You are much more than an assortment of parts packed neatly within your visible skin. You developed as a complete unit and you continue to function as a complete unit. Anything and everything that affects one part of you affects the whole you. When you jog or exert yourself, your heart, lungs, muscles, circulation, blood acid level, digestive processes, and bunches of other internal organs and processes are affected. When you are upset, your heart, lungs, muscles, circulation, blood acid level, digestive processes, and bunches of other internal organs and processes are affected. No matter what you do, all functions of your body are directly or indirectly involved.
The main thing to understand is that you are a unified being. You aren’t like your minivan, TV, or lawn mower. You weren’t made up of component parts and assembled for delivery. You are a synchronized, harmonious, interacting whole.
Pain and disease in any part of the whole are effects of a “whole” problem. Pain and disease, in themselves, aren’t the problem. They just hurt or kill. You aren’t sick because your joints, head, or stomach hurt. You aren’t sick because you have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or Crohn’s disease. These are merely names for particular symptoms. Symptoms are effects of the way particular systems, organs, or tissues are adapting to survive. Symptoms aren’t the cause of your problem. You were sick before the symptoms showed up. A particular complaint is merely the way sickness shows itself in a particular body. In other words, health and disease are both side effects of the responses your body has made to the conditions it must survive. And for the most part, the conditions it must survive are brought about by decisions or choices you have made over time in six essential areas of life – what you eat and drink, how you exercise and rest, what and how you breathe, and what you think.