This wellness journal covers all aspects of wellbeing, wellness essentials, and alternative health. Don’t expect the mundane here. You will find information about therapies that are far outside even alternative wealth and wellness. As a health coach and wellness writer, people from all over the world have found benefit from these ideas and therapies.
What is Health?
Have you ever stop to really think about what health is? Yes, it is a description of the state of a human body, but what is the meaning?
Health simply means a body at ease. This does not mean resting, this means free of disease and afflictions, engaging in normal activity without tiredness, having good digestion, mental harmony and sharp senses.
Let’s define normal activity for the sake of describing health. Can you walk 10-12 miles and have a normal amount of physical labor without being tired?
Health is not about physical appearance. Strength does not mean health. You can have a beautiful body and your internal state is not harmonious. The body is wonderful at compensating. To get one thing, it takes from something else.
It is important to have the right knowledge to attain an above health standard. The modern standard of health is not true health. This leaves us without truly understanding our own body.
Ancient philosophers have described the human body of being comprised of earth, water, light, air and vacancy. The human body is a universe unto itself. We carry more bacterial cells than human cells. We are actually 10% human and 90% bacteria. With that, 8% of our human DNA has actually been found to be made up of ancient viruses.
The path to holistic health
Human activity is created by the mind first. The mind is influenced by 11 senses.
Five senses are seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, and feeling. These are sense of perception.
The other five senses come from action. These action senses come from mouth, anus, genitals, hands and feet.
The last sense is thinking. Sometimes we do too much or too little of this sense.
Philosophers have stated that if something cannot be found in the body, it can also not be found outside the body. They believed that the universe within reflects the Universe without.
Could all the chaos in today’s world also exist within the human body?
The human mind, at the center of all of our senses, remains a mystery to medicine and science. They have come up with descriptions and activities within the body, but none have explained what starts the billions of processes within the body. The fact is we know very little about the human body.
We know that to be truly healthy, the human body depends on everything working in a harmonious fashion. If, however, one of these parts begins to slow, the burden is placed elsewhere in the body.
When your digestion slows, the entire body begins to become slack. If anyone takes constipation or indigestion lightly, do not understand the rules and dynamics of health.
Do You Know What The Human Body Is?
These two affiliations are the root cause of numerous ailments.
Here is another question… What is the use of the human body?
We are known to use and abuse our bodies. And use it for selfish purposes of self-indulgence. We harm ourselves and we harm others with it.
The body is described as a vessel for the human soul. A vessel is made to protect and hold something of importance. If the body holds something of such great importance, it should be taken care of properly.
It should be a duty of ours to clean, cleanse and keep our human vessel fit. We are guardians of our body and it is our job to practice serving it to the best of our ability.
This website is dedicated to caring for the human body and focusing on all aspects of health.
The more chaotic the world becomes, the more we need relationships. Relationships of all types are vitally important. A big part of YOU is about the people who are closest to you.
Relationship is a big encompassing word. It defines human connections, parents, siblings, children, family, love interest, best friend, friends, co-workers, neighbors, mentors, social connections, and even people that come and go through your life. Any person that you had a connection with can be defined as a relationship.
A relationship can even be defined as how you relate to yourself.
Your relationships help you to belong; where you can be yourself and also grow. You want to be loved, valued and appreciated. A relationship is where you can show both your strengths and weaknesses.
Relationships are both a reflection and a driver to be more than what you are currently. You can see who you are and the reaction you invoke in others. This helps to you to see the many facets of yourself or areas of your life that you need to change in order to be happier.
Facing love addiction in our culture
A love relationship is the most dominate throughout life. It is also the focus out of all the relationship types.
Ask someone if they are in a relationship. If they are not romantically involved with someone, they will say no. The reality is they have many relationships. However, love preoccupies our culture.
Many people believe that love is the most important part of their life.
Do love relationships keep us from being lonely? Help us enjoy more things in life? What is the meaning of love and how do you define it in your life? What happens when love ends?
Love is more than a feeling. It’s about action. Love is a result. It is about doing something with another person. Love is a direction you both are going in. It’s about mutual care, respect, nurturing, and putting forth time and energy. It is about suffering and celebrating together.
