|The Benefits of Holistic Health
Holistic Health supports reaching higher levels of wellness as well
as preventing illness. People enjoy the vitality and well-being that
results from their positive lifestyle changes, and are motivated to
continue this process throughout their lives. Holistic Medicine is
an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific
parts of the body, this approach to health considers the whole
person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment -
home, family, work, and play. It emphasizes the connection of
mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being
with every aspect of life functioning well. With Holistic Health
people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and
everyday choices are used to take charge of one's own health.
Your doctor functions as your guide and counsellor on this
Principles of Holistic Health
Holistic Health is based on the principle that each person is more
than the sum of her parts. An individual is a whole made up of
interdependent aspects, which are the physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual. When one aspect is not working at its
best, it impacts all of the other aspects of that person.
Furthermore, this whole person, including all the aspects, is
constantly interacting with everything in the surrounding
environment. For example, when an woman is upset about an
exam or a job assignment, her anxiety may result in a physical
reaction like a headache or a stomach ache. Any stress over time
may result in a decrease in ability to fight infection or an
increased sensitivity to pain.
The principles of Holistic Medicine state that health is more than
just not being sick. Wellness is a continuum from lifestyle choices
that lead to premature death to those that extend life with the
best possible level of function. Holistic Health is an ongoing
process. As a lifestyle, it includes a personal commitment to
achieve the best health and function possible. Regardless of your
current status of health, you can improve your level of well-being.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that
the key factors influencing an individual's state of health have not
changed significantly over the past 20 years. Quality of medical
care is only 10%. Heredity accounts for 18% and environment is
19%. Everyday lifestyle choices are 53%. The decisions people
make about their life and habits are, therefore, by far the largest
factor in determining their state of wellness.
The majority of illnesses and premature death can be traced back
to lifestyle choices. There are the well-known dangers connected
with drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and unprotected sexual activity.
Over-eating, making wrong food choices, not exercising and
having stress and unhappiness in your personal life also have a
negative impact on health and longevity. With time these negative
factors can diminish the quality of the "environment" within us and
can set the stage for illness to take hold. Quality of life, now and in
the future, is actually being determined by a multitude of
seemingly unimportant choices made everyday.
Holistic Health in a Medical Practice
In our practice we not only look for and try to prevent illness, we
also help you achieve increased levels of wellness. We work with
you to help make choices in your life that work for you to feel
better and happier with your body and your life. Recognising that
the choices you make to day, even the small ones, can have a
life-long benefit will motivate you to continue to develop your
health and wellness.
If you have or develop and illness or chronic condition, we
continue to work with you to improve your over-all health. Each
decision about a course of treatment is made by you with our help
and support. We recommend treatments that support your
individual healing system, taking into consideration you as an
entire person and member of your family and community.
|Holistic Health Care