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, a member of a family, in the community or in your job, is good health. 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 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.

Almost everyone agrees that they are affected by ‘stress’, and we do seem to have an epidemic of avoidance, preventable chronic degenerative diseases. But what do we mean by stress in our modern world and how do those stresses affect our health. In order to solve a problem, like stress, we need to understand what it is. For most of my professional life I have defined ‘stress’ as a combination of emotional, environmental, nutritional, postural and dental stress. I’ve included dental stress for anyone with a mouth, who is interested in their health but have never fully connected the two. The five stresses in our modern world all have the potential to compromise our health. We are all connected so we are all affected by the decisions we make and 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 a food industry which helps create the disease, and the pharmaceutical industry which helps manage it, it is not a good health model. It is vital for us as individuals to take control of our own health and wellbeing. If we are waiting for the change to come from governments, regulatory bodies or professional organisations we will be disappointed because they are slow to adopt new information and often lack common sense and humanity. Reputation and ego often stand in the way of change. I believe that the change has to come from the ground up and I want to empower you to take control of your own health, build physical, mental and emotional resilience and be the best you can be.

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 OR reflux and heartburn = antacid or proton put inhibitor. 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 is and addressing it, may actually solve many seemingly unrelated problems i.e. addressing the reflux, improve the digestion, you sleep better, you don’t suffer from depression and the chronic inflammation is no longer a problem. Minimal medications, minimal side effects, a focus on cures not customers, and you feel better for all of those reasons. 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 is not some new-age philosophy. Its how the human body works and its how our planet works, and it always has worked that way. The sooner we are all focused on thinking holistically, the better our individual health will be, and also the health of our planet. The two are inseparable.

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

Dr Ron Ehrlich