TENETS OF HEALTH
- Our treatment focuses on BOTH symptoms (warning signals, the “smoke”) and cause (“the fire”)
- Understanding the complexity of influences (BOTH genetic and epigenetic factors) affecting one’s current level of health: trans-generational, pre-conception, conception, in-utero, post-utero, childhood to adulthood, primary family of origin, culture, diet/lifestyle choices, and more.
- Use of preventative strategies as it is “always easier to prevent than treat.”
- Use of non-invasive, nurturing treatments or simply focusing on the fundamentals (diet, movement, lifestyle, self-care practices, etc.) before consideration of more obtrusive or invasive methodologies.
- Holistic concept of treating the body as a symphony of interactions (everything effects everything) rather than a reductionist, “organo-centric,” medical specialist approach that believes, for example, that organs exist in isolation and are in no relation to each other.
- A belief that each person is both unique and multi-dimensional and, therefore, treatment should reflect each person’s bio-chemical individuality and include a more multi-faceted approach. In other words, treatment should not be aimed at the “disease” itself but rather redirected to the “person with the disease.”
- The creation of a doctor/patient partnership rather than a dictatorship. For example, the current “MDiety complex” holds tightly to a view that fosters patients as victims rather than participants alongside their healing journey. The goal is for doctor to act as teacher, facilitator, student, and coach in aiding their patients to reestablish autonomy over their health, body, happiness, and life.
- Health is not static. It is not a simple question of, “How is your health?” and answering either, “good or bad.” Rather health is in a constant state of dynamism and flux. True health is not a destination but rather a journey. For example, the use of specialized functional testing allows us to go beyond the surface investigation commonly found in all conventional approaches. We move away from a binary “you either do or do not have disease” to a more granulated continuum for uncovering the true causative agents. It allows us to identify “dis”ease before conventional ideas of pathology arise.
- Belief in Vitalism
- The physical body is vehicle or platform for the purpose of spiritual unfolding. Borrowing from psychology we embrace the following two concepts:
- Our body holds far greater wisdom than can be imagined especially when it is nurtured in the right healing environment of diet, exercise, love, etc. This is oftentimes referred to as a vitalistic rather than mechanistic view of health and disease. In other words, we all possess a vitalistic nature that, to be harnessed, requires only the removal of the blocks that are obstructing its intelligent expression.
- Consider our body’s intelligence – we have 50-100 trillion cells in the human body with something like 100,000 to 200,000 reactions occurring each second in each cell. The number of reactions that are simultaneously in orchestra are quite literally breathtaking and mind boggling. So, are we really that arrogant to believe that healing comes from a spoonful of medicine? That we can coordinate this power? As we begin our healing journey and look to expand our current understanding of health, we must begin to trust in the “God-given” faculties that instructs and guides our innate wisdom to do what it does best. In other words, healing goes from “above down and inside-out” or from the spiritual to the physical. In doing so, we are called to embody the affirmation, “the power that made the body, heals the body.” In essence, all healing is “self-healing.”
- Self-actualization: the drive, duty, and journey of being, becoming, and actualizing that which is potential within us on the physical, emotional, relational, and mental dimensions. Self-actualization can be thought of as a type of personal fulfillment. It is about finding and living within your center – that place inside you that beckons you to live a life by design rather than a mundane life in self-betrayal. It can be thought of as growth for the sake of growing in contrast to growth for the sake of accolades, other’s affection, goals, and so on.
- Self-transcendence: is about transcending past our self-interests and uncovering the truth of who we are (the grounded state of inner peace) and unlearning the truth of who we are not (our roles, our job titles, labels, mental constructs, limiting beliefs, and so on). It is also about finding meaning, fulfillment, and purpose in something greater than ourselves. It is akin to a focus on the spiritual dimension with a type of “transcend and include” (not abandonment) integration of all the other dimensions: physical, emotional, mental, and relational.
OUR GENES ARE NOT OUR DESTINY
Epigenetics literally means above the genes. We are born with genes; however, the environment our genes bathe in determines their expression or lack thereof. Thus, the environment is the information that dictates which genes will be turned on and which ones will be turned off. In genetics this is referred to as gene expression and is controlled by our DIET and LIFESTYLE.