. We will equally briefly consider the remaining eight from the list and we’ll attempt as many as possible in Part 6 today.

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Editor Emeritus on September 28th, 2005

Well some time has passed since Part 1 on Aging Myths. Actually two days have passed. Are you two days older? Yes. But, have you aged two days? Probably not. We’ll cover this apparent conundrum today in Part 2.

Recall that in Part 1 we discussed the widespread myth that aging is well understood. This myth, like most myths, is based on what superficially appears as though it might be so. There is a certain self-evident plausibility to the idea, leading people to believe it to be the case, or at least to seriously consider that it may well be the case, even though it is actually not true at all.

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