Wellness and Quality of Life
medicine has gone through three phases. For centuries the physician's
goal was simply to preserve life at all cost, hence the emphasis was on
prolonging life through medicines, surgery, etc. We've seen that goal
shift in the last few decades from merely preserving life to preserving
health, hence the emphasis on nutrition, exercise, and a healthy
The new millennium is seeing a further shift in the physician's goal to emphasize Quality of Life and the Concept of Wellness. Total wellness encompasses Body, Mind, and Spirit and is a balance among the physical, emotional, and a healthy lifestyle...
Body - Achieving the maximum state of energy and physical health within the limits of the individual's particular situation. A paraplegic may not be able to achieve the same state of physical health as a 20 year-old linebacker, but he can achieve an optimum measure of health for his individual situation.
Mind - Being able to wake up free from guilt, fear, and anger. These three powerful negative mental states can and will rob an individual of his wellness and quality of life.
- Involves relationships and connections. As John Donne wrote, "no man
is an island". When the first man was created, God said, "It is not
good that man should be alone..." We are social beings and as such we
cannot achieve wellness, or wholeness, without positive interpersonal
It is my sincere hope that these web pages will inspire you to take whatever measures may be necessary in your life to begin to experience optimum Wellness and Quality of Life.