What is Health?

More than ever, I think this question is one that we should all ponder, especially in the world in which we live today. We know that health is not stagnant. Not just a point in time, but rather, health is dynamic, a continuum that changes constantly. Daily, we get the opportunity to strive to improve upon
our current state of health. To relieve symptoms, eat better, exercise more, reduce stress, aim for vitality, happiness, and liveliness.

But why don’t we? What barriers keep us from achieving a lasting, symptom-free life? I want to share some information from an Integrative Oncology Course that I’m enrolled in taught by Dr. Nasha Winters ND. She points out: “the US has fallen behind for five years in a row in longevity, for the first time in human history.” Many scientific colleagues are calling this the Era of Despair; the absence of hope, the ultimate disconnect from self, spirit, community, and others. And, wouldn’t you agree?

Dr. Winters goes on to say that many feel this disconnect from self and others is likely the most significant driver and cause of cancer today, now the leading cause of death over heart disease.

We know that Covid didn’t help. The opioid crises, social media, and medicine becoming more of a business than an Art of Caring hasn’t helped. What has happened to “community”—that feeling of connectedness with others?

This is what we need to contemplate. To turn this into an Era of Hope and Repair versus Fear and Despair. But how?

Dr. Kelly Turner in her book Radical Remission and Radical Hope has outlined ten factors that are the mutual denominator in those who have survived the unsurvivable. Note that most of these are rooted in spiritual, emotional and mental components…is it time we get back to our roots?

  • Changing your diet
  • Taking control of your health
  • Following your intuition
  • Using herbs and supplements
  • Releasing suppressed emotions
  • Increasing positive emotions
  • Embracing social support
  • Deepening your spiritual connection
  • Rhythm, ritual, daily, seasonal
  • Exercise, daily movement

At The Metabolic Institute, our approach to health is a reflection of the above; a holistic, personalized, metabolic approach to support you towards that which is your birthright—OPTIMAL HEALTH!

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