Article from Capital Woman Magazine — "Holistic Wellness — What is True Health?"

Capital Woman magazine Mar-Apr 2012 article - cover

Wendy Knight Agard is a Doctor of Heilkunst Medicine whose passion is to help people ignite the genius within. She shares her insights with organizations and individuals through keynote speaking engagements, workshop facilitation and individual coaching. Submit your questions or comments to write-us@capitalwoman.ca.

We all wish for health and wellness—but what do these words really mean? A healthy body weight? A BMI (Body Mass Index) between 18.5 and 25?
Emotional soundness? Blood pressure and cholesterol readings in the “normal” range? An absence of symptoms?

Wellness is actually our natural state of being. When we are not well our bodies alert us with a symptom or condition—a red flag of sorts—telling us that something is not quite right. The symptom is not the cause; it is the effect. Treating the symptom will only provide temporary relief. If we are to understand health in a meaningful way we must get to know our spiritual selves, as well as our physical and emotional selves.

Let’s start with an understanding of our life energy. Life energy is that thing which exists within us even though it can’t be seen under a microscope or physically measured. It is that thing that animates us when we are alive and leaves us when the physical body dies. There are two sides to our life energy.

The first side is more commonly understood. We know that nutrition, sleep, hydration and exercise are necessary to maintain good health. We also understand that too much or too little of a certain nutrient or chemical in the body can lead to health problems. This part of our life energy that maintains balance is sustentive,
because it sustains us. Conventional medicine and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, naturopathy and chiropractic care, both address the sustentive side of our life energy. If our cholesterol is too high, for example, we may improve our diet to reduce it and restore balance in our body.

But there is another side to our life energy that is equally important yet not well understood: the generative side. This side moves beyond maintaining balance to generating new cells, new ideas or even new disease states. It is the generative side of our life energy that is affected when we first contract a contagious disease; but we aren’t generally aware of the infection until the sustentive side begins to fight the disease.

Chicken pox is a good example. When the virus first enters our system, there is no pain or discomfort. In fact, a person can carry the virus for several days without knowing. It is only when the sustentive side tries to fight the virus that we develop symptoms such as fever, malaise and the familiar pox on the skin.

Now consider other examples of life events that affect our generative side, such as the death of a loved one,
a toxic work environment or an emotional conflict. If not addressed, these situations will create blockages to health on the generative side of our life energy. These blockages will eventually manifest physically and/or emotionally in the form of a symptom or condition.

In this column, we will explore a truly holistic approach to wellness that engages your conscious mind in connecting with health on all levels: physically, emotionally and soul/spiritually. This is true health. I encourage you to send your questions and comments so that we may engage in a fruitful exchange.

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Capital Woman magazine Mar-Apr 2012 We all wish for health and wellness—but what do these words really mean? A healthy body weight? A BMI (Body Mass Index) between 18.5 and 25?
Emotional soundness? Blood pressure and cholesterol readings in the “normal” range? An absence of symptoms?

 
Wendy Knight Agard

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