strange relationship between health and disease
on, there will be a summary about how energy’s studied, once diagnostic
methodology is explained, but, before that, it is necessary to talk briefly
about the important subject heading this section. And, it is not easy to do, because being brief and concise can lead to
excessive simplification, which explains the existence of
various rough drafts, which aspired to evolve into an eventual book.
necessary to do away with absolute categories of health and disease. Simply put,
there are human beings who are (we are) more or less healthy and ill.
It is clear that, generally, there is a predominance of one of these
states, and that health and disease don’t exist as such.
In any case there is evidence of signs of good health, which could be
considered an irony, since they would come to be symptoms of health.
one especially important one that saves on infinity of superfluous words: it is
happiness. A healthy body (a
healthy person) is a happy person. Happiness is also relative to the
circumstances. For example: it’s more likely one can be happy during peaceful
times than during days of war, more probable if one is well-fed than hungry (a
not at all subtle form of declaring war on great part of humanity), and easier
if one lives under favorable climatic
and social conditions (society is the closest and most influential climate for
Therefore, there are better and worse conditions that can lead to living happily and, thereby, healthily, or not. So much so, that some of these conditions are absolutely indispensable: adequate nutrition, basic housing, loving environment since birth, etc. And how is this fantastic utopia diagnosed?
North American poet, Henry Thoreau, was not mistaken when he said: "measure
your health by the affection whereupon you view the morning and the
spring". Because a happy-healthy person is enthusiastic about life, and can move with grace and decidedly has an
is harmonic and balanced in its proportions; his gaze, as well as, his movement,
is lively. Let us say that he has a grace that seems innate. Right now, I am
watching a baby who is three days old and displays all those characteristics: I
do not believe that it is necessary to pass Julia through blood tests and
echograms to reach this simple conclusion.
blatantly evident. It is true that
the methodology of standard medicine is designed to discard disease rather than
corroborate health (I believe
that those colleagues who have
participated in some public health campaign to examine a supposedly healthy
population, will agree with me: there is nothing more difficult than diagnosing "health"),
but, even so, it would be useful to use routine laboratory tests and
complementary methods: no important variations would be found.
In acupuncture, it is maintained that a healthy person is one that has a
high level of balanced energy. But,
don’t be fooled into thinking it is easy to find such specimens.
are, also, aspects of the "functioning" of a person that allows one to
form an idea about their form For example: a healthy person has a natural need
to be creatively expressive and socially useful. And this is not a virtue: it is a necessity that arises from
his inner balance. He has the same need to love as to be loved, of giving as of
receiving. He has a need to
exercise his body and to read good books or to listen to good music (other
chapters of a good "nutrition").
good health has much more to do with a lifestyle than with a cold assessment of
a collection of organs. One must
emphasize the real fact that life is an event. It is not "a thing"
aside from bile secretion, muscular nightmares, movements, and the relationship
between other beings and one’s personal projects. Life is the most complete and shining expression of
energy. And based on our individual body, it is the result of all of that
body’s internal and external relationships.
Life is the best answer to no question.
most shining example of a speech that anybody has dared to give in
public was the one by Buddha to the thousands of disciples who had congregated
to listen to his word: the teacher limited himself to showing a flower, walking
it to the top of his hands before the disconcerted glance of his followers.
absurd, therefore, to suppose that one can appraise " the health
level" of somebody who exposes his body so that somebody may give their
opinion about their health. The
body is not "a machine", the body is us. It is true that one can and
should evaluate the state of the organs and the energy quotient of a person, but
they are mere signals, indications, and clues for detectives. Symptoms are exclamations or whispers, warnings or petitions,
and must be understood like the emergent portion of an iceberg over the
what lies beneath, in the depths of the body/soul?
it could be said without shame, that what one is stating is wishful thinking.
But, this is exactly what the challenge raised by the crisis of medicine
and the diverse psychotherapies consists of: they have
officially escindido man
into infinite parts, and, it is elemental that we treat this from a point of
view of integration.
very fragmentation of scientific knowledge related to health constitutes the
symptom of the real disease that is systematically reproduced in human beings.
Beside the possible excuses or "intermediate mechanisms”
(functional disturbances, infections, degenerative processes, etc.) true disease
consists of the dissociation of the being, its difficulty to live coherently
integrated with its interior, and to express itself to the outside.
gather that this escindido-disease has deep individual and collective roots.
The Social status, economic predicament, cultural characteristics and
institutional life of the environment that welcomes the newborn, are as
important in explaining it as the love he receives and the inherited
material of its parents.
His body will reflect the special correlated characteristics of what’s inherited (genes) and what’s acquired (all the environmental influences). And, it is in that relationship – generally, rather unsatisfactory for the needs of the baby- where one will have to look for the fledgling of its character, that is, the peculiarities of its psycho-physical structure that will allow it to have a place in the world either by brute force or by means of smiles. It is there where we will have to look for the true explanation of any "deviations" with respect to health or healthiness.
In the first years of life, habits, movements, skills and the
pathological tendencies of a human being are created.
It is the time when the muscular, organic and
emotional structures take
form. The damage caused will be related to the importance of the
aggression or neglect and to the developmental stage during which the deficiency
Later on, these sketches
will be developed or not, at a variable speed, depending on the inner situation
(person) and the outside (environment).
It could be said, therefore, that in spite of the vast taxonomy used by hospitals and medical treatments, there is a single disease for each person. We could attach different labels or diagnoses to that disease, but it is the singularity of each individual, which will determine their "way of becoming ill". All disorders have a rigid logic and they rapidly stray from mere confounding coincidence when analyzed from the personal/social history perspective, or what’s the same, from their character structure in a psychophysical sense. "One becomes ill of what one can and not of what one wants", said Dr Felix Chiovino, a brilliant professor of internal medicine.
as in heaven means that each man is a small universe with his stars and
with his winds and seas, his deserts and
The very black holes of the cosmos that are this great living body’s
death zones are within us: they are the blocked zones, the places where energy
does not circulate.
mountainside has infinite streams that joyfully transport that energy (so much
so that the streams carry music), but, also, we have the dark side of the soul
and body: there, energy is stagnant and winds up degenerating.
that’s precisely what disease fundamentally consists of: energy is immobilized, sits still, becomes bored, stops
dancing and singing. It is known
that stationary water rots: there, sadness and
Each one of us gets the organs and functions associated to defined
emotions and moments, but, afterwards, the story unravels by itself.
This is the circuit that needs to be interrupted if one wants to return to a simple joyful existence, if one desires the light to predominate widely over darkness and even use it to increase its brilliance.
to Chapter 3: What is this medicine’s purpose?