Introduction As the western world is approaching a pandemic in obesity and stress related illnesses, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, good health is something we take for granted. Most of us focus on our health, when we are ill or have had a major catastrophe in our lives, when it simply might be too late.
• Our society has conditioned us to constantly focus on our material wealth; at all costs however having good health is something money simply can’t buy.
What is Sustainable Health?
Sustainable health is a personal commitment to maintaining and taking responsibility for your own health, through preventative (proactive) means.
• This means not only having regular exercise, and taking care of what we eat, but also maintaining a healthy and balanced state of mind. For 4,500 years, Indian Aryuvedic medicine has taught us that illnesses are caused through an unhealthy or unbalanced mind. Although modern science has disproved this, there is still some truth in the Aryuvedic approach. However, science just does not have all the answers and doesn’t work for everyone. Health is a three way balance of genetics, environment and state of mind. Most often genetics and environment are out of our control.
• Ultimately the only thing we can control is our state of mind and the toxins we put into it, through what we eat. If you take responsibility for your own health through preventative means, then ultimately you don’t place a burden on the people you love such as your family, relatives and society in general. Taking care is the rule here.
Sustainable Health is:
• A preventative approach
• A balance of mind, body and spirit
• Taking care of what we put into our bodies
• Taking natural medicines to maintaining your health and hopefully preventing illnesses before they take shape.
• Leading and maintaining a balanced life, by taking a “middle road” approach. Not too little, not too much is the key.
What are its aims?
• Taking responsible for one’s own health, through a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach.
Current Approach Most doctors fail to realize this because they and the industry work on reactive approach, and they are trained to think in a reactive approach. In western Ver 3 04/05 © SDS Consulting 2005 1 Sustainable Health civilization this is how doctors make a living and pharmaceutical companies thrive.
• In ancient China, the opposite was true. If a patient was sick, then the doctor was fined for failing his or her duty.
• Today we are ruled by pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies, using a fear approach.
• Nearly all reactive medicines have side effects, just ask any G.P. Some have even been well documented by researchers and doctors. Point in example is the arthritis pill Vioxx tm, which has reportedly killed over 100,000 people in the U.S since its introduction, and over 300 people in Australia. Vioxx tm relieves pain of arthritis but triggers heart attacks and strokes.
• How many other medicines are there like that?
Sustainable Health Principles
• Your health is fundamentally directly related to your mental condition and toxins we put into our bodies, through what we eat, drink and breathe.
• Chronic and terminal illnesses doesn't just happen. They happen for a reason. A sure sign that you and your body may be out of balance or “sync” with your environment. The 10 principles of Sustainable Health: 1. Maintain a balanced life, (middle road approach) 2. Have a healthy diet 3. Exercise regularly 4. Sleep well 5. Maintain a regular rhythm in life. 6. Take preventative natural medicines to maintain health 7. Engage in spiritual practices manifested through meditation, mind training and raising personal consciousness 8. Learn to live and laugh more 9. Building discipline in our selves through mind training and raising awareness 10. Take a simpler approach to life
• The result of this will reduce your stress level and the impact of stress upon your health and body.