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Letters How should we define health?

Proposal for new definition of health

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5359

Health & Homeostasis

Health is homeostasis. Homeostasis stabilizes and balances our body
chemistry, so that our organs work smoothly and efficiently with each
other. Sickness is the disruption of homeostasis, which we treat with
pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals adjust some homeostatic mechanisms at the
expense of disrupting others, which in turn creates more sickness and the
need for more pharmaceuticals. This is why pharmaceuticals are so
profitable but have so many side effects and adverse reactions. And this
is why it is crucial to find holistic solutions to health problems.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 August 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA