Is that really true? Was nothing found?
Yes, the diseased condition or the problem they were looking for isn’t there. So then what is? Health. And health is not nothing, it’s something. Something was found.
It’s popular to think of health just as the absence of disease. I remember being struck by this phenomenon years ago while in a “health” food store. As I looked around, I realized that every product was geared toward treating, preventing or warding off sickness. There was barely anything about wellness.
Our health-care system is primarily a disease-care system. The focus and the incentives are not on establishing and maintaining health but on paying for the treatment, management and occasionally the prevention of disease.
In recent years there have been efforts to promote healthy lifestyles as a path to wellness. Mostly the emphasis is on nutrition and exercise. But there’s been very little shift in how we think of health.