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Focusing on wellness rather than illness…


In an article for the Huffington Post, author Anita Moorjani shared an insight into wellness and healing that we really think is worth sharing and passing on.

To read more about Anita and her story of recovery please see our article: Dying to be me.

Anita’s view is that “until researchers look deeper into the connection between disease and our emotions and our lifestyle, we will not find a cure in medical research alone.”

We’re as guilty as a lot of health related sites for frequently reporting on issues such as cancer awareness, but, inspired by Anita’s views, we are changing our focus to look instead at wellness awareness issues and health reports that are helpful rather than weighing too heavily on fear and disease.

Here is the introduction to her article and you can go to the Huffington Post to read the full piece.

Why I Don’t Support ‘Breast Cancer Awareness

Anita Moorjani – Huffington Post

Recently, someone approached me and reminded me that October is “breast cancer awareness” month. They asked me to support their efforts to launch a campaign in the fight against breast cancer, and when I politely declined, they were surprised. They had assumed that as a cancer survivor myself, I would be fervently supportive of their efforts to fight the war against cancer.

Mother Teresa once said, “I was asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

She offered important insight, and in a similar vein, I support any effort to promote and advocate health-awareness programs!

Consider this. Think about all the money we spend on waging war: wars against drugs, wars against poverty, wars against terrorism, wars against heart disease, wars against cancer and so on. We are constantly being bombarded by advertisements and campaigns encouraging us to go for earlier and earlier detection tests of all kinds, which again only encourage us to focus on looking for illness! We are also continually being asked to donate to all these “wars against illness” and to the research associated with them. Now imagine if we were to put the same amount of money, energy and focus into “waging health awareness programs” instead. Think about what a different outcome we would have.

The problem is that our health care system, as it stands now, is much more focused on our illnesses than on our health, perhaps partly because there is much more money to be made from illness than wellness.

Most people don’t really know what true wellness is. Most people have no idea what it means to take care of their health, and have no idea that our physical well being has a LOT to do with our mental, emotional, and spiritual well being! It’s all tied together! Physical illness does not happen in a vacuum. There are reasons why your immune system becomes depleted, making you more susceptible to illness.

To read the rest of the article click here.




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