Health? Are we talking about the body or the mind when we use that word?

Regardless of discussions on food, exercise and medicine for good health, what we think influences our emotions, which causes the brain to release chemicals, which are released into our bloodstream and which effect our cells.

Is being thin healthy? Should we be going to the gym every day? How about adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet?

I was lucky in that my mother had an open mind to food and healing way back when it wasn’t fashionable so we grew up accepting natural remedies as, well, natural. At the time as children we didn’t appreciate it that our mother was different. We do now.

If we only knew where the truth lies in food and medicine. For as many books that are written on healthy eating and diets, there are opposite opinions.

One of the most common responses to what’s right or wrong to eat and drink is ‘everything in moderation’. But even that is challenged when someone has a serious illness.

Television ads can quickly convince you that if you’re restless at night you have a restless-leg syndrome. Creating ‘syndromes’  is part of the pharmaceutical industry’s push to take medicines directly to the consumer.

I was recently at a Quest for Life retreat run by Petrea King, in Perth, Western Australia.

A well known author, naturopath and cancer survivor, Petrea has observed thousands of people who have come through her Quest for Life wellness programmes over the years. She has formed a view on the main characteristics inherent in the people who survive serious illness. She calls them ‘The Four C’s‘. The Four C’s

Learn how your health is not controlled by your genes. Know that your state of health has a great deal to do with your responses to life experiences.

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