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Wellness Medicine

The primary, overarching goal of the Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine is not only to instruct participants in the most recent developments in metabolic medicine, but also to allow them to further their professional trajectories and journeys. Many of our Fellows go on to open their own practices or change current practices; several of them write and become published; others share education and disseminate information in a variety of ways.

Nathan Goodyear, MD, one of our previous Fellows, penned an article for LinkedIn titled “What is Wellness Medicine? A life lesson.” Board-certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in 2010, Dr. Goodyear completed the Advanced Fellowship in addition to several electives: Pediatrics, Homeopathy, IV Therapy, Toxicology, and Weight Management. In the article, he discusses the characteristics that distinguish ‘wellness medicine,’ explaining that the very nature of this brand of medicine is defined by its focus and goal: “its focus is the patient and its goal is the healing of the patient.” Dr. Goodyear explains that wellness medicine is rooted in being proactive: working within the parameters of someone’s lifestyle, in order to prevent the manifestation of chronic disease.

Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Goodyear clarifies that wellness medicine and traditional medicine are not dichotomous, nor do they conflict with each other. Rather, the two paradigms of medicine can—and should—co-exist, as they directly complement each other. While the purpose of wellness medicine is to enact lifestyle interventions that can prevent disease, traditional medicine is critical in its evidence-based style that is necessary in both disease diagnosis and management.

To read Dr. Goodyear’s article in full, click here. Learn more about our Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine here.

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Chronic Disease: Continued

A recent new report published by Trust for America’s Health reveals that most states score low in terms of public health preparedness, despite alarming statistics that indicate the emergence of one new contagious disease each year–impacting millions of people across the country.

These nationwide major weaknesses are most evident when assessing whether health care systems are able to care for a mass influx of patients during a pandemic, a major outbreak, or attack. Only ten states have instituted formal programs for funneling private-sector medical staff, supplies, and resources into restricted areas during disasters.

The lack of coordinated biosurveillance systems, coupled with dwindling hospital emergency preparedness funds, help explain why only ten states vaccinated at least half of their respective populations against the seasonal flu during the last season.

The potential of dangerous viruses and other biological agents require increased oversight, in addition to upgrading infrastructure and technology. The lack of an overarching strategic approach furthers the challenges in caring for patients during a mass event.

Authors of the publication reported that a severe new flu pandemic could cost the nation more than $680 billion, with the potential to completely disrupt the global economy. Lead authors recommend that regions, states, and communities develop strong, reliable baseline public health capacities through a consistent and coordinated planning approach. Ultimately, investing in both prevention and ‘effective standing response capabilities’ can help avoid exorbitant costs in both dollars and lives.

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The Cost of Chronic Disease

The primary issue that consumes approximately 86% of healthcare costs in the United States is avoidable chronic disease: while the most prevalent health conditions are simultaneously the most preventable, they continue to cost the country’s budget billions of dollars.

While overall numbers have decreased since 2010, when chronic disease cost the U.S. a total of $315 billion, morbid obesity rates have continued to rapidly spike—a condition that leads to a range of critical health issues including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

In large part due to increased public awareness, three of the five leading causes of death have declined, yet the trend of chronic disease is still disconcerting and dangerous. Almost half of all adults in the U.S. have a serious health condition, while 31 million Americans over age 50 are at great risk of contracting a chronic illness because of sedentary inactivity and lack of proper nutrition.

Being conscious of medicinal needs and treatments requires a consistently high level of responsibility and awareness. Healthcare experts urge patients to take active, informed roles in managing their health: online workshops have been developed to offer chronic disease self-management programs, which