EDITORIAL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HEALTH COACH



When this cheery, surprise greeting came from my daughter, Clare, and my grandson, Matthew (pictured above) I knew it was time to get on with the writing of the second part of an editorial that started with the story of the closing of my business: Good Bye 296.






HEALTH COACH is five years old. As well as being a comprehensive guide for a healthy lifestyle, HEALTH COACH is a research project that began in 1993 with the recording of data about the health and basic health habits of my clients, and the opportunity to talk with many different people, in-depth about their health habits

Twenty one years, and more than 30,000 people later, this would be considered comprehensive in the world of research. You can read more about that here: Behind The Scenes and here: Case Studies.



HEALTH COACH HIGH FIVE



HEALTH COACH HIGH FIVE 
shares with you the most important and valuable discoveries about health here at HEALTH COACH.


HEALTH

I question the popular attitudes about health here in North America. The prevalent and pervasive notions have many believing that health is a difficult burden; that it is easier to have unhealthy habits; and being disease-free is largely out of our control. This has led to a conflicted relationship with our health that is supported by the promotion of unhealthy temptations at every turn, by a popular culture of de-valuing health, a ritualized language of denigration, a legacy of physical taboos, a tradition that has never embraced a foundation of basic health habits, a medical system focused on critical care and disease, and government and corporations taking advantage of your ignorance. Until science can create a synthetic human body, or a pill to make you healthy; you are responsible for your health.     
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I am alarmed by what I see here in North America. I identify the unhealthy western lifestyle as the largest and most dangerous health experiment in human history - and I would say that we are clearly getting the results of this experiment. If we want to continue on this unhealthy course, we will need to develop increasingly complex, and invasive medical, and pharmaceutical treatments.

Studies show that most North Americans think health means weight loss, or physical fitness. When health is the goal, rather than weight loss or an increase in body size, better choices are made; the health benefits are more comprehensive and sustainable, and include: beauty, weight loss, muscle development, and healthy aging.

Here in North America, healthcare is defined and commonly understood to mean the treatment of disease. It would be more accurate to define health care as behaviour and choices that create, support, promote, and increase health.


I suggest that there is no need to choose one over the other; you can have both health-promoting health care and the treatment of disease by medical care; but it is important to recognize that they are two very different things, with very different results.



WHO 2011 Report on Disease In Canada 
In its 2011 report on disease in Canada, the World Health Organization concludes that 89% of deaths are from noncommunicable disease like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, 15% are premature (under the age of 60), and 80% are preventable. The world average of deaths from noncommunicable disease is 63%. Canadian rates are almost 30% higher. This epidemic of chronic, inflammatory disease is directly related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and body mass. These numbers have increased since this study.

In Canada, in 2013, 29.3 billion dollars (an increase of more than 5 billion dollars since 2011) was spent on prescription drugs. 36% of Canadians take two or more prescription drugs, among the highest of the 11 other OECD countries surveyed. 

Health 
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.





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NO PILL, CURE, OR THERAPY CAN REPLACE BASIC HEALTH HABITS
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The human body is an ecosystem of complimentary, co-dependent, and cooperative systems, functioning together to maintain health and designed to heal itself. Neglect of basic health habits leads to physical deterioration, malfunction, and a cascade effect of health complications.

I see that important health decisions are often made based on information that is misleading, and critical action is taken, based on faulty decision-making. At the first sign of health complications, the few, or singular health habits are the first to be questioned and halted.

Good health choices start with an understanding of the body. What is it made of? How does it work? What does it need to be healthy and to function naturally? 


Understanding what your body needs to be healthy will help you make informed choices when considering health trends. This puts the power of your health in your hands. 

Common Sense Needs a PhD
Perhaps common sense belongs to simpler times when there existed fewer threats to our health. Now, there are compromises to our health from food production, environment, medical care, chronic stress, and lifestyle changes. 

Scientific developments in technology and medicine present us with increasingly complex choices. It is difficult for patients and policy makers to understand the choices and to make informed decisions. This removes the power of your health from your control.

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BASIC HEALTH HABITS

HEALTH COACH Basic Health Habits are a comprehensive, sustainable system for the maintenance of health and for the prevention of disease; they are essential and universal for the health of all humans.

HEALTH COACH BASIC HEALTH HABITS
1. Sleep
2. Nutrition
3. Water
4. Physical Activity
5. Positive Mental Attitude
6. Breathing
7. Sweating
8. Sunshine
9. Rest and Relaxation
10. Meditation - Prayer
11. Personal Hygiene (dental health is of primary importance).
12. Life Skills (communication, conflict resolution, love and compassion, social responsibility, etc).

