"The times, they are a changing" said Bob Dylan. And I am delighted to see that this is truly happening.
United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is advocating a "holistic approach" to well-being. At the North American Adventist Health Summit meeting Dr. Benjamin was quoted to say "If we really want to change and reform healthcare in this country, we need to prevent people from getting sick in the first place."
Dr. Benjamin also is the head of the National Prevention Council which was established through President Obama's Health Reform Act. She went on to point out that this administration’s vision is to change the nation's health care system "from a focus on disease and illness to a focus on wellness and prevention." "Health does not occur in the doctor's office or hospital alone”, she said. "Health occurs where we live, where we learn, where we work, where we play and where we pray."
She went on to say "I continue to be impressed by the innovative thinking that's going on in the Seventh – day Adventist Church to make health something you live, and not just something you hope for."
Health professionals at the meeting pointed out that obesity rates had doubled in adults and more than tripled in children since 1980. They pointed out that the need to raise awareness is more urgent than ever. More than 20 million United States children under the age of five are now overweight.
Dr. Albert Reece who is the dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland was at the meeting and pointed out that "Obesity is often the underlying cause of heart disease, cancer and hypertension and is the number one risk factor for type II diabetes. He pointed out that "We are now number one in the world with regards to obesity. The United States wishes to be and likes to be number one in everything, but this is not one area that we can be proud of".
As an integrative medicine physician whose logo is "Enlightened Medicine, Consciously Living, Compassionate Healing" I am so delighted to hear that the government and major medical centers are now recognizing the need for lifestyle change and conscious living and awareness of what we are putting in and doing to our bodies as a way to reduce the health care budget that is crippling our country. The quotes given above are direct quotes from lectures I have given and many of my integrative medicine colleagues have given for years.
I look forward to working with you to help you keep yourself and your family healthy, happy, and spiritually connected.
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