Good health is more than just the absence of disease.

If we only get once chance at life, then surely fulfilling our potential should be set as our highest goal.

Central to achieving that potential, be it as an individual or as a professional, is good health and it is therefore I would argue that good health should be our number one priority. If we are in good health then at least we have a strong foundation on which to achieve and fulfil our potential in life.

I define good health as a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Just because you are not in pain, not taking any medications or do not have a diagnosable disease, does not mean that you are in the best health that you can be.

This is not alternative health, this is just good health.

When looking at health, I believe that it is important to consider nutritional and environmental factors, explore food from soil to plate and to understand the connection between mind and body.

We are all connected so we are all affected by what surrounds us.

Thoughts are things.

Those “things” are proteins called neurotransmitters. Those neurotransmitters circulate through the body, attach to cell membranes and cause genes to express themselves. That thought and therefore that gene expression can either be good for our health or bad.

I believe that we must approach our health holistically and consider the mind-body connection.

I believe in preventative health.

Our current health care system is excellent for crisis care but is predominantly built on a sickness model, which means that it is more a chronic disease management system rather than a true healthcare system.

We are constantly reminded that our current “health system” is unsustainable financially and that the human cost is enormous. While a chronic disease management system is an excellent economic model generating billions of dollars for the processed food industry and the pharmaceutical industry, it is not a good health model.

It is vital for individuals to take control of their health. If we are waiting for the change to come from large organisations we will be disappointed because they are slow to adopt new information into public health messages and often lack common sense and humanity.

I believe that the change has to come from the ground up and I want to empower you to better health.

Our health is multi-faceted.

The Western approach to medicine is very linear and reductionist in it’s thinking. For example, present with a symptom and the Western medicine model will try to find a pharmaceutical to manage the symptom ie. Depression = anti-depressant OR chronic inflammation = anti-inflammatory.

I believe that our health is multi-faceted and we need to take a more holistic view of conditions as well as treatment. For example asking what is the root cause of a symptom.

The reductionist model also compartmentalises the human body into specialties. Each specialty is dealing with it’s own individual part and often ignoring the whole. A holistic approach recognizes that there is a whole person attached to the symptom or a particular body part. And that whole person needs to be considered holistically.

I want you to simply be well and be the best you can be.

Dr Ron Ehrlich