thought and emotion affects your health. A holistic health approach
encompasses treating the whole person: the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Traditional cultures have known for thousands of years that these aspects are
intimately connected. Every food we eat, every thought we entertain,
every emotion we feel and every interaction we experience impacts overall
Many blame their
health problems on genetics, a virus, toxins in the air, and stress.
While these factors can contribute to illness, very often problems result from
a lack of fundamental health-enhancing qualities such as responsibility, a
strong will, family support, passion, a balanced lifestyle and a knowledge of
good health. Without these, whatever modality is chosen becomes just
another pill to be taken and discarded when symptoms disappear.
When disease is
artificially removed without changing the underlying cause, long-term
health will NOT be achieved. The quick fix approach brings little or no
permanent success. I am not suggesting that we abandon medical treatment.
I am recommending that we look for the deeper causes of the problem from a
physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle perspective. We
need to take the holistic health perspective. Lasting solutions can be
found to multiple illnesses of society by getting at the root of the problem
I have observed
patterns among those who have successfully reversed health problems.
These traits are not rigid models. We all have them to some degree. They
are holistic health approaches that each of us can maximize in our own unique
way to return to our natural state of health.
Here are some very
important steps you must take to achieve optimal holistic health. I can
assure you that by putting these into practice, your overall health will be
much improved! Sometimes you have to reevaluate what it is that you
are doing with your life. By doing this, you will start to see the
Lets start with the
first step, RESPONSIBILITY. This means not blindly accepting the
opinion of some outside authority as the only way. Take a look at
your previous choices for they may have led you to the problem. Then
recognize that you can make new choices to remedy the situation.
I am not telling you
to stop seeing your health practitioner. I am suggesting that you
gather as much information as possible and make your own decisions.
Taking responsibility is meant to empower us to make new choices for a
Next is AWARENESS,
which simply is deeply knowing yourself by observing your thoughts and beliefs,
your choices and outcomes, and your response to the world around you. As
you observe, ask questions. Do you believe you can recover your health?
What does the illness have to teach you? Why do you make the choices you
make? What do you need to know? Through questioning you will
discover the things that seemed unchangeable are actually flexible and can be
PROPER NUTRITION is the cornerstone of good
health. Health and longevity depend on our daily nourishment. In
1988, the Surgeon General stated that two-thirds of the deaths in this country
are related to diet. Our eating habits play a major role in many common
diseases and emotional disorders.
Most Americans have a
limited awareness of the power of food in maintaining health and reversing
disease. The most effective diet includes whole grains, vegetables, low
fat, no cholesterol, proteins and fruits.
LETTING GO OF THE
Resolving conflicts and discovering their positive impact in our lives is
paramount in healing. Resentment, anger, guilt and all negative emotional
states are self-poisoning. They weaken cells and immunity and can be the
reason for illness. Let it go and move on.
FAITH and the developing of
sound judgments are important qualities in healing. Faith is knowing
there is an order and unity to life, a sense of wholeness and connectedness
with something larger than oneself. With faith, unlimited opportunities
unfold, and we gain a sense of confidence in our choices.
PURPOSE IN LIFE is prevalent among those who are healthy. Everyone has talents and
skills through which they express themselves, and so do you! If you
do not find your unique creative expression, you will be restless and
frustrated, regardless of the success in the conventional world.
Purpose stimulates a
deep sense of fulfillment and joy. With purpose, your life will
take on much more meaning. I did not have a purpose for many years.
The second I knew where I was going my life took a turn for the best. If
you do not have purpose yet, do not worry! Focus on what makes you the
happiest and visualize where and what you want to be. By working toward a
goal and a purpose, you will feel alive and ready for anything.
Each of the above
factors has a profoundly positive influence on your health and are more
effective when bring them together. When utilized, you can go beyond
sickness to health and happiness. Start with small steps and build upon
them for a holistic approach to your health. Action is the only thing
preventing you from achieving optimal health.
Nothing on this site
is a recommendation as to how to treat any particular disease or health-related
condition. You should not use this site as a substitute for professional
medical advice. For serious ailments, or if symptoms persist, you must see
a medical professional. You should not stop taking prescribed medication
without consulting your doctor.