Health, Heil, Holy…

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 15 September 2014

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I’m Tom Meyers and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I share with you my personal experience as an osteopath and stress coach, bring you scientific insights and practical tips how to manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

I hope you’ve been listening to the introduction episode of Health Matters last week, as the introduction sets the tone of what I’m going to talk about over the next coming weeks. Health. What is it? Why does it become more difficult to stay healthy? and off course last but not least what can you do to stay healthy. Let me at least for a while be your Tom Tom for your health and wellbeing.

Where better to start the quest then to look at the meaning of the word health itself. Health is related to the Germanic word ‘heil’ meaning whole, complete,…

On a side note – I find it interesting that the word holy also comes from the word heil, is this coincidence? Or is it maybe, just maybe not that far fetched to presume that health  becoming whole might mean becoming holy.

The body as your temple.


As to its definition the World Health Organisation in short the WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In previous episodes of Health Matters I’ve already voiced that if it was up to me I would change the word state. Health is a dynamic process, ever changing and adapting to the needs of the moment and not one moment is the same. Spiritual wellbeing is also missing. Ok you might frown with this but from personal experience Spiritual wellbeing and I don’t mean religious, is a major key in health, and I will dedicate a complete feature of Health Matters to it, so stay tuned. That said religious believes just like your income and social status, social support networks, education, employment conditions, social and physical environment, personal health practices, coping strategies, child development, biology, genetics, health care, gender, culture, nutrition, all have an impact on your health.

Health, does it refer to wholeness as an individual or a collective? Can a blind person be healthy? Is health the opposite of illness? What do you think?

It’s important to ask these questions as I firmly believe that in our Western culture where everything seems to evolve around perfection that we’re conditioned to hold a view of health far from its essence. Supported by the trend that our society is getting sicker by the day, wouldn’t you say that something is amiss in the way we perceive health and wellbeing?

Take time this week to reflect on these questions and why not share them with me on Facebook or the blog.

That’s all for now have a great day and I’ll catch up with you again next week here on Radio X or why not subscribe to the Health Matters podcast or Facebook page so you don’t miss any health or effective stress relief tip. You can find the appropriate links on my website


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