What are the Ten Pillars of Health?


The Ten Pillars of Health is the new model for health and wellness that accounts for the complexities of modern times and modern discoveries in neuroscience.

The Brain is the centerpiece, accounting for the central role of the brain in modern health. Surrounding and interconnecting with the Brain are three other main spheres of health: the physical, the biochemical, and the mental/emotional), with each sphere spliced into their 3 critical sub-components.

1. Brain / Synapse: “Brain” was put as the centerpiece of health, as all aspects of health are regulated, modulated, or routed through the brain. The ‘synapse’ is a scientific term for two pieces of neurology connecting together. Modern neuroscience has progressed tremendously in the past 120 years since the inception of the Triangle of Health. I give the brain central location, with all other spheres ’synapsing’ into the middle.

The Physical sphere was split into three major physical sub-components:

2. Bowel / Stool: “Bowel” includes every way your body excretes toxins, including defecation, urination, exhalation, sweating, exhaling, etc. Some of you reading this may chuckle when reading about “Bowel” but consider this: Would you live in a house where you can’t flush the toilet properly? How long would you live in a house that got more toxic and fetid with each day? You wouldn’t live in a fetid house, so why would you let your body become fetid? If you don’t regularly defecate, than feces sit in your colon and leaches back into your bloodstream, affecting your body, biochemistry, brain, and mind.

3. Body / Structure: “Body” includes all aspects of the physical body, including joints, muscles, skin, circulation, lymphatic system, digestive organs, skull and sense organs, the spine, and posture. It includes all aspects of physical damage as well, such as scar tissue, misaligned joints, blockages, degeneration, tears, and other issues. All other spheres of health will suffer if the physical body is damaged because damaged tissue releases inflammatory chemicals into the whole system and also sends noxious (stressful) nerve signals to the brain, putting the brain on fight-or-flight mode, altering your biochemistry and mood.

4. Burst exercise / Speed training: “Burst” includes all aspects of exercise, especially High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), known as Burst training, as well as walking, flexibility, agility, and mobility. “Burst” also covers exercise goes wrong, such as how to avoid injuries from particular exercises, why jogging damages your hormone systems, and how a sedentary lifestyle (not moving) harms your brain, biochemistry, body, and mind.

The BioChemical sphere was split into its three major sub-components:

5. BioToxins / Synthetics: “BioToxins” includes all things chemically toxic to the human body, including, but not limited to: heavy metals, genetically modified foods, trans-fatty acids, industrial chemicals, synthetic colorings and flavorings, pesticides and insecticides, toxic makeup, fast foods, drugs, allergens, and artificial sweeteners. You must know how to identify, avoid, or at least minimize exposure to such toxins.

6. BioNutrients / Sustenance: “BioNutrients” includes all beneficial nutrients that our bodies and brains require for optimal health, including, but not limited to: essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients, sunlight, water, protein, anti-oxidants, probiotics, and enzymes. Most people do not take in enough quantity or enough variety of BioNutrients.

7. Breakfast / Starting meal: “Breakfast” includes when and what you eat at the start of the day, and also includes your morning routine and general rhythm of the day. All my patients with chronic disease had one of the four types of bad breakfasts: 1) skipping breakfast altogether, 2) coffee for breakfast, 3) sugar for breakfast, or 4) glorified sugar for breakfast. The bad breakfast pattern was so common, I made breakfast a separate category under BioChemistry. In fact, I wrote my first visual eGuidebook, “Magnificent Morning Metabolism” specifically to cover why breakfast is so critical to health, including how to easily implement a great breakfast every day.

Only 3 chronically ill patients ever had a consistent, nutritious, and full breakfast in my career. However, they had at least 7 other points of the Ten Points of Wellness way off point. These 3 patients were consistent with my observation that 100% of my chronically ill patients had a minimum of 7 out of 10 points way off point, though their seven did not include a bad breakfast.

The Mental/Emotional sphere was split into its three major components:

8. Bothers / Stress: “Bothers” includes all facets of stress that harm our health and quality of life. The types of stress include, but are not limited to: Mental, emotional, financial, relational, sexual, intellectual, occupational, cultural, religious, spiritual, and family stress. As you can tell, this is a huge topic, and some would argue the most important topic of all.

9. Bugs / Symbiosis: “Bugs” includes all aspects of your relationships to microscopic organisms, including your beneficial gut bacteria, chronic infections, acute infections, and handling exposure to external sources of pathogens, such as mold and bacteria. If your gut bacteria is imbalanced or you’re dealing with a chronic exposure to mold, then your health can be seriously compromised. Many people don’t realize that if your gut bacteria are imbalanced, your brain and biochemistry will suffer tremendously because your immune system will begin to misbehave.

