The Top 10 Health Myths Finally Exposed!


Only 400 years ago it was believed that the sun revolved around the Earth.

And it was only in the late 19th century that the barbaric practice of blood letting (and once believed ‘cure all’ of disease) was finally abandoned.

Thanks to advances in science and medicine, new discoveries have been made that have reshaped old paradigms and changed our way of thinking.

Therefore, we would assume that in this current age of science, medicine and technology, a well established consensus of health information would exist… Sadly that is NOT the case.

In fact, many of the current health recommendations are causing an increase in health problems. Several leading health researchers point to the fact that these recommendations are often driven by certain industries who have vested interests; namely profits, at stake.

As a former student of natural therapies, and having now been involved in the health & fitness industry for over 17 years, it is my intention to shed some light on 10 of the most common health myths – as controversial as they may be!

The Top 10 Health Myths are as follows:

Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer

Myth 2: For good health, follow the recommendations of the food pyramid

Myth 3: The sun causes skin cancer

Myth 4: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms

Myth 5: Cows milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones

Myth 6: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should therefore be avoided

Myth 7: Margarine is a better choice than butter

Myth 8: Artificial sweeteners are a good alternative to sugar

Myth 9: You should eat a low fat diet

Myth 10: I should drink red wine as it’s recommended by my doctor for good heart health

Let’s address these one by one…

Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer.

Fact: Your LIFESTYLE is the single most determining factor, not your genes!

Just because your mother or father died from cancer doesn’t mean you have to suffer the same fate. It all comes down to lifestyle choices.

Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices, play a major role in the development of many diseases, including cancer.

Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) dispels this common myth and she conservatively estimates that lack of exercise and being overweight, causes three times as many cases of cancer as genetics.

According to her, the evidence suggests that 39 per cent of the most common cancers, including breast and bowel, could be prevented through a good diet, exercising and keeping weight under control.

“It’s important to dispel the myth that cancer is down to genes,” says Thompson. “The evidence shows that an unhealthy diet and low activity levels cause three times more cancer cases than genes. If people do have a family history, then this is important information for them personally, but overall this inherited genetic predisposition is uncommon. In fact those who have inherited genes should pay even closer attention to their lifestyle as there is probably still a lot they can do to reduce their risk.

“It is clear that choosing a healthy diet and being more physically active are important ways to help prevent many cancers,” she added.

Furthermore, a study conducted in 2005 by Dean Ornish and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco, US, tested the effects of a dramatic lifestyle change on gene expression in 30 men with prostate cancer.

Biopsies taken before and after 3 months of healthy eating, moderate exercise, stress management and psychotherapy showed a significant change in the expression of hundreds of genes. Healthy eating and exercise turned crucial genes on and off.

Many, including several genes involved in tumor formation, were down-regulated, or less active. Others, including some disease-fighting genes, were more active.

Not only do these results demonstrate that positive lifestyle changes can slow the progression of cancer, the results may also be significant for cancer prevention.

Conclusion: Many people believe that inherited genes or simply bad luck are the only factors in cancer development and it’s time this myth was laid to rest.

Myth 2: For good health, follow the recommendations of the food pyramid.

Fact: Following the recommendations of the food pyramid is bad for your health!

The original 1992 U.S.D.A. food pyramid was based on the same recommendations and ratios for fattening cattle and other livestock!

According to Harvard Scientist Dr. Walter Willett, the original food pyramid was motivated by food industries rather than valid scientific research. He also states that the food pyramid is “terribly misleading and flawed.”

For example, blanket suggestions are made that all fats are bad and all carbohydrates are the same, which is simply not true.

Moreover, the original food pyramid advocates eating 6-11 servings of carbohydrate per day. Therefore it’s hardly surprising that we have such high rates of type 2 adult onset diabetes and obesity.

Recommendations concerning exercise, alcohol intake and the importance of fruits and vegetables are conspicuously missing.

The New ‘Longevity’ Pyramid!

Dr Mitra Ray, author of ‘From Here to Longevity’ advocates a new food pyramid which is based on sound health principles. This new food pyramid has a foundation of 5-10 servings of non-starchy vegetables. The next tier is meat, fish and poultry 2-3 servings as well as lentils, beans, raw nuts or seeds comprising 1 serving. The next level is fruit, 2-4 servings, and the top level (or least amount) is whole grains, breads and cereals with a maximum of 2 servings per day.

