What is Wellnessology
You are about to embark on an incredible journey- a journey that will not only inspire, educate and amuse you, but will ultimately change your life and empower you to take action. Wellnessology is a systemized approach for a better quality of life and has been in development over the last hundred years. It is not a fad or a book-of-the-month. It is a common sense way of living based on fundamental truths that have been studied over thousands of years of recorded history. From Hippocrates to Hawking, its teachings are based on science and philosophy.
With the exponential advancement of technology, new information is being discovered every day and the science and art of Wellnessology will be continually updated. The one thing that will remain constant is the philosophy. Philosophy is the backbone to Wellnessology and, as you will soon learn, is backed by hard science and, of course, is debatable but ultimately indisputable.
Wellnessology & Health
Over the last twenty years, I have asked thousands of individuals what they think health is and inevitably got the same answer; “Well doc, it’s about feeling good and having no symptoms”. Although feeling good is important, it is a small part of what health really is. Health is currently a highly debated topic among many so-called experts, whose views usually range from somewhat ridiculous to downright dangerous.
In order to study and therefore understand a new philosophy, we must start with some important definitions. This way we can set the groundwork, begin on a clean slate, without prejudice, and build up from the foundation. If we are going to have a rational discussion about health, we first need to define it.
For a complete definition of health, let’s go to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary that defines Health as “optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmities.” This is the same definition used by the World Health Organization. Now that’s different than what most people think. There is a greater dimension to health than just the absence of disease and infirmities. We have been trained by society to go to the doctor when we feel bad and stop going when we feel good. The fact is, judging your health by how you feel can be a very dangerous practice. Here are some examples:
The Magic Pill
I have an important question for you and I want you to answer it honestly. If I gave you a magic herbal pill that was all natural, you only had to take it once, had no side-effects and you would never, ever feel pain again, would you take it? Of course you would. You want to be pain free, right?
Okay, you have just taken the magic pill and turn to me and say, “Wow, I feel great and I am completely out of pain. Thanks doc.” You excitedly walk out of my office, feeling great, and step on a big rusty nail that goes right through the bottom of your shoe and deep into your foot. But you can’t feel it. Your shoe is now filling up with blood and you go home to cook dinner. While preparing your meal, with a nail in your foot, you accidentally put your hand on the hot stove and soon smell something burning. Remember, you feel no pain. Your hand is now on fire with third degree burns and you can’t feel a thing.
Next question. Would you still take my magic pill? I sure hope not. Does not feeling pain mean that you are healthy or unhealthy? Does feeling pain (when you are supposed to) mean that you are healthy or unhealthy? Unknowingly, you have been trained by your parents, doctors and billion dollar drug companies that pain and symptoms are always bad.
Let’s look at two top killers of Americans today, heart disease and cancer. By the time you feel symptoms you are, unfortunately, already in the advanced stages of these diseases. Could you imagine, after a large suspicious tumor is found on your mammogram, telling your doctor “I feel fine and I am going to wait until my breast hurts before I do anything about it?” How about finding out that your coronary arteries are 90% occluded but you want to wait until you get chest pain and shortness of breath before you do anything about it. That sounds crazy, right?
The opposite is also true. Every time you take a pill to stop a symptom that your body is producing, you run the risk of driving the condition deeper. If you have mucous in your lungs and your body is telling you to cough to get that microbe-filled mucous up and out, why would you take a drug to stop it? Is coughing when there is mucous a healthy response or is taking a drug to suppress the cough healthy? Do you know the correct answer? Keep reading.
But He Was So Healthy
Do you remember the two-time Olympic figure skating champion Sergei Grinkov? In 1995 the 28 year-old athlete collapsed on the ice while practicing a routine with his wife (his skating partner). He had a massive heart attack. Bob Young, the executive director of the International Skating Center said, “I’ve never seen anyone in better condition. Never. I’d put him up against any athlete in any sport. I never even knew him to be sick.”
According to cardiologist Dr. Bernard Gersh, “30% of heart attacks are silent” and “many times, in young people the first symptom of coronary artery disease is sudden death.” After working with thousands of patients with all types of conditions, I will be the first to admit that sudden death is not a good symptom. Was Sergei healthy? He was obviously fit. He looked healthy. As an Olympic athlete, I am sure he had the best trainer, medical team and nutritionist that money could buy. So, what happened? We will explore the possibilities of this tragedy in Chapter 6.
Things That Make You Go Hmm. . .
Do you know anybody that was diagnosed with cancer that you thought was healthy? If so, this next statement might shock you. Healthy people do not and cannot get cancer. Healthy people do not have heart attacks or get arthritis. The fact is that you have to be unhealthy to develop a disease (according to cancer experts, it can take years to decades before a tumor could grow to the size of a pea and be detectable). Are you unhealthy before or after the diagnosis?
