The Seven Dynamics Of Health!

Seven Dynamics of Health

What Makes What I Do so Different?

I have been asked this question when people first come to my practice.

The short answer is that I apply a SYSTEMS Philosophy to our practice rather than being bound by a SYMPTOMS Doctrine.

When you consider that the plague killed about 30% of the human population…today over 80% of the population is dealing with at least one chronic, degenerative disease, (and a large percentage of those people have more than one degenerative disease), such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, thyroid, adrenal, digestive, mental, emotional and autoimmune issues which were virtually non-existent a century ago, we need to ask the question,

“How’s that working for you?” relative to our current system of “health care”.

What is so different? Has the human Gene suddenly degenerated that we no longer are able to adapt to our environment, or has our environment changed so dramatically that our body’s ability to adapt is overwhelmed?

The latter is much more likely the truth.

However, our current traditional system of chasing symptoms which are more and more prevalent in the population, and therefore considered “normal” (there is a BIG difference between Normal and Natural…) keeps us locked in a narrow focus that prevents a broader view and inhibits the ability to see a patient’s case relative to the broader context of their environment.

Over the years, through personal experience and by treating thousands of patients, I have found certain axioms to be true pertaining to human health, well-being and function.

Axiom 1: We Are All Wild Animals Living in Captivity 

The human gene is not programmed for the modern, sedentary, chemical and preservative laden life-style.  Just like when we take a wild animal out of its natural environment and place it in captivity and it gets sick, as a biological species, the same holds true for humans.  We are currently the sickest species that has EVER inhabited this earth!

Axiom 2:  The Body Never Does Anything Wrong

Symptoms are the result of the body attempting to do exactly the right thing, relative to its environment, in order to survive.  You don’t have a sick body…you have a body doing the exact right thing, in order to help you survive, despite a sick environment.

Axiom 3:  The Body reacts to a Stimulus with a Response

Since the primary drive of the human organism is to survive, and the genetic birthright is to thrive, there has to be a system in place that allows the body to assess its environment and make the requisite adjustments to either ADAPT or COMPENSATE to that environment.

Adaptation makes the body bigger, faster, smarter and stronger…more survivable relative to its environment.

Compensation is like “robbing Peter to pay Paul”. Compensations degrade the body’s ability to adapt. The more one compensates, the less adaptable they become and the more they have to compensate. Symptoms are simply an indication that the body has lost the ability to compensate any more.

Axiom 4:  The Body is a Single, (Synchronized) Functional Unit

Everything in the body affects everything else.  The body ALWAYS reacts to physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual stressors!  It either adapts or it compensates.

Axiom 5:  Optimal Health is a Function of ALLOSTASIS Rather Than HOMEOSTASIS (homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment in an organism despite changes in the external environment)

Allostasis is the ability of the body to maintain an internal balance, relative to its external variable environment and it is generally adaptive in the short term.

We have found that by applying the concept of the Seven Essential Dynamics of Real Health, we are able to facilitate proper Allostasis, and people get well.

The principle of Allostasis recognizes the body is an eco-system relating in a dynamic way with a greater eco-system.

Axiom 6: Three Steps Must Be Applied to Balance Any Eco-system

All toxins must be removed.

All deficiencies must be balanced.

Proper communication must be restored.

Axiom 7:  Optimal Health is a Continuum, A Process…not a Static State of Being

The only constant in the Universe that we can be sure of is CHANGE…

The physical universe is governed by certain universal laws.  These laws apply to the physical body.

You are always in either a state of degeneration or regeneration…you are either growing or dying…there is no static place in between.

Regeneration is an active state, which requires energy and work.

Degeneration is a passive state of self-perpetuating breakdown.

True health…i.e., optimal expression of human genetic potential, requires participation and a mind-set of personal responsibility.

No Doctor can bestow health upon any patient.  We are not that gifted or powerful!

Real Health is only gained and maintained through certain actions and behaviours that enhance the body’s ability to adapt to its environment, and within the context of universal laws.

A body in a state of degeneration can regenerate if the principles of healing an ecosystem are applied, and if enough time is given for the ecosystem to find its balance.

Axiom 8:  Only When We Apply the Data Discovered Through Advances in Modern Technology, in Congruence with The Laws of Nature and in Context with Ancient Wisdom, Will We Restore Health and Balance to the Human Genome

The Seven Essential Dynamics of Real Health cover all the major topics that allow us to apply these principles to the treatment of our patients.

Rather than being viewed as “healers” (only the power that made the body, heals the body…) we prefer to be viewed as Health, Wellness and Life-Style Coaches.

Our job is to teach, lead and empower people to achieve their own unique, individual peak potential for health and happiness.  Our patients’ job is to apply what we teach and to DO THE WORK.

What Is Well-Being?

The World Health Organization describe health as a complete physical, mental and social well-being – and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

In regard to Well-Being,  I think that it is helpful to consider that there are two aspects of well being.

  1. “Hedonia” – Pleasure, delight, gratitude, fun; friendliness, kindness, love, feeling cared about, happiness for others; accomplishment, worth; enjoyment of learning, beauty, music, making things.
  2. “Eudaimonia” – Sense of purpose, contribution, service, meaning, fulfillment, harmony.                                                                                                                                          It

To start with it would make sense to consider well-being in your mind, of which , you may consider what shapes your life?  Perhaps challenges, vulnerabilities and resources.

The one variable from the above that is the easiest to effect is the resources and hence why I am writing this! These resources can be located in the world, the body and the mind!                  ….Therefore the mind again is the easiest one to consider here!

Our inner strengths include: Capabilities, positive emotions, attitudes, inclinations and virtues.

Inner strengths are built from brain structurebrain

To make the changes, you have to be on your own side!

Q. Why is it good to be on your own side?

A. All beings deserve decency and care including you!

You have the most responsibility toward the person you have the most power over: your future self.

It is good for others to be good to yourself.

Bertrund Russell said it so eloquently, The Good Life as I see it is a happy life, I do not mean that if you are good that you will be happy: I mean that if you are happy you will be good!

So be good to yourself!

Healthy Regards,


Sean Phelps Dc