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 ones health is reflective of an individuals ability to meet lifes challenges and maintain his or her capacity for optimal functioning. This requires the various aspects of ones 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 individuals health starts to decline. Eventually this diminishes the vitality and integrity of the body and the mind. This interrelationship between our physical, biochemical and emotional bodies is known as The Triad of Health.
When an individual enters our office the most important factor to take into account is he or she represents a full lifetime of experience 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.
A patient is much more than a set of symptoms and complaints. Often their suffering has an emotional component and they are willing to share it. The need to be heard and responded to is critical for getting well.
A chronological history of their physical ailments often lays out the progression of their problems. This offers numerous diagnostic clues and gives insight to possible corrective measures. Quite often there is a parallel between the decline in physical well-being and their current state of mind.
Most of the time ones diet reflects and/or contributed to the difficulties in the other two categories. The majority of foods we choose seem to offer some form of emotional support or nurturance. Yet these same foods are often at the root of the emotional and physical discomforts we encounter daily. Proper dietary changes accelerate any healing process by boosting the bodys ability to repair itself physically and emotionally.