“Health is not simply a matter of physical health. A person cannot be truly healthy unless he or she is healthy in emotions, intellect, and spirit,” states The Quest for Wellness, written by Mark Sherwood and Michele Neil-Sherwood.
This two hundred and twenty-four page hardbound targets those who are seeking a wellness plan to optimum health. After a foreword by JJ Virgin and introduction, the book contains twelve chapters. There are no reference sections, index, or food recipes. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is used.
In this concise book, the Sherwoods focus on prevention and healing being the cause of health issues rather than symptom-based treatment. Involving the entire being, the goal is to incorporate physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects to achieve success.
Divided into three phases, goals are set, a personal journal is kept, and synthesizing information while establishing a balance are discussed. Stating one important key to great health is to get seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep, first steps include suggestions such as moving more and eating better, identifying stressors, choosing a single task, and reading the Bible ten minutes every day.
The next phase offers ways to increase exercises and eliminate specific foods, set a budget, tune out daily news, concentrate on journaling, and begin thanks and praise logs to name a few. The ideas in the final stage relate to giving up toxins, paying attention to posture, adding supplements, making a time budget, dropping unhealthy relationships, exploring one’s giftedness, expanding mentors, and beginning to help others through volunteering.
Although the book has a plethora of common-sense advice, it may not provide anything new or unusual to some as they work toward optimum health. Leaving out daily food menus and recipes, it does recommend to eliminate sugars, bread, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. Containing a belief in faith-based values of Christianity, it reinforces a well person has to have a healthy body, mind, emotions, and spirit to live life to the fullest.
A full-time naturopathic doctor, author Sherwood is the founder and president of Live4E that promotes wellness, nutritional supplements, and other products. He and his wife, Michele, are hosts of their weekly television program.
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