Love is a flame. But what keeps that flame going strong is what feeds it. The equal ability to share, express and demonstrate a real purpose feeds the flame. This is what love is.
Love in motion
Most people associate love with a feeling but later find that the qualities of the other person do not fit their own. An internal struggle begins and the relationship begins to enter into a war zone.
You may find you have to leave a person you have love feelings for in order to progress in life.
Disappointment happens. Much of our idea of love has come from characters in movies and books. In reality, life is made up of highs and lows.
Often times you find your idea of a person or relationship did not match reality. Things do not work out as you planned. You may have invested in something or someone that changed or failed to live up to their words. You have probably made mistakes; ones that cost you a lot. Disappointment happens.
Love is lost when honesty is gone. When you no longer express yourself, love is lost. Focus on being compassionate and honest. Find another person that has that same focus. Everything you do will turn out to be beneficial.
If you are in a current love relationship, how does your relationship compare to the above?
Many people are not blessed with good relationships to begin life and they struggle with healthy relationships.
They have fallouts with friends, struggle to make connections with people, often feel like an outsider, and sometimes think they will never find the right partner.
The relationship section in this website is focused on helping you through the ups and downs of relationships. The goal is to help you see areas more clearly where you may be struggling.
Health Tips For Women
Being a woman is complicated. We grow up with ideas thrusted onto us. Society judges us and holds us to a standard. We become someone’s wife. We have a baby.
Not necessarily in that order.
We are the caretaker, the emotional balancer, and often times the monetary supplier. Our lives revolve around other people. We grow older and have to suddenly find our place.
Now that is not the path of every woman, but it is an overall morphic imprint that impacts every woman.
If you are strong and fight for what you believe in, you are called a bitch. If you don’t, you are steamrolled and used.
There is a delicate balance to being a woman.
Our bodies are complicated. Our vision of how we view ourselves is complicated. We come in so many shapes and sizes.
The New York Times published an article stating that being a woman can be a pre-existing condition. A woman can have higher health care costs just for being female. It is called gender rating.
This is akin to teen male drivers having higher auto insurance because they are more of a risk.
Gender rating in healthcare is not about the potential of pregnancy. Policies that do not include maternity care can even be statistically higher. The reason? Women use healthcare more than men and tend to have more issues than men.
Insurance rates for women can be anywhere from 4%-48% higher. This is, of course, made moot by the shifting healthcare rules and regulations. It’s a tangled web.
Larry Cahill, University of California Irvine neurologist, wrote an article in the Journal of Neuroscience Research stating that women’s and men’s brains are different and should be treated differently.
A change in brain medicine
He states that medical research shows a difference in brain anatomy, function and chemistry and function.
The sad reality is that most neuroscience research is done on men’s brains; not women’s. The results have resulted in treatments and drugs given to both men and women, but have sadly not been as helpful to the woman’s brain.
Men’s brains have been the focus due to the fact that hormones influence women’s brains and it makes them more difficult to accurately study.
The differences in the brain can be found in the synapses and the entire brain wiring.
This is covered up because the researchers did not want to be labeled sexist. Men and women respond differently to drugs for strokes, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Men’s and women’s brains are different and it isn’t sexist
As in the case of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the process of apoptosis (brain cell death) happens differently in women and men. This is ignored.
Researchers do not want to get into a political debate that will jeopardize their funding so they ignore the differences. Neuroscientists believe that if they reveal the brain difference between men and women that the question of equality will arise. Science does not like politics. Professor Cahill states that he was warned to stop studying the sex difference between men and women’s brain or his career will be negatively affected.
The Journal of Neuroscience Research has published information stating that it is clear that gender “matters fundamentally, powerfully, and pervasively” and that the legacy of presuming otherwise has meant that women in particular have been badly served.
This means that drugs that may work for men are taken off the market merely because they are ineffective for women. Men can no longer receive value from the drug because it is denounced as ineffective. On such drug is Lazaroids, a drug used in the treatment of strokes.
Here is what we do know:
The differences in gender are not all n the head. Women have double to depression risk. Stress happens in the brain and at the molecular and behavioral level. This means that stress affects men and women differently.
Men have less communication between both sides of the brain but more communication happened within each hemisphere. This means women have better facial and word memory than men. While men have better special memory.
