New Theory of Survival-Wellness displacing Health & Wellness 
By Walter Sorochan Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted January 8, 2019 Disclaimer 

This is a short version of the theory - Health and Survival.

Abstract:  A new way of thinking about health and medicine. The survival wellness theory proposes three levels of wellness: optimal or perfect wellness, survival wellness and crisis wellness.

Although the Flexnir Report of 1910 and later, the WHO definition of health of 1948, and later updated by Dunn's Levels of Wellness in the 1960s,
were adopted as guides for medical practice and health, these guidelines have not been able to stem the chronic disease crisis escalading in United States and the world since 1995. Lifestyle, bad food choices and an outdated health care system and medical paradigm are blamed for the chronic disease crisis.

Many persons, making bad food choices, now survive as "lingering" or "survival" life for many months and years with inadequate amounts of nutrients, sunshine and physical activity. Although such persons do have signs or symptoms of poor health, they do not pay much attention to these signs. Such signs and symptoms can persist for months and years, go unnoticed and slowly incubate as a dysfunction or illness that, if not healed, eventuates into a chronic disease.

Western medicine uses a therapy model of treating symptoms and surgery and usually not finding the actual cause of a disease. The current health care system has been unable to adapt its current modality to a more preventive disease approach.

Recent advancements in nano-technology and medical science have given us an advanced understanding of how the body works and how complex life and wellbeing can be. These advancements have given us a new way of perceiving health. This perception is based on the observation that the body is not static; instead it is ever changing, the body is programmed to heal itself, biophotons allow cells to heal and communicate with each other thousands of times per second. The human body is in a constant survival mode.

New thinking about the body and medical practice has taken place. Medical practice has been unable to provide adequate information with the general public about how the human body works in different disease states. Such understanding is deemed vital to the general public as a bridge to preventing chronic diseases. It is a vital part of survival wellness. The new theory of survival wellness focuses on incentives for disease prevention.

Health and wellbeing are basically viewed as the same.  Health was a term used more generally before 1980 to express freedom from disease or infection. But with the advancement of nano-technology and medical science, we now have a much more advanced understanding of how the body works and how complex wellbeing can be. We now have the basis for a new understanding of wellness.

The use of the term 'health' evolved with the evolution of man. Health got meaning as mankind found ways to survive over thousands of years. Such survival is briefly summarized in the article: "Basic essential survival body needs" [12]. The most important and overlooked survival need is sunlight. It was the sun millions of years ago that initially provided the energy and spark to evolve plant-bacteria, known as spirulina. This form of hybrid organism used sunshine to make its own food and be able to survive. Eventually, spirulina gave rise to plants using sunlight as energy to stimulate carbon dioxide and water into the process of photosynthesis to form plant food. Plants, in turn, provided the food for animals and humans. Without essential sunshine, there would be no plants, no food and species survival.

Ancient civilizations were aware that their survival was somehow linked to the sun's energy, but lacking the science to understand the sun and earth relationship. They gave the sun mystic powers. They understood that the sun was essential to their survival.

Forward to today:  The sun is the primary survival need although most persons do not perceive the sun as an essential need. We recognize secondary essential survival needs as oxygen from clean air, water, food and sleep. Third level survival needs evolved as mankind banded together socially for protection; eventually realizing the need to control its members with values and morality in order to continue surviving. During these periods of survival episodes, the human brain evolved as an advanced form of survival such as thinking and solving problems. Today, the brain needs excitement from new experiences and adventures.  Advancements in high nano- technology since 2000 have allowed scientists to learn about this mystic power as plasticity. Plasticity is an advanced form of fine tuned and higher level survival.

Although evolution has advanced health through the ages, it has been improvement in sanitation, water purification and better diet, that since 1900, have provided humans with better health and opportunities for better living and longer life. Such advancements provided us with life needs for survival. Although not everyone is in good health today, all persons are able to survive in some fashion.

The human body has been programmed to sustain life and this is what we refer to as survival. The degree or limit of survival is based on health or how well one is. Classic example of those surviving are obese persons. They survive, function in society, but do not attain good or optimal wellbeing.

Living with a disease is not being on the same health level as someone without a disease. There is a biblical saying - "How great thou art!" - but to be great you need optimal wellness. Otherwise, if you are sick or harboring a disease, you are functioning at a survival wellness level. At this sickness level, you do less and live less. Just living a subsistence lifestyle does not 'cut it'. One needs to maximize the inner potential for optimal wellbeing and excellence!

You should be aware that you can survive a "lingering" or "survival" life for many months and years with inadequate amounts of nutrients, sunshine, and physical activity. [3] Your body has a great ability to compensate when nutrients are in short supply. It does so by your natural body maintenance - healing process. You probably will have signs and symptoms of poor health but not pay much attention to these signs. Such signs and symptoms can persist for months and years, slowly incubating a dysfunction or illness that, if not healed, eventuates into a chronic disease. You function at a lower survival level of wellness while all these bodily happenings are taking place. As a somewhat handicapped person, you live less, do less and not realize it!