10. Bedtime / Sleep: “Bedtime” includes the all-important and least appreciated aspect of health…your sleep. If you don’t sleep well, then your health will suffer, as will your mind, body, and biochemistry.

Summary: Ten Points of Wellness accounts for all ten major facets of health, including modern neuroscience, without getting too complex or too simplistic.

However, anyone can make up a new model for health, but not everyone tests their new model on real patients suffering with really tough issues. These Ten Points were tested in my clinic on chronically ill patients, and what I found was that 100% of all chronically patients had a minimum of 7 out 10 of these Points way off point.

The 7 out of 10 discovery explained why these chronically ill patients constantly struggled with their health despite bouncing from one product, protocol, and/or practitioner to the next. Why? Most products, protocols, and practitioners only deal with 1-3 points, maybe 5, but almost never all 10. So these chronically ill patients would get marginal, temporary, or no results because not all the major issues were addressed, only some. These patients needed all Ten Points of Wellness assessed and treated consistently at the same time for a period of time.

To review resources and tools that go along with the Ten Points of Wellness, click the link- Low-Tech Tools & Resources

This video shares the new model of wellness for the 21st century. This new model, The Ten Points of Wellness™, is both logical and practical without making you look like some health nut. This video teaches you how to practically improve your health with everyday tools using low-tech solutions with high impact. Basically, you’ll learn how to MacGyver your health.

Presented by Dr. Sam Shay, DC, DACNB, FACFN, PGDip(Acu)

The Ten Points of Wellness™ encompasses all the complexity of health without getting overwhelming.

Topics covered:
00:00 – Why “Wellness” should be taken seriously to save your life, not perceived as a luxury or hippy-like.

02:45 – Brief history of Wellness in the western world. Why wellness today is more complicated than wellness before 1900.

04:37 – New Paradigm of health for the 21st century: Overview of the Ten Points of Wellness™.

09:24 – Brain imbalance: Why men usually die from quick, violent deaths while women usually die slow, painful deaths.
Article mentioned: https://drsamshay.com/blokitis-an-emerging-disease-amongst-males/

15:54 – Bowel care: How to stop constipation to stop auto-toxicity.

17:13 – Body care: Why a properly functioning spine is essential for optimal health and how to help your spine.

Exercise portion – approximately 20 minutes
19:13 – Burst exercise: Why marathoners look like cancer patients.
21:03 – Why cardiovascular research is severely flawed, just like most psychology research.
25:46 – The physiology and anthropology of why marathoners look like cancer patients and why sprinters look healthy and lean.
28:22 – Where walking fits into exercise compared to jogging.
29:04 – Defining Burst Exercise (HIIT).
30:33 – How to accurately measure progress with burst training.
32:04 – How to safely implement Burst exercise.
33:27 – How to “run” a marathon using burst exercise principles and how to use a bicycle or swim in a pool with the same principles
34:42 – Research on the safety and benefits of Burst exercise over cardiovascular exercise.
36:09 – Exercise for your sport versus exercise for your health.
37:33 – Where does “warming up” fit into Burst exercise and health?
39:16 – summary of the benefits of Burst exercise

40:17 – Bio-Toxins: The 10 Modern Bio-Toxins you have to avoid.

43:16 – Bio-Nutrients: The 10 modern nutrients you need everyday.
Article mentioned: https://drsamshay.com/playing-with-fire-why-food-and-nutrition-are-such-volatile-subjects/

44:36 – Breakfast: Why bad breakfasts contribute to chronic disease.
Ebook at https://drsamshay.com/contact/#bottomoptin. Teaches you how to lose weight, heal the adrenal glands, and boost metabolism through better breakfasts.

47:24 – Bothers: How to deal with stress in an overwhelming world.

48:48 – Bugs: How to balance your gut flora and build up immunity.

49:25 – Bedtime: How to nap. Website mentioned:

How to Nap (and not mess up your sleep).

53:50 – List of talks available for organizations or conferences.

Dr. Shay as a speaker on your podcast, summit, docu-series, or seminar.

54:05 – If you need personal attention from Dr. Shay in his clinic in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Overview of clinic: https://drsamshay.com/work-with-me/clinic/
Available treatments: https://drsamshay.com/work-with-me/clinic/treatment-types/

54:43 – If you want to transform your health with Dr. Shay as your personal online health coach (via Skype) with his 3-month program.

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58:04 – Final review of the Ten Points of Wellness™

If you want personal attention to help your Ten Points of Wellness or you wish to optimize your current level of vitality, you can Work With Me in person or over Skype.