In a previous Blog, I asked the question, what does holistic health mean to you? What does it mean to be “Holistically Healthy”?
characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.”
To sum it up, Holistic means “Whole”, in holistic therapies we treat a person as a WHOLE BEING. We do not believe that illness is just a symptom that can be fixed by addressing ONE ISSUE. Illness has a root cause that is being fed by a combination of things being out of balance. Knowing the root cause is key, and every disease is rooted not just in the physical body but is connected to the Mind, Body, and Spirit of a person.
Let’s say, a person suffers from chronic headaches, a holistic approach would not be, ” take these pills and call me in the morning”, that would be treating the symptom, the part of the body that hurts, essentially masking the problem. A holistic response would be working to identify WHY the person suffers from headaches and work on treating the root cause. It should be is understood that the treatment of a disease or illness should be looked at in relation to the person’s entire well-being, the person as a whole.
With that being said. How does this benefit us? Isn’t it easier to go to the Dr’s office and have him address what is ailing you, prescribe an appropriate medication, and send you on your way? I think not.
Having dealt with an autoimmune disorder for the past 15 years, I have found many things that work, and many that don’t work. As I have shared, treating my symptoms with pharmaceuticals did not work, a holistic approach did. There is a place for modern medicine, but I think we can all agree it has gotten out of control. There is a pill for every ill. It is an epidemic.
In my journey of holistic treatments, I found there is not ONE MIRACLE CURE. Many companies, whether they be pharmaceutical companies or natural supplements companies would like you to believe their product is the answer to all that ails you, this simply is not true, I wish it were, but it is not.
In my journey I like to refer to as “My Zehnderful Journey”, I have fallen prey to many advertisements, books and promises from Doctors and even some naturopathic practitioners that promise “healing” by simply doing this, or taking that. Excited and hopeful, I dive in 100% and find, much to my dismay, it is not the PANACEA.
“the panacea for all corporate ills”
synonyms: universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, a universal remedy, elixir, wonder drug;informal magic bullet“a panacea for the country’s economic problems”
If you are seeking better health and well-being holistically, and you understand what holistically means, you would understand that there is no panacea. In seeking to heal myself, through my education process I found that I had to address all areas of my life in order to feel my best.
I have learned from the process of healing my body. Through education, research and trial and error, I found that I had to address all areas of my life in order to feel my best.
You see if a person is TRULY a holistic coach or health practitioner they will be the first to tell you that your healing will come from different sources.
Diet is very important. Food is medicine! A (truly) healthy diet is choosing to eat S.O.U.L food, (Sustainable, Organic, Unprocessed, Local) it is ESSENTIAL! That is going to assure your BODY is functioning optimally, allowing your physical system to operate properly with minimal stress to your vital organs, allowing you to heal from disease processes that may be taking place in you BODY.
What if you are eating properly, but you are under chronic stress? Like a stressful job, family issues, depression, money problems, etc. Well, when we are under stress, it is damaging to our BODIES, making us more susceptible to disease. However, the issue (our thoughts) is centered in our MIND, it makes sense we need to address how we think. How do we learn to deal with stress? Some helpful practices are prayer, meditation, exercise, practicing mindfulness and living in an attitude of gratitude. Our thoughts are very powerful, if we don’t take steps to make our minds healthy, we are setting ourselves up for illness and disease.
What about our spiritual connection? Is it necessary to be spiritual to be healthy? I think so. Science has proven that people with faith are healthier, they recover faster from illness than those without faith. I am not saying you need to prescribe to a specific religion, but we are spiritual beings whether we like it or not. Yes, we are physical bodies, but we have a spiritual aspect that cannot be ignored. What I am saying is that there is what I like to refer to as the “Trinity” of health, the MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT. They are all connected and we cannot be truly healthy if any of these aspects are out of balance, they affect each other.
In my journey, my dietary changes have made a tremendous difference in my health, there is no denying a proper diet is key. But even when I am eating perfectly (as possible) if I allow my stress levels to go up and do not manage my emotions, I get flare ups of my illness. Stress will make me just as ill as eating a poor diet. How do I manage my stress? Through spiritual practices.
As a Mind, Body and Wellness practitioner I personally offer different modalities in helping you achieve optimal wellness. I offer hypnotherapy, life coaching, and holistic nutrition coaching. They all work together to achieve that balance necessary for helping our bodies heal. I also believe in many other modalities and do not hesitate to recommend other treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, reiki, polarity, massage, supplements, etc.
We have to start somewhere, the road to wellness is a journey. We are individuals and what works for one person may not work for another. We have to take responsibility for our health and not be afraid to take the time necessary to find the right combination of “tools” that bring about the greatest changes for better health.
Be open minded, curious and responsible. Don’t let anyone tell you they have “THE” answer, there is not ONE answer that fits ALL. Believe me, I know, I have been on this journey and I AM finding what works for me, I am healing, through a process, and I know you can too!