Chronic pain. Research into sex differences in the brains of women and men revealed that women are more sensitive to pain and lower tolerance to pain.
The woman’s health section of this website is dedicated to exploring health related issues of women.
Health Tips For Men
Being a man is defined by generations of men. The idea of a man comes from images of cowboys, soldiers and even heroic public servants. Today’s world does not match that archaic ideal and men are feeling the pressure.
Men of today are not the stoic, responsible, and focused archetype that is protrayed in generations past.
Nor are men the bumbling, immature, girl chasing, whiny man-boys portrayed by Hollywood in movies and television. Think about modern tv shows and movies. Man-boys reject responsibility of career success, being an equal partner in a marriage, and raising a family.
It doesn’t stop there. Once a man is dragged down the aisle and forced into a parental role, they resort to beer chugging, more bumbling, video games for an escape from reality.
We have the past of Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Humphrey Bogart colliding with the male figures of Russell Brand, Adam Sandler, and Seth Rogers. These characters celebrate avoiding commitment and growing up.
While neither is the man of today, there are cultural traces of the bumbling characters. Men spend more time with their children than ever before. They also spend more time in front of the television watching Homer Simpson, Family Guy and Sopranos. This is the male role that our children are seeing and accepting as reality.
This is their level of standard.
Over 16% of men enter their 40’s without being married. Two decades ago this was only 6%. Ten years ago the median age for a male gamer was 18. What about today? The average age is 33 years old.
When the trend is traced, the change happened in the Baby Boomer generation. Men didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of their father who took a passive family role. Men didn’t want to be disciplinarians. They wanted real family ties and relationships with their wife and children.
Men are now more emotionally available and involved thanks to this change.
However, this then took an additional turn when it caused confusion about the role of a man. When the male authoritarian figure was dismantled and made ambiguous, men were left without a proper role model to aspire and mimic.
Think about business. In order to be successful, get mentors and mimic exactly what they are doing to ensure your success. Identification of genders should follow the same path.
What has left men torn is the absence of a health mix of long ago responsibility with today’s available man. There can exit a perfect balance between nobility with dignity and openness with strength.
As more men find this balance, their health and happiness will become easier to obtain. This website will help explore the issues that men face.
Is being a male harming you?
Science seems to think so. Not at a fundamental level but more at a society and habit level.
There are large differences between the health of men and women. It is estimated that 2x as more men die than women during the ages of 15-64 years old.
Men more often die prematurely from health conditions like heart disease, respiratory problems, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
Men’s lifestyles cause a problem. Men tend to drink and smoke and eat unhealthy foods more than women. Men are also more likely to commit suicide due to declining social and economic conditions.
Biologically, men are not hardwired to die before women. Even though men are more prone to specific diseases, the majority of deaths that are premature are preventable.
This website is dedicated to preventing premature deaths in men.
Gender plays a part in how someone responds when they are sick. Boys and girls grow up different. This has an affect on knowledge of food and health, body image and weight, sexuality, risk taking, and mental health.
The medical system is gender biased. This was presented in the women’s health section on this page. While brain research may be biased towards men, men also see bias in the medical system.
How men deal with illness.
Men are treated differently in the medical world. They also manage health and well-being different than women.
Men should be approached and marketed to in a different way than women. Men retreat during difficult times. They tend to smoke, drink, eat more when irritated. This is known as being male, not being related to mental health.
Many men are working during normal clinical business hours. One company in the UK that runs a soccer club has sporting and fitness classes at midnight to support the working hours of males.
There are alternatives to help men live a healthy life. KellyColby.com website focuses on helping men be stronger and live healthier and happier.
Wellness Journal Natural Health
Natural health is not about being dogmatically against pharma drugs. Natural health is not about self-righteous resolve. It’s about choice.
The pharmaceutically driving allopathic health care has a place – a very important place. I have seen too many people reject this type of healthcare and unnecessarily suffer and die.
I’ve also seen people reject natural health because it wasn’t pharmaceutical.
The point is there is a place for both. You have a choice. This website is not really about mainstream wellness and therapies. It’s about what works. There is a balance.
