We are here to help promote health. We do not propose to cure illness. Our approach, as stated on the home page, is to help awaken the healer inside you. The healer inside you is used by us both a metaphor to foster imagery of a special power the body has to heal itself and it is also meant literally as a way of bringing to the forefront the complex biological processes taking place to keep us healthy and help us fight disease. By suggesting the healer needs to be awakened we are implying that the conscious mind may not be doing all it can do to help the body heal or stay healthy.
The body’s most natural state is to be healthy. By decreasing known risk factors for illness, and providing the body what it needs to be healthy and to heal and repair, we are establishing an environment conducive to staying at or returning to a natural state of healthy homeostasis. This requires mind, body, healthy eating and environmental integrity, or as we call it – the Four Health Corners.
People may be wondering how on earth we can incorporate environmental integrity into health promotion. At Four Health Corners we ask, how on earth can we not? It is our belief that health promotion strategies that do not weave into their very core healthy environmental practices, not only make improvements in overall human health unsustainable but also unattainable. Healing from illness requires removing ourselves or at the very least decreasing our exposure to things that make us ill. It cannot be done by taking a pill alone while continuing to poison ourselves with the same toxins that are creating the illness in the first place. It simply makes no sense.
There is a profound environmental impact on health. In order to heal from illness the environments people interact with also need to be healed. Besides the body and mind themselves (our internal environments) these environments include our homes, work places, communities, social systems and of course the biosphere. Environmental toxicity is found in many forms. For example, it may include unhealthy relationships, too much stress at work, emotional violence in the workplace, the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we use on our skin, the clothes we wear, the sheets we sleep in, unethical and injurious industry practices, the harmful socially constructed beliefs we ignore or aspire to and the toxic chemicals released into our soils, water and atmosphere. The first step toward this type of truly holistic healing is to identify where the toxicity is coming from and realize how our choices impact our health and the health of the environments we interact with.
If we are to truly become healthy we must also become environmentalists. An environmentalist is a person who is concerned with or advocates the protection of the environment. We need to become aware of how our choices and our mindset in the present are affecting not only our current health but also our future. The future health of our environment and our own personal health are inseparable.
Your advocacy need only be to improve your own health as you are an important part of the environment that needs healing. We realize that there are some things in our environments we cannot readily change, but by minimizing harmful impacts and being mindful about the choices we are making the difference we can make is far reaching.
And never underestimate how our being in the world, not by preaching or taking higher moral ground but simply being true to ourselves, can affect those around us.
Four Health Corners in not about selling any one particular philosophy, product or belief system. In fact, only you can decide which path to take at any given time in your life, and whatever you choose is where you should be.
We are not here to dissuade people from conventional medicine. It has its place but may not always be the best or the only way to proceed. If achieving good health was as easy as just taking a pill for illnesses of the mind or body – then we would have, in the developed world at least, a very healthy population. Instead, and according to various sources including the World Health Organization, there are numerous illnesses of affluence such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autism and infertility that are increasing in number.
There are many ways to promote health and many health issues to choose from. Marie chose cancer coaching, mindfulness, healthy work environments and eating healthy because these areas resonate most with her passion for promoting well- being. And it also allows for a way to address causes of ill health at a deeper level and in a holistic interconnected way.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear - Buddha
"We have not even to risk the journey alone, for the heroes of all times have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And were we sought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we will have come to the centre of our existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world." - J. Campbell