Showing posts from November, 2019

Understanding Health Can Help Us Keep/Maintain It

In order to keep ourselves healthy, we need to understand in totality the meaning of health. We can achieve this goal through a closer look at the definitions provided by various authorities in issues of health. The definitions are crafted to try to capture all that entails our health and/or the health of other living organisms ( health determinants). At individual level, digging deeper in understanding the meaning of health in its broadest perspective would help us to be conscious of what we can do for ourselves to maintain our own health and wellness, and where to get help were necessary. For a better understanding of health, it is quite helpful to clear the the confusion we often encounter with regard to the difference between health and medicine (with definitions also provided below). The World health Orginization (WHO) defines health as follows: “Health is a   state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the   absence of disease or infirmity.”   Fine

Most Widely Accessible Facts About Food/Nutrition and Health Do Not Rise To the Occasion To Make Us Stay Healthy

Current facts about food/nutrition on our health, especially those used by policy makers in many countries to develop dietary guidelines do not step up to the plate on keeping us stay healthy. The current status of facts widely available to the public on food/nutrition and our health, makes it fairly complex to put to use, not only by the  ordinary layman, but also by people skilled in the nutrition science field. This is likely to be due to the fact that most of the theoretical foundations from which the nutritional facts are derived are based on the reductionist biomedical model of diseases or ill-health, which makes it a monumental task to apply in exploration of the complex nutritional science/medical field. One of the  areas of concern on this issue lies in undue attention given to macronutrients at the expense of micronutrients  in their roles to human health and disease. Such a scenario calls to attention, challenges of the usefulness of nutrition information for both health p

Fighting Infectious Diseases - Lessons from Free-living Animals in their Natural Habitat

I don’t remember any narrative of a case of epidemic or pandemic, properly investigated and correctly and substantively confirmed outbreaks of infectious diseases in animals living freely in their natural habitat. I am thinking of an equivalence in humans of epidemics or pandemics of infectious diseases such as cholera, HIV AIDS, Tuberculosis, Ebola etc. The explanation on the differences in infectious diseases occurrence between humans and free-living animals most likely lies in evolving lifestyle-related changes, which is significantly remarkable in humans than in free-living animals, such as nutritional changes (from ancestral foods to modern diets). In present times, to fight infectious diseases, as humans, we need antibiotics, free-living animals don’t; we need immunizations, free-living animals don’t; we need highly trained professionals to help us fight infections diseases, free-living animals don’t, etc. Humans can learn a bit more and potentially apply some of the sustainable


Can we improve nutrient intake to adequate levels for health protection and health promotion? The answer to this question is,  yes we can , but not through the food we eat alone.  Th ere is a need for  a better understanding o f   the possibility of nutritional supplements as a potential and most viable option to met  our nutrient requirements for health protection, health promotion and wellness. Adequate Nutrient Intake: The Argument From the previous section, we noted that there is a link between certain nutrients contained in the food we eat and some chronic noncommunicable  diseases and that nutrient adequacy, deficiency or imbalance plays a role to that effect, and current challenge is mainly with nutrient deficiencies. Addressing this challenge requires interventions by way of the three intervention approaches mentioned above. ​Considering the intake of appropriate and adequate dietary food groups, to meet the nutrient requirements is likely to be a big challenge and una