Myth 3: The sun causes skin cancer.

Fact: The body needs sunlight! Regular exposure to sunlight can reduce the incidence of cancer by up to 60%

Unfortunately many well intentioned doctors and dermatologists propagate the belief that the sun causes cancer, when in fact, the opposite is true.

For example, many studies demonstrate that people who live in sunnier, southern latitudes and who have higher levels of vitamin D (as a result of their increased sun exposure) are much less likely to die from any type of cancer than people in northern latitudes.

There is also strong evidence that sunlight protects against MS and breast cancer.

Contrary to what you may have heard, appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent the fatal type of skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, rates of melanoma have been found to decrease with greater sun exposure. Melanoma is more common in indoor workers than outdoor workers, and melanoma more commonly appears on regions of the body that are NOT exposed to the sun.

To significantly reduce our risk of developing cancer, we need to ensure we have regular sun exposure to keep vitamin D at optimum levels.

Recommendation: Try to obtain 10-15 minutes of sun exposure per day. Cover up with clothing to prevent sunburn, and make sure to avoid using commercial sunscreens as these contain toxic chemicals linked to skin cancer & melanoma (unbelievable but true) AND they block the absorption of vitamin D. If you must use sunscreen, use a natural, chemical free alternative.

Myth 4: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms.

Fact: Only a very small percentage of people have slow metabolisms.

It’s a common complaint, but studies show you can’t use a slow metabolism as an explanation for weight gain.

In fact, recent studies have revealed that overweight people actually have faster metabolisms and burn off more energy than their lighter counterparts.

Your body composition, specifically your lean muscle mass, determines your basal metabolic rate (BMR) or the amount of calories you burn at rest.

The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and people who are overweight usually have an increased metabolic rate because they have more muscle as well as fat.

This is why men – who typically have more lean muscle than women do – tend to lose weight faster and gain it more slowly. It’s also why experts recommend strength training to build muscle mass. BMR is also affected by how much you exercise. All physical activity, not just strenuous activity, increases the number of calories you burn.

There IS such a thing as a slow metabolism but it’s very rare.

If you’re concerned that you have a slow metabolism, consult your health professional. Your health professional may recommend a test to calculate your BMR, or resting energy expenditure. Medical conditions that can decrease BMR or alter your muscle-to-fat ratio include hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome.

The bottom line: Most overweight or obese individuals do not get that way because of a slow metabolism. They get that way because they eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough.

Myth 5: Cows milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones.

Fact: Cows milk is not designed for human consumption. We are the only species on the planet to drink another species milk… cow’s milk is for cows!

People who have grown up believing that cows milk is a good for you, that it is a great source of calcium and produces strong bones, are in for a shock! In fact, many prominent medical doctors are now saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults.

Our “nutritional education” in school (funded in part by the dairy industry) taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we all need for proper nutrition. As a result, dairy products became a well-entrenched and major staple of government-sponsored school lunch programs.

Cow’s milk can lead to iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of colds and flu, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more, possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

And what about the claim that milk is a great source of calcium?

Ounce for ounce, a single head of broccoli has more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk. However, even more important is the finding that the type of calcium found in green vegetables is better absorbed and does not leach from the bones… unlike high protein-containing dairy products.

In short, adequate amounts of green vegetables are much better sources of calcium than milk and cheese.

Myth 6: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should therefore be avoided.

Fact: You can eat 1 or 2 whole eggs per day and not be concerned about increased cholesterol.

There has been a widespread belief that eggs are bad for your heart, however, eating whole eggs on a daily basis may prove to hold numerous health benefits, including a decreased risk of heart disease!

Research showed that, in healthy adults, eating eggs every day did not produce an increase in cholesterol levels or constitute an increased cardiac risk.

While it’s true that egg yolks contain cholesterol, (of which the body requires a certain amount) we should not assume that eating dietary cholesterol will yield an increase in blood cholesterol. Therein lies the confusion. There is NO correlation between dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol levels.

So go ahead, eat and egg or two per day (preferably the organic, free range variety) and enjoy the healthy heart benefits.

