Dear Editor – I was saddened to read your Health Survey article last week revealing that 34% of Welsh adults find that their day-to-day activities are limited by health problems or disability.
The World Health Organisation defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ To be truly healthy is to experience a sense of energy, zest and enthusiasm for life. Unfortunately this state is not the norm. Most accept feeling lethargic, run down or stressed as part of life. I suspect that a survey using these definitions of health would find the number of people affected by ill health is far greater.
There is no pill that provides a sense of wellbeing; this takes a commitment to caring for oneself. As a nation we now rely on doctors to hand out the solutions to every health problem; yet it is our every day actions, thoughts and choices that really determine our state of health.
In my experience much can be achieved when people are empowered to take responsibility for their own health. I can only hope that the Welsh government responds to the findings of this survey with a strategy supporting and educating the nation in achieving true health and vitality.
The Herbal Clinic – Swansea
Meilyr James BSc (Hons) DBTh DAcu AcuC DIr MGNI.
Registered Medical Herbalist, Iridologist and Acupuncturist
Sent to Western Mail, Evening post & Carmarthen journal
The Herbal Clinic in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.