International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 194

Full Length Research Paper

The meaning of life: Health, disease, and the naturopathy

  Suliddin Hamidli1, Ayşen Yetkin2 and Yalçın Yetkin3*    
  1Pulmonary Diseases of Respiratory Systems of Medical Faculty, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Kazım Karabekir Cad: 65 200, Van, Turkey. 2Department of Nursing Science in Health High School of Yüzüncü Yıl University, Campus, 65 080, Van, Turkey. 3Department of Physiology of Basic Medical Science, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Kazım Karabekir Cad. 65 200, Van, Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 02 April 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010



The meaning of life is what humans expect of it. The quality of life is explained by social concepts. Life has to do with maintaining the functions of biological systems.  Organisms must be healthy to maintain their life. Health is a perfect working condition of the body. Disease is a divergence from normal physiological conditions of the organism in question. The cause of most diseases can be traced to physiology and its effect on humans. Obesity is one of the contemporary diseases that are psychologically tied. For this reason, some clinical applications have been used, including exercise, diet and some surgical methods. However, alternative remedies are been applied and they include herbal therapy, hunger, aromatherapy, musical, color and magnet therapies, yoga and acupuncture amongst others for one to stay healthy. The above examples are referred to as naturopathy. Hunger is a psychological stimulus and not a pathological condition. When the glycogen level in the liver or glucose in the blood falls below a ratio, this is usually followed by a desire to eat. The often unpleasant feeling originates in the hypothalamus. Hunger is seen in different religions of the world as a rule.  Hunger, as a cure or remedy to diseases, has been used at different times because of its numerous advantages. In some cases, hunger makes one to be contented, and patient with life; it also brings about good health, as staying hungry can help one to fight against obesity. Using hunger as a form of treatment to stay healthy should not be considered at any time as torture.


Key words: Philosophy of life, health, disease, naturopathy, human.