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We often marvel at the discovery of certain drugs or the invention of some lifesaving machines. A community often take pride in their state-of-the-art hospital facilities and at the numbers of specialists residing in those hospitals.

At personal level, we emphasised much on exercise, supplementation, healthy eating, hormonal corrections, maintaining healthy weight and various other healthy measures. Unfortunately, all these are almost meaningless without one aspect of health which is often neglected and ignored. This aspect is called ‘human relationship’.

Healthcare facilities and all these personal health measures are second only to the vitality of human relationship in maintaining health. No matter how good a person is looking after his or her health, without healthy relationship he or she is very likely to die early from various kind of illnesses.

Various studies have proven that without healthy relationship, a person will be at higher risk to develop various diseases and often die prematurely. We all have heard about the studies proving that average married couples live longer than their single counterparts.

Previously this effect was thought to be purely due to the care of the partners who are often looking after each other by identifying early signs of illnesses and providing the urge and support for health-seeking behaviours. However, it is now increasingly evidenced that the effect of the harmony relationships goes beyond that. This relationship apparently affects the intricate hormonal balances, chemical reactions, gene expressions, cellular activities and even the immune responses. You can attest this yourself when you first fall in love. Won’t you feel healthy then? Won’t you feel like being on top of the world then?

The sense of being loved and cared would do far more in curing illnesses compared to the best drugs and procedures. The sense of being in-love provides rush of ‘healing’ hormones which make any individuals very resistant to not only common infections but also from devastating effects of chronic illnesses. In fact, some people are addicted to this euphoric feeling that they continually searching for new relationship in their daily life.

On the other hand, the effect of isolation, loneliness and abandonments will adversely affect one health does not matter how meticulously the person is following other health rituals. The effect of hatred, vengeance, cold hearted and anti social behaviours will eventually kill the sufferer in one way or another.

Therefore, instead of searching far and wide for the cure of your illnesses, it may worth the effort to look at how is your relationship with people around you. How many people who are sincerely love and care for you? How many people do you love dearly? How many ‘non-facebook’ friends do you actually have? How many can you count on when you are in trouble? How many people you can simply call or chat and know that you will not be turned down no matter what time it is? Last but not least, when was the last time you have fallen in love ‘again’ with people around you?

Article contributed by: Dr Rizin H Kusop. MBBS, MSc (Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Med), Dip. Family Med. ( Source is available upon request.


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