The secret to Improving your Health and Fighting off Disease
Disease doesn’t just manifest in the body – you don’t wake up one day with cancer, heart issues or osteoporosis. Rather, it’s caused by a combination of factors including genetic predisposition and also lifestyle factors, which can be modified if you listen to your body’s warning signs, before it turns into full blown disease.
In Ayurveda, we call the development of a disease, the Six Stages of Disease – this covers the beginning niggling little issues (maybe you’re not sleeping well, suffering reflux or heartburn) through to the imbalance spreading to other parts of the body, and then the last level, called Infrared, where your natural healing system isn’t able to fight off the illness.
Improving health – moving up the Spectrum
Together with a team of experts, and the knowledge incorporated from 5000 years of Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, meditation and yoga, we created the Health Spectrum. This takes the traditional Six Stages of Disease to another level.
This Spectrum clearly sets out nine levels of health – from optimal health down to chronic disease. It links together the medical industry (which focuses on the lowest levels – when you’re ill), the wellness community (which focuses at the middle levels) and the mindfulness industry (which is somewhere in the top levels).
Some diseases will be untreatable, however in many instances they can be treated with the help of qualified doctors and health practitioners, and it is possible to move up the Spectrum.
The earlier the symptoms are identified, and treated, in the Health Spectrum, the quicker recovery will be. Ultimately you want to be in the top three levels, which are optimum health.
Six stages of disease
Here’s a rundown of the first six levels - the Six Stages of Disease.
Blue level - Accumulation: From this point down, the bottom six levels link to the Six Stages of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine. At this level, there is an imbalance in the body and it might show up in the small intestines or stomach as constipation, abdominal distention or gases in the colon. For some people, this could mean intense hunger, dark or yellow coloured urine, discoloration in the whites of the eyes, heaviness, lethargy or cravings. Most people don’t take notice of the imbalance at this point, believing stress and minor health complaints can be ignored or treated with a bandaid approach.
Green level - Aggravation: At this level, the ongoing imbalance – whether through diet or lifestyle or stress – has gone from a quantitative imbalance to one that is qualitative. With most disease originating in the gut, the abdominal pain and discomfort starts to intensify causing heartburn, reflux, asthma, sinus congestion or excess mucus. At this stage, still few people take notice of the problem, perhaps only visiting a pharmacy to get medications for short-term relief.
Yellow level - Spreading: Now symptoms and imbalances start to spread to other parts of the body, via the bloodstream and circulation leading to aches, pains and low energy. It can affect the body with fatigue but also the mind with depression or anxiety. Symptoms might be cold hands, dry skin, palpitations, rashes, burning, congestion and water retention.
Orange level - Localising: Here imbalances settle into a weak part of the body – perhaps due to previous trauma, genetic predisposition, accumulated emotional stress, repressed emotions or other factors. This is when many people start to see doctors, who are often not able to name the disease, or they begin to look into their lifestyle as a result of the visible symptoms they’re feeling.
Red level - Disease: At this level, the body has clearly come down with some sickness. The Western medical industry gives the disease a name and attempts to treat it – so that might be high cholesterol, heart disease or diabetes – however treatment can still be problematic as the underlying cause of the disease haven’t been addressed.
Infrared level - Chronicity: It usually takes many years of an untreated disease to get to this level. At this point the disease has become so strong that the body’s natural healing system can’t reverse it and it might progress into an autoimmune disease or even cancer – both reaching epidemic numbers now.
Aiming for the top
Of course, you want to pick up any issues before they become disease. At that point they are really easily treatable and with some fine-tuning you can quickly be feeling great again. Here are the top three levels of the Spectrum - and these are where you should be aiming.
Indigo level - Good health: At this level, the body is in balance, senses are sharp and emotions are pure. Thinking is clear and there is plenty of energy, with few signs of stress.
Violet level - Optimal health: At this place, not only is the body completely healthy, but so is the mind. This free flow of in the body leads to the ability to reach detachment and a place of observation on a daily basis. You are eating according to your body type and listening to your body intelligence.
Ultra-violet level - Ultimate health: Here the body, spirit and mind have reached the highest level of consciousness. It takes many years of practice to get to this point and life is easy and happy.
Masking the problems
Unfortunately, Western medicine doesn’t recognise the early symptoms of the disease process, so this is why you need to educate yourself, listen to your body and get the right help early on.
As practitioners, we really wish that clients would come to us when an issue first manifests in the body. I would love it if a patient came and told me they were suffering with constipation and that was it - that would be the evolution of wellness - to deal with imbalances straight away. More often, people will say they need to do something, then three years will pass before they get around to looking at it; by then the issue is chronic.