13. Nature: We need a healthy environment to be healthy and disease-free.

All basic health habits are learned behaviours. 
The younger the age that we learn these habits, the more likely they are to be our dependable, and default system, especially in response to unexpected demands and unplanned stress.

We have a social responsibility to be healthy.
Doing nothing to care for your health is neglectful; cultivating unhealthy habits is self-abusive.






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THE REWARDS OF HEALTH 
ARE CERTAIN


The ultimate goal at HEALTH COACH is to challenge and transform your ideas about health, and to prove that health is easy, profoundly rewarding, and does not require a sacrifice of pleasure or satisfaction. 
Let me also reassure you that it is not necessary to sacrifice your health for pleasure.     HEALTH COACH

The New Moderation
In regard to unhealthy habits, I recommend moderation, gradual reduction and finally, elimination. An increase of healthy habits is the most effective way to achieve this. 

When you understand what your body needs to be healthy and to function optimally; and when you make informed choices based on this knowledge and understanding; this can give you a relationship with your health and power of your habits that is more effective than self control. 

Develop a new relationship with your health that is based on knowledge, understanding, and effective choices.

Health is a deliberate, conscious choice. That is the only way it works. First it must be valued, and then it has to be made a priority. 

Most of the obstacles in our way to changing habit, are phantoms of fear, created by a lack of knowledge, understanding, and experience. The difficulty with changing habit, if you lack experience, is the difficulty of appreciating the rewards of health during the decision-making phase. With experience, you will discover that being healthy is more attractive and more fulfilling. The healthier you become, the more you will be motivated by and able to include these certain rewards to influence and inspire your choices. As your health improves, you will discover that your resolve and capabilities will also flourish.


Please visit HEALTH COACH RESEARCH RESULTS 2014: With A Practical Guide For Healthy Habits:

  • Healthy habits and unhealthy habits work the same way, with some distinctions.
  • Healthy habits are not harder than unhealthy habits.
  • It takes less time to be healthy than it does to become unhealthy.


Apple Fennel Salad
1 apple, sliced thin (approximately 1/8th-inch thick)
2 fennel bulbs, sliced very thin (I used a mandoline)
1/2 c walnuts
Vinaigrette
Macadamia Cheese

Toss the sliced apples and fennel in vinaigrette. Place on plate alternating apple slice and fennel. Top with macadamia cheese, walnuts and ground pepper.

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
2 T maple syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 T diced shallot
Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients except diced shallot in blender. Blend until emulsified. Stir in shallots. Put in glass bowl and set aside.

Macadamia Cheese
1 c macadamia nuts, soaked overnight, rinsed
1 T olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T agave or liquid sweetener of choice
1 t nutritional yeast
2 T fennel leaves, finely diced
Himalayan salt and pepper, to taste

Process all ingredients in food processor until well blended. You will have to scrape down the sides occasionally. Serves 4  Rawmazing




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HEALTH IS THE ONLY CURE



There are four causes of disease:
1. Congenital
2. Infection
3. Neglect of Basic Health Habits
4. Physical Injury 

Our body is equipped to maintain health and designed to heal itself. Regarding our personal health care, our primary behaviour should involve the support of these natural functions with the practise of personal hygiene and basic health habits.

As long as we are made of flesh and blood, we are bound by natural laws. If your present system of healthcare is not built on a foundation of understanding and support of the natural functions of your body, then it is a faulty system. 

If your body has been altered permanently by surgery or medication, this will affect the intrinsic ability of your body to maintain health and to heal itself.


Only vital force can successfully combat disease.
Law of Disease - T.H. Hawes, F.L.C.S.P. (Phys).


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DO YOU KNOW?

  • Apples are an anti-oxidant-rich, high-fibre, nutrient-dense food with vitamins: A, B6, C, E, K,  riboflavin; and minerals: magnesium, calcium, and iron.
  • Apples are beneficial for hemorrhoids, rheumatism, asthma, diabetes, Alzheimers, and anemia.
  • Apples lower bad cholesterol. 
  • Apples help eyesight, dental health, brain, and immune system function, bone, kidney, and liver health.
  • An apple is a more potent and effective energy boost than caffeine.






HEALTH COACH PHOTOGRAPHER: Clare Isaak


Art: 
Happy Birthday, HEALTH COACH - Clare Isaak
FIVE GOOD APPLES - HEALTH COACH
Crow with apples - Paul Biddle
The No. 5Neil Stevens
An Apple A Day - Izzy Matthews
The Story of the Apple Star - HEALTH COACH
Pill - Kim Laurenti of Herman Marie @ ETSY
Three Apples - Aran Goyoaga
Four Apples - HEALTH COACH
Apple Tree - Andrey Bobir
Illustrated Apple - Oana Befort

Apple - Tjalf Sparnaay