The mainstream ‘Western’ understanding of health has been defined as:
 ‘…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

The message is that to be healthy, an individual must not experience any reduced wellbeing in their mental, physical or social selves. This state of ‘complete wellbeing’ is unrealistic, and could reduce individual and collective wellness simply by setting unattainable health-related goals (Huber et al., 2011). Rather than seeking a complete absence of ailment, health is understood as a state of harmony between all four quadrants (Roberts, 2005) [CH2, pg 13-15].

Elder John Halkett Explains Project's Unique Medicine Wheel Design