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Apr 12, 2017

The Integrative Approach to Health

IMG_1996Most of my articles are about building a lifestyle business, wealth, money mindset, time freedom, personal development and giving back, however, today, I’m writing specifically about health, one of my passions and philosophies around having quality of life. 

I’ve been very fortunate to not have any need for medications and have always practiced healthy eating, good exercise and having a positive mindset. Along with that, I choose the right whole foods supplementation. It has worked for me and many people I know.

However, we live in interesting times.

Our standard of life has never been better.  Yet today, we see so much disparity and suffering worldwide.

Today, over 1.2 Billion children do not get the food they need, and yet, over 1.4 Billion people eat food that is not good for them.

These are staggering statistics of malnutrition on both sides of the continuum.

We have new diseases and new syndromes that never existed before. 

We have food that contains no nutritional benefit. 

We have food that is genetically modified, have added sugar and contains synthetically made chemicals such as flavours, sweeteners, colours, preservatives and other none natural ingredients. 

All of which can impact our health.

Unfortunately, our food is designed for profit not for nutrition.  And it is designed to make us want it even more. 

Why? 

Because of the additives . . . additional sugar, sweeteners, salt, and other non-essential, man-made ingredients.

So is it any wonder why we have an overweight population in many countries?  For example, one in seven Americans (70%) are considered overweight or obese.

Diabetes is also on the rise. In Canada, diabetes is forecast to increase by 44% by 2025.

And more people live with chronic conditions and fatigue than ever before.

So when we get sick what do we do? 

Well, most people put their faith in a Doctor to prescribe a solution (a drug) to their illness or discomfort, because that is what is ingrained in them.  While there may be quick relief, prescribed drugs can also have side effects that can create even more issues down the road.

Drugs are designed to alter the disease processes.  Nutrients support the bodies normal processes of defence, repair and regeneration.”

The prescribing of drugs has also created another problem.  The misuse of prescribed drugs is killing over a 100,000 people every year!

“Death by medicine is a twenty-first century epidemic, and America’s war on drugs is clearly directed at the wrong enemy.” –Dr. Joseph Mercola

By addressing our medical issues only with prescription drugs and thus creating a reliance on them including drugs to address the side effects of a prescribed drugs, we are creating an environment of “sickcare” not “healthcare”.

The answer is to take responsibility for your own health, and not rely solely on a “magic pill” to fix your problem.  This means a different approach.

So I have to ask:  Are you taking an integrative approach to your health? 

Well I guess before you answer that question, you have to know what I mean by integrative approach.

“An integrative approach to health care seeks to combine the best of conventional medical practices with the best complimentary strategies to achieve the best patient outcomes.

EvolvHealth summarizes the benefits of an integrative approach in this way: 

“Many standard of care medical practices are designed to treat, or more often, manage specific disease conditions.  For example, pharmaceutical drugs can alter normal physiology by inhibiting the biochemical pathways of disease processes in order to achieve a reduction of symptoms, but the toxicity of the drug can often compromise the body’s normal functions of defence repair and regeneration of healthy cells

On the other hand, certain nutrients can help support these same functions. 

Therefore, its when the collective benefits of both disciplines are integrated that the best results are achieved.”

Paracelsus, was a 16th century philosopher, physician, botanist, astrologer, and general occultist. He is credited as the founder of toxicology.  His insights laid the foundation for a more dynamic approach in the medical sciences.

All we need for health and healing has been provided by God in nature. The challenge for science is to find it.” – Paracelsus, 16th Century

The problem is we have been ignoring the benefits of natural elements even though we know of their benefit. We have a mindset that what the Doctor prescribes and only what he or she prescribes for us, must be good for us.  By doing so, we are doing a disservice to ourselves, to our loved ones, and to our health.

So we need to eat better, including nutritional food, be more knowledgeable of what we put in our body, compliment it with nutritional supplements, exercise and finally used prescribed drugs when required. 

By doing so, we will take an integrative and more controlled approach to our health!

If you want to learn more about my health and wellness strategies, feel free to text me at 613-601-5601 and we can talk more about what you’re looking for.  You can also reach out on my contact page.

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