Global Wellness Day

They call it GWD and there is an official website telling us

“One day can change your whole life.” (1)

Why the World needs Global Wellness and the main aims of the day are:

To recognise the value of our lives.

So what on earth are our values in life?
Have we ever stopped to feel what we value?
What do we see as important in our life?
What do we class as valuable in our lives?
What do we regard as worthy of our attention?
What do we think deserves our time?
What do we rate as being of true value?

Could it be possible that for someone it maybe their daily drugs?
Could it be possible that others value alcohol even though it is a poison?
Could it be possible that some of us value sports that hold a high risk?
Could it be possible that we all have different things we value?
Could it be possible that we think we value others but not our self?
Could it be possible that not everything we value is of benefit for our body?
Could it be possible that we only value things that we do, but not who we are?
Could it be possible that we value what our mind can do, whilst our body is ignored?
Could it be possible that some of the stuff we value is deeply harming us and others?
Could it be possible that what we hold as value may not actually support our wellness?

To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year.

Is it enough really to pause and think for just one day of the year?
Is our life going to have any true change with a ‘pause and think’ annual day?
Is a pause going to get our mind thinking differently if we have ingrained behaviour?
Is a stop moment for just one day going to shift life-long patterns of ill behaviour?

Is our intention enough to remain consistent for the rest of the year?
Is our mind going to give us the answers our body needs, to keep well?
Is our thinking on just one day of the year going to serve us in the long-term?
Is thinking the way forward for our body or is there another way?

To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits.

What about those of us who have stress and are not in the city?
What about the bad habits that just keep coming back to haunt us?

What if being free from the stress of everyday life requires the word Responsibility?

How can we be truly free of something if we do not get to the root cause?
How can words on a list make any true change for us in the long-term?
How can we truly move on from the stress that everyday life brings?
How can we be sure that we are free of all stress from bad habits?
How can we evolve from our everyday bad habits?

What if we do not see ignoring our kids as a bad habit?
What if we do not see domestic violence as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our addiction to TV as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our sugar addiction as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our over-eating everyday as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily puff of smoke as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily tipple of alcohol as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our gambling on the side, as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily ‘go to’ porn relief as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our consistent late nights as a bad habit?
What if we do not see non-stop checking on social media as a bad habit?
What if we do not see caffeine, which stimulates our nervous system as a bad habit?

To make peace with ourselves.

How on earth do we make peace with ourselves?
When do all those constant ugly thoughts go?
When can we put an end to our fleeting useless thoughts?
Is making peace with ourselves the real answer or is there more?
How can we be certain that we have made peace with ourselves?
What about the constant War Inside Us that our blog talks about?
Are we truly free inside when we can feel the disturbance in our world?

To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year.

2012 – Global Wellness Day 1st celebrated.
2016 – Global Wellness Day officially celebrated in over 90 countries at 3000 locations.
2017 – Global Wellness Day celebrated today in 100 countries at 4000 different locations. (1)

So what are people around the World saying YES to on Global Wellness Day?

It seems the purpose of this World Day is for all nations to give their version of Wellness.

Different countries posting in their language, telling us how this day is going to be celebrated from cruise ships to a posh palace garden.

From influential Wellness authors to Ambassadors advertising their brands at the same time as hash tagging this important day and what better way than our platform of social media to spread the words. (2)

So, what exactly is WELLNESS?
Where does this word come from?

WHY do we have different versions of WELLNESS?
WHY is WELLNESS a modern day buzz word in our world?

Who defines this word and is it the real Truth?

What exactly are we celebrating on Global Wellness Day?
What does the dictionary have to say about this word?
What are the Google searches telling us?

How many apps have we got for Wellness?
How BIG is the WELLNESS industry in the world?

Are the WELLNESS programmes designed to really get us well?
Are we missing something when it comes to our own WELLNESS?

Do we have blind spots that we cannot see in our own WELLNESS?
Do we have a comfort level, so we take WELLNESS to a point and no more?


Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Well Being – the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy
Well Being – a good or satisfactory condition of existence;

a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity;
welfare (4)

English Oxford Living Dictionaries
Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal

Global Wellness Day official website
Wellness – an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than just being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

They then add exactly what is said in dictionary dot com above.

World Health Organization
Wellness – a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

National Wellness Institute
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

Dear World

The above is spelling it out – we are not ALL united and unified with our meaning of well-being and wellness.

Is this WHY we are not clear what TRUE WELLNESS is?

Could it be possible that being comfortable in life actually stops us evolving?
Could it be possible that our version of healthy may be different to others?
Could it be possible that being Happy as our blog talks about may not be the answer?
Could it be possible that a good and satisfactory existence robs us of our potential?
Could it be possible that any form of existence is just bopping on in life, not living life?
Could it be possible that most of us have different views about the word ‘prosperity’?
Could it be possible that being successful in material terms may affect our well-being?
Could it be possible that flourishing financially is causing problems in our well-being?

What if we simply don’t want to actively pursue goals for our state of health?
What if our own definition of ‘good’ health is way off the mark to what true health is?
What if our awareness is limited because of all our bad habits and ill behaviours?
What if we want change and growth but our daily ill choices do not allow this process?
What if a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being is not possible, as we simply do not have an agreement on what ‘well-being’ actually is?
What if our choices towards a successful existence simply ticks the boxes?

What if existing is not the same as truly Living –
in other words, we don’t feel alive and connected to the ALL?

The National Wellness Institute has been around for 40 years now and the website says the Annual National Wellness Conference is the most highly acclaimed professional conference in health and wellness. (8)

If we can be totally honest – what is the real state of our global wellness after 40 years?

Dear World

We have Global Wellness Day today so how well are we?
Would it be wise to start asking questions about global wellness?

Are we ready to look at our own individual wellness first?
Could the micro observations give us a clue about the macro?

Do we say we are well but we are Not well?
Do we think we are well compared to others?
Do we constantly change the meaning of what well is?
Do we live a quality that is true health in our body?
Do we put effort into our mind but not our body?

Do we find ways to fill our mind up and think that is wellness?
Do we question if our mind is actually supporting our wellness?
Do we ever feel that our mind runs the wellness of our body?
Do we ever consider that the mind runs the show on its own?
In other words, could it be possible that our mind makes choices that are not in respect to the body?

If our world is doing great and we are celebrating Global Wellness Day, would it be worth considering the following information taken from our library of blogs published thus far –

Chronic Kidney Disease affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. (9)

Kidney Disease costs more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined in England.
NHS Kidney Care (9)

75% cases of Chronic Kidney Disease are Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. (10)

High Blood Pressure
90% increase from 1975 – 2015. (11)

422 million adults with Diabetes worldwide.
$825 billion – global cost of Diabetes. (12)

Diabetes just ravages most of the systems.
Dr. Jyoti Baharani – Clinical Director, Renal Medicine
Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust (13)

$206.4 billion expected Weight Loss and Weight Management market by 2019. (14)

Tobacco epidemic one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. (15)

7 million people die from tobacco use every year. (16)

6,000,000,000,000 trillion cigarettes smoked every year. (17)

$1,000,000,000,000 – one trillion US dollars.
Tobacco industry’s annual revenues. (18)

Over 1 billion smokers in the world. (15)

Leading cause of death worldwide. (19)

8.2 million global cancer deaths in 2012. (20)

15 million people experience Heartburn everyday in USA.
The American College of Gastroenterology (21)

1 in 5 estimated suffer with Heartburn in UK.

