What is Illness? -- By Dr. Neela Sandal

One question we too often don't pause to consider is what illness is in the first place. In my understanding, illness is a dysfunction of the mind, the body, or the spirit. It is the inability to reach our potential, to live the way that we would ideally live.

To get more specific, illness is something that puts us into imbalance. Our body has an enormous amount of wisdom and self-regulation, an inherent ability to overcome adversity. Healing is part of our biology, and our bodies are built to face stress, and grow stronger because of that.

Oftentimes, we face illness because we either have an event so serious or multiple events at the same time that have limited our ability to recuperate and respond. A great example is metabolic syndrome, often pieced into high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, instead of looking at our foundational ability to appropriately absorb nutrients and maintain our own gut ecology. So often, people with any of these diagnoses get prescribed medicines that might help one issue but can worsen another.

Treating illness is best done by treating the root issues. This also entails focusing on how our upbringing and life experience affects us mentally and physically, and in some cases, in ways very difficult to overcome by ourselves. Having assistance with introspection and treating the root of illness can bring us back into balance for the benefit of our mind, body, and spirit.


Find your best treatment for the root issues of what ails you at Atma Clinic -- and your first visit is free. Call us today at 785/760-0695 to set up your appointment.