12 reasons to go on a health retreat?  What we can do for you...

#1 Stay alive and mentally sharp for longer, so you can enjoy more of what you love doing, and be around to play with your grandkids!  The top 5 leading causes of death in Australia are due to lifestyle diseases (see graph below), which are preventable and often reversible by lifestyle changes.  We can help you make those changes, that are often hard to do alone.  "The decisions you make today can have an enormous impact on your future and this could not be more true when it comes to your health: the lifestyle that you choose to lead can cause certain lifestyle diseases to develop. Despite having choice and control when it comes down to lifestyle factors - such as what we eat, how often we exercise, whether we choose to smoke and the amount of alcohol we drink, lifestyle diseases remain the leading cause of death in Australia - with heart disease being the most prevalent". https://www.allianz.com.au/life-insurance/news/lifestyle-health-issues.   Beat the statistics and improve your lifestyle!

 

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Source: Australian Institute of health and welfare, report, 2017.

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#2 Succeed in gaining control over your life, your addictions like sugar and junk food, and take charge over your choices.  Getting motivation is a mental choice and something which we can help with.  From the world famous Cleveland Clinic: "Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, overuse of alcohol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and inadequate relief of chronic stress are key contributors in the development and progression of preventable chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer. ...Even though doctors encourage healthful behaviors to help prevent or manage many chronic medical conditions, many patients are inadequately prepared to either start or maintain these appropriate, healthy changes. Most patients understand the reasoning behind a healthy lifestyle even if they don’t understand the disease processes that can occur when they don’t maintain healthy habits.

"...Despite an understanding of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, many patients lack the behavioral skills they need to apply everyday to sustain these good habits. Nevertheless, healthy lifestyle modifications are possible with appropriate interventions, which include nutritional counseling, exercise training, and stress management techniques to improve outcomes for patients at risk and those who already have common chronic diseases.  Medical studies show that adults with common chronic conditions who participate in comprehensive lifestyle modification programs experience rapid, significant, clinically meaningful and sustainable improvements in biometric, laboratory and psychosocial outcomes."  

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/transcripts/1444_lifestyle-choices-root-causes-of-chronic-diseases

We are doing what the Cleveland Clinic prescribes.  Come and be part of it! This is modern healthcare!

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#3 Learn how to cook plant-based and enjoy eating lots MORE food and still lose weight!  With concerns over health, climate change, cruelty to animals and water usage, Aussies now lead the way towards a healthier, kinder and cleaner plant-based future.  We will teach you how to do it yourself so that you succeed once you go home.  We do shopping tours so you can find where the healthy food is kept hidden, and we can even come to your own kitchen and help you to transition. Insufficient intake of fruit and vegetables is estimated to cause around 11% of ischaemic heart disease deaths and about 9% of stroke deaths globally.  To our knowledge there is currently nowhere else teaching plant-based cooking skills in the Townsville region, and this is such a crucial part of health. We have conducted cooking classes in the UK, Sweden, Norway and Australia, and know how to create tasty food that will also please your carnivorous family members.  Just don't tell them what its made of!

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#4 Have a break and a health holiday.  Relax and destress and avoid burnout.  Australians are working longer hours and burning out more than ever and need some time for true recreation.  You are not a machine and the money you earn might be spent on doctors later down the track if you dont take a break and rejuvenate.  We have beautiful nature around us and with massage and a better coping toolkit, we can help you strike that work-life balance that you need!

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#5 No bad side-effects from medication.  Eating, exercise, massage, moderate sunbathing and water therapies have positive effects on the circulation and immune system.  Medications generally do not. An estimated 2-3% of all Australian hospital admission were due to medications, and this rises to 20-30% for those aged 65+ (https://safetyandquality.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Literature-Review-Medication-Safety-in-Australia-2013.pdf).  Blood pressure medications, blood thinners and statins all come with substantial risks, and not taking them can also have substantial risks.  Lifestyle medicine is the answer! For example with heart disease, Dr Dean Ornish showed with his landmark study published in the Lancet back in 1990, that "at the end of one year, 82 percent of the patients showed measurable reversal of their coronary artery blockages. These results gave doctors a new tool for reversing heart disease. It costs much less than surgery, had no side effects, was surprisingly easy to follow, and could help keep patients healthy over the long run." http://www.pcrm.org/health/healthcare-professionals/nutrition-curriculum/section-one-preventing-and-reversing-heart-disease#reversing_disease

Do you want less side-effects and more positive effets? Come and experience the Acacia health retreat!

 

Which pill would you prefer?

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#6 We are comprehensive and focus on physical, mental, social and spiritual health
#7 We are people focused and help you to find the motivation and tools to commit to an improved lifestyle
#8 We deal with root causes and not just symptoms
#9 We combine the best of natural remedies while committed to an evidence based professional approach.
#10 We provide ongoing support, not just a one off experience

#11 We are the only live-in health retreat within 1000km of Townsville 

#12 You will feel better and have more energy! Deal with worry, depression, anxiety and all that stuff that has been holding you back for so long.  It's ime that you did what you have wanted to do for so long! Time to get refocused, recentered and reprioritize.  Just to be happy in who you are!

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