Build your Pillars of Wellness to enjoy true health and wellness. Dr Toney Vendryes


My own belief is that the human body was designed to be healthy. When the good book says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, it is not just a nice sounding phrase; it is really true. The human body has an incredible capacity to heal and repair itself. Illness and disease are a reflection of our failure to take proper care of our bodies and minds.

As a doctor, I have come to understand that I cannot really heal anyone. Healing is something that happens from within. Your body is the healer and the doctor’s role is to provide the support and assistance to facilitate the healing process. Until we, as a society, fully accept this concept, we will continue to face the dilemma of ‘more medicines, less health’.

Four Pillars of Wellness

From my experience, there are four basic concepts that underpin and support real health. I call them the Four Pillars of Wellness. These are:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Detoxification
  • Stress management

These four simple but powerful processes form the basis of my approach to virtually all the common lifestyle related disorders that comprise health.




This is the first and probably the most critical pillar, because you literally are what you eat. Your body is composed of trillions of cells – the building blocks of the body. Your body is constantly repairing and renewing itself, as each day millions of old damaged cells die and new ones are created to replace them. Your body is a work in progress.

But the quality and vitality of the new cells being created in your body right now, as you read this chapter, depends on the quality of the food you have been eating. Garbage in will produce garbage out. Medical experts believe that as much as two thirds of today’s health problems are related to our unhealthy diet.

For almost 15 years, I have used and recommended a concept and program called Cellular Nutrition for my patients and myself to enjoy the best nutrition. The idea is simple: give the cells of the body the nutrients that they need and they will know how to heal, mend and repair. It works!




As the old saying goes: use it or lose it. The human body can be compared to a high performance car. It needs high quality fuel in the gas tank. That’s the nutritional part. But the body is designed to be active. If you never drove your car and left it parked all the time, the engine would eventually seize up and the body begin to rust away.

Similarly, many people are in fact suffering from ‘seize up’ and ‘rust down’ because of inactivity. Muscles get weak, joints get stiff, heart and lungs lose their efficiency, and tension and stress overwhelm your mind. The research shows that as little as 20 to 30 minutes of exercise, three to four times per week can result in amazing benefits to your physical and mental health.



Not only do we live in a polluted world with chemicals and impurities in the food we eat, the water we drink and bathe in and the air we breathe, but just as a car engine produces toxic exhaust fumes, so the body’s metabolism produces toxic wastes. Sadly, the body’s natural pathways for elimination of these poisons are often blocked and function poorly. We all carry a toxic burden.

The body normally detoxifies itself via the bowels, the liver, the kidneys, the skin and breath. Several simple natural techniques are available to assist the body to get rid of accumulated impurities. These are referred to as cleansing or detoxification programs.

Stress management

Stress is a poorly understood concept. It is not a thing or person or circumstance. Those ‘things’ are called stressors. Stress is a reaction – your internal reaction – to the stressor. Understanding this is critical because, often, we cannot change or stressors, for example, our spouse or boss, but we can always learn to change the way we reduce them. In essence, stress management is self-management.

Sadly, many so-called stress management programs really focus on stressor management. Real stress management is a skill that can be taught and learnt, just like how we can learn to swim or ride a bicycle. Stress is indeed the enemy within!

So, make your Four Pillars of Wellness strong and solid and you will enjoy true health and wellness.

Dr Toney Vendryes 

DISCLAIMER: This information is from the writings of my recently deceased brother  Tony Vendryes, RIP brother. Even in death you are still able to help people.  May the following bless your life and increase your health.

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