The body had to have already been sick to develop cancer. Does vomiting and having diarrhea mean that you are sick, or could it actually mean that you are healthy? Does a cough and a fever mean that you need medication, or is it your body’s innate way (after thousands of generations of immune system evolution) of eliminating microbes and toxins? What would happen if you ate rotten food and didn’t throw up? Are symptoms good or bad? Do you take a pill or potion every time you feel a symptom? I sure hope not because you are stopping the recuperative powers of the body and doing more harm than good.
These are important questions to ask yourself because your symptoms are your body’s way of staying healthy. Let me reiterate. You cannot judge your health by how you feel, and most symptoms are actually good for you. This is a difficult but very important concept to grasp and by the time you finish this book, you will have a good understanding of it. This is not a new concept. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote on the topic almost 2500 years ago:
“Diseases are crisis of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases”. Hippocrates
The Health Formula
Another definition of health comes from Webster’s dictionary which defines it as “a condition of wholeness in which all of the organs are functioning 100% all the time.” What is interesting about this definition is that you actually get a mathematical formula for health:
THE HEALTH FORMULA:
HEALTH = ALL ORGANS X 100% FUNCTION
How do you optimize health with the use of this equation?
You can see that this health formula reveals that you must have all your body parts, and these parts must be functioning optimally 100% of the time. You can do nothing about body parts that are missing (tonsils, appendix, etc.). You can do nothing about time in the past before you knew what health really was. There is, however, something you can do about today and your future. Keep Reading.
That leaves us with the key to the health formula and the only part of the equation that you have control over: function. The key to health is function. Improve function and you improve health. But what controls the function of your body? Let’s go to the experts.
Gray’s anatomy textbook utilized by most doctors and health institutions, tells us “the purpose of the brain and nerve system is to control and coordinate the Â‘function’ of all the tissues, organs, and systems of the body and adapt the organism (you) to its environment”. You and your nerve system are ultimately responsible for your health. This is a scientific fact that is overlooked by most doctors. You have your teeth checked on a regular basis. When was the last time you had your nerve system evaluated, and do you take care of it on a regular basis? Wellnessology will show you how to optimize this most important system of your body.
Now that we know what health is and where it comes from, what is Wellness. Wellness can be defined as “ever-increasing health and vitality.” That means that there is no limit to how healthy you can be and that the older you get the healthier you become, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. There are people in the world that live over 120 years of age with no diseases. (We will discuss them in detail in chapter five.)
Wellnessology is defined as “the study and application of the philosophy, art, and science of Wellness.” It is the philosophy of life – of our role in the big scheme of things. It is the art of living, learning techniques for not just self but global improvement. It is the science of life-exploring scientific endeavors that will optimize our existence from healthcare to agriculture, to biology, to transportation- in a way that is constructive, not destructive.
You must realize that as an individual you can do more for your health than any doctor. Health is not the plastic Blue Cross card that you carry in your wallet. It is your birthright and most prized possession. You and only you, are responsible for your health. With it you are able to meet physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual challenges of everyday life. Without it, a less than fulfilling existence awaits you.
God Don’t Make No Junk
Wellnessology is about optimum potential and creating strategies to help you become the best you can be on all levels. The Universe, with its unlimited resources, designed you and expects you to be great. Mediocrity is not an option.
- Fit or just not fat
- Wealthy or just not poor
- Alive or just not dead
- Happy or not just sad
- Healthy or just not sick
“Once you lick the lollipop of mediocrity, you suck forever”. – Dr. Bob Hoffman
We are living in a time when the health of our leaders and decision-makers is at an all time low. Would a properly functioning parent or teacher abuse a child? Would a healthy politician pass a law that would poison the planet? Would a healthy researcher chemically blind an innocent animal for a new eye cream?
Can you imagine what our world would be like if it were filled with healthy productive citizens making healthy decisions and taking healthy action steps? Teachers, politicians, parents, researchers and preachers, would be working toward one major goal: global wellness.
Let me ask you another question. Would you rather be in pain because you have a splinter in your finger, or feel no pain but
have a cancerous tumor growing inside your body? The answers should now be more obvious.
Change or Fail
If we look at the socio-economic consequences of our current, soon-to-be bankrupt health-care system, we can see an expensive failure that is setting the stage for national disaster far worse than 9/11 or hurricane Katrina.
We are moving forward with technology, but moving backward with our health – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
We have more disease than ever before, millions of children are still abused and starving, we are at war killing fellow humans for power, we are building new jails for more and more criminals, we are developing new weapons for destruction, we are poisoning the planet for convenience, and we are still experimenting on innocent animals for so-called health and beauty….. The list goes on and on. We are creating de-evolution. The good news is that we have the time and power to change. The big question is when?
Ultimately, the goal of Wellnessology is to improve the current short-term and long-term quality of life issues that we face as a society and on a bigger picture, to optimize the genetic code for a positive evolutionary process not for human beings alone, but for the entire planet.
Wellnessology incorporates not only philosophy of wellness, but the application of neurophysiology, spinal biomechanics, practical nutrition, detoxification, exercise, and psychological enhancement. It is a systemized approach for a better quality of life.