As a human being, you are a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ecosystem. It is important to understand that good physical health does not exist independently of the lifestyle decisions we make. We each exist in a personal and collective ecosystem within which our physical bodies interrelate with our internal processes and our external surroundings. No system of health care, herbal or otherwise, can cure a physical condition existing in an ecosystem that is out of balance.
Personal choice is the most important element in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. Who we are is the sum of the choices we make every day. We constantly choose what to eat and drink, whom to be with, what to talk about, which movies to watch, and so forth. All of these choices may seem insignificant when we make them one by one. But when we add them together, they have a tremendous impact on our bodies. For example, eating at a fast-food place occasionally does not have major health consequences. But when fast foods become our main food supply, our bodies become overloaded with fats, sodium and free radicals and starved for fiber, vitamins and minerals. Over a period of time, this type of diet leads to degenerative diseases. It may take years, but it will happen. Each choice that we make either adds up to “health enhancing,” in the positive column, or “health depleting,” in the negative column.
Maintaining our ecosystem is a dynamic process. It is a little bit like being on a seesaw. As we move away from our center, our energy is sapped, so that we are more subject to extreme
highs and lows. Conversely, the sooner we take measures to stay close to our pivot point of balance, the less energy we need to expend to stay healthy. This surplus energy can then be used for doing things in our lives that give us joy, happiness and contentment. Health is incredibly simple to attain and maintain. It is why most people miss the point; the obvious is often easy to miss. We have been taught to rely on experts to maintain and get our health back. A few pills, a little surgery. “Don’t do a thing,” say the doctors. “We’ll fix you.” There are some definite cases where surgery or medication will be the answer. But, by far, most of us get sick because we neglect the basics. Worse, doctors are neither trained nor alert to the neglect of the basics. Maybe that is because the 10 elements of health are so simple. It doesn’t require detailed scientific or medical knowledge. All that is required is that we make health-enhancing decisions on a daily basis in as many of the 10 elements as possible. Balancing and enhancing these 10 elements on a daily basis leads to good health and helps maintain good health.