Myth 7: Margarine is a better choice than butter.

Fact: Avoid margarine at all costs. And that includes the so called healthy olive oil based margarines. Butter is better!

Despite unjustified warnings about saturated fat, the list of butter’s benefits is indeed impressive. Butter is a rich source of vitamins A,D,E and K as well as trace minerals and fatty acids necessary for a range of healthy bodily functions.

Standing in direct opposition to these healthful qualities stands margarine and assorted ‘vegetable oil’ spreads.’ While these may be cheaper, chances are you’d never eat them again if you knew how they were made!

Margarines are made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. This ensures the oils become rancid. After that, a nickel catalyst is added, along with hydrogen atoms, to solidify it. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal and small amounts always remain in the finished product. Finally, deodorants and colorings are added to remove margarine’s horrible smell (from the rancid oils) and unappetizing grey color.

In the solidification process, harmful carcinogenic trans-fatty acids are created. Ask yourself, would you rather have a health food with healthful qualities? Or a stick of carcinogenic, bleached and deodorized slop.

Given the choice, choose butter!

Myth 8: Artificial sweeteners are a good alternative to sugar

Artificial Sweeteners are highly toxic to the body!

Aspartame (often labelled as ‘phenyalanine’) and marketed under the name NutraSweet, Splenda and Equal, is linked to a multitude of health and neurological problems including fibromyalgia, lupus, alzheimers and MS.

Often described as a silent killer, symptoms of aspartame toxicity are mostly neurological and can include numbness of the legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression (aspartame reduces serotonin levels in the brain) anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision and memory loss.

Those of us watching our waistline are often tempted by claims of ‘zero sugar’ or low carbohydrates. However, more often than not these foods and drinks contain artificial sweeteners. Paradoxically, artificial sweeteners cause carbohydrate cravings which can lead to weight gain!

Today, artificial sweeteners can be found in everything from soft drinks to yoghurt to baked goods to chewing gum.

Although small amounts are unlikely to be problematic, be discerning of your food choices and be aware that repeated ingestion of artificial sweeteners can be damaging to your long term health.

Myth 9: You should eat a low fat diet

Fact: The body needs fats! Especially ‘essential fats.’

This idea that all fat is bad is completely untrue. Every cell in the human body requires fats for metabolic functions, the manufacture of hormones, brain function, plus many other vital functions.

Your body needs ‘essential fats’ from your diet (essential simply means that our body can’t make it by itself) The best sources are high in omega 3 and include olive oil, nuts, avocado and fish oils.

The rights fats assist in lowering blood pressure, thinning your blood and preventing blood clots. Likewise, most inflammatory conditions can be prevented or controlled with regular omega 3 fats in the diet. A lack of omega 3 in your diet will intensify a number of inflammatory conditions ranging from asthma to arthritis and even heart disorders.

The fat soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K cannot be absorbed unless we have sufficient fats in our diet. Therefore no matter how many vitamin rich fruits and vegetables you eat, if you have a low fat diet, it’s highly likely you’ll eventually suffer degenerative diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies. One example is osteoporosis. For calcium in our diet to become bone mass, it requires the presence of Vitamin D and Vitamin K to be absorbed.

As the human brain is 70% lipid (fats) we need a regular intake of healthy fats and cholesterol to function properly. Therefore it should not surprise you that a low intake of fats can lead to short term memory loss, loss of concentration, depression, bi polar disorders and schizophrenia and in the longer term, Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms of insufficient fat in our diet include increased cholesterol levels, dry and flaky skin, loss of skin elasticity and wrinkles. (The benefits of healthy fats are similar to antioxidants.)

Healthy fats are therefore an essential component of your diet. Eat fats, but choose the right fats!

Myth 10: I should drink red wine as it’s recommended by my doctor for good heart health

Fact: It’s not the alcohol in red wine that is good for you. Alcohol is a neurotoxin!

It’s not the alcohol in red wine that is linked to a lowered incidence of heart disease, it’s an antioxidant found in red grapes called resveratrol.

Wines contain abundant quantities of polyphenols, a class of antioxidant not present in other alcoholic beverages. The concentration of polyphenols in red wine is several times greater than that in white wine and it is these polyphenols that are associated with a number of health benefits.