 50% increase in Heartburn over last 10 years. (22)

Chronic Fatigue
20,000,000 people suffer from chronic fatigue in our world.

Given that our population statistics are already outdated by the time they are published in the leading medical journals, and not to mention that asthma diagnosis is either controversial or limited by diagnostic resources in many developing countries, additional 100 million people with asthma by the year 2025 is an under-estimated number … Thus the whole framework of ‘universal health care’ is threatened’ when a single disease adds another 100 million people within a decade. (24)
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Spring Hill
University of Queensland, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

The most commonly used illegal drug.

Marijuana has the largest drug market globally. (26)

There is now evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia and or bipolar disorder. (27)

The 2nd most commonly used drug. (28)

Crystal Meth comes in clear chunky crystals resembling ice and is most commonly smoked.
It is used as a “club drug”, at nightclubs and rave parties.

It is a potent and dangerous chemical and as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body.

It is associated with serious health conditions including: aggression, memory loss, psychotic behaviour and potential heart and brain damage.

This highly addictive drug burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug. (29)

World leaders now agree that the ‘War on Drugs’ has failed. (30)

There have been 654 Wars in less than 200 years. (31)

Human Trafficking is the world’s fastest growing global crime. (32)

$150 billion illicit human trafficking industry. (33)
150,000,000,000 dollars.

$150,000,000,000 billion dollars in illegal profits per year from forced labour in the private economy.
International Labour Organization (34)

Female Genital Mutilation
More than 200 million girls and women alive today that have been ‘cut’.

Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world.
$48 billion dollars – estimated retail value of U.S coffee market 2015.

For alcohol to cause intoxication, it must get into the brain.

There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption.
The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth.

Professor David Nutt (38)

Mental Health
49% inmates in state prisons with mental health problems had violence as their most serious offence.

4 in 10 Approved Mental Health Practitioners were experiencing depression and anxiety disorders – 2012 (40)

So here we have 40% of the people who help those with mental health suffering with their own mental health.
Note the figure is 5 years ago so what would it be today?

Is this something we need to be concerned about?
What on earth is happening when it comes to mental health?

60% increase in suicide rates in last 45 years.
Rates among young people are increasing. (41)

Second leading cause of death globally among people age 15 – 29. (42)

90% all cases of suicide associated with mental disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse). (41)

Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide. (43)

Major depression – number one psychological disorder in western world.
Growth is mostly in teenagers. (44)

Depression and Anxiety
$1 trillion US dollars per year – Global Economy cost. (45)

12 billion working days lost each year as a result.
Equivalent to 50 million years. (46)

People have become no happier in the last 50 years, despite average incomes more than doubling. (47)
Lord Richard Layard

HELLO – is this an Oh my Lord moment? Pun intended
Can we say that earning more money does not make us happier?
Would some of us agree as we are living proof of that fact?

150 million adults suffering from sleep-related problems across developing world. (48)

$80,800,000,000 – Global sleep aids market will reach by 2020. (49)

Perfect Life
Traditional teenage pressure to look slim has been dramatically accentuated by the growth of social media and intense pressure from online bullying.
9 out of 10 girls in some schools are doctoring their pictures to appear thinner.
Dr. Pippa Hugo – Consultant Psychiatrist, London Priory Hospital (50)

25% of the on-line safety cases in 2015 received through the Child Focus Helpline were about sexting that had ‘gone wrong’.

Revenge Porn Helpline has received almost 4,000 calls in the past year with cases as young as 11 years old. (52)

Bullying on social media has been identified as one reason for the increase in young people self-harming (Daine et al, 2013). (53)

95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. (54)
87% of young people that self-harm do not go to an acute hospital for treatment. (55)

71% young offenders in UK released from custody reoffend within 12 months.
£100,000 – current average cost of a place in youth custody. (56)


Can we just stop and re-read what is actually going on in our world today and what are we really celebrating on our Global Wellness Day?

Can we simply join the dots and say our World is not well in anyway?
Can we start with our children and ask some serious questions?
WHY on earth are they having mental health problems?
What are we as parents doing that is not in their best interest?
How are we raising our kids, that gives rise to their ill well-being?
Are we aware that our youth are our future generations?
Are we passing on great wisdom or our ill behaviour patterns?

If our World was a business, would we consider buying shares?
Would we want to invest in a business knowing what we know about our world?
Can we be honest and ask – how well are we doing as a world business?
Is there any area where we can say truly that we are excelling as a world?

Is it true to say we have great advancements in our world today but the human body is telling us another story?

Can we agree that something is seriously not adding up?
Can we admit that the way we are choosing to live affects the global statistics?
Can we all unite and say YES – we as a world have a wellness problem?

Can we really celebrate our wellness as a world after reading the above?

Can we truly continue to celebrate after reading the figures below?

$7.28 trillion cumulative lost output in low and middle income countries associated with non-communicable diseases projected over period 2011 – 2025.

$500 billion annual loss due to major non-communicable diseases for low and middle income countries. Cardiovascular disease including hypertension accounts for nearly half of the cost. (57)

40 million deaths occurred due to non-communicable diseases in 2015.
70% of the overall total deaths. (58)

6.5 million deaths caused by indoor and outdoor pollution in 2012.
Western Pacific bore the largest burden of these deaths.

871,000 deaths from unsafe water, sanitation and lack of hygiene in 2012.
Majority of deaths were African and South-East Asia region.

468,000 estimated murders in 2015. (59)


$3,720,000,000,000 trillion Global Wellness Industry. (60)

Wellness is one of the world’s fastest growing most resilient markets – clocking double-digit growth while the global economy shrank by 3.6%.
New Global Wellness Institute Research

We predict that consumers, governments and employers will continue to spend big on wellness because of these megatrends:

An emerging global middle class

A rapidly aging world population

A chronic disease and stress epidemic

The failure of the ‘sick-care’ medical model (resulting in uncontrollable healthcare costs)

A growing subset of more affluent, educated consumers seeking experiences rooted in meaning, purpose, authenticity and nature.
Ophelia Yeung – Senior Research Fellow
Global Wellness Institute (60)

Wellness markets analysed from 2013 to 2015.

Fastest growing were –

$534.3 billion revenues – Preventative/Personalised Medicine and Public Health

$542 billion revenues – Fitness and Mind-Body

$118.6 billion revenues – Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate

$563.2 billion revenues – Wellness Tourism

$647.8 billion revenues – Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Weight Loss

Then we have some more below that some of us may be subscribing to –

$999  billion revenues – Beauty and Anti-Aging Industry

$199  billion revenues – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

$98.6 billion revenues – Spa Industry

$51    billion revenues – Thermal/Mineral Springs Facilities

$43.3 billion revenues – Workplace Wellness (60)

Wellness Tourism

2013 – 2015
This industry grew more than twice as fast as overall tourism expenditures.

691 million wellness trips made by World travellers.

17.9 million jobs worldwide created by this industry.

Spa Industry

121,595 spa locations.

2.1 million workers.

