HOLSTIC HEALTH ©
safe, effective solutions to many health problems already
exist. These methods are based on the common roots of traditional
western and eastern medicine. Some of these are dietary healing,
herbology, acupuncture, healing touch, chiropractic, homeopathy,
auyervedic, and macrobiotics. They have been and are currently
successfully practiced by hundreds of thousands of people
to improve health.
blame their health problems on a gene, a virus, toxins in
the work place, in the air, stress, everything but their own
choices. Doing so shows a lack of understanding of self, nature,
life and an inability to self-reflect. Often problems result
from a lack of fundamental health-enhancing qualities such
as responsibility, strong will, family support, faith in something
larger than oneself, gratitude, passion and fulfillment, and
lack of understanding of food and health. Without these, whatever
modality is chosen becomes just another pill to be taken and
discarded when symptoms disappear.
disease is artificially removed without changing the underlying
cause, long-term balanced health will not be achieved. The
whole or the foundation may collapse. Im
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. Lasting
solutions can be found to the multiple ills of society when
healing is a process and involves many factors. Those who
have tried the quick fix approach with little
or no long-term success may be ready for the permanent results
that can be achieved by getting at the root of the problem.
western culture we commonly think of the mind, body, emotions
and spirit as separate entities. Traditional cultures have
known for thousands of years that they are intimately connected.
Every thought we think, every emotion we feel, every food
we eat, and every interaction we are involved in has an impact
on our overall health.
22 years as a holistic health practitioner, I have observed
certain patterns among those I have counseled who successfully
reversed health problems. Some of them are presented in this
article. These traits are not rigid models. We all have some
of them to some degree. They are healthy potentials each of
us can maximize in our own unique way.
health is our natural state. It takes a lot of abuse on our
part to not experience this state. This is not done intentionally,
but out a lack of understanding of health and life. Many have
been taught that suffering with poor health, abusive relationships,
unfulfilled dreams, and struggle are a normal part of life.
The only thing normal about these conditions is that many
people experience them. We can substantially improve our health
and life and eliminate problems. There are many tools available
to achieving radiant health, all of which involve our participation.
step is to take RESPONSIBILITY. This means not blindly accepting
the opinion of some outside authority as the only way. We
look at how our choices may have led to the problem, and recognize
that we can make new choices to remedy the situation. This
does not mean that we stop seeing our health care practitioner,
but rather, we gather as much information as possible and
make our own decisions as to which modality is appropriate
for us. The opposite of responsibility is to become the victim
which our culture encourages. This is one of the most demoting
factors in our ability to change ourselves. The moment we
accept that we are the victim of our problems, then how do
we know what to do? We had nothing to do with getting the
problem. Taking responsibility is often distorted and misunderstood
and can bring self-blame, guilt and shame. We are, to some
extent, the cause of our problems, but that doesn't make us
guilty. Call it ignorance or misunderstanding, and stop carrying
guilt about it. Taking responsibility is meant to empower
us to make new choices for a healthier result.
is AWARENESS of our feelings and beliefs. It is deeply knowing
ourselves. This means to simply observe our thoughts and our
response to the world around us. As we observe, ask questions.
Do you believe you can recover your health, be happy, and
fulfilled? What does the illness have to teach you? Why do
you make the choices you make? What motivates you? What makes
you feel good? Keep asking, what do I need to know.
Our lives unfold along predictable patterns unless we question.
Through questioning, we discover that things that seem unchangeable
are open and fluid. Observe and question without judgment,
as judgment creates non-action.
and longevity depend on our daily nourishment. Many must not
only recover from the disease, but also from the toxic effects
of medical treatments.
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 including heart, stroke,
osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and emotional disorders.
Most Americans have a limited awareness of the power of food
in maintaining health and reversing disease. Proper diet is
the most basic and practical way to change our condition.
The food we eat becomes our blood, affecting the quality of
cells, tissues, organs, and the mind. Properly nourished,
our body, heart and mind can more easily cleanse and renew
themselves. Every time we eat something we are affecting the
quality of our health and life. Modern medical treatments
and all other therapies are more effective when based on a
solid dietary foundation.
effective diet is based on whole grains, vegetables, low fat,
no-cholesterol proteins, and fruits. Foods have specific therapeutic
properties, and we each need our own individualized version
of diet based on our unique constitutional strengths and weaknesses,
our health condition, and what we are trying to accomplish.
The physical and psychological benefits resulting from appropriate
diet is endless.
GO OF THE PAST, 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 clog us up in much the
same way as cholesterol. There is a very real energy to emotions
that, when unresolved for a long enough time, create sickness.
We are the only ones affected by this negativity. Resolving
negative emotions releases energy into the present, and allows
us to feel lighter and to experience balanced health.
to our INTUITION, developing sound judgment and FAITH are
important qualities in healing. Exercise discernment when
choosing healing therapies, and, once the course is set, have
FAITH. Faith is not the rigidity or dogma some are attached
to, but rather 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.
ones PURPOSE in life is prevalent among those who are
healthy. Everyone has talents and skills through which they
express themselves. Our life is a creative art form. When
we dont find our unique creative expression we are restless
and frustrated, regardless of success in the conventional
world. PURPOSE stimulates a deep sense of fulfillment and
joy; our life takes on a larger significance. When we live
our purpose a healing momentum occurs that is far greater
than any chemical.
priorities and a nourishing rhythm to ones life can
also lead us to health. Research has shown that those who
are driven by ambition and achievements are more likely to
become ill than those who place more value on harmonious relationships
and balanced living.
of the above factors has a profoundly positive influence on
our health and are more effective together. When utilized,
we can go beyond sickness to health and happiness. Start with
small steps and build on them. ACTION is often the missing
link in our quest for radiant health.
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