Grasping the Totality of Full Health

1Health is simple and yet often misunderstood

Bring up the topic of health and almost everyone will have a lot to say on the subject. It gets even more hectic if one looks for information online. It seems like almost everyone has their own particular idea about the nature of health. And this is one of the few objective points which can be made about it. Health is really made up of two separate things. There’s the physical, testable, and inarguable aspects of health. These are the things described by experimental studies and medical journals. But there’s also a more personal and very subjective take on the subject. This is how people’s social views can change how they judge someone’s health. One of the best modern examples is tanning. A great tan is something almost everyone finds attractive. Intellectually people might link it to rapidly aging skin, cancer, or a host of other issues. But the simple fact is that when one sees a person with a great tan it will inevitably bring about a positive appraisal. People with a good tan look healthy to us, and there’s really no arguing against that fact. But that doesn’t mean people need to risk one side of health in order to appease the other.

Another side of science

One of the great things about science is that it both informs and guides. It turns out that people’s gut intuition isn’t really wrong about tans. A tan is evidence that a body is working correctly and adapting to the environment. What’s unhealthy isn’t the tan, it’s the tanning process. As such, researchers developed a method to induce the tanning response without subjecting the body to the stress of excessive sun exposure. The key is a new substance known as melanotan. One simply uses melanotan, spends a very small amount of time in the sun, and then reaps the reward. The body releases all stored tanning pigments instead of just a tiny bit. And this means that one will have a great and healthy looking tan. But it also means that one won’t actually damage his or her own health in the process. Without the excessive sun exposure there’s no actual damage to skin or risk to one’s overall health.

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