Thermal and Mineral Springs

27,507 thermal mineral springs’ properties earning revenue.

Workplace Wellness

10 – 15% of global economic output is the cost of unwell workers.
As a result, employers are spending more on employee wellness each year.

$43.3 billion markets revenue concentrated in Europe and North America. (60)

322,000 working days lost in UK due to labour disputes – 2016. (61)

Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate

2013 – 2015 one of the fastest growing wellness sectors. (60)

We now have Wellness Homes and Residences that have –

Advanced air systems
Advanced water purification systems
Circadian rhythm lighting
Dawn simulator lighting
‘Floating’ cork floors
Reflexology stone pathways
Centralised aromatherapy dispensers

We have some University dorms that have –
Nutritional Counselling
Healthy Cuisine
Fitness, yoga and meditation classes



Can we go back and re-read the billions and billions of dollars we are spending to be WELL?

Are we really that UNWELL that we need all this stuff to make us WELL?
How come our rise in illness and disease is escalating?
How come mental illness is now the latest plague on earth?
How are we living that we need a global wellness day to bring us awareness?
Have we seriously Lost the Plot here?
What is our Priority?
Where is our Intelligence taking us?

It would be true to say that there is just more and more new stuff being supplied to us and we can start with the blame game because it’s a multi trillion dollar industry.

But what if we the consumers are demanding this and so they supply?
In other words, we cannot blame the wellness industry because it is us asking for all of this and so they give it to us and keep coming up with more and more.

Do you remember or recall when ‘wellness’ meant and was, a vital and full-of-life body? – What we refer to as being ‘well’ today is simply a mere measure against what we would deem cancerous or terminal and hence ‘wellness’ today, is not the same ‘well-ness’ that we once enjoyed. Ponder on this.
Serge Benhayon, The Way of Initiation, p.166

Is there some wisdom here for us all to consider?
Have we lost the true meaning of the word vitality?
Are we at the stage where we can only dream of a body that is full of life?
Would it be honest to say that we have deviated away from our true state of being?
Can we be deeply honest and say we measure being well against being unwell?
Can we admit that we think we are well just because we are not terminally ill?

Have we heard about Pre-Operative Wellness Kits?

Few people would dream of attempting a marathon without at least some training, yet more people head into surgery without preparing themselves for the experience.

The reality is most of us are not healthy enough for surgery.
Dr. William Wooden – Director of Operative Services
IU Health and the James E. Bennett Professor of Surgery – IU School of Medicine (62)

Patients who followed Dr. Wooden’s protocol before surgery had shorter hospital stays, lower chances of returning to the hospital and half the rate of overall complications.

Delaying surgery to better prepare a patient’s body was recommended in some instances. (62)

Is this the common sense that we are choosing to forget?
We get unwell and we end up having surgery, but we do not prepare our body to go through the trauma of what it actually takes to have the procedure?
Would it be true to say that most of us go in to get fixed, get rid of the ugly stuff so we can get back to ‘business as usual’ – in other words, life how it was before we got sick?
Would it be true to say we are not interested or bothered about how we got ill in the first place?

Could it be possible that what Dr. Wooden is saying is that we each need to take RESPONSIBILITY for our body and not just expect the medics to sort us out with surgery?

Next –

How many of us think people who are slim or thin are well and healthy?
How many of us actually envy people who eat anything and never get fat?
How many of us don’t like people who never exercise but stay skinny?
Have we heard about Skinny Fat?

Being skinny does not necessarily mean you are healthy.
In fact, it is possible to be visibly thin but metabolically obese.
Edward Tiozzo PhD – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (63)

Two types of fat are responsible for the distinction between being healthy and being skinny fat.

1. Subcutaneous – this lies beneath the skin and is what makes people appear larger or smaller, depending on how much of this type of fat they have.

2. Visceral – this fat is found inside the abdominal cavity and surrounds the organs on the inside of our body. This type of fat can be much more dangerous to our health than subcutaneous fat.

It is also possible for someone with a healthy amount of subcutaneous fat to have too much visceral fat, which can raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

Our society tends to focus on people who are overweight and obese.
However, those who are thin also have cause to worry. Seemingly healthy people may actually lack muscle and have high cholesterol or blood pressure or be pre-diabetic.
Angel Planells – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Seattle (63)

How many of us know about this?
How many of us think being skinny is the answer?
How many of us on a diet would really benefit if we knew this?
How many people with eating disorders do not know about this?
WHY are these simple facts not all over our social media platforms?
WHY is stuff like this not in our newspapers and glossy magazines?
WHY are we not educated about basic stuff like this at school?
Would it be true to say that some skinny people are not really Getting Away with It?
In other words, their body is copping it even if the mirror is telling them otherwise?

Dear World

Simple Living Global is not celebrating the state of the world today – we are simply presenting what we know is the truth and asking humanity to stop and consider what on earth is going on.

We are choosing to take RESPONSIBILITY in all areas of life.
We are doing our best to not add to the ill and harm that is currently going on in our world – without perfection.


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  1. This is certainly a hard hitting exposé.

    There is so much written about wellness these days and so many of us are jumping on the bandwagon, trying different things to be ‘well’.

    But what if we’ve got the comparison all wrong – what if we are comparing wellness to what we currently have, rather than with what is possible in terms of true vitality?

    If we do that, wont it mean we will always just end up with ‘better’?

    And reading this blog, I’m asking myself: how many of us really want true wellness, with the commitment and consistency that requires? How many of us actually prefer a watered down version, which is easier to maintain and has an off switch we can hit any time?

    1. Good question Jenifer at the end of your comment as it certainly begs the question how many of us really truly want wellness and that to have that quality we need to make choices that bring about a strong commitment to life.

      A diluted version can suit us because on some level we tick the boxes but we need to question if this is a convenient truth or the real truth.

      Most of us run for the hills as we see consistency as boring and that word commitment feels like restriction and no more freedom. Of course this is totally untrue but if we are being honest, most of us don’t fancy a life ahead of ‘same same’ so wellness is our new normal.

      That same same would mean committing to every area of life and not seeing one as more important or deserving of our time and attention than another.

  2. ‘What on Earth is going on with our wellness worldwide’ is a top question for us all.

    With my eyes open to what is going on in human kind I can not celebrate what little wellness we are living with because I know we are meant to live with so much more fullness, vitality and togetherness.

    I can and do celebrate every drop of honesty chosen because it is getting honest about where we are at that moves us toward addressing the root cause of our discomfort, disease and disharmony.

  3. This blog leaves me wondering how much of a connection there is between individual wellness and global wellness.

    If we unlocked true vitality as individuals, what would that unlock in our everyday choices, interactions, businesses, politics, spending, families etc?

    If we did that as individuals globally, what impact would that collective vitality have on the issues and wellbeing of the wider world?

  4. I feel we have lost any concept of what wellness is. There is so much stuff out there telling us what to do to get well, that we are confused as to what to do.

    The only person that really knows what I need to do to be well is me.

    This concept made so much sense to me. I realized that I had been looking outside of myself for answers most of my life. Does a book or person that has never met me really know what I need?

    With support from Simple Living Global I am remembering how to listen to all the wisdom I have about what I need to do to be well. It is basically just being myself.

