World Health Day

Dear World

Are you paying attention, we have World Health Day on 7 April 2016 from WHO.

Who is WHO?

WHO is the World Health Organization and their job is to inform us all what is going on.

So what does WORLD HEALTH mean to you and me – the average on the street?

Are we bothered about World Health really?

Do we really care about our world and its health?

Are we aware of what the state of our world health is?
Who sets the marker for the word Health?
Who defines what true Health is in our world today?
Are those who run WHO, healthy?

Do we think we are healthy if we haven’t got the ‘C’ word?

Could world health actually have something to do with our own personal health?

If you think about it, you, me and everyone else is the world, so all of our health put together is WORLD HEALTH.

What does the Oxford English Dictionary say about this word health?
The state of being free from illness or injury.
A person’s mental or physical condition.

Let us look at some simple stuff about Diabetes, which is the WHO hot topic for this year.

Did you know that Diabetes is one of the oldest known human diseases.
Did you know in 1922, when insulin became available, it was seen as a ‘medical miracle’.
Did you know that there is a popular theory that processed foods, additives and certain fats in our diet can cause diabetes.
Did you know that in the UK, 135 diabetes-related foot amputations happen each week, with most people dying within five years of having their foot amputated.

Well thank God you might be saying that they discovered insulin 94 years ago but what is it saying really when we get to know that it is one of our oldest known diseases. This is huge and what is it about the way we are living that could possibly indicate that something is not right if Diabetes is on the rise. Check out some of the facts below.

The WHO’s job is to bring us more awareness and here is some relevant information taken from their website:

350 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years.

In 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths.

Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature illness and death in most countries, mainly through the increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for between 50% and 80% deaths in people with diabetes.

WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.

Total deaths from diabetes are expected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years.

The emerging global epidemic of diabetes is linked to rapid increases in people becoming overweight including obesity and physical inactivity.

Studies are showing that children are at an increasing risk of developing diabetes.

Over time diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves causing chronic problems and early death. Diabetes is also a leading cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.

Now this is shocking and scary news and it has been said that Diabetes will bankrupt the NHS if things do not improve.

Diabetes can affect anyone including young children and have we as a world just decided to accept this illness and ‘heads down and getting on with it’ as UK Home Secretary Theresa May said when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

The focus so far for almost a century has been to manage life and function with diabetes.
Is this a solution so that we can function?
Could there be more?
Could our lifestyle choices have an effect on our health?
Are we looking at how we are living on a day-to-day basis?
Do we know what our children are up to these days?

What is it that we are doing that is causing Diabetes?

Do we have a hand in our own health and well-being?

Do we just accept the fact that it is genetics and we have the bad luck thing?
Do we ever stop to think that our daily choices might have something to do with it?

Could it be possible that our kids are not getting met for who they truly are?
Could it be possible that not being met is the start of burying emotions?
Could it be possible that food choices are linked to our emotional state of being?
Could it be possible that our youth are exhausted and this is not addressed?
Could it be possible that we start to live in a way that is not supporting our body?
Could it be possible that we check out and give up on life?
Could it be possible that we shut down our heart and become something we are not?

AND as a result of closing down our heart – we are not living our true potential?

Could it be possible that our lifestyle choices CAN make a difference?

Do we ever stop to think that maybe if we started to take RESPONSIBILITY for our own health and well-being, then the WHO days may not be so shocking with the statistics?

We have all heard that saying ‘Our health is in our own hands’.

Could it be possible that our True Health is in our daily choices?
Do we understand the true meaning of Health?
Are we using our body as mere function?
Are we accepting less for some reason?
Are we satisfied if we can just get through one day?
Are we ok with having a solution for our health?

Could it be possible that our health choices affect the whole world?

So what have we accepted as health today in our world?
Do we just see health as not having a medical condition?
Do we include physical health as part of whole health?
Is the absence of illness and disease true health?

Or is there more?

  • How about Mental Health?
  • What about Emotional Health?

If we are to look at world health then is it time we looked at the WHOLE truth and that means every area of our lives that contribute to the whole world.

Is one day in our calendar enough awareness or do we need to start taking Responsibility for our whole health?

Are reading statistics and knowing the facts going to change World Health?

References

Bilous, R. (n.d). Understanding Diabetes. Family Doctor Publications Limited in association with the British Medical Association.

