We’ve been studying, scientifically, how to be healthier for generations. Yet, as you know, cases of heart disease, cancer, diabetes among others, are on the rise exponentially. Not to mention we have also invented a few new illnesses while we were at it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro-science, being an Engineer by education. However, unfortunately, our society has developed a really bad habit of boiling everything down to a formula, or in this case, a pill.
We have become incredibly proficient at numbing ourselves with pills, or sugar and alcohol, or just by being plain busy. In fact, the ‘I’m too busy’ excuse is the smartest one of them all, because it gives us some sense of self-righteousness, and validates this ignorance on our part. The following life-altering quote by the Dalai Lama sums it up perfectly, and is what started my own health journey:
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
-The Dalai Lama
After naturally healing myself when I found no medical solution for an illness, I delved deep into the study of the art of health. The more I learned, the clearer it became that there was a gaping hole in today’s health care system. This statement rightly portrays the situation:
“People are fed by the food industry which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food.”
-Wendell Berry, Novelist and Poet
It isn’t all bad news though, luckily we have a new layer of caregivers popping up, made up of holistic and drug-less practitioners because of this dire need. The video below has Dr. Oz discussing this need with Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
And so began my journey, and I decided to pursue my certification as a Health Coach at the institute. Through my training, I had a chance to learn about a hundred dietary theories, and network with some amazing people who also considered themselves part of this revolution.
Our lecturers included renowned doctors, scientists, and authors, who are leading researchers in this paradigm transforming field of integrative nutrition and medicine, such as Dr. Mark Hyman, MD; Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD; Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD; Dr. Andrew Weil, MD; Joe Cross; Dr. David Katz, MD; Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD; David Wolfe and many others.
Knowing that I have their decades of research and knowledge to stand on provided me the confidence that I was indeed on the right path of discovery.
To tell you a little bit about my background, I am an IT Project Manager by profession, an Engineer by education, a student of Yoga, and a Health Coach by passion.
I got into the field of self-development and continuous improvement, interestingly, after a process improvement training held at my workplace. When I started looking at continuous improvement in the business processes, I started seeing similarities in life. This is why I absolutely love what I do in both my career and my passion, as the foundation for both is constant continuous improvement.
You can find out more about my personal health awakening here.