What is Wholistic Health? by John L. Boos, LMT, NSCA, CPT

     Wholistic Health is a term I use to define vitality, wellness and overall good health that encompasses integrated, rather than parts of the body. Wholistic means the sum (wholism) of all of its parts. The most important purpose of our life should be our overall wellness, both mental and physiological. We have all heard and value the statement, "If you have your health, you have everything." Yet, it is strange that many people feel they are healthy even if they have not been to a doctor in a long time. Those same people could have clogged arteries, Type II diabetes, osteoporosis, or high blood pressure due to poor diet and lack of proper exercise.
     There are eleven systems in the human body; the major ones include the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems. While all are vitally important, one stands apart from the rest-the muscular system. By maintaining this system, all others can be vastly improved and enriched, thereby, providing overall wholistic health.
     This is not just my opinion, but the opinion of many respected medical research doctors. At the Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, a long-term study by Dr. Bill Evans revealed that most biological functions of aging and its related diseases were reversed by retaining muscular strength and tone alone. This is profoundly disclosed in his book Bio-Markers, whereby he used proper resistance exercise protocols to reestablish lost muscular strength and tone and slow down the aging process. Common age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), increased cholesterol, metabolic disorders, and the already out-of-control Type II diabetes were substantially improved, and many even eradicated.
     Since the advent of his book, even more research on proper exercise regimens, using resistance exercise, has demonstrated that exercise markedly reduces the onset of Alzheimer's and many forms of cancer. Studies in the field of dementia and Alzheimer research show that exercise can reduce the onset of these disease by 38% and that no drug for this debilitating disease has greater promise than diet and proper exercise. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) mentions that exercise is beneficial to the immune system and reduced cancer onset by over 30% in those that used proper diet and exercise methods.
     I have been a long-term advocate of diet and exercise. During my earlier years, it was for strength and tone for vanity purposes. In my 30s and 40s, it was to maintain what I worked so hard for. Now as a front line baby boomer, I use proper diet and exercise to maintain my overall health (wholistic health), to sustain the vitality, strength and energy of a much younger me, and to slow down age-related diseases that too many people fall prey to.
     To fully comprehend wholistic health or a wholistic approach, if it is at all meaningful to you, ask questions concerning your present approach. Are you addressing symptoms or the underlying problems that create the symptoms? Is your approach very one-sided? In other words, are you stretching but not strengthening?  Are you doing too much cardio for your so-called fat burning, but losing bone in the process? Are you eating healthy, but doing little to promote the uptake of these nutrients? Take the time to educate yourself using material with no product or promotion other than medical facts. Get involved with your own health. Do not be afraid to pick up a physiology book and skim through it. You will be amazed at how easy it is to understand and even more amazed at what you may learn. Go to the internet and ask questions. The more you make sense of your body, the more you may realize your own power, both physical and mental.
     I have been a passionate enthusiast of building a strong, more functional person since my early teens. As I progressed, I became so encouraged that I wanted to recount my revelations with anyone willing to listen. As I became more educated in this field, it opened up my eyes to the faults and misguidance of the growing health industry. Instead of leading people towards a true wholistic approach to staying vital, healthy and prosperous, they use fragmented misrepresentations and fancy marketing. The science behind numerous medical studies and research is mounting and more obvious than ever...For wholistic health (the sum of all bodily systems, including the brain), you must live strong to prosper.
John Boos is a two-time Mr. World/Mr. New York State, who owns and operates a strength training facility in Babylon. He works One-On-One with individuals to improve their strength, vitality and to achieve wholistic health. Other areas of specialty include Post-Rehab Exercise, Medical Conditions, and Weight Management.  He is A New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Nationally Certified Exercise Specialist and a Certified Medical Exercise Instructor for Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Menopause High Blood Pressure/Cholesterol. For more information, contact 631-587-4786, or visit his website Boosworld.com.