    This process of trusting myself, that I know what I need, has turned my life around. I feel and look 10 years younger.
    I am working full time again, and loving it.
    I am in a real relationship with an amazing woman.
    I am 66 years old and feel ready and excited about what life has to offer.

  5. Before I found Simple Living Global, I was living a life that was very hard on my body, working and playing with little respect for it. It was easy to do because everybody else was doing it.

    But it produced a body that was not well. I basically collapsed with exhaustion at age 50.

    So is there another way to do things?

    I was fixing a water leak that supplied water for 100 homes, and felt a urgency to get it done. But my body was saying slow down, take a break. In the past I would have just pushed through it and got the job done, but this time I stopped and rested.

    As it turned out the part I needed to fix the leak was unavailable that day. So if I had pushed, all I would have accomplished was a worn out body.

    Because of the way I had been living, (basically taking better care for myself in every way), I choose to honour the fact that I needed to rest.
    Listening to the wisdom of my body. It knew that I did not to have push, because I was not supposed to fix the leak that day.

    I am still digesting this concept. It is a very different way to live, but it has totally changed my life.
    I am trusting myself and the world more, enjoying work, sleeping better and feel ready to do what ever is needed to help get our world back on track.

    This is wellness to me.

  6. I remember when wellness for me was having enough money to be able to attend any exercise classes that I wanted and buy as many fancy and expensive creams and products as I could, but to be honest I was an emotional wreck inside – full of anxiety – so I know for sure that I was not well at all.

    How can any pill or potion or lotion we buy, help us be well?

    Today I live a life that is engaging with others, that is not all about me and what I can buy for myself, I no longer attend exercise classes and I am no longer obsessed with and scouring magazines for the latest beauty creams. My life is much more about people and taking care of and respecting my body and has a real sense of purpose, without needing to prove myself to others.

    I would say that the biggest steps I am taking on the road to true wellness has been in opening up to others, sharing who I am with the world and being more honest with myself about what is true in my life and what is not. These are all things that money cannot buy.

    The fact that the wellness industry itself is a trillion dollar business certainly lets us know that we have lost our way about what true wellness is.

    This article by Simple Living Global for Global Wellness Day is the first of it’s kind to really question what wellness means and our various definitions of it – a true blessing for the world, if we really accept what this article is presenting.

    1. Your comment made me laugh Shevon about wellness for you meant going to any exercise class. For me my body has never been into anything like that to shape up.

      Instead wellness for me meant eating what I thought was healthy foods and stuffing myself with silly prices that they put on these health food shop versions of normal foods.

      I then thought of my own version of well-being and wellness as it suited me and of course moving the goal post all the time. Crazy if you think about it.

      We as a world have yet to come to an agreement just on the word itself.

      With a million different images, pictures, ideals and beliefs of what wellness means we don’t really have a chance of nailing our global wellness.

      My take – better off starting with the micro, so that’s us as an individual and then holding consistent and steady so others may just feel that reflection and one day be inspired to be the same, or at least give it a go.

    2. What you say here Shevon is very profound and Yes money does not buy Wellness. I too are on the same path as you in regards to opening up to others. That is part of True Wellness. It is a wonderful feeling when we connect to people without shutting down and keeping people arms length away (many arms lengths in my case for many years). Shutting out the world just makes you sick.

      When I am in the gym I always like to observe the instructors with their clients. There is always that PUSH to go HARDER . Our body is not equipped to be pushed like this. How on earth is that deemed wellness. Do we want to walk out of the gym feeling more EXHAUSTED than when we went in. I don’t that is for sure.

      There are an incredible amount of gimmicks and gadgets on the market telling us that this will make us healthy. It is easy why we get sucked in; as many people are desparate to feel WELL but dont want to make the effort to look after themselves.

      That is why I can Truthfully say the author of this blog has shown me another way to LIVE that enables me to Really Look After Myself.
      This blog hits the spot that is for sure!

  7. This blog certainly brings attention to the lack of wellness in our world, the statistics you share make it undeniable we are not well as a humanity.

    At one time I would have seen having a better day as well, or not as seemingly unwell as people I knew. This has changed considerably now as from my experience of taking loving care of myself, listening to my bodies guidance and building a foundation in my life from this I have more vitality and energy than I have had for most if not all of my life.

    I have gone from chronically ill to working full time, and shifts…and I get to enjoy every day too.

  8. I have spent all of my early life attempting to ignore all the messages that my body and life had been sending me.

    It used to amaze me how my mom (she has passed on) used to make life ok by denying things that she did not like. I am realizing now that that was a message for me, I was doing the same thing.
    I did not want to see that my suffering was because of my own choices. I did not want to take responsibility for what was going on, because then I would have to do something about it.

    The key to making changes in my life is to take responsibility for it, nothing will change otherwise.

    This goes for the world we have created, nothing will change untill we take responsibility for what we have created.

  9. I grew up just after world war 2 in the USA and I remember it was all about getting things that would make life better. 2 cars, dishwasher, etc. This was considered doing well or being well off. We were enjoying the comforts of modern life. Basically buying happiness.

    I remember the feeling of getting something new, it was exciting.
    But it never lasted. I always wanted more. But what was it that I was missing?

    I was missing the part of me, that I was burying with all the stuff I wanted. Using the acquisition of stuff to make up for what I felt I did not have.

    Simple Living Global has supported me to uncover this part of me that I was looking for outside of myself, that actually was inside all along. With love and tenderness I am returning to a degree of wellness that cannot be bought.

  10. I had not heard of Pre Operative Wellness Kits before reading your blog. Our bodies are already undergoing a lot with needing surgery and then to go in unprepared seems to me would put a greater strain on the body and also on the medical team providing the surgery and care. We prepare ourselves for going out or on holiday.. what to wear, when to leave, how long it will take to get there, who we are meeting, what we will eat, early nights and good sleep before we go, well in advance.. so why not do the same for something as important as surgery?

    I had an organ removed a few years ago and from the inspiration and support of Serge Benhayon and Simple Living Global I took responsibility with my part in my healing, taking tender care of myself before the surgery, got support from my doctor, ate foods that nourished me and prepared me for the surgery.. that didn’t put an added strain on my body, I got plenty of rest and went to bed early. I looked at what was behind me needing this surgery.. how I had been living and my emotional reactions, so that my body could truly heal from an energetic level to the physical. The surgery went smoothly and so did my recovery, this care of myself is ongoing and I continue to deepen it.


    2 March 2017
    This link which is Spa News and Spa Business talks about The World Spa & Wellness Convention in London where the following statistics were presented.

    Wellness Communities worth an estimated
    $29 billion in Europe
    $48 billion in North America

    Somewhere in this model of a traditional community, we find what it is we are looking for on this new horizon. The way we lived in our villages 80 – 100 years ago, we had all that we desired.
    Professor Terry Stevens

    There is more to read on the link but just this bit we could sit with and think about it.

    In the past life was SIMPLE – complication, busy-ness and stress were not on the radar.

    Illness and disease were around but the medical advancements were not there, so we would be dying a lot quicker as we were not going to be kept alive with surgery and medicine.

    Getting on with whatever life delivered was how it was and the choices like today were just not available.