Alcohol itself is actually a neurotoxin and excess consumption can seriously disrupt your delicate hormone balance, cause liver damage and other health problems.

If you’re a non drinker, my recommendation is simply this… Don’t start now! Remember, it’s not the alcohol in red wine that’s good for you – it’s the antioxidants. Use moderation, or drink grape juice instead!


So there you have it. The top 10 health myths finally exposed.

I encourage you to be vigilant in your pursuit of good health and be weary of health claims made by the media, the pharmaceutical companies and even your own doctor.

When it comes to your health, you’re the one in the driver’s seat. Do your own research, seek out reputable sources of information and explore natural and alternative therapies where appropriate.

It’s by keeping an open mind, questioning and evaluating current health recommendations, that you can truly take control of your health and well being.

Learning the Importance of Catalyst Oncology

The catalyst oncology is a special laboratory that aids the individuals with cancer. The only means to save an individual from having cancer is by oncology. Catalyst oncology is the best methods that are being used for detecting the cancer cells inside the body. It is a branch of science which deals with the study of cancer. Physicians that are engage in oncology is called the oncologist. They are focusing more with the treatments of different types of cancer. The catalyst oncology is also revolving in the possible causes and possible treatments of the cancers that are threatening the lives of many people.

Malignancy is the primary concern of diagnosis that is associated with cancer, tumors and the treatments that follows. The best important element of oncology is about diagnosis. Early diagnosis and analysis is being proven for saving the lives of the cancer patients. Cancers during the initial stage can be curable, the soonest as it is identified, the better it can be cured.

There are several methods for the cancer diagnosis; biopsy by incision, x-rays, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scans, scintigraphy and a lot more. These different methods are usually present on the catalyst oncology laboratories.

The therapy is completely depending with the characteristics of tumor. There are certain tumors that require immediate admission and chemotherapy while there are some that requires more follow-up check-ups and blood checking prior to the treatment given.

Despite of the known benefits from the screening, the early detection and treatment modalities are giving negative attitudes to those cancer patients to the health practitioners. The cancer is the most feared form of disease in today’s modern society. Attitude towards this will make a barrier with the communications of health providers and the patients. It can influence the decision making regarding to the special services as well as the selection of the proper treatments.

The oncology health care practitioners are holding negative attitudes regarding cancer and they are changing the attitudes that are into the significant challenges. Supportive strategies and educational programs can help alleviate the fears of cancer and promote a more positive image regarding cancer.

Wood Stove Catalyst Helps Keep The Environment Safe

Having a wood stove catalyst is very important. There are many different conditions that it could be exposed to. Using catalysts, the environment can be protected. Many gases that are produced when something burns is harmful to many types of living things.

Metallic or ceramic substrates are going to be used for ensuring a person’s safety. There is a manufacturing process used to make these that is going to be superior to other methods. There is very low back pressure metallic substrates used for this process.

This is going to create a high-performance catalytic converter. These after-market catalysts are going to be something that is extraordinary. These pieces are used in many different applications.

They are used for OEM applications involving automobiles. The engineers are able to develop the best catalysts using their experience. Aftermarket and replacement catalysts are going to be manufactured.

The results of the manufacturing process is going to be consistent too. Raw materials that are of OEM quality is utilized. The MIL light will be kept off by achieving a product that is used in aftermarket products.

The government regulations are going to be exceeded as well. All of the requirements will be met using the best designed catalysts. It does not matter if metallic or ceramic catalysts are being used.

Many experienced engineers will prefer to use the metallic substrates. These can be used in a lot of places. Underground or open pit mining are made possible using these.

Tunneling can also be done for many different reasons. In today’s industry, it is important to be able to move cargo. It maybe across town or across the world.

Power needs to be safely transferred to businesses. It may be for industrial buildings or to stationary power stations used for general applications. There are many different things that people are going to need these catalysts for.

Wood stoves are used for heat. They are used to power different types of vehicles and energy plants. Every application will be a very important part of the manufacturing process.

Engineers need to produce a quality productive product that will ensure their health and safety around the equipment that uses these catalysts. Emissions from the wood stoves can cause many respiratory and heart problems. It is important to use catalytic converters to control the release of carbon monoxide.

Some of them are going to be used in light applications. Others are going to be used for more heavy duty applications. Whatever the use of them are, it is important that they are able to hold up to the application.

