The Four Pillars of Health
As a health practitioner I’ve spent the last 33 years reading health books, attending conferences and learning a variety of treatment protocols, with the objective of helping as many people as possible improve their health. I figured I should be an example for my family and for people in my community, and the idea of having my health span equal my life span interests me a great deal.
This article is meant to provide a brief introduction of what you can expect from the Gamma Lifestyle programme and some of our live presentations. We want to empower people to take better control of their health by giving them a better understanding of how to attain a state of well-being. You can’t change what you don’t understand and from the statistics that we hear about, regarding the health status of the majority of people, some change in lifestyle habits needs to be made for many individuals.
Having treated many thousands of people over the years, I know there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding when it comes to nutrition, exercise and wellness in general, and people suffer for it. Everybody wants to be healthy and happy, and have the energy to accomplish their life’s desires. They just don’t know how and need some guidance and encouragement.
Over the next series of articles I want to give you an overview of the four pillars of health so you can see that good health is indeed possible. My hope is that you will be inspired to take action and continue to follow us for further information.
In 2011, when I was 57 years old our family ran across Canada and the United States in relay fashion for a total of 15,000 kilometres or 9,400 miles, to promote wellness. The only way we were able to accomplish this as a family is because we all follow certain health strategies that we will share with you in our programme. The adherence to these principles gives our whole family the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest.
The main paradigm that exists today when it comes to health is a model based primarily on symptoms. Generally speaking, many people will wait until they have some kind of symptom or a health crisis before they seek professional help. For the majority of cases some illness or damage has developed over time due to improper lifestyle choices, and the treatment of choice is medication that relieves symptoms.
We’re here today to show you that this paradigm is not the best way to think when it comes to your health and well-being. There is a better way; one based on wellness principles. There are specific strategies you can take every day to improve your health and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. It’s just a new way of thinking.
Who we are today is an accumulation of the choices we have taken throughout our lives. We all possess within us the power to redirect our lives and it’s never too late to change.
Your body has an innate intelligence or a wisdom that created you from conception and runs all your basic functions throughout your whole life. The four pillars that make up who we are, consist of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components. Each of them plays a role in how well you function and when you assume responsibility for your own health and take positive actions in all four of these spheres, you will more easily achieve optimum health.
Because the mental, emotional and spiritual realms cannot be easily quantified and are invisible, they tend to be overlooked when it comes to health. They are real and can have profound effects on our well-being. The human body is so much more than the sum total of its parts.
With the development of quantum physics we now know that when you break the body down to its most fundamental parts, we are all, in essence, pure energy. A new science is emerging. It is referred to as the bio-psycho-social aspect of health and disease; how a person’s mind, emotions, physical body and environment act together to affect an individual’s health.
We hope that our family can help shed some light on some of these important health concepts and serve as an example for you and your loved ones in your quest for bringing about a positive change in your health.
Stay tuned for further information.
Dr. Ed Chicoine, Chiropractor