Salutogenesis - Our philosophy

Our approach is based on salutogenesis which describes how to create health, as opposed to pathogenesis which defines the origin of diseases.

The name "Lonhea" is derived from the words longevity and health.

Our mission is to help you find, optimise and maintain your most precious asset – your health – to ensure your well-being and longevity.  

We wish to create a true change in your life, and not just a short-term fix. 

The Method


Our understanding of human physiology is continually and rapidly being updated by a phenomenal amount of new scientific research. Despite this, patients are still too often given treatments based on false, incomplete or out-of-date concepts. Lonhea method relies solely on recent research, 100% validated to establish the most optimum level of patient care. Some of the most important recent scientific discoveries now show interesting parallels between traditional and modern medicine. Is it the reconciliation of these two approaches to medicine that allows us to offer a truly comprehensive approach to patient care.


Traditional Chinese medicines have been talking about it for centuries in the form of a metaphor and philosophical concept. This approach is now fully validated scientifically. Health is the result of the balance between two brains: the digestive brain and the encephalic brain. 

1. The digestive brain

The digestive brain must ensure sufficient intake of energy, essential nutrientsvitamins and trace elements. It is also, through the intestinal mucosa*, one of the 4 protective barriers preventing the entry of foreign bodies into the body, the other 3 being the skin and the pulmonary mucosa and the blood-brain barrier. It is in constant communication with the brain via the enteric nervous system* and by a range of hormones, lipoproteins*interleukins* and other substances, which have yet to be fully discovered.

  Useful bacteria

An important component of our digestive tract is the thousands of species of bacteria that are contained within it. These bacterias have co-existed with us for thousands of years. They bring us about 50% of our intake of essential nutrients. They also produce many lipoproteins, which are able to send information to our brain. They play a fundamental role in immune function and especially in the production of inflammation, which can affect the whole body. The latest scientific evidence clearly demonstrates the link between gut flora and certain diseases such as obesity or type-2 diabetes. It is thus essential to normalize the quality of our intestinal flora in order to preserve our health.

  Protecting the tight junctions

The intestinal mucosa* plays an important role as a barrier. It consists of side-by-side cells, which are held together by tight junctions*. The integrity of these junctions is essential. The intestinal mucosa is the boundary between the exterior and the interior the body. It is therefore not surprising that over half of our immune defences are located along our digestive tract. When a foreign protein enters this protective layer, the immune system must take over to get rid of it. This may require a considerable amount of energy and divert our bodies from functioning effectively in other areas. It is thus essential to ensure that our intestinal cells receive optimal nutrition and that our tight junctions are able to resist attack from foreign bodies.

 2. The Reptilian brain

The reptilian brain is the motor, the regulator and the coordinator of all essential functions. The brain works properly when it is well protected by the digestive brain and is stimulated by physical activity, stimuli (visual, auditory, gustatory and tactile) also play the same role. It handles all essential functions and ensures the proper coordination of the various cycles that shape our lives. 


Dr Golay’s method is designed to allow our two brains to function in harmony and enable our cells to be in a favourable environment to thrive. 

  Fighting oxidative stress

The marker of cellular damage is oxydative stress*. Lifestyle factors that influence our cells' health and thus oxidative stress are: 

  • The decrease of physical activity 
  • Reduced consumption of fruits and vegetables generating latent metabolic acidosis*
  • The modification of sodium/potassium* ratio 
  • The strong decrease in consumption of dietary fibre, which causes a change of intestinal flora and the appearance of gastrointestinal and widespread 
     low-grade inflammation*
  • The modification of the omega-6/omega-3* ratio.
  • Insufficient intake of certain nutrients (vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, etc.). 
  • The accumulation of multiple stressors (noise pollution, professional stress etc.).
  • The increased absorption of fine particles and xenobiotics* in our body (aluminium salts, parabens, etc.).
Therefore, rebalancing these markers is fundamental in health development.



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