The subject matters in the natural healing part of KellyColby.com can bump up against and sometimes even collide with belief systems. If something does this for you, ignore it and move on. What you reject may well save the life of someone else.
What’s not right for someone doesn’t mean it is wrong for all people.
Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. I work to write about different information than you can find on normal health and wellness sites.
I draw my inspiration from folk medicine and therapies that are found around the world.
These articles will give you informed choices. Choices are the cornerstone of our lives.
Nothing is about judgment – it is about alternatives. There’s enough judgment in the world. You can say that there are as many opinions as there are assholes in the world.
Here are some quotes that sum up judgment and opinions well:
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. Marco Rubio
It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. Stephen Colbert
Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Les Brown
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. Mark Twain
Someone once told me that if you respect a person, listen to their opinion. And if you do not respect someone, then do not listen to their opinion. And that works both ways. Maisie Williams
Now, on the good stuff…
Natural health falls under two principals; Preventative or Combative. Preventative prevents lack of vitality or disease. Combative deals with fighting a disease or illness.
Treating the disease or even the symptoms of the disease is not the way to restore health and vitality.
Instead, taking the approach of changing habits, diet and exercise, restoring the environment, promoting elimination and proper breathing, correcting spine issues, and changing thoughts and emotions is the way to treat a disease.
We now have nursing homes full of people in their 60s and 70s suffering from Alzheimer’s or unable to care for themselves. This is too young!
I urge you to spend a few hours in a nursing home close to you. It brings about clarity and urgency about the need to preserve and restore health.
For the general population of people under 60 years old, should understand the general fundamental principals of life and the body. The general ideals that govern both life and death must be understood.
Once you understand these principals, can tell in which direction you are trending. The fundamental principals of natural healing have withstood the test of time and will continue to.
Natural Laws Governing Natural Health
Natural health deals with nature’s laws and principals and how they interact with life, death, vitality and disease.
It is about bring the entire body in harmony with nature. Nature encompasses mental, physical, emotional, moral and even spiritual states of being.
Natural health has the goal to buildup, improve, and repair destructive influences. There is a time and place for destruction but these methods should be put to use with great caution.
Normal and natural states reflect a harmonic balance between a person and nature.
Disease is the result of man being out of harmony with nature. This presents itself in many ways:
- Less energy and vitality
- Disturbed lymph and blood
- Accumulation of waste and poisons within the body.
These interfere with normal functioning of living tissues.
Natural remedies often fall under the follow categories:
- Natural: Eating, drinking, breathing, sweating, working and resting.
- Elements: water, earth, magnets, electricity, air, and light
- Combinations: food combining or specific foods, fasting, supplements, homeopathic remedies, and herbs
- Mechanical: Chiropractic, acupuncture, Ayurveda, massage, manipulations of the human body or fields, and even surgery.
- Mental: relaxation, meditation, hypnotherapy, thoughts, prayers, etc.
The natural health part of this website is devoted to a range of subjects that all fall under natural healing.
Preventative Mental Health
Do you know someone touched by Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Chances are you do. That’s the sad reality of how prevalent it is in today’s world.
Genetic testing can show if you carry the potential but this may or may not be important, despite the outcomes of your parents or grandparents.
How food plays a part in your health
If you suffer from constipation, and your kidneys and lymph are not filtering, your body is also full of mucus.
Mucus can accelerate aging and disease. The mucus causes ugliness and aging. It accumulates in the stomach and colon and clogs the glands.
What if growing old was actually due to our diet and not a normal function of years passing?
There’s no doubt about the industrialization of our food. Check the labels and you will find there are a lot of chemicals and additives to your food.
Pick up a package of meat and it may surprise you to find meat is not the only ingredient. Additives and chemicals all have an artificial stimulating effect on your appetite.
As a culture, we eat too much food and drink too much fluid. The energy we take in from the food is more than we need to survive. This creates an imbalance in the body. Adults and children are becoming increasingly more overweight. Obesity rates continue to rise.
Food is one of the main resources of life. It is one of the most abused. Food is a substance that we abuse. Yet, it is a silent killer that goes largely ignored.
As society progresses we sit down and relax less. We eat more processed food that is high in calories, fat, sugar and salt.
Sellers of food spend millions of dollars in advertising that manipulates your brain into craving that food.