    If we can be deeply honest for one moment – Lifestyles today for most of us are crazy busy with little or no regard for the human frame which enhouse these precious organs that have a job to do to keep us going.

    We live in total self neglect and dis-respect to our body and merely treat it as something that functions. We do not value things like quality sleep rhythm and our heart most often holds back saying what it truly feels. These are a few things we are doing today that confirms to me we have seriously LOST THE PLOT.

    Then we demand the world to fix us, give us solutions and anything they can come up with so we do not need to stop, pause, reflect on the choices we are making, take responsibility and be accountable for the way we are living.

    This means we have a multi – trillion dollar wellness industry and its growing fast as we all demand this will sort us out and this means the industry supplies.

    No point blaming all these people making money from us when we are the ones who are asking for it in the first place.

    I trust this makes sense?

  12. For me, wellness right now is about not rushing the body. It is about giving myself space to see and feel what is going on and what is needed and not pushing through life. It is about appreciating that space and the ease it brings.

    Compared to my fitness and ‘health’ freak past, that’s a total redefinition and it feels amazing.

  13. What a great eye opening blog on what can only be described as our ‘lack of well-ness’.

    The statistics here are quite astonishing considering that these are only a few of the ailments that afflict our world.

    It is quite safe to say that the world is definitely NOT WELL.

    The fact that the cost of the so called ‘well-ness’ industry reaches over $3 trillion and is one of the world’s fastest growing markets, speaks for itself.

    The obvious conclusion to this is that we are more willing to spend trillions of dollars on trying to fix our health issues rather than taking responsibility and looking at living in a certain way that doesn’t manifest any health issues.

    One of the comments that stands out the most for me was the fact that “the reality is most of us are not healthy enough for surgery.”

    How far must we have disregarded ourselves to potentially be so lacking in health and vitality that we aren’t able to have surgical treatment?

    This is an incredible statement and one that the government and health authorities should be making a lot more noise about.

    1. I agree Tim, to not be healthy enough to have surgery when needing surgery is clearly an indicator of our level of health and wellness in itself really calls for us to stop, consider and look at where are we with our view on wellness.. and are we taking care of ourselves at all?

  14. Instead of spending time going to the gym or getting a massage or doing things that you feel you need to do to increase your wellness, why not live in a way that creates wellness? Then everything you do is wellness.

    Yes, there many things that you can do to support your wellness and it is important to ask for support when you need it.
    But if you are doing all these things just to counteract all the abuse in your life, it makes no sense.

    We naturally know what is good for ourselves if we can be honest about how our lifestyle is affecting us. The key is listening to our bodies.

    This concept presented to me by Simple Living Global is so simple.
    Just by stopping every now and then during the day and checking in with how am feeling and then making conscious adjustments to how I doing things, has transformed my life.
    I am remembering and trusting myself that I do know what I need, to not only be well, but to flourish in the world.

  15. Daily Mail news – 27 May 2017

    There has been a rising number of experts questioning whether lessons in well-being, which are intended to tackle anxiety are making any difference to children.

    Schools are increasingly offering programmes designed to make youngsters less stressed amid exam pressure.

    The Department of Education has said that improving pupils’ well-being is a priority and want to include it as a guide to school performance.

    So the laser version of this news story is saying anyone can set themselves up as a well-being consultant and this includes snake oil peddlers. It is a huge industry and closer scrutiny is needed as there is a fine line between being stressed and calling it a mental health problem.

    As a True Well-Being Consultant and the author of this website, I can say that we do need to discern when presenting to anyone including children.

    Firstly, what exactly are we teaching or presenting and where on earth is it coming from?

    Next – why do our pupils have anxiety – what is it when they wake up that they do not feel equipped to deal with that gives rise to the stress they feel and the anxiousness that goes with it?

    Could it be the lack of sleep or too much time spent on social media?
    Could their diet play a part?
    Could their family and peer pressure have a part to play?

    Without questions, are we really getting to the root cause or is a band aid solution to get through enough?

    Are we simply accepting the next well-being consultant, whatever they offer, as the real thing because we have a need or are we discerning?

    Could it be possible that those presenting need to live what they are asking others to do?

    If anyone wants to call themselves a well-being consultant, there will always be others asking for the service. It is up to the person demanding to see if those supplying are genuine, authentic and really and truly have something to offer that makes sense. If not, it is wise to at least consider asking why we are in need of their services in the first place?

    A key test is to observe or find out how the person lives in their day to day life.
    Example – if they are presenting ways to de-stress then how are their own stress levels and are they winging it; coming from theory, knowledge based stuff they have studied or are they truly coming from a Livingness of real life experience? In other words, walk the walk and talk the talk.

    Could it be possible that to bring real change those supplying need to deliver a quality that the other person, in this case the pupil, can feel without any doubt and know that there is another way and it is equally possible for them to have that too?

    When we live and present from a true quality, others feel it and there is no need to justify or try to make them change, as it simply is not needed.

    To the average reader on the street, this news article would leave them never wanting to trust or visit a well-being consultant and who can blame them, but the truth is there are those like myself who are the real deal and are getting on with it.

    1. You pose very pertinent questions in your comment Bina about discerning what a true well-being consultant is. These days anyone can set up a website or social media account and claim to be a wellness consultant or claim to have cured this and that but you are right – how do we discern whether what they are offering is true or not?

      And can going with something and someone that is not true cause us great harm?

      Many years ago I knew someone who was ill and I went with them to see a ‘herbalist’ because I had the need of wanting them to get better. The herbs were prescribed and taken – however that person became became very sick as they reacted to the herbs. Of course I got the blame for not checking the herbalist out but as I had the need for my friend to to get better it never even occurred to me to question whether the ‘herbalist’ was legit or whether they even knew what they were doing. We both just went with the recommendation. There were no questions asked, no checking them out or observing the way that they lived.

      We can fine and sue those that we later find out are charlatans, but the damage is already done by then and does that really make any difference?

      The real difference is in learning to discern who is really living and offering true wellness and who isn’t. You Bina are without a doubt a true well-being consultant who simply presents what she lives – no more and no less – and for this all of our lives are deeply enriched.

  16. All the blogs on this website add up to showing we as humanity are not well, far from it, the blogs also offer understandings, awareness and many ways as to how to start to change this with simple practical techniques we can apply to our daily lives.. so surely it is worth having a go, starting with ourselves, how we take care of ourselves building a solid loving foundation which we can take out to life and each other.. we can change this.. together.

    Time Health on 16 August 2017 tells us that purposeful living has already been linked to other aspects of wellbeing, like a longer life, lower risk of disease, better sleep and healthier behaviours.
    This comes from a long running national study of adults over 50 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Add to that an old study dated 2009 quoted in this article from CDC – the Center for Disease Control which states 1 in 3 Americans aged 65 and older say they have difficulty walking three city blocks.

    So as an elder in the community and in our world and in my mid 50’s, I know for a fact that having a true purpose in life is what keeps me going but it does require some discernment.

    The best example I could give is that something that would seem like purpose for me was opening my own launderette jumbo size with a drive through so the end of parking problems in London, with a café of my home made food.

    Those who know me would agree that it would be incredible and amazing, simply because the food I cook and the recipes I keep coming up with are beyond words.

