Health Coach and Healing
When I set out to become a Health Coach, back in 2011, it was because I wanted to learn about healing. People in the “healing industry” are increasingly scrutinized for making claims about services and products that heal and Health Coaches are under this same scrutiny. If you take a closer look at healing though, it has a much different meaning in the integrative nutrition field than it does in the scientific one.
Let’s look at the field of health. When people started migrating to other countries it was realized that they could bring new disease. This was the beginning to public health. Later it was realized that poverty, pollution and lifestyle could affect health and this became the need for preventative health. The second world war was the main catalyst for healthcare in its many forms. Most people do not realize that Naturopathic Medicine, for instance, started in 1905, but became more widespread after the first college began in Canada in 1978 as people were wanting to have more control over their own health.
Health Coaching started in the early 1990’s. I worked in the healthcare system for many years as a social worker (over 20) and was referred to treat various aspects of a person’s health – their relationships, emotions, finances, and mental health. In turn, i referred others such as a pastor or spiritual guide, perhaps an acupuncturist or massage therapist (if you were lucky enough to have a hospital with an integrative medicine clinic). You could say, based on the above, that hospitals make attempts to heal and health coaches trained in integrative nutrition and holistic principles can extend this process in the community as a majority of us see a need for improvement in the current healthcare system.
Re-defining health and healing
Considering the history of health and nutrition as a science, it is important to recognize that science doesn’t always support healing. I am going to show you just a few examples of scientific research that shows the opposite, that health is indeed a mind, body, soul connection:
“Extreme suppression of anger was the most commonly identified characteristic of 160 breast cancer patients who were given a detailed psychological interview and self-administered questionnaire. Repressing anger magnified exposure to physiological stress, thereby increasing the risk of cancer” [Journal of Psychosomatic Research]
“Some day the medical profession will wake up and realise that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT (emotional freedom technique) will be one of their primary healing tools… as it is for me.”Dr Eric Robins, Board Certified Urologist, Los Angeles, CA
Evidence that anxiety is involved in the onset of CHD [heart disease] is strongest, whereas evidence for an association between anger and CHD is limited but suggestive. Although depression has consistently been linked to mortality following a myocardial infarction, evidence for its role in the onset of coronary disease is quite mixed. Numerous unresolved issues leave our current understanding of the emotion-health relationship incomplete. Psychological theories of emotion are considered to help address gaps in our knowledge. Kubzansky LD, Kawachi I. Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Health and Healing are mind, body, soul integrative results.
Over the years I have met with thousands of patients and families and witnessed how the medical system provided much needed surgeries, transplants and repairs of bones and organs that resulted in healing. I also became privy to the many patients who struggled to get well due to lack of resources related to socio-emotional and spiritual components of their lives. Research also points to this:
More educated people who make more money have lower rates of several chronic diseases, including obesity, compared to people with lower education and income levels, according to Health, United States, 2011, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. (source)
Lower socioeconomic status linked with heart disease (source)
There has always been a relationship beween health and social class (source)
Why people who pray are healthier (source)
How to Heal yourself
Realizing that healing is a mind, body, soul connection it is now important to find tools to help you in your healing process. Here are some words from doctors about the outcome of these connections. There is plenty of research that suggests health and healing is related to many other aspects of our human existence.
HEALING THE SOUL: Deepak Chopra, MD, says, “Make a plan for emotional recovery. Look at where you are hurt, feel wounded or see yourself as victimized, then set out to heal these areas. Don’t simply rely on letting time do it for you.”
HEALING THE MIND: “A growing body of scientific work shows that gratitude and kindness are traits that lead to higher levels of well-being. People who are grateful and kind are happier, less depressed, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships.” Dr. Michael Murray
HEALING THE BODY: “What about the person who smokes, drinks, eats pasta and pepperoni pizza, and lives to be 100 because his life is so full of love, vitality, and purpose that he doesn’t want to leave it? I had a sneaking suspicion that there is a lot more to optimal health than we think.” Lissa Rankin, MD
If I can heal myself, why do I need a Coach?
If you are like most people in the modern world, you are bombarded by marketing and research when it comes to healthcare. I am fascinated with learning, but it’s hard to absorb all the information out there. I chose Health Coaching certification as a way to supplement my interest in healing myself and educating others. Later I would become a Reiki Master to further enhance this goal.
A Coach is an accountability partner, someone who is trained in a particular subject and then certified to practice the profession. Always choose certified Coaches. Many people are calling themselves coaches as a marketing ploy to get you into the MLM’s or to make themselves sound as if they were trained or have more knowledge in a particular field. Choosing a certified Coach gives you some peace of mind about credibility, legal issues and the type of advice you are getting. I trained for almost two years for my Coaching certification and voluntarily choose to take refresher courses to increase my knowledge base.
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