Many persons in good health will probably say that they do not need to practice prevention. They may be feeling good about some of their bad habits, like eating sugary pastries, hamburgers, and French fries, but unaware that their bad habits may also be incubating a disorder or disease. Such a sweet good feeling is deceptive.

Even when you are sick or suffering from a disease, your silent body maintenance and healing system is compensating to keep you alive as well as it can. The mind-brain appears to have a built-in protective morality. It appears to have moral sensitivity like a built-in moral guidance system. It senses to do the right thing for the body it is in, protecting it and extending biological life as well as its own brain life. The brain wants to survive; it has no interest in money, power or politics.

The guidance system is biologically programmed to give top priority to keep the physical body alive. For example, the heart can continue to live [survive] outside the body as long as it receives oxygen and nutrients.

The body has the ability to heal itself if given the adequate nutrients. [2] When one or two of your body systems sputter or a nutrient is in short supply, your body equilibrium [homeostasis] is disrupted or broken, your immune level drops and you can quickly succumb to illnesses and diseases.

Most persons do not pay attention to the signals, or symptoms, that the sick body is sending. Your body sends signals of not feeling good and feeling sick! Prevention requires being able to recognize these as crisis signals.  Recognizing the causative root of the problem, becoming aware of the need for change, and how to do it, can be a wake up call. Good body information provides motivation for behavior and lifestyle change.

So what is optimal wellness?

The preceding information about how the human body works is a brief example of how the body reacts and changes take place. These changes are referred to as states or levels of wellness. Wellness and health are used interchangeably to describe and define the condition of the human body. Such definitions have not really changed that much from the World Health Organization [WHO] definition of health in 1948. [4] Most definitions of health and wellness focus on the traditional definition that is difficult to measure, and simply ignores the real changes taking place in the body each day. New research information since 2000 has provided many important medical and biological advancements that bring a change to our thinking about what health really is, how we can achieve optimal wellbeing and how we can foster a positive lifestyle.

level cont-well Delbert Dunn's Levels of Wellness [illustrated on left] is preferred to WHO definition of health because levels of wellness places health status on a continuum from optimal wellness to disease crisis. [3] The continuum is portrayed in the illustration on the left side by the changing background color. A person in superb health functions differently from someone who is in a normal fitness or sick or diseased state. The continuum is based on different levels of functionality that are difficult to identify and for the average person to relate to.


diseasesLevels of wellness are linked to current health problems.  Our health problems, like overweight and obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, have not improved very much with Western medicine. Likewise, there are many related health practices that have not changed, such as inadequate recommended daily allowances, nutrient-mineral ratio balancing, lack of research about nutritional co-factors, lack of medical recognition that food is the best medicine and medicine still being practiced the old fashioned way. [7] As a result, the health status of the general population [observe graph on right side] has gotten worse since 1995, not better! [8] We have a world chronic disease crisis.

It is not just that the health care system in United States is failing; it is not working in most other countries either. The medical model of symptom, diagnosis and treatment [through surgery or medication] has been, as Renton [9] points out, effective in dealing with "crisis emergency battlefield" injuries but not very effective in dealing with chronic diseases that plague our society. We have a medical symptoms treatment model and not a disease prevention model.

The new medical and biological advancements include methylation; epigenetics; recognizing the impact colon bacteria have on immunity, diseases and health; [5] [6] and liposomal encapsulation delivering medication and nutrients to target sites thereby speeding up healing and biophotons and nano light affects on the body [10]. These few examples illustrate that information about the human body has progressed faster than it is being adopted or understood by the general population, politicians and medical experts.

The new medical and biological advancements include methylation, epigenetics, recognizing the impact colon bacteria have on immunity and diseases and health, [5] [6] and liposomal encapsulation delivering medication and nutrients to target sites and speeding up healing. These few examples illustrate that information about the human body has progressed faster than it is being adopted or understood by the general population and medical experts.

The accepted model of health, as practiced by medicine, needs to change in order for the medical health care system to deal with the chronic disease crisis. Giving credibility to simplifying the concept of health is Dr. Frank Lipman [7] who points out that:

"The problem is that although most of us are not permanently in a health “crisis”, this crisis [medical[ care model is being used to treat every health problem or symptom - as if it is the only health care model we have. Most of us are not sick enough to be in hospital, and by far the majority of people who visit their doctor, do so for ongoing chronic problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity - or less-defined disorders like joint pains, back pains, fatigue and headaches."

One way to improve the approach to better health care is to simplify the meaning of health for the general population. This author has simplified the levels of wellness into three major levels: optimal wellness, survival wellness and crisis wellness. This approach replaces the medical perception of health as physiological benchmark definitions. Instead wellbeing is simplified so that common folk can relate to and understand health as it works in their everyday life.

Health simplified: Dunn's continuum wellness levels are simplified into three levels of wellness. These levels depend on degree of freedom from disease, the severity of infection, disability and stages of the disease:

  • Optimal wellness or perfect health is being free of most or all illness, disability and disease, which may be a rarity. Chances are many persons harbor a single disorder or illness for a short period of time such as the flu', healing it and some time later becoming ill with another illness. They may vacillate for short periods from wellbeing to feeling sick but not suffering from a disease.
  • Survival wellness is when the body slides to incubating a disorder or disease and would be classified as in a survival mode of wellness. Most persons vacillate at this level, probably harboring at least one body health problem, often incubate a second disorder or disease and not be aware of it. Of course, this would also depend on one's physical fitness, body weight, diet and so on. Still functioning but with less gusto, vigor, doing less and living less. For example, when more than 50 percent of the population is chronically obese and overweight, then such persons would be classified in a survival wellness mode. [There may be an argument to break this second level into sub-levels but for now this one level explains the theory]
  • Crisis wellness is the lowest level of wellness. An example would be a person bed-ridden or disabled with a disease, hanging on to life. Barely surviving but not really functioning.

This is a realistic common sense way of understanding health and wellbeing that is based on everyday living. Live, exist or die!

The basis for simplifying the traditional models of health into three levels of wellness classification needs further explanation:

Survival-wellness: [3] What happens in survival wellbeing? An interesting, as yet unexplained phenomenon of the human machine, is that the human body is able to adapt in a mysterious way like homeostasis, with no present signs or symptoms of mineral or vitamin imbalance resulting in a disorder. The adaptation utilizes amino acids, vitamins and minerals to fill in the missing information-healing gaps. And probably borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, as robbing bones for calcium or/and magnesium! Such adaptation will, in time, result in failed body systems. A person may go through his/her entire life nutritionally deficient or unbalanced and not know it while socializing, enjoying physical, mental and emotional activities. During this seemingly well time, depending on the severity of lack of nutritional balance, one may never become severely ill, while other factors are present that contribute to incubating diseases related to emotional stresses, environmental toxins, nutrient deficiencies, processed foods, and so on and the body balancing these out with overall low level survival wellness. The classic example of the body's ability to survive, for several months with a major deficiency, is that of sailors on ancient sailing ships subsisting on a diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables [vitamin C], that gradually caused scurvy symptoms in sailors before vitamin C was discovered. Today, many suffer from deficient nutrition similar to that of sailors long ago and not realize it, as the human body is a marvelous machine that compensates for man's indiscretions; and hangs on to survive.

This new perception of uncertain and often hidden survival-health is very different from all the establishment theories [4] stating that health is a balance of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing and the absence of illness or disease. [4] There is no balance! These were general theories that overlooked the precision and delicate balance of nutrient fine tuning or nutrient balancing, [3] that, in turn, could result in optimal wellbeing or, if deficient, incubate disease states. It is safe to say that if there are no visible signs of disease, that most persons and medical doctors would assume such a person to be healthy. However, in real life, the body of a person appearing to be in good health and functioning, may not necessarily be well; the degree of wellbeing is compensated, hidden and medically undiagnosed.

But .... this is not the end of the health-survival story. Two recent scientific acknowledgements of health and how the body works have come on the scene .... plasticity and biophotons.

Plasticity [11] is the new enhancer to survival wellness. It extends the opportunities for optimal and perfect wellbeing. When humans give the brain the challenges that excite it, then human evolution can progress to a still higher level of functional living. It is more than living longer, with better wellbeing. The brain can explore new dimensions like mental telepathy, spiritualism and all those phenomena that we do not as yet understand; although biophotons do provide information on this issue.

It would be remiss not to mention the importance of biophotons and the impact photon sunlight can have on one's DNA, body health and life. The connection between survival and the impact of biophotons is self explanatory if one is acquainted with biophotons. [10]

Biophotons [10] update us on the complex relationship between light, the human body, health and life. It is photons or light from the sun, sunshine, that our body and plants absorb as energy. In humans photons are referred to as biophotons, working at the speed of light, creating a dynamic, consistent web of light. Biophotons are responsible for chemical reactions within the cells, cellular communication throughout the organism, and the overall regulation of the biological system. Photons switch on the body's processes like an orchestra conductor bringing each individual instrument into the collective sound. At different frequencies, photons perform different functions, including preventing diseases, healing, wellbeing and survival. Without sunlight, there would be no plant photosynthesis, food or human life.

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4 WHO, "WHO definition of health," April 7, 1948.  WHO: Health definition 1948

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