The body never stops, it is always doing something… either moving toward life or moving toward death.
How we understand the meaning of concepts such as “life”, “death”, “health” and “disease” can determine the quality of our lives. Some people live their lives on the border between imbalance and disease – their concern being to keep symptoms invisible. Other people expend a great deal of effort to move up the vitality curve.
We live in a cause-and-effect universe, where things happen for a reason (whether or not we are able to understand what it is). ”Disease” is not something that jumps onto you for no reason. Disease results from circumstance: the average of all the pro-health and anti-health events and behaviors that, at a given point in time, happens to be heading in the direction of death (loss of energy).
The direction one is heading changes moment by moment. If, over time, your anti-health events tend to exceed your pro-health events, you are “unhealthy”. You are “healthy” when your pro-health behaviors exceed your anti-health behaviors over time. Looking at “disease” as an “entity out to get you” creates victimhood, as you have no control over the whims of some malicious entity out to do you you harm. Looking at “disease” as a set of “circumstances” is empowering. You can change your circumstances by changing your understanding and behaviors.
What’s the difference between “life” and “death”, and “health” and “disease”? ”Life” is a set of circumstances where the cycle of energy is used to maintain the design of the body (its structure and systems). The ideal circulation of energy within the body’s design is “health“. ”Disease” indicates a condition where energy is not circulating correctly. “Death” is the break down of a once living structure.
Non living things begin with a certain amount of energy, and gradually loose it. Living things have the ability to go the other way energetically: they can generate and store energy. Living things grow; non living things are stagnate or decay. All living things need energy to sustain “life”. The life processes (physiology) uses up energy, the way a flashlight uses up battery power. The body is an energy manipulation device, able to recharge its battery. The design allows energy to be released and put to work in a life process, or stored for later use as required to keep the machine running.
The body never stops, it is always doing something… either moving toward life or moving toward death. Every action you take moves you closer to one end or the other. There is no neutral in-between state in physiology. Like floating in a stream, you are either going energetically upstream (life) or down stream (death); there is no sitting still.
As complex as the body is, its function is based on a very simple concept: something either happens, or it does not (“yes or no”, “on or off”, “+ or -”, “0 or 1″). For example: either a molecule has attached itself to a cell’s receptor or not; either an ion is present or not. At the electrochemical level of physiology, some event has either occurred or not. The sum total of innumerable tiny events determine whether larger, and more tangible events like a nerve impulse or chemical reaction get triggered. The average of all these physiologic events serve to maintain life (health) or allow life to break down (death).
Healthy life takes effort. It takes effort to increase energy in a system, such as maintaining a strong immune system. The easy path of no effort is an energy loss situation, resulting in stagnation and deterioration. When things degenerate enough, symptoms of a disease appear. By keeping this fundamental concept of the Vitality Curve in mind as you research health topics, you may find that you ask different questions – which causes you to discover new options.