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Mental Health

By Dr. Nance Macleod PhD. NMD
Mental Health

Mental health is a critical element of Wholistic health and a vital resource for our livelihood. Mental health is how we experience, distinguish, imagine, converse and comprehend what is happening around us. People diagnosed with a mental health diseases generally cannot work or live to their full potential.

In corporations productivity can be inconsistent from someone who has mental health issues. It is difficult to know what to do to get the best return of investment from an employee who has mental illness. Unfortunately, once an employee has been diagnosed with a mental health disease most workplaces will treat them much differently than someone who has a physical disease.

There is a certain disgrace attached to those who have been diagnosed with mental illness. It is an illness that most of us do not understand and many of us are frightened of it. We might look at it as a sign of weakness—or that someone is “crazy” and unpredictable.

The truth is that taking care of your mental health is a very important part of your whole wellness program. Louise Hay, an international bestselling author, believes that physical disease begins in the emotional body, therefore dealing with a negative past, your deep feelings and emotions proves that you are anything but crazy; it demonstrates sound, rational thought and decision making.

Mental illnesses can be caused by heavy metal poisoning, parasites, and other types of physical toxicity. Abuse of drugs, sugar, food and alcohol can cause mental disorders that last long after the substance itself has worn off. Such diseases like neuroses, paranoia, anxiety and depression may be caused by unresolved traumas early in life. Perhaps you carry a terrible secret, a secret that you’ve never told anyone. Carrying the memory of childhood trauma continues to cause damage in adulthood. For example, childhood sexual abuse and violence, or living through times of famine and war. Past failures, disappointments, emotional heart breaks and dysfunctional relationships will leave lasting scars on your mental wellness.

Hypnotherapy, nutritional counseling, life coaching, and retreats like the self mastery and State of the Onion can help relieve some mental disorders. More serious mental diseases may need a prescription from a licensed psychiatrist. Either way I urge you to seek the advice of an experienced health care professional. Talk to someone who can help you and direct you to the professionals you need.

Dr. Nance MacLeod is available for appointments at the Eagle Valley Health Pro Shop in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The next State of the Onion Retreat is being held in March. To make an appointment or get more information, contact her at 289.669.0015 or email or check out her website at

“The burden of mental illness on health and productivity in the United States and throughout the world has long been profoundly underestimated. Data developed by the massive Global Burden of Disease study, conducted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and Harvard University, reveal that mental illness, including suicide, ranks second in the burden of disease in established market economies, such as the United States... Nearly two-thirds of all people with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment... When people understand that mental disorders are not the result of moral failings or limited will power, but are legitimate illnesses that are responsive to specific treatments, much of the negative stereotyping may dissipate.” –Mental Health: A Report from the Surgeon General.


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