I’ve been professionally engaged with the integrative health and medicine field for the better part of a decade and, as a 28-year cancer ‘thriver’ of a so-called incurable malignancy, I’ve watched this movement up close and personal half my life.
Through FON, I’ve consulted hundreds of clinics, businesses, and organizations; participated in chronicling The Rise of Integrative Medicine; and written on the various names and nomenclature—and the numerous tents that comprise one, albeit loose-knit camp of mostly well-intentioned organizations, passionately aligned in service of health creation.
What I absolutely know is that ours is an inexorable movement: a fledgling field consistently finding firmer footings; and yes, it continues to show its value in cost-effectiveness, while fueling a vibrant industry with significant and growing economic impact. The foundation for all of this activity and growth has been …
Lifestyle Medicine: The Common Denominator
The underpinning for integrative health, and all that falls under its umbrella, has always been the fundamentals of lifestyle medicine.
Functional. Integrative. Ayurvedic. Naturopathic. Traditional Chinese. Preventive.
None of these systems and practices—and the often repeatable, sustainable, and quality-directed clinical outcomes achieved—are possible without the full participation of patients willing to change their behavior through lifestyle modification.