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IS MAN TODAY HEALTHIER NOW THAN THEY WERE BEFORE 10 Introduction Being healthy is the state of having good health and also to be well strong and to be able to resist disease Oxford Students Dictionary 1996 Health is also being defined as a state of complete physical mental spiritual and social well being and not merely the absence of disease Personal Interview 20002 Incorporated into this definition is the concept of personal satisfaction with achievements and relationships and the ability to cope with and relate appropriately to the environment Patterns of health in the community and the measures undertaken by authorities to influence these have changed throughout the ages as have attitudes and beliefs Home Doctor 1995 Hippocrates the father of medicine was one of the first to document the state of health and disease systematically At the time most people believed that loss of health was caused by evil spirits or by the anger of gods Nevertheless surgery though crude and simple by modern standards and medications derived from plants and herbs were regularly used About 3000 BC the ancient Greeks had a pharmaceutical list containing over 700 medicinal recipes which were claimed to cure conditions such as dropsy constipation and vomiting Modern medicine has enabled the vast majority of people in highly developed countries to reach full life expectancy Apart from the benefits of immunization medications and quarantine the environmental occupational educational and social aspects of health are now receiving more attention Health is improved and illness and injury prevented through education programs about a healthy and happy lifestyle But now the question arises is man today healthier now than they were before 20 Why we are considered unhealthy Health is a persons most valuable asset There is a belief that the increased pace and stresses of modern life particularly those who are living in develop areas have lead to a decline in many aspects concerning health The
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