Even though a school bus does not have a wood stove on it, there are catalysts used on these as well. It is important to keep the children safe from the harmful emissions of the diesel engines. These can be used for on-road fleets as well as off-road fleets. Urban transport is going to need to be filtered out as well.

There are many things that catalysts will do for every application. The type of gas that is being filtered out will be different for each application. While a lot of people will burn wood, they do not realize that the toxins that are released from this can cause medical issues.

It has been done for many years in many different societies. The education that engineers and scientists have now helps to make products, like the wood stove catalysts, that will ensure the safety of a lot of people around it. Not only does it help now, but it helps future generations as well. Keeping everyone safe is one of the main goals behind the production of this type of product.

Dos and Don’ts of Time Planning From the Change Catalyst Coach

Are you a good time planner? At a recent meeting with a group of public speakers, I found out that the people most regarded by others as the most organized people (in terms of what they achieve) actually think of themselves as messy and undisciplined. Maybe those people have very high internal standards, but given the demands on our time and attention, we could all improve our time planning.

Indeed when people plan goals a calendar is not far away. As you are setting your new year goals and plans, how are you planning your time? As Benjamin Franklin once said – and I paraphrase – if you love life, don’t waste time because that is what life is made of. So how do we find a balance and not “over-program” the first few weeks of the year with good intentions and forget about our goals by February. Especially as surveys have found most goals are forgotten by then. Here are a few suggestions:


1. Focus on results (not activities)

Rather than saying you will go to gym three times a week, focus your efforts on setting a target for this activity. For example, “I will run a six minute kilometer by the end of the year”. You now have a way to track your progress. What result can you focus your activity on?

2. Have a priority list (for today)

What are you doing today to take yourself forward towards your goals. Many small actions will take you quicker towards your target, rather than one large step. Kick procrastination out through small actions.

3. Timeblock

The most common excuse you hear from people who don’t reach their goals is “I don’t have enough time.” Which is not true. We all have 168 hours a week and we decide how to invest this time. What can you cut out or down on to create more time? Stop watching TV and DVDs during weekdays. Can you use your travel time to create time to learn? Print out a one month calendar and take a few different colored highlighters and block out time at least a week in advance. When I authored my book this summer, I had to block out “creative time” in my calendar to solely focus on writing, researching and creating ideas. Other time blocks can include family time, health, client work, learning. You can choose other categories that make sense for you. Timeblock at least one hour per activitiy.


1. Overplan

Unless you are a CEO, time blocking down to every 15minutes may not be necessary. Just because technology makes this easy to do, doesn’t make it a good idea. Also, add in some buffer time which are unplanned. This will help you keep on track if you run late on a particular activity.

2. Overuse technology

While we are talking about technology, find a balance. Today smartphones and PDAs have allowed us to create and track every single task. But don’t forget that a piece of paper can be more effective. I post up a calendar on my wall and the three dimensional ability to turn around and see my year at a glance is powerful. Technology can be good to create time awareness. Check out a time tracking tool like My Hours.

One of the hardest habits to break is time’s control over us. Any successful person will tell you that the first step to health and wealth mastery is time mastery. Get time to march to your beat.

5 Secrets for Optimal Health

Modern medicine has seen a lot of changes in recent years, but there’s still too much focus on dealing with specific physical ailments rather than preventing them. Learning to utilize the intensely symbiotic relationship that exists between the mind and the body can help you to maintain a healthy life. Here are five practical ways to achieve optimal health that your doctor won’t share with you:

1. Change Your Thoughts. The role of the placebo effect has largely gone unnoticed, misunderstood and even trivialized, which is unfortunate. The mind’s effect on the body (which we call the placebo effect) could be the single most important part of the healing process. Many people believe they do not have control over their own thoughts. This is not true. Changing thoughts, like anything else, simply involves practice. The things that tend to get our attention are things we do not like about our lives, or the negative thoughts, while the things that are positive about our lives go unnoticed. Change your thinking to one of optimism and gratitude. Consciously looking for things to enjoy, appreciate and be thankful for is enough to dramatically change the energy that you are projecting into your world, as well as into your body. Learn to recognize your negative thoughts and beliefs, and then replace them with thoughts that feel good to think. Soon, you will find you have let go of the thoughts that are standing in the way of your physical and mental health.

