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THE TOTAL CONCEPT OF HEALTH

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

– World Health Organization

The state of one's health is reflective of an individual's ability to meet life's challenges and maintain his or her capacity for optimal functioning. This requires the various aspects of one's makeup i.e. mental, physical and biochemical, to maintain a level of functioning that has a positive influence and support for one another. When we eat correctly, develop healthy exercise and postural habits and combine these with maintaining a positive outlook, we offer ourselves the greatest opportunity to function at our best.

The opposite is also true. If we neglect our diet, body requirements and view life though a negative lens continuously, an individual's health starts to decline. Eventually this diminishes the vitality and integrity of the body and the mind. Our understanding and ability to grasp the interrelationship between our physical, biochemical and emotional bodies, lies at the heart of the healing process.

The most important factor in assisting one to obtain optimal health is to treat them as a unique individual; not as a set of symptoms and complaints. When a patient enters our office we are critically aware they carry a full lifetime of experiences responsible for their current state of health. This includes all possible childhood symptoms and illnesses, physical and emotional trauma, developmental delays, social experiences, and family history. As we mature the challenges of school, peer pressure, dietary habits, physical exercise, sexual relations, medical or recreational drug use, and hormonal changes tremendously impact us. These early years often set the foundation for our future well-being later in life. Any complete evaluation must take all these variables into account.
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Allowing the patient to outline their chronological history gives us the opportunity to see the development and progression of their problems. This offers numerous diagnostic clues and gives insight to possible corrective measures. Quite often the decline in physical well-being and the accompanying discomfort and pain is paralleled by life changes and personal choices. Bringing this to light for the patient helps establish a deeper appreciation for the patient's situation and lays a strong foundation to address all necesary possibilities to assist in the patient's recovery.

To truly get a total sense of the patient we also need to analyze their food choices and eating habits. Our experience has taught us about strong correlations between food and emotions; how they are combined to perpetuate, placate and/or avoid many emotional stresses and psychological problems. These same foods are also frequent contributors to one's decreased physical well-being and pain. Proper dietary changes accelerate any healing process by boosting the body's ability to repair itself physically and emotionally.

The mental aspect of healing is a critical as our in-office therapies and dietary/supplement recommendations. We find an educated patient feels supported, understands their responsibility to their health and becomes more active in the healing process. Thus it becomes our responsibility to help educate them about their condition, our findings, course of action and prescribed care.

This leads us to the final aspect of total health: personal exchange- how we relate and communicate to one another. We are social creatures. Every aspect of our lives, similar to the many functions of our bodies, is completely intertwined and interdependent with others. Our social well-being depends on it but so does the healing process. Our willingness to be honest, communicate clearly and listen with the consciousness to learn from each other and not merely to find an opening to speak is critical to the healing of ourselves as well as our relationships.