Quality of Life
‘Quality of Life’ research has shown a close correlation between happiness and health.
Please explore this site to find out about our research, the underlying concepts of ’Quality of Life as Medicine’, the clinical research, it’s practical application in treating clients, treatment, training and other services available.
Opening letter by Søren Ventegodt, MD, EU-MSc-CAM
Can you be truly happy?
Can you be truly happy? Of course you can. All it takes is a fair amount of insight into yourself. You need to understand your ego and your own divine nature in your human core. You need to use all you are wisely and in loving service of others. When you are happy… you can love and when you can love others… you can help them to heal their life.
is the key to personal freedom, a healthy body and mind, emotional
intelligence, the gift of unconditional love and an unbound, happy
one-to-one relationship. Understanding your life includes a deep look
into the identification with body and mind, and this will free all
aspects of you, from mind to sexuality. Profound self-insight allows you
to understand your role in the world and to engage all your personal
resources and talents of body, mind, spirit and heart in your daily
living. Your life will spontaneously self-organize, as you become an
integral part of the universe and tap into the many resources of the
healthy, awakened human being.
What can we learn from our human experience? We
as human beings are really meant to suffer. Only if we suffer can we
wake up and learn. So we should not complain about suffering, but simply
ask: How can this suffering be of value to me? What does it mean? How
do I reach freedom and understanding? We suffer, because we do not
understand ourselves. In this situation we make wrong choices and act
from negative attitudes and fear. Little by little we destroy our own
happiness and our health declines. Physical and mental diseases, sexual
problems and social difficulties follow. It is surprisingly easy to
improve quality of life and health. All it takes is deep and dedicated
introspection. A self-inquiry that brings you down to the basics in
life, to your innermost Self, your existential core. This process of
existential healing is often called salutogenesis with a concept coined
by the Israeli researcher Aaron Antonovsky (1923-1994). Salutogenesis
means literally “creation of the solution” and is the exact opposite of
pathogenesis, the process that makes you ill.
So getting to know yourself makes you healthy and happy. It is that easy.
Why is it so difficult to get to know one self? The answer is simple:
Strong negative emotions surround the existential core, causing a strong
resistance, a strong unconscious repulsion, from the core. Therefore
you need somebody to help you go where you least of all want to go. To
take your hand and guide you back to your core. Someone who can take you
to that place, where you had lots of pains and failures at the
beginning of your life…… that is the job of the holistic therapist.
Feelings and healing Let us admit that it is about feelings and emotions. Some of these feelings are connected to the mind and spirit, but most of them seem to be
related to the body – and its functions, energies and organs. Sexuality
is one of the aspects of the body that gives rise to some of the
strongest and problematic negative feelings, like guilt and shame.
Feelings, we will do anything in the world to avoid to feel. We need
help and support to feel that, to explore these old and painful areas in
our existence. So this is why we have holistic therapy.
Efficacy of holistic therapy How efficient is holistic therapy? Well, in coronary heart disorder, it seems that some patients elected for heart surgery are feeling well
again after less than three month, if they used Dean Ornish holistic
treatment (1,2,3). Even cancer seems sometimes to react positively to
interventions that only addresses life style, emotional matters and
spirituality (4,5). At some occations spontaneous remissions of cancer
and other severe disorders have been observed in holistic therapy
(4,5,6,7). We also know that chronic pain in inner organs and the
locomotor system is responsive to holistic medicine (8,9). We also know
that there are only rare side effects with alternative medicine (10).
So holistic medicine – mind body medicine that primarily works through
consciousness (BodyTalk is one example of this of course) – seems to be
effective and causes little harm.
The principle of supported self-exploration The
principle of supported self-exploration and self-inquiry are simple and
easy to understand. It is a little more complicated to make it work in
practice. But if you know where to look, if you understand in which
direction you need to go to find the Self, it is not difficult. And it
does not have to take long time. Often people can learn this in a few
days. This is why we have developed a two-day course in scientific
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lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease? The lifestyle heart
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Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease. JAMA
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Frattaroli J, Weidner G, Dnistrian AM, Kemp C, Daubenmier JJ, Marlin
RO, Crutchfield L, Yglecias L, Carroll PR, Ornish D. Clinical events in
prostate cancer lifestyle trial: results from two years of follow-up.
Spiegel D, Bloom JR, Kraemer HC, Gottheil E. Effect of psychosocial
treatment on survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Lancet
Ventegodt S, Morad M, Hyam E, Merrick J. Clinical holistic medicine:
Induction of spontaneous remission of cancer by recovery of the human
character and the purpose of life (the life mission).
Ventegodt S, Solheim E, Saunte ME, Morad M, Kandel I, Merrick J. Clinic
holistic medicine: Metastatic cancer. ScientificWorldJournal
Ventegodt S, Morad M, Merrick J. Clinical holistic medicine: Chronic
pain in the locomotor system. ScientificWorldJournal 2005;5:165-72.
9. Ventegodt S, Merrick J Clinical holistic medicine: Chronic pain in internal organs. ScientificWorldJournal 2005;5:205-10.
Ventegodt S, Merrick J. A Review of side effects and adverse events of
non-drug medicine (nonpharmaceutical complementary and alternative
medicine): Psychotherapy, mind-body medicine and clinical holistic
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May 27, 2011