2. Stop Paying Attention to the News. We often get so familiar with our normal routine that we do not realize we are filling ourselves full of information that is not in line with good health. Many people get out of bed and immediately tune into the news. This ensures that you will start the day off on a negative foot. News, like any other business, must find a way to sell. Shock value sells. Negativity sells. It evokes a strong reaction from the reader or watcher that ensures it will get the attention needed to stay in business. The news paints an inaccurate view of our world. We often think that it is important to pay attention to “reality” and what is going on in the world, but the extreme and negative things that are going on, are not all that exists in our world. There are also (even more so than the amount of negative things) positive things going on every day. These are the things that don’t make for good headlines. When we hear or see something negative, but can’t do anything about it, it fills us with the feeling of powerlessness and fear. It helps form an inaccurate belief that the world we live in is one which we should be afraid of. We also form the belief that we can be a victim at any moment. This way of seeing the world is incredibly detrimental to all aspects of mental and physical health.

3. Eat for Health. You are what you eat. When you are in a positive mind set, you will find that you gravitate towards foods which are a match to your overall health. When you are in a negative mind set, you will gravitate towards foods which are not a match to your overall health. It remains true that physically taking steps towards health is no match for taking mental steps towards health. However, when you are nourishing your body with healthy things, it can definitely help you to achieve mental health as well. Realize that feeding your body in a healthy way is one way of showing love to yourself. Try to have fun expanding your palette. No matter what you’ve heard, healthy food does not have to taste bad, it can even taste better than unhealthy food. Deliberately look for restaurants with healthy options on their menus. Eat whole foods, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Eat less processed foods, and get help to slowly overcome your attachments to sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other “junk” foods. This should not be a stressful transition to make. The stress involved in dieting often only worsens the problem instead of solves it. So, set attainable goals and make the transition from unhealthy foods to healthy foods a gradual one. In no time, you will notice a difference in your energy level and your overall health.

4. Find an Exercise You Love to Do. It is no secret that regular exercise plays a large role in health. You are living life in this physical body, so… use it! You do not have to be athletic to exercise and it does not have to be a source of stress for you. In fact, exercise for the sake of exercise when you don’t enjoy it is detrimental to health. No one likes to force themselves to exercise. The way to get around the stress involved with exercise is to make exercise a part of something else you love to do. If you do not yet have a particular exercise you enjoy, you can start by searching for an activity that incorporates exercise which raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes. You may try several activities before finding the one that really fits. Any type of exercise turns from a burden into a joy when you are focusing on what you love to do. For example, people who love being in water can exercise by swimming and because they love water so much, they will look forward to the exercise they are doing. The focus involved in a game of racket ball, for example, can make players forget the amount of exercise they are actually getting. Physical exercise can also be a great way to get out and socialize in the community. Exercising with other people makes the process of exercise not only easier but more enjoyable. A lot of people are looking for other people to exercise with. If you integrate exercise into your daily routine, it will lead to a longer, healthier and more fulfilling life.

5. Put out Into the World What You Want to Get Back. Simply put, you get back what you give out. We have a tendency to expect others to change the way that they are thinking and acting without realizing that the only person we can ever change is ourselves. The interesting dichotomy is that the minute you change the way you think and act, the world outside of you will also change. Begin to experiment with this by practicing random acts of kindness. Some good examples include: writing an affirming note with a message such as “you are worthy of all this life has to give” and putting it anonymously on someone’s car windshield or opening someone’s door for them. These simple activities empower you. They help you to see that you can make a positive change in the world. You will start to feel capable and proactive. The positive way you will feel as a result of doing this will reflect out into all aspects of your body and mind. You will begin to notice very quickly that you are being treated the same way you are treating others and there is nothing quite like a supportive environment to help you achieve your optimum health.

Taking steps towards your mental and physical health, along with making your health a priority, enables you to live the fulfilling and joyful life which you deserve to live. Your life is an open canvass. Enjoy it and make a masterpiece of it. Let your physical and mental health pave the way.

Teal Scott, The Spiritual Catalyst is a contemporary spiritual guide who writes and teaches publicly about spirituality, the meaning of life, and the road to health and happiness.