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes. World Health Organization.
http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2016/en/

10 Facts About Diabetes, World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/diabetes/facts/en/

World Diabetes Prevalence.
www.diabetes.co.uk http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-prevalence.html

(2015, July 15). More Than 135 Diabetes Amputations Every Week.
www.diabetes.org.uk https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/News/More-than-135-diabetes-amputations-every-week/

(2013, July 28). Home Secretary Theresa May Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23413273

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    1. Correct Ken – if we don’t ask questions then what chances are there of topics like this being discussed by our world. As our Questions Questions blog states it is super important to be asking questions about what on earth is going on right now.

  1. I agree Bina, World Health Day shouldnt be just one day in a year, it needs to be World Health Year, EVERY YEAR. These are statistics for just ONE illness/disease. Multiply that by all the other illnesses/diseases and if the statistics are saying that the NHS will be bankrupt just by diabetes alone, then the world is in big trouble. Your question here, “What is it that we are doing that is causing diabetes?”, is, I feel, a very pertinent one. We are so quick to want to blame something else for why we are ill/sick and look to medicine for a remedy or relief from our symptons but not once look at whether it is the way we are living that is causing the illness. As you say, we shouldn’t just consider our health when we have an illness or not as it should be something we consider on a daily basis in the everyday choices we make.

    1. You make some great points here Tim and I agree if Diabetes is just one statistic then what if we added up ALL the other diseases. We could honestly saying our health systems are going to be bankrupt if we do not start addressing this all with the WHY questions.

      As this blog is saying we don’t need to wait to get ill before we take action or do something. We need to start considering our health as you say on a ‘daily basis’ and look at the choices we are making. So eating excess sugar needs to be questioned and not just accepted that its ok as the majority are doing it.
      Diabetes has become normal and not seen as a life threatening disease that it actually is. To know you have to live every single day injecting insulin in your body to stay alive is a very serious matter and we as a world are really not taking this seriously.

  2. Diabetes is a global epidemic and a silent killer. The fact that people have to have limbs cut off as a result shows how dangerous this disease is. It is frequently reported that some types of diabetes are preventable, through lifestyle choices like our diet and exercise, but what if ALL types of diabetes were preventable? What if, as this blog is asking, there is a way that we are living that is producing all illness and disease? What if we considered this or were at least open to the possibility? Could it change the rapid rate in which diabetes and many other conditions are growing? If we were open to what is said here – is it possible that we might see how we are living on a daily basis that might be causing our ailments?

    1. Great way to describe Diabetes as a ‘silent killer’. This is a global epidemic as you say and how serious is it that limbs are being cut off.

      Your what if questions need to be considered as this blog is presenting as there could be another way and how we are choosing to live maybe the contributing factor to WHY we have this type of disease. How we are living on a daily basis needs to be looked at in detail if we are truly asking for real change.

    2. 8.3 billion is a huge amount of money on amputations which we know can be avoided if one was to take care of themselves.

      However, it is not happening so we can carry on but not really get to the bottom of why these people are not feeling anything when their feet are infected, that end up so bad that is has to be chopped off.
      We do need to dig deeper if we are ever going to reverse these numbers, that are getting out of control.

      To most of us this is just a number $8,300,000,000 but in truth that is a massive cost to society and we all need to start doing our bit so we do not add to it. Easier said than done, so it comes down to those who do know another way to continue living and sharing so others maybe inspired.

  3. What an amazing question: “Are those who run WHO, healthy?”. Just that question alone shines a light on a very dusty corner and goes way beyond that one organisation. If the experts on world health are not themselves healthy then how can we expect their output to have a true impact on health? And for those of us reading these confronting statistics, what are we doing about it? Do we just read and say ‘oh dear that is awful’ and then go on with our lives? Or do we look at the why, as this blog is presenting? Do we look at our own health, warts and all and see our responsibility for that?

    And the idea that wellbeing can be defined by reference to the absence of illness is pretty depressing. What about true vitality? A tech guru once told me ‘you get what you measure’. If we’re measuring our wellbeing by reference to the absence of badness then that’s all we’ll strive for and all we’ll get. If instead we look at what is possible and the awesomeness of true wellbeing in all its dimensions then we can instead reach for that. I am blessed to have a marker of what that looks like in the author, Bina Pattel and in Serge Benhayon and his family. With support, I’m also on my way to that and see the power it can have for others, too. For all of us in fact. Responsibility indeed.

