Balance in Our Lives

Total Health

What comes to your mind when you read the words  “Total Health “

Maybe that Total Health involves having a Healthy Diet or performing regular Exercise and maintaining an Ideal Weight. Many believe that by doing these things , hopefully, we could reduce the risk of developing many of the physical problems and illnesses that affect us.

Some may add that adequate Rest and Relaxation are also important. Others may add  that freedom from stress is a factor to be considered.

While I agree all of the above are important, I believe there are other things to be considered also to help us have the balance in our lives that I call Total Health. I have tried to represent this in the diagram with overlapping circles shown on the left.

If I had been asked that question at the beginning of my career, my answer would have been quite different from the answer I now give.

When I graduated 52 years ago (1960), I was a young enthusiastic Doctor who had been fortunate to receive a good general education in Medicine. The emphasis was on physical illnesses, their causes and treatments. I was very happy looking after “Physically ill “people, performing surgical operations & delivering the babies.

Because I had been a competing Athlete and was involved in Sports Medicine, I was very keen on Preventive Medicine and Health and Fitness

Early in my career , I discovered that there were many unhappy people suffering from anxiety, depression and other emotional problems. I was forced to become more involved in the psychological aspect of medicine. The interesting thing was how many of my patients presented with physical complaints, such as headache, tiredness, chest pain, indigestion and diarrhoea, to mention a few. I began to appreciate how much our emotional state impacts on our physical condition.

As a committed Christian, I believe that we are also “Spiritual” beings. I believe the Bible teaches very clearly about Body, Mind & Spirit.

The great 17th century Philosopher & Scientist Blaise Pascal made the Statement: “ There is a God Shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”,

It is an unfortunate fact today, that many deny or ignore the Spiritual aspect of their lives. This often leads to a lack of purpose or direction and loss of hope in our very troubled world

We are also Social beings. In the beginning, God, when looking at Adam, said “It isn’t good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him” Genesis2:18. So he created Woman.

A cynic and comedian once said that this was God’s first big mistake. Personally, having been married to the same lady for 57 years, I think it was one of his better ideas!

The great 16th century English poet, John Donne, in one of his meditations put forward the idea that people are not isolated from one another, “No man is an island, entire of itself……..because I am involved in mankind”. To be truly human we need others

Relationships are important. Alvin Toffler in his book “Future Shock “, talks about our “throwaway Society”. Future ShockNot only does he speak of “planned obsolescence” for the articles we buy for our homes but he also talks about the impermanence of our relationships.

My approach today is entirely different from that when I commenced my career. I believe many people today lack balance in their lives.

I would appreciate the opportunity to help you, my reader, find that balance by directing you to resources to help you regain or maintain Total Health


Doctor Bill