Button textDo we ever ask anyone about their Intellectual Health in the context of a person’s Vitality? Likewise, when we do ask a person about his or her Health, we certainly don’t expect an answer like: “I have arthritis pain and congestive Heart failure, but I’m in great Intellectual Health”. We simply don’t relate Intellectual Health to Physical Health at all.
Why not? The Intellectual element is one of the 6 constituents that comprise Whole Health, or Holistic Health; the other elements are Physical-, Mental-, Emotional-, Spiritual- and Social Health. We are referring to the academically literate as Intellectuals, meaning that society is turning to them for advice. Yet an Intellectually healthy person may be one that has never seen a University from the inside, it may simply mean a person with wisdom and common sense.
Now, by this definition we can connect the dots between Intellect and Mind, and with Mental Health being a known decisive component of a person’s Vitality, Intellectual Health-care may deserve some attention. Intellectual Health is the least known of the 6 intertwining Health Modules and it is the only one element that has not yet been exploited by the pharmaceutical industry.
While no scientific consensus on Intellectual Health definition exists, let alone the assessment and interpretation of it, we can deduce from its usage that the components of Intellectual health include: creativity, curiosity, general knowledge, eagerness to learn, wisdom and common sense. With that in mind, we can see how we can train and build-up our Intellectual Health. Like the gym can prevent our physical body from losing muscle tissue while shedding unnecessary fat, we can build intellectual muscles that spill over to the Mind, Emotions and Believes. And as with the physical body that ages rapidly by overeating and sedentary lifestyle, our Intellectual body deteriorates quickly by the lack of stimuli, inactivity and uncritical consumption.
Intellectually necrotic activities include, for example, the regular credulous utilization of TV-news and passing them on to others as truths without checking on the sources. In contrast, critical scrutiny of all information that is being presented to us is synonymous with Intellectual body-building. A person of strong Intellectual Health can be identified by the following actions: keen interest in learning new things, keep well informed ahead of the masses by careful selection of a variety of sources, likes mind-challenging games like bridge, chess or crossword puzzles, etc.; constantly works on refining reading and writing skills, actively seeks discourse with others on things that matter, and so on.
Intellectual Health-care is more important than ever, it is easy to self-administer, doesn’t require insurance and costs no money: everyone can afford it! We are being inundated with information and we are forced to choose, if we care where we are going, rather than just drifting along with the masses. For example, the main-stream media is financed by advertisers which it protects; as a result, if we consume their information as facts, we will soon come to believe that FastFood is good for us, that the FDA is protecting our health and that prescription drugs make us healthy.