Holistic health
As we discussed last week, our current model of health care simply isn't working. This is obvious on a personal level if you think about all of the people you know who are suffering from chronic diseases and conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, cancer, dementia, the list goes on...), as well as the amount we collectively spend on health care as a nation, and the fact that our country is now one of the lowest ranked industrialized nations in both health and longevity.

It is time to design a more effective healthcare system - one that takes into consideration not only our own health, but the health of the planet as well. Many call this holistic or integrative health care.

Today we will address the 5 aspects that will need to be taken into consideration when creating a more sustainable and holistic model of health care.

New model of holistic health
If you pay attention to trends around the world, the fact is inescapable that a  number of the systems we have relied on (and taken for granted) for the past several decades are beginning to break down. From healthcare, to agriculture, to the environment, there are some truly massive problems facing our planet and our species.

But far from being all "doom and gloom" about this, I'm actually encouraged to see that there is a way out of this mess - and it's actually simpler than you might think - at least on the surface. The answer to many of our problems are one and the same, that is, they are connected to each other. In order to find answers, we must start taking a more holistic view, and begin recognizing the interconnectedness between these systems.

The truth is, nothing in this world exists in a vacuum. In today's global marketplace, these connections are more visible than ever before. Climate change affects us all. Agricultural policies in one part of the world can impact the availability of food in another country. Health epidemics can quickly spread across the globe. Nothing and no one is truly separate anymore.

Instead of relying on our current bio-medical allopathic medical model of health, if we are to survive as a healthy and thriving species, it is time to move to a more interconnected and holistic understanding of health and well-being.

Here are a few ideas on why and how we can achieve such a thing.

Tapping Meditations
A few months ago, I shared with you a unique method for reducing stress, alleviating pain, and improving your overall health and well being. This method, called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or "Tapping," is a great way to release negative emotions and find a calm, centered state of mind - often in just a few seconds.

Whether you were feeling a bit skeptical, haven't had the time to look into it yet, or  just want to learn more, I've got a great free resource for you this week!

As an introduction to the upcoming Tapping World Summit event, The Tapping Solution is sharing some wonderful FREE videos on how using EFT can help you release stress, anger, anxiety, and other negative emotions, and find a greater sense of peace and well being.

Check out the 3 meditations below to experience the awesome power of tapping for yourself!

Exercise results
I was recently talking with my mom, and she expressed some frustration at the fact that her upper body workouts seem to have plateaued, and she is no longer seeing improvements.

A new term used by fitness experts to describe people like my mom, or those who fail to see results from typical workout routines, is "exercise nonresponders."

Personally, I don't care much for this term. It sounds like they are blaming the person, rather than the workout, when in fact, there is a lot of new research that shows that the type of workout you do actually has a lot to do with your results (or lack of them).

If you've experienced the frustration of not achieving the results you want through your workouts, this might be the reason...