    1. You make a great point here Jenifer about the absence of well being and how we define it by reference to the absence of illness.
      In answer to your question – ‘what about true vitality?’
      I feel that we are so far away from the true vitality marker that even a small change to us feels like great change to our well being. We don’t seem that bothered to really make effort and focus on our body and true health. Those who write about health generally have their own pockets of comfort or blind spots and so they advocate something but it is not quite absolute because they themselves may not be living in that way.
      A classic example for is the latest diet in the national newspaper – currently of course it is about losing weight before party christmas season. So here you have some healthy stuff going on but ok to have alcohol and chocolate just not every day.
      If you read the blogs on this website about alcohol and chocolate you will be left in no doubt that both disturb the body and alter its natural state. So what one may say is healthy may not quite be the true health you are talking about.
      This is where the ‘get what you measure’ that you mention comes to play.
      In other words what suits us is what we go for but never really wanting to look at the big picture or ask more questions as that would mean taking RESPONSIBILITY.
      What we need is more true role models who are reflecting another way to live.
      Not perfect looking or with a perfect body shape or any nonsense like that but those who have true vitality that can be seen in the depth of their eyes and felt by their presence consistently.

  4. So the theme of this World Health Day was Diabetes on 7 April 2016
    We then had World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2016.

    If we join the dots our World is in trouble with this dis-ease in our body called Diabetes.

    Simple Living Global has published a forensic article on World Diabetes Day http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-diabetes-day/ that spells out so much we may not be aware of like how old this disease is and what it is all about, what it does to our body and how we each have a hand in it.

    I know I was pre-diabetes simply as I ticked all the boxes with my trashy irresponsible lifestyle. Not dealing with my issues meant I found a way through excess eating, mainly sugar to push down stuff that kept coming up. Removing sugar from my diet gave me more energy so to speak to face things and my body felt less sluggish.
    My vitality levels changed, weight dropped off naturally as there was never going to be a chance of me getting to a gym and walking everyday felt normal.

    What I did notice was how exhausted I was and this ‘running on empty’ business was really what was killing me. I needed anything in my mouth albeit poison in the form of alcohol, cake and chocolate everyday to keep going and driving me to do this and that.
    I realised I was spinning and never thought it could end. This left me in a constant jitter inside me which I know was Anxiety.

    Enough said, lifestyle choices can change us but it does require commitment on our part and then a consistency, which if you ask me is the RESPONSIBILITY which most of us don’t really want for whatever reason. I know it was worth making those changes and today I claim and confirm Diabetes is most certainly NOT on my radar. Fact.

  5. New research has found that obese children are 4 times as likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes by the age of 25 compared to children of ‘normal’ weight.

    This research was conducted in the UK and looked at data from 1994 – 2013 of 369, 362 children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 15, so a large scale study.

    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2017/apr/obese-children-four-times-more-likely-to-develop-type-2-diabetes-98663587.html

    Both Diabetes and Obesity are 2 preventable diseases. Both are spiralling out of control in children and adults.

    If we take on board what this research is saying, it is obvious that we are heading for a very sick next generation of adults as we already have statistics of

    25% of 2 – 5 year olds being overweight or obese
    33% of 6 – 10 year olds
    37% of 11 – 15 year olds

    Dr Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum shares the following –

    “This is a generation born around 2000, many of whom were brought up by parents who never learned to cook, and raised them on junk food and convenience meals … There is a substantial proportion of teens out there who have barely had a healthy meal in their life, and are living couch potato lifestyles and spending hours playing computer games.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11378197/One-in-four-teens-now-obese-by-15.html

  6. Thank you for this fantastic blog. As I read it I can really feel the author’s love for humanity.

    On reading the blog, I am asking myself, “what does good health mean to me?”

    Although my GP would probably say that I am healthy because I am free of either any symptoms of ill health or any medical diagnoses, I realise that I am not.

    You see, for me, good health is not just freedom from medical issues. It’s having a true vitality that supports you through the day, every day – a natural, buoyant energy that does not require stimulants to prop me up and get me through the day because I am exhausted.

    I use coffee, nicotine and doses of mental stimulation (received mostly through TV, reading the news and surfing the web) to give me the boosts I need to get through the day. So, I have to admit that I am not healthy. Every day for me is exhaustion day.

    But all is not lost. I am inspired by the author’s testimony above on how she turned her health around.

    It’s so vitally important to have inspirational examples from others who have gone before us and can demonstrate, by their example, that taking responsibility for the way we live daily and making consistent commitment to true change will pay enormous dividends for our health.

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