    ADD to that the claim that I have mastered laundry and am currently writing a course – like a mini manual on the subject. This is a no brainer and something I know would work with long term results, which gives me a security based financial foundation that money would always be there. So why not?

    This is where the discernment comes in – Yes there are so many who would benefit from me opening a launderette and a cafe, including myself, BUT is that the Truth here?

    Is this what would best serve humanity as a whole right now?
    Do we need to consider everything and everyone when we have true purpose?
    Do we need to look at all my skills and knowledge to see where best I can serve humanity?
    Is settling for a security based life the answer for my own evolution and the evolution of all?
    Is there a bigger plan here that needs to be considered and worth pondering on?

    What if by opening up my launderette and café, I serve me, myself and I and the rest of the world misses another key ingredient that only I can bring but I chose to put my ‘purpose’ on what I thought was going to make me the big bucks fast but at the same time look like it is what is needed?

    These are some of the questions I have been asking myself and I have come to realise that purpose is what keeps me going but to have true purpose is a quality that does not settle for anything other than evolution. By that I mean it serves the ALL and is for the ALL and that to me is well worth living for until my last breath.

    On that note, maybe I will write a book about true purpose inspired by a man called Serge Benhayon, who lives Absolute True Purpose and has inspired me and many others that it is possible.

  18. this is quite an eye opener..

    Study finds people in the UK spend more time sitting on the toilet than exercising.

    It reports adults spend an average of 3 hours 9 minutes on their loos and only 90 minutes being active.

    More than a quarter of people exercise for 30 minutes or less a week, survey showed.

    In a poll of 2000 only 12% of people know how much exercise is needed for good health.

    “The major health concern here is our lack of exercise, but things like poor diet, lack of exertion and our tendency to play on smartphones in the bathroom are all other factors that are driving this inbalance.”

    Could this be worth considering with our current lack of wellness?

  19. Just talking to the boss of a long standing local company, you could even call it ‘old fashion’ and he was saying that no one stops or bothers to talk to each other anymore.

    He says he has observed people communicate through their mobile phones and not face to face or they don’t talk at all, as they are too busy on their screen.

    He was saying that when he grew up, the back door and the front door were not locked and there was a strong sense of community, but now things are very different as most of us don’t even know our neighbours and the trust element is just not there.

    If this small conversation is a microcosm of what is actually going on in our world then we need to look at this and take note. I for one know that not engaging with others or expressing, is a holding back that not only harms me but all of humanity.

    Next – another conversation today was with someone I used to work with who is very guarded and protected and simply has zero trust in all humans.

    However, I remained open as I can over the few years of knowing this person and today they opened up and said how they felt so much love from me and something they had never experienced growing up and in past relationships. What was interesting is they wanted to hang out with me and then I saw tears when I was leaving on the bus and waving to them. I know beyond doubt that I have touched this person’s life and there are no words here to say what I felt when I saw them. They equally touched my life too.

    Could something as simple as this be a microcosm of what Global Wellness could be about and not a trip down the spa?

  20. “We know from research that loneliness is as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

    Psychologists in Australia say loneliness is at ‘epidemic proportions’ and we should be as concerned about it as we are about obesity.

    Social isolation has been linked to an increased likelihood of mental health problems, Alzheimer’s disease and reduced survival for breast cancer patients.

    On the counter side, greater social connection can halve the risk of an early death.

    Experts say the reason for this ‘epidemic’ is primarily social media usage, which is degrading our ‘social connectedness’. They encourage seeking out meaningful relationships, a sense of real community and human connection.

    Don’t most of us inherently know that people need human connection as much as we need oxygen? Could prioritising this have an impact on global well-ness?

  21. I just read a report in the well-regarded medical journal, The Lancet. It says that 95% of the world’s population is living in ill health.

    That’s 95% of every human on Earth – ill.

    Only 5% of us do not have health problems.

    It also says over 1/3 of the 95% have more than 5 ailments.

    That’s 5 ailments at once.

    The numbers were in decline and that was in 2013.

    Are we realising what is going on?

    Is this our lot or is there another way?

  22. The report showed that musculoskeletal disorders like low back pain and arthritis, plus mental health issues and and substance abuse predominantly accounted for half of all ‘health loss’ globally.

    What are we all living with and accepting as ‘normal’ day to day, versus understanding and living true wellbeing?

    Daily Mail – 10 October 2017

    Front page news headlines – BAD LIFESTYLE CRIPPLING NHS

    We are living longer but much unhealthier lives, warns hospitals watchdog.

    They call it ‘21st century problems and an ageing population’.

    How real is this if we just stop for a moment to consider what is being said here?
    Can we agree and say this is good news simply because we are living longer?

    Do we think living compromised from true vitality levels is a great QUALITY OF LIFE?

    Do we honestly believe that walking around with pumps and other medical equipment is how we want to see the rest of our life?

    Do we want to rely on the good old NHS to take care of us, because we choose to live everyday with our irresponsible lifestyle?

    Do we care that the NHS cannot cope with what they have right now so where on earth is this going to end up?

    Have we ever given it a thought that our NHS is facing bankruptcy?
    Have we made any effort to at least look at our lifestyle and where we could make some sensible changes?

    Have we read blogs like this website are presenting on topics like Heart Disease, Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Alcohol to name a few?

    How scary is our future if nursing homes are closing as this news story tells us and more than half our hospital trusts have an overall rating of ‘inadequate’?

    This news story goes on to say that the NHS was not created to deal with dis-eases like Obesity, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Cancers, Dementia, all of which are driven more by lifestyle choices.

    How serious is this when we all know deep down that our life is in our hands and we can make sensible choices going forward to lift the burden on the NHS, but it does mean the word RESPONSIBILITY has to go into the core of our choices as we move forward.

    This story is about one country and its health system but it could be applied anywhere in the world.

    Our Global Wellness starts with us as an individual and the choices we are making for our health and well being every single day. There is no getting away from that fact.

    Whatever we do has consequences – no rocket science needed here.

  24. An article in The Guardian, 10th October 2017, talks about the “Global cost of obesity-related illness to hit $1.2 trillion a year from 2015.”

    The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2 trillion every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates.

    Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide, grouped together as non-communicable diseases. They are the biggest killers of the modern world.

    The US faces by far the biggest treatment bill, with a rise from $325 billion per year in 2014 to $555 billion in 2025. The UK bill is set to rise from $19 billion to $31 billion per year in 2025.

    The NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens, has warned that obesity threatens to bankrupt the NHS.

    Over the next 8 years, the experts say, the US will spend $4.2tn on treating obesity related disease, Germany will spend $390bn, Brazil $251bn and the UK $257bn if these countries do not do more to try to prevent it.

    The new figures come from the World Obesity Federation (WOF), which says there will be 2.7 billion overweight and obese adults by 2025, many of whom are likely to end up needing medical care.

    That means a third of the global population will be overweight or obese.

    The World Obesity Federation estimates show adult obesity continuing its steady climb. In 2014, a third of men and women in the US were obese – 34%.
    By 2025 that is predicted to be 41%.
    In the UK, more than a quarter of adults, 27%, were obese in 2014 and will rise to 34% by 2025.
    Egypt, 31% to 37% and Australia and Mexico, 28% to 34%.

