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 your potential as an individual, a member of a family, a community, at work or as part of a company, is good health. Therefore, I would argue that good health should be our number one priority.

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.

The key is to build physical, mental and emotional resilience to deal with the stresses of our modern world. Knowing what those stresses are also help. Take control of your health and be the best you can be.

A holistic view is not an 'alternative' view of health, this is just simply how the body and our world work.

Almost everyone agrees that they are affected by ‘stress’, but in our modern world what do we mean by stress ? How do those stresses affect our health?  We  have an epidemic of  preventable chronic degenerative diseases, so that would seem like questions worth answering if we are serious about health..

In order to solve a problem we need to understand what that problem is. And stress is a problem.

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 may surprise people but there is a hidden epidemic going on right underneath people’s noses and most people are totally unaware. “Dental stress will be of interest to 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.

Cherish and nurture relationships. Practice gratitude. Thoughts are powerful things, so have them working for you, not against you.

The longest study in tracking human health shows that relationships are the best predictor of longevity, health and wellness. Whether it is a life partner, family, friend, community or or work, cherish and nurture relationships. They are important to your health.

And while you are at it, practice gratitude. Its a powerful tool that doesn’t cost a cent and is great for the giver and the receiver, a win-win, if ever there was one.

Thought are things and 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. Make it work for you, its  your most powerful tool.

Our health system is life-saving when faced with a crisis, but sadly has become a chronic disease management system. A great economic model, just not a very good health model.

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 it is clearly not a good health model. The food industry feeds it, and the pharmaceutical and medical industry which manages it.

I believe we need to individually and collectively, 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.

A holistic view of our health and our world is worth exploring

The Western approach to medicine is very linear and reductionist in it’s thinking. For example, present with a symptom and the western medical model will try to find a pharmaceutical to manage the symptom ie. depression = anti-depressant; chronic inflammation = anti-inflammatory; reflux and heartburn = antacid or proton put inhibitor.

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.

There are common themes which run through all diseases; chronic inflammation, high insulin levels, leaky gut. How this is expressed depends on your genetic predisposition. Taking a ‘holistic’ approach, looking to reduce the stresses that compromise and challenge our immune system, our gut health, our mental health and focusing on the 5 pillars of health health; sleep, breath ,nourish, movement and thought, in order to build physical , mental and emotional resilience.

Our bodies and our planet are intimately connected. The two are inseparable. What’s good for one is invariably good for the other, and future generations.

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

Dr Ron Ehrlich