In 2013, health professionals and researchers shared their experiences on the link between health and how we think.
Health is a major topic of conversation these days. What does it mean to be healthy? What makes us sick? When I read the parade of health care options available I ask myself the question – “ We live longer, but are we really any healthier?”
Here are some quotes or salient points I’ve gathered from my articles in 2013 that I feel can help us better understand a path to health in 2014. “Health is not just about [physical] healthcare – it is about seeing the person, rather than the illness,” said healthcare leader Paul Gallant as we chatted over coffee about his wishes for some new directions in the Canadian healthcare system.
A wider perspective than we usually consider in caring for our health is addressed in my article that mentioned the currently well-read TED book, the “The Upstream Doctors.” We read, “Upstreamists are the rare innovators on the front lines who see that health (like sickness) is more than a chemical equation balanced with pills and procedures. … They see, rather, that health begins in our everyday lives, in the places where we live, work, eat and play.”
However, along with the factors of where we live, what we eat or how much we exercise, is the effect of thought and consciousness, which have long been studied and discussed as vital factors in our health and well-being. 19th century Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger wrote, “Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”….. Continue reading