Sull’Omeostasi e perché Omeostasi
All living beings, from single-celled organisms to the most complex forms of life, are immersed in an extremely heterogeneous, dynamic, changing environment, continuously subjected to innumerable physical, chemical and biological stimuli.
A characteristic essential of living beings, however, is the relative stability of various internal parameters, such as pH, temperature, osmolarity, hydro-electrolytic concentration.
The tendency to keep these variables constant, net of continuous perturbations coming from 'external and internal environment, is called homeostasis, and is fundamental for life.
Homeostasis is reaction to changes; preservation of facilities and information.
It is opposition to entropy.
This extraordinary feature of the living world has fascinated us to such an extent that it has become the name of our project.
Homeostatic mechanisms, moreover, operate at different levels of organization of life: within a single cell, in an entire organism, and in entire ecosystems, within which multitudes of living organisms establish relationships among themselves and with abiotic factors that tend towards self-regulation and stationarity.
In this sense, there are many similarities between the homeostatic mechanisms that occur within us and those that occur in the environment in which we are immersed in.
Sometimes, external stress can overcome the compensation capacity of the disturbed system: disease is generated in the single organism, while in ecosystems we witness the impoverishment of biodiversity.
< br /> Especially following the recent demographic expansion of our species, human activity has been characterized as a clear example of perturbation that exceeds the self-maintenance capacity of ecosystems, which are collapsing and disappearing to re scary tmi.
The environmental changes that man is generating, and a lifestyle less and less in harmony with Nature, as well as impacting other living species, are the cause of disease for humans same.
In fact, the many chronic diseases that characterize our age go hand in hand with environmental damage: obesity, diabetes, tumors, cardiovascular diseases, depression, addictions.
The current system of distribution of wealth and resources also means that in many areas of the world people are still dying of hunger or easily treatable infections.
According to the World Health Organization, an individual defines himself as healthy when he enjoys a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being. To enjoy this well-being, it is a necessary condition that it is surrounded by a natural environment that is itself healthy.
It is the One Health model, according to which humans, pets and natural ecosystems are intimately connected and dependent on each other. There can be no well-being of one without that of the other.