    The experts say spending more on treating and preventing obesity will save countries many millions in the long term.

    Bariatric surgery to reduce the size of the stomach is very effective in reducing appetite and studies have shown it can reverse type 2 diabetes, dramatically improving people’s chances of a healthy life – but there is not enough treatment available, says the CEO of the WOF.

    “One of the reasons is that the concensus that obesity is a disease is only really emerging now. That will help the stigma. Bariatric surgery is a fantastic intervention but realistically it will only be for a small proportion of the population. It has to be offered in concert with other forms of weight management. Every single individual has to be offered multiple interventions.”

    Many Governments are starting to introduce ways to reduce obesity and a tax on sugary drinks is a measure that is being used.

    The UK Government has at present, a campaign for healthy eating called ‘Change4Life’, but the problem is that the money being spent on this campaign is being dwarved by top spending confectionery, crisp and sugary drink brands.

    Out of 19 companies listed, 13 are spending way more than the Government’s campaign, 2 are spending exactly the same and 4 are just below.

    In 2016 Government spending was £5 million while the top advertising spend for a sugary drink was over £12 million.

    The potential cost of obesity related illness is huge and it is easy to see, how this one disease, could bankrupt any health service.

    Is it possible that campaigns are not enough?

    Is it possible that stronger measures are needed against the crisp, drinks and confectionery manufacturers?

    OK, so the Government has this ‘Change4Life’ campaign, but the Government has had many campaigns over the years but the obesity rates are steadily increasing.

    Is it possible that bariatric surgery is NOT the answer?

    While it may work for some, operating on over 2 billion people is not practical and it is avoiding the issue of ‘WHY’ so many people are overweight or obese.

    One thing is clear – the Government knows the situation. They know how much this one disease will cost the country over the next few years. The chief executive of the NHS has stated that it threatens to bankrupt the NHS – that’s just one disease.

    Why is this not being made a priority?

    Why is the Government spending over £60 billion on a train line to get people from A-B a lot faster at the same time as allowing many more people to get sicker a lot faster?

    BBC News – 23 October 2017

    Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials.

    Public Health England are saying that antibiotics are not essential for every illness.

    Are any of us bothering to listen or take note that something is clearly not working?
    Are we all quick to pop the pills but not look at how we got sick in the first place?
    Are we going to continue with our culture of blame like it has nothing to do with us?
    Are we demanding antibiotics to speed up our recovery as we are too busy to get ill?
    Are we impatient when it comes to having time off to reflect on how we are living that made us sick in the first place?

    Is there a sign why we do not need to take antibiotics for common conditions?
    Is our body trying to communicate something to us with a cough or a common cold?
    Is rest a time for allowing things to heal and give us the space to at least stop the pace at which we are living?

    Can we look at our own immune system and start asking questions?
    What can we do that would support our immune system?
    Can we start with being honest about the daily choices we are making – like late nights, social media, caffeine, sugar and alcohol?

    Can we read blogs like this website are presenting about Another way to Live?

    Can we find out more about how those with a strong immune system are living – like the author of this blog?

    Can we start to consider common sense medicine like going to bed early consistently to build a strong immune system?

    Could it be possible that this alone would contribute greatly to our Global Wellness because we as individuals are the microcosm of this world?

  26. I’m in a hot place for business and it’s interesting to see the impact the warm has on people’s bodies.

    People are physically more relaxed, there isn’t the contraction of the cold – no hunching against the temperature. Arms seem to swing more loosely by people’s sides rather than in pockets or crossed or held. The hips and shoulders are open in their gait.

    Personally, walking outside feels like stepping into a warm bath and my own body is appreciating that – shoulders drop, cells relax.

    We can’t all up and move to warmer climes, but this has shown me the impact and importance of keeping warm and how much the body needs and wants that, whatever the weather.

  27. Being in a warm place for work, my nails have become strong and long – a mark of good health for me.

    I have in the past associated this with vitamin D. However on this trip I have hardly been outside.

    I realise it has in fact nothing to do with the sun or food choices and everything to do with surrender, by which I mean relaxing into my body and moving with not against it, as can happen when I am tired or stressed.

    The warm has helped with that – having a a quick ‘warm air bath’ between meetings served to connect and relax me into my body.

    I can see the impact of this well-being in my nails.

    Interestingly, this also happened when I was pregnant and that’s for sure a time of deep bodily connection and stillness.

    It seems to me that well-being is way more multi-dimensional than we might imagine.

  28. In an article in the Daily Mail – 28th October 2017, Dr Max reports that:

    Public Health England had just launched a major campaign called ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’.

    The campaign has been set up to warn the public about the resistance to antibiotics and the risk of overusing them.

    One strategy that is being used to address this, is for GP’s to use ‘Treating your infection prescription pads.’

    GP’s will fill in these pads, which explain how long symptoms will last and what the doctor recommends that the patient does to ‘manage’ the symptoms.

    This new prescription also includes a back-up antibiotic prescription that can be collected after a set period of time, if the symptoms do not improve.

    The use of the ‘Treating your infection prescription pads’ have been implemented as patients are often only satisfied when they walk out of their surgery with a prescription.

    Trials of the use of these new prescription pads have been positive. Patients at one surgery said that it meant the Dr’s spent more time listening to them than explaining that they weren’t going to prescribe antibiotics.

    The question that arises is – how many will actually follow the Dr’s Advice in dealing with the symptoms or will we just wait for the set period to pass, so that we can collect the back-up prescription and still receive the antibiotics?

    Telegraph – 7 November 2017

    Dementia is now Britain’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for the first time.

    So is this a true and accurate statistic taking into account that improvements in heart health have been because more people are prescribed statins and beta blockers to cope with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

    The news story goes on to say that there are no treatments currently to slow or stop the diseases behind dementia but research has the power to stop this from being the case in the future.

    This is great but what are we as individuals doing about this and is there more we can take action with in our day to day life?

    Are our lifestyle choices contributing to memory loss and mental agility?

    Do our wayward ways of drug taking play a part in this over time?

    Are we aware that caffeine is a legal drug and we seem to override that fact?

    Could the rise in kids using social media and screen time trigger a negative effect on the brain?

    Could our life with no purpose and just seeking the next distraction have an impact?

    Could our daydreaming and fantasy checking out state of being contribute?

    Could our lack of respect to our sleep rhythm with not enough quality sleep be a factor?

    Could our irresponsible lifestyle choices over decades have something to do with it?

    Could our dishonesty, holding back our true expression be another thing to consider?

    Would it be wise for researchers to study those who are living a life of responsibility with meaning and purpose and see if this holds some Truth that could help us all in the future?

    Do we need to bring our life back to basics and start to live simple like they did back in the old days where Responsibility was there at the very core of all our choices until our last breath?

    1. Thank you for sharing this valuable statistical update Simple Living Global. With ageing populations and most people predicted to living longer, this is something that we all seriously need to take note of.

      What is the real cause of dementia and why is it so common place?

      A colleague recently shared that he was warding against it by keeping his mind active, I questioned whether there was more to preventing dementia than that?

      The questions that you ask in this comment Simple Living Global are most definitely ones to consider. Could our lifestyle choices in fact be playing a large part in dementia?

