The human body is a wonderfully complex structure, and despite its complexity works wonderfully well most of the time. That many of us feel helpless in the face of illness or disease reveals a lack of understanding of how the human body works. When we work to develop a relationship with ourselves holistically: body, mind, spirit and emotions, we can impact our relationship to dis-ease and to illness.
Dr. Andrew Weil in his book Health and Healing says “All living things consist of one or more cells. Each cell can live independently of the rest and cells can arise only from other cells. This implies that those parts of our bodies that live–that eat, breathe, move about, and reproduce do so only through the cells…if physiology seeks to discover how living things work, it must ultimately express the explanations in terms of cellular activity.”
The cell is the basic structure of all tissues, organ and body systems. The body contains hundreds of different types of cells: the long spindly muscle cells, the round red blood cells, the sperm cells with their tales, the nerve cells with their dendrites and axons. However, in spite of their different shapes and functions, each cell has essentially the same composition.
The cells make up the organs. The human body is made up of many organs, and the majority of organs work together in organ systems. Each system in turn depends for its own effectiveness on the proper functioning of the other systems. In short term, the cardiovascular system is the one that keeps us alive, and therefore may be called THE MOST IMPORTANT, but for long-term survival the body needs all of its systems to function effectively and in harmony. All systems are vital to human survival.
You can read lots of information about how cells are impacted by different things, including our thoughts, feelings and emotions. They are impacted by what we eat, breathe, sense and feel. However, that same sense of helplessness occurs whenever we are faced with something going wrong!
There are a number of ways to combat this sense of helplessness, and I believe that education is the key. The more you can learn about how your body works, the better idea you have to prevent things going wrong; and if they do breakdown or you become ill, you have a better idea of how to get better!
There are of course different ways to educate yourself, and I’m not suggesting that you have to know everything. A sense of general knowledge, for instance: knowing where your organs are, knowing how the cells work, understanding what the basic organs systems do and feeling comfortable in knowing what does what in your own body.
I encourage you to read articles on the web, pick-up books and watch documentaries. However if you would like to do some structured learning: The School of Complementary Therapies offers a very comprehensive and easy to understand course in Anatomy & Physiology that you can learn in the comfort of your own home. This guided learning process will help you understand how your body works, thereby empowering you in your health care choices. In addition to discussing and learning about the various body systems and their functions, we explore some of the more common problems that can arise.
If you would like to learn more, please click here for the course outline. And of course, I am always happy to hear from you by phone or e-mail. Get to know your body.