Osha Chesnutt-Perry, neuroscience student at St. Louis University, and medical assistant at a functional medicine health clinic in Missouri, speaks about the profoundly important arena of whole person health. Recalling the timeless wisdom of Hippocrates of ancient Greece, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food,” Osha describes the two root causes of disease: inflammation and toxicity. The keys to our physical and emotional health and well-being are good nutrition, healthy life-style, an activated heart field, a well-functioning Amygdala in the brain core, and our ability to work in service to one another and the world.
Her clear descriptions and easy-to-follow advice include: get plenty of sleep; breathe deeply; avoid: alcohol, sugar, corn, dairy, and gluten; exercise regularly; manage stress; walk outside; and avoid toxin-laden conventionally grown foods (that is, eat organically grown foods). She describes our ability to cultivate and radiate love from our heart centers, and shares that scientific studies show the heart generates an electromagnetic field that extends out 3 meters in many cases. The essential importance of a healthy gut microbiome, and the diligent use of probiotics to maintain that balance are also discussed.
Osha also provides perhaps the most important advice of all: in order to experience and maintain the highest levels of health and well-being, it is essential that we both listen to our bodies, and work in service to humanity and to our living planet!