  30. In Japan there is something called karoshi – death from overwork.

    This news report shares the death of a political journalist who died in 2013 from heart failure due to taking only 2 days off in the 30 days that she worked, prior to her death. She clocked 159 hours overtime in that month.

    It also speaks about the death by suicide of an advertising agency employee in 2015 who had worked 100 hours overtime a month.

    I am noticing that there is more in the news about employee wellness and well-being programs for staff.

    We have a worldwide culture of overwork and I know that I have subscribed to this but we do have to be aware that any drive to complete things, push ourselves ahead or be a ‘good employee’ by ticking all of the boxes will always end up being of detriment to both our physical and mental well-being.

    The only thing that I am learning that allows a realistic work-life balance is to at least start with ourselves in being honest about what we can do and not do, honour that and act from there.

    We may fear losing our jobs, due to not meeting the set standard, but either way we will lose the job – through death (as in these examples) or illness if we keep pushing ourselves to do more than we can honestly do.

    Not meeting the ‘set’ standard is not a failure and what if that standard that has been set is not real or true at all and is only there so that maximum profit can be brought to some and that it is not designed in anyway for the true well-being of all.


    Medical Daily – 25 October 2017

    Hair Loss peaks in fall but researchers are not sure why.

    The study conclude that across all eight countries in both hemispheres, summer followed by fall were associated with greater hair loss searches compared to spring and winter.

    One hypothesis is that scalp hair is necessary to protect the tops of our heads from the harsh rays of the sun, protecting our tender scalps from sunburn. As temperatures cool and sunlight hours shorten in late summer and fall, this need lessens. As a result, hair loss increases.

    Of course we can take this on board or we could even apply common sense by simply asking more questions and studying those who do not have hair loss and are living busy active lives.

    What if our earth and all the cycles we have including hair cycles has some meaning?

    What if the way we are living contributes to whether we suffer from hair loss?
    What if hair loss is not the obvious but something we need to deeply explore?
    What if hair loss is not a natural state but how we are living gives rise to hair loss?

    What if there is a link between lifestyle choices and hair loss?
    What if exhaustion, stress and anxiety all play a hand in hair loss?
    What if we keep asking what if questions, until we get to the root cause of hair loss?

  32. An article in The Telegraph, 4th January 2018, says: “Sugary drinks banned from sale in NHS hospitals from July.”

    This week NHS England released an updated contract for hospitals, which for the first time included a clause prohibiting the sale of sugar sweetened beverages.

    Retailers had already agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of 10% of their output.

    But the new rule will stop outlets from selling these drinks entirely should they fail to meet that target, a move which was welcomed by campaigners.

    It also means a ban for fizzy and sugary drinks in hundreds of NHS cafes and staff canteens.

    A spokesperson for the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “We welcome this move by NHS England to ban the sale of sugary drinks in our hospitals. Tooth extraction as a result of tooth decay is the most common cause for hospitalisation of children under five – putting unnecessary pressure on stretched NHS services.”

    England will be only the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal being the other.

    Some of our most popular fizzy and soft drinks contain between 9-15g of sugar.

    New rules will also restrict the sale of any high calorie foods.

    From April, 60% of sandwiches and pre-packed meals on sale in hospitals must contain a maximum of 400 calories per serving – rising to 75% of cases a year later.

    And 60% of sweets and chocolates sold must not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80% of items by 2019.

    Almost 700,000 of the 1.3 million people employed by the NHS are thought to be overweight or obese.

    When we see the breakdown of sugar that is actually in fizzy and soft drinks, we get to see the shocking truth of what we are consuming on a daily basis.

    This is a much-needed step by NHS England to bring awareness to many people of the harmful effects of this socially accepted substance.

    There of course will be those that say this is the nanny state stepping in again and how dare they tell us what we can and cannot eat.

    With 64% of the UK population being overweight or obese, because of the increased possibilities of illnesses and diseases like heart attacks, strokes and diabetes to name but a few, is it possible that we need someone to make decisions like these?

    Is it possible that if there was one place that we need to have nurturing and nourishing food, it is in a hospital?

    Talking from personal experience and from someone who weighed over 27 stone and was classed as morbidly obese, I used to drink my fair share of fizzy and soft drinks. A 2 litre bottle of pop would present no real challenge and of course it was used to wash down all manner of unhealthy foods that contained plenty of sugar themselves.

    Coming off these drinks has seen a vast improvement in my well-being. Not just with helping with my 12 stone weight loss but also the increased vitality levels, the increased concentration and the increase in quality sleep, so now, when I speak to people about sugar and its harmful effects, I am speaking from a body of lived experience and people are more likely to listen and take notice of what I have to say.

    Is it possible that if more of the NHS staff were not overweight or obese, more people would listen to them and act on the advice given to us about weight management?

    Sugar is socially accepted and is in many things that we probably don’t even realise that it is in there, but if we knew the true effects of sugar, we may just get out of the mind frame of ‘what we don’t know about won’t hurt us’.

    Just like salt and hypertension, sugar is also known as the ‘silent killer’.

    With all the evidence that shows how harmful sugar is, NHS England is definitely on the right track in banning the sale of sugary goods.

    If an organisation like NHS England is taking strides to eliminate sugar from their hospitals, is it possible that the government also needs to make some strong decisions regarding banning this ‘socially accepted silent killer’?

  33. Last week a well known supermarket announced they will no longer sell energy drinks to children under 16.
    Three other supermarkets have followed suit. A step in the right direction I say. But is it enough?

    There has already been research that demonstrates the damage these drinks do to our health.
    In some cases it has resulted in death because of over consumption.

    Would the next step surely be to ban these drinks.
    It seems crazy that we allow a drink to be sold (amongst other products that damage our health) knowing the harm it does.

  34. I was talking to a young woman yesterday who has an auto immune illness that leaves her in a lot of physical pain.

    She was trying to come to terms with the fact of this illness – ‘getting on top of it’ with the drugs, unable to do sport any more, changing her life-style, thinking about adjustments to her diet.

    It struck me that there is so little true intelligence around illness. We live our lives as we want to, making healthy or unhealthy choices for our body, and we are surprised when illness arises seemingly ‘out of the blue’.

    But what if it is not like that at all – what if it does not come out of the blue?

    What if ill-ness is a much needed clearing of an ill in the body?

    What if we knew that and could gain some understanding from it?

    I feel there is much more here to consider about well-being and illness.

  35. Thank you for this tremendous blog.

    It feels to me that, tragically, the vast majority of humanity is not living it’s potential for wellness.

    For me, any true definition or description of human wellness would include the following: a constant joy that naturally comes up from within; a youthful vitality, regardless of age that is not derived from stimulants; a full commitment and engagement with life in all areas; a sense of purpose in life that is motivated by a commitment to serve humanity; a deep sense of connection with one’s true inner self and a deep feeling of connection with others.

    Part of the reason why most of us do not know what human wellness might mean is that there are so few role models, inspirations and reflections of real and true human wellness available to us in the world.

    I am very lucky to know the author of the blog and she is an inspirational role model and reflection to me of what human wellness is.

    I dread to think what my definition of wellness would have been if I had not met the author. Probably something like wellness is existing with an absence of disease – and this is, of course, merely a definition of existing and not a definition of living in a state of real wellness.

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