WELLNESS AS MEDICINE … A growing shift in awareness

“… Prevention has become a key term as healthcare professionals urge governments to improve public health. With 60% of deaths globally attributed to preventable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer, there is a call to concentrate on doing more than merely treating health problems or ‘spending money on making heroic efforts towards the end of one’s life.’

The medical industry is entrenched in government policies, funding, the insurance industry, hospitals and registration boards. Because healthcare is so institutionalized it’s hard to move medicine 180  degrees from treating illness to prevention.

A report on medical and health systems around the world – HealthCast 2020: Creating a Sustainable Future (PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute), predicted that they are all going to fall down within 15 years unless there are some dramatic changes made. We have an aging population, increasing disease and depression, obesity –  the current trends just can’t be maintained…

A level of government legislation is needed but there also has to be a voluntary change made by the public, a willingness in people to want to change their own lifestyles and invest in their own health and well-being.

The current health system is built around fixing problems that have already emerged. We need to transcend the medical system and adopt healthier lifestyles as individuals and as communities.

The holistic system is really the only way to go… we know that the burden of disease that we are experiencing is increasing and it’s way beyond our means to deal with it. We have to work out how to live well in order to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Being well is not just about having a good constitution or being in a healthy weight range. Wellness is a consciousness, an alliance between the mind, body and spirit as well as a union between your internal and external worlds.

One of the easiest ways to have a big impact on your health is to eat SLOW foods: Seasonal, Local, Organic and Whole. If we could all live on this kind of diet it would dramatically transform the health of the world.”

(Prof Marc Cohen, Wellbeing issue 141)

301902_10151335262966160_1333206234_n CHOOSE WELLNESS IN 2013

EVERY DAY…

1. GET PHYSICAL ~ Be active… start walking around the block then slowly build on it.

2. EAT S.L.O.W. FOODS ~ or better yet… grow your own!

3. DRINK 2 L WATER ~ filtered

4. HUG SOMEONE ~ even a stranger!

5. LAUGH OUT LOUD ~ research shows that even if it’s ‘fake’, your brain and its chemicals can’t tell the difference!

6. BREATHE DEEP ~ right down to the belly…

7. MEDITATE / PRAY ~ even for just 3 minutes!

8. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE ~ fill your cup!

AND ADD…

 YOGA CLASS WEEKLY (or twice a week if you want to experience more noticeable results)

 BODYWORK MONTHLY (your body will thank you for it!)

AND THEN…

* LIMIT ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE

* SEEK HELP FOR CHEMICAL ADDICTIONS (SMOKING/DRUGS)

* TAKE HOLIDAYS! (there’s a reason law says we are entitled to 4 weeks/yr)

* TAKE STEPS TOWARDS YOUR GOALS & DREAMS

* IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU DON’T LIKE, CHANGE IT!

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