Responsibility if a feature of the future of wellness. We face a turning point today in the way we approach healthcare – as persons, as a nation, and as the whole world – because there is a growing sense of agreement that the current state of healthcare and the channels through which we seek wellness are not sustainable. This growing sense includes the realization that many of them are not effective either.
Our own role in our wellness, our responsibility if you will, is something that more and more people are taking more and more seriously. To be informed, aware, and active in the processes of being well is becoming an accepted part of life for more and more people here in our community, in our nation, and globally as well.
The sustainability of the traditional approaches to healthcare is in doubt for good reason. Skyrocketing costs are a huge component that prompts this turning point, but costs are just a signal of the underlying weakness. The effectiveness too of traditional approaches is coming into question. The breeding of “superbugs” through indiscriminate use of antibiotics and the epidemic of opioid addiction through a focus on symptoms over causes are just two examples.
Many of us came of age in an era of “miracle cures,” when science had delivered true, life-saving solutions for dread diseases such as polio, when antibiotics made death from bacterial infections almost rare. This led, unfortunately, to a “fix me” mentality in healthcare.
And yet, the journal Health Affairs identified a consistent decline in the incremental effectiveness of new drugs since the 1960s. Physicians, economists, and public servants have begun to observe that the path we are on in healthcare cannot continue in its current direction. Personal awareness, judgement, and responsibility have grown in response to this evident turning point. The balance of roles in healthcare is shifting now to include each person’s own power to affect a healthy course for his or her life.
The Functional Approach
Functional medicine is gaining prominence as this sense of responsibility grows. The common sense of functional medicine is undoubtedly part of its appeal – and its effectiveness. As practitioners of functional medicine, we hold that preventing disease is even better than curing it, diseases and disorders often have more than one cause, and that those various causes combine differently in different people.
The answers for wellness that come from this common sense are as individual as the patients themselves.
For the sensitivity and perception that these new answers require, we, at Genesis4Wellness, have pursued the education, the qualifications, and the experience to assure confidence from anyone who wants to take an active part in her or his well-being. To discover more about how functional medicine may be your own path to a life of greater enjoyment, let’s get together.