If we observe a healthy man, we can easily discern that he is an integrated organism acting all the time either consciously or unconsciously. Action is the characteristic of a living organism. Action can be either passive or active, and the exact nature of the action is an expression of the individuality of the person. The activity of an individual is manifested primarily on three levels:
- The human being is an integrated whole acting all the time through three distinct levels: the mental, the emotional, the physical, the mental level being the most important, and the physical the least.
- The activity of the organism may be passive or active. In disease, the “reactions” of the defense mechanism to various stimuli are of most concern to the practitioner.
- The human being, form the moment of birth, lives in a dynamic environment which is affecting his organism at all times in many ways, and is, therefore, obliged to adjust continuously in order to maintain a dynamic equilibrium.
- If the stimuli are stronger than the organism’s natural resistance, a state of imbalance will occur with signs and symptoms erroneously labeled “disease.”
- The results of this struggle can be seen primarily upon the mental, emotional, or physical level, depending upon the overall state of health at the moment of the stress.