Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many have feared getting sick, and they have put their hopes for getting back to “normal” in the new vaccines. While being vaccinated is a great step in prevention, it is equally important to keep our bodies in optimal health so that our immune system can ward off any type of health threat.

It is believed that certain health conditions may predispose a person to a more serious case of covid. For that reason, health experts advise that we strive to eliminate certain lifestyle disorders like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and work to keep our immune system in top fighting shape.

While many focus solely on the physical aspects to wellness, it is equally important to pay attention to our emotional and spiritual health. Our body is a beautifully intricate machine in which the physical, emotional and spiritual work together to keep us strong. Each element depends on the other for our well-being. Treating one aspect, while ignoring another, is a recipe for dis-ease.

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A problem in one’s physical health may lead to mental health issues, and a problem with the state of one’s mental health may lead to physical problems. In order to achieve true health, one’s physical, emotional, and mental wellness must be in balance. We are not just the mind, body, soul or spirit, but a sum of the whole.

Dr. Kelly Turner, a researcher and psychotherapist whose specialized research focus is the radical remission of cancer, shared with me the results of her research on over a thousand cases of radical remission. She talked about people who were basically told that they were going to die because there was nothing else that could be done for them. These people survived their prognosis against all odds. In the study she recognized nine key healing factors, which include diet, stress, emotions and spirituality. So it is not just the physical body that must heal, it is the whole person that must heal.

The field of epigenetics focuses on the mind/body connection. Epigenetics teaches that our thoughts impact every aspect of our body, all the way down to a cellular level. This means that when we say things like, “my family has heart disease, so I will have heart problems,” or “my mother was depressed, so I will suffer from depression, too,” we are predicting outcomes that do not have to be true.

We are not predestined to any fate. The mind and body work together and when we realize that, we have tremendous power over our health!