A Holistic Approach to Wellness

In our current healthcare system, we often think of the body as a sterile solid space that needs medications, medical interventions and surgery to fix what is wrong.

This is contrary to thousands of years of healing traditions where the focus included the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) and the interaction with the environment.

With the understanding of quantum mechanics, our physical body is mostly empty space and is comprised of 70 percent water. This body co-exists in an intricate balance with millions of microorganisms including bacteria and viruses. When our body is in a healthy balance, it works symbiotically. In other words, when all is well the relationship of the millions of microorganisms with the body is beneficial to both.

Working in the emergency room, urgent care and other healthcare settings, it is apparent that people see illness as the presence of bacteria without even considering the balancing act that is occurring in the body. They come for treatment requesting antibiotics and medical interventions.

Interestingly enough, it is not the bacteria that is at fault, but instead it is the system, or rather homeostasis of the body, which is off. When the system is off-balance, or in other words, when there is either too much or too little of something including bacteria and microorganisms, what happens is that pathological states can be introduced and the immune system can fail us.

Immune System

Our immune systems are responsive to our habits and the environment.  What we do with our bodies including exercise, foods we eat and whether or not we maintain a healthy weight are also key players. How we handle stress and whether or not we have a positive or negative outlook on life can also impact our body’s ability to remain balanced, strong and healthy.

It seems to me that in order to achieve health, happiness and homeostasis, we need to reevaluate the very core of our practices and habits. We also need to be proactive and responsible. In other words, no one is going to fix us. Medicine can help, especially for short-term needs, but it is not the solution.

The solution is very much in our control. Through education and adhering to healthy behaviors, we can even reverse negative effects including those leading to chronic illnesses.

The bottom line: You need to take care of yourself, and be responsible for your own health, which means for starters altering your diet, exercising more and figuring out ways to reduce stress.  The healthcare system does play a role, but it is only in a supporting capacity.

The good news is that it is possible!

Look for a Holistic Health Care Provider who understands and practices the principles mentioned above. Unfortunately, not all who call themselves holistic actually consider the whole person (body, mind, spirit). Be discerning and locate a practitioner who will help you move towards a more balanced and healthy approach.

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