A study reported by Harvard Medical School, analyzed data of more than 300,000 people and found that “lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50% an effect on mortality risk roughly comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, even greater than obesity and physical inactivity.”
Understanding that many things are at play where our health is concerned is at the core of integrative medicine. Our relationships, personal and spiritual growth, and the environment around us have proved to be equally important as diet, nutrition and physical activity. A Swedish study that analyzed people ages 75 and over discovered dementia risk was lowest in those that had satisfying relationships with friends and relatives.
What makes you, you, and taking every dimension of your life into account is all part of the integrative equation. That means considering everything from the food you eat, to the people you are eating it with, and how you feel when you’re with them. The interrelatedness between physical and nonphysical factors that affect your health and wellness is what integrative medical providers use to understand what is going on inside of you.
The goal is to unite conventional medicine with other modalities, commonly referred to as complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM. Those include:
- Naturopathic Medicine
- IV Therapies
- Chiropractic Treatments
- Diet/NutritionOriental Medicine
Developed by experts at Duke Medical University, and reported by U.S. News & World Report, the Wheel of Health’ is a comprehensive visual guide to the philosophy of integrative medicine.
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