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What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?

What does it mean to be healthy? Or more specifically, what does it mean to be healthy on a physical level? After all, we’re more than mere matter.

From the simplest perspective, each person’s body is composed of both material and energetic components. Both are necessary for life.

What makes each of us an individual—with our own physical traits, emotions, thoughts, and mission—is how these components uniquely and divinely manifest in us. This happens on four separate but intricately interwoven levels of being: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Scientifically, we refer to this essential, unified state of being human as holism. What we know as “health” is a dynamic event that happens between the material and the energetic. When our body’s needs are met, everything functions as it should. We feel healthy. If there are any challenges or impediments—the presence of a virus or toxins—a healthy body successfully overcomes them by responding and adapting.

To be fully healthy, though, we must be simultaneously healthy on each of the four levels of being. Each level has different needs. Once you understand them and how to meet them, you can be on your way to health in its fullest, truest sense.

Since most of us are indoctrinated into the belief system of so-called “modern medicine,” which focuses almost solely on the material to the exclusion of the energetic, the physical level is a good place to begin. It’s the level familiar to most.

Health on the Physical Level

In order for a human being to be healthy on this level, the individual organ systems that make up that person must be healthy. And for the individual organs to be healthy, the cells that comprise them must be healthy. For that, every cell in your body requires three things:

  • The right environment
  • The right nutrition
  • The ability to dispose of metabolic waste and toxins

The first essential ingredient is a healthy milieu intérieur (French for “the environment within”), or biological terrain. Optimal cellular function depends on having the right temperature, salinity, pH, and so on. Conditions must be life-supporting. Think of it this way: Drop us in the Bahamas, and we’ll do just fine; but drop us in the Sahara or Antarctica, and we’ll have a much rougher go of staying alive for long.

The second essential component is optimal nutrition. Each cell needs the right “raw materials” to carry out the metabolic functions for which it was designed. No materials, no function. Subpar or inappropriate materials, impaired function.

Now, many practitioners devote their entire practices to addressing one or both of these things, and they help a lot of people in the process. But those results are limited if they neglect the third crucial component.

Simply, cells must be able to get rid of the waste products they necessarily create in the course of their functioning, just as we must get rid of waste produced through digestion. Likewise they, like us, must also be able to rid themselves of any toxins they encounter. When this fact is neglected, the gradual build-up of toxins ensures eventual dysfunction and dis-ease.

To be honest, it’s surprising to me how many practitioners—even those who are physicians of natural medicine—tend to neglect this most critical component.

But wait, you say, tell me about the different kinds of detox you’ve done: colonics, chelation, fasting, sauna, etc. And all these are great for removing some substances from some compartments of the body. They work on large-scale issues, not the cellular ones that Living Medicine was designed to address.

Living Medicine enables weakened or compromised cells to re-initiate their own catabolism, spurring excretion of waste and toxins—gently, yet powerfully. This material and informational therapeutic support is a key step toward facilitating self-regulated healing and recovery.