Wellness Resources and Holistic Health Reference Information

What would be a pro-active (preventative) approach to Sickness? How do we study and practice Wellness? One view suggests that five components of Wellness are:

  1. Self-responsibility.
  2. Nutritional awareness.
  3. Stress reduction.
  4. Environmental sensitivity.
  5. Physical fitness.

What would constitute a holistic approach to Wellness? One view is that each of us is a whole-body-mind-in-an-environment. The body-mind is best able to heal itself given a supportive environment. Holistic health in support of wellness focusses on nurturing our immune systems. Balance becomes paramount:

  1. Sleeping restfully.
  2. Maintaining balanced nutrition:
    • macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates)
    • micronutrients (dozens of essential vitamins, minerals, and elements).
    • phytonutrients (tens of thousands of the available plant compounds in our food sources).
  3. Maintaining clear (unblocked) energy paths in the body (yoga, acupressure/acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment).
  4. Meditating.
  5. Maintaining a balance on time spent in these aspects of our lives:
    • intellectual
    • emotional
    • physical
    • spiritual
    • social

Two excellent books address the body-mind model of health: Molecules of Emotion, 1997, by Candace Pert and Quantum Healing, 1989, by Deepak Chopra.

You might find these Wellness tips (largely contributed by Twin Cities men) helpful:

 

Twin Cities Wellness Resources

Wellness Directory of Minnesota a non-profit directory maintained by Minnesota Wellness Publications, Inc. dedicated to creating the most useful, understandable, and informative information concerning our health and wholeness.

Twin Cities Wellness newspaper exploring 21st century options in health and medicine. Monthly information on Body-mind Medicine, natural health, integrative/complementary healthcare, and changing healthcare paradigms. P.O. Box 897, Stillwater, MN 55082, 612/338-0164. Also see their directory of Wellness Links: www.tcwellness.com/links.html

Hampden Park Food Coop's Eating Healthier with the Internet page, 928 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN 55114, 651/646-6686.

Minnesota Touch-Movement Network (formerly Minnesota Therapeutic Massage Network) Promotes therapeutic and non-sexual massage services. 3010 Hennepin Ave S. #275,Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612/822-5003.

The Meditation Center • Programs in yoga, meditation, stress management, and holistic health. 631 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55413, 612-379-2386.

 

Wellness and Holistic Health Websites

National Wellness Institute serves professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities by providing professional education, furnishing information and resources and developing and distributing wellness-related products and services

Wellness Web an enormous collection of resources for consumers taking charge of healthcare delivery (including patients rights) using a wellness model. Many contributed stories.

HealthWorld Online Wellness Center a collection of resources about the Tenets of Wellness, Mind/Body Health, Spirituality & Health, Healthy Aging, Healthy Stress and Healthy Brain.

Holistic Health & Healing News Online holistic, natural, and alternative healthcare and wellness. Featuring aromatherapy, herbs, nutrition, book reviews, and pet care.

Holistic Health Care Online Directory of Practitioners offers a search directory for reputable practitioners by state, country, city, or specialty listing. Chat rooms, bulletin boards, stop-smoking, healthy 911.

American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - is a national clearinghouse for self-help resources promoting health and well-being.