Professor Gerard Anderson of John Hopkins University states that close to half of the population in North America now suffers from at least one chronic disease, and many more suffer from more than one condition. The rate of increase in incidence of autoimmune and degenerative diseases is alarming, especially when we look at the dramatic rate of increase of these diseases in our children. Allopathic medicine has failed to halt this increase, and can only prescribe drugs with some very serious, and in some cases, life threatening side effects. In fact when we look at cause of death, properly prescribed, properly administered (in hospital) pharmaceutical agents, ranks as No. 4 behind strokes, cancer and heart disease.
Modern medicine or allopathic medicine is now facing the need for a total paradigm shift in its thinking – as deep a shift as the one that occurred when bacteria were first shown to be the agents of infectious diseases, and not ‘bad air’. Years of treating sickness and symptoms rather than promoting wellness and finding causes have led to an urgent need for all of us to take greater responsibility for our health. We need to move from a ‘sickness/curative’ view to a ‘wellness/preventative’ view of what we do.
There is scientific evidence that our health problems are related to a combination of nutritional deficiency and environmental toxicity. There is also a growing appreciation of the body’s natural physiological capabilities to support health and wellness. This movement towards wellness began slowly but is now rapidly gaining momentum as the affluent Baby Boomer generation leads the way with a commitment to retaining their wellness. Their commitment is to be proactive and prevent ill health and degenerative and autoimmune diseases rather than waiting until their onset and then treating the symptoms. Wellness is different to health. ‘Health’ is what we see or feel. We may feel and look healthy but could be harbouring cancer or heart disease. Often the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack, but the disease has often been developing for many years.
The wellness revolution is based on giving the body what it needs to support optimal health (both seen and unseen) and quality of life.