Life is dynamic. At Sustainable Health Choices’ healthcare is a culture of principle rather than a rigid, formulaic set of practices. We are always learning more about what is possible in terms of medical science, but we cannot forget about life. These 9 aspects of medicine are the heart of how we evaluate, and support you on your health journey. Think of this like a pyramid: Each aspect, from the first to the last represents its importance and the order in which good health and VITALITY can thrive in your bodyworld.
1. Thought: Meditation/Prayer/Contemplation/Quiet:
The mind is the master in command. Good health begins in your thought. What software is your brain running? Are you running your thoughts or are your thoughts running you? What are the ingrained ways of thinking that keep us from not healing? What habits lock us into the same patterns that keep us tired, sick, and unmotivated? We must establish cohesion between what we think is possible and what we see as our reality.
2. The Breath: Subtle Energy Cultivation
Respiration – the Latin origin ‘respiritus’ meaning “return to spirit”. The long tradition of connecting the breath to spirit is held in many languages, and thus has a significant spot in multiple healing systems for healing and longevity. It is the source of balance – easing digestive, emotional, and mental congestion.
When congestion is eased, the fluids of the body such as blood and lymph flow easier. Blood vessels dilate; oxygen is received more efficiently; and cellular communication is better.
3. Food: Fresh, nutritious Food
Food prepared with love, eaten peaceably, and chewed thoughtfully. Food grown in nutritious, fertile soil, with clean water, and genetically unaltered seeds. Eat a rainbow of vegetables and a variety of grains. Possibly food can be grown in your own backyard, or bought down the street from a local grower. It makes a difference to eat real, fresh whole foods.
4. Compassion: When we help others, we help ourselves.
Compassion completes a circuit. It opens Space. On multiple levels, from our minds to our interpersonal relationships: when we give, we expand. It is this expansion that allows us to hear and accept the intelligence of our bodies; to perceive solutions to problems we did not readily see before; and open to the voices of others we may normally ignore.
5. Movement: Exercise done wisely and sustainably.
The human body was designed for regular movement. Simple, regular movement. Consider walking every day. It is gentle on our nervous system; it’s free; it helps our hearts; and we can take in the beauty of our environment.
6. Botanical Remedies: Herbalism
Time tested. Mother nature approved. As with any science, there is a precision and art to create effective and safe herbal formulas.
7. Therapy: Preventive and Complimentary therapies:
Multiple avenues can be used to assist for healing and recovery. We all have conditions that come up that can be supported by the services of Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Western medical tests, Massage therapy, Acupuncture, physical therapy, and others.
8. Chemical Intervention: Pharmaceuticals
Everything that our medical community has to offer has a place. Pharmaceuticals should be considered after all previous options have been explored and considered. We live in a complicated world.
9. Emergency Interventions: Surgery
Surgery saves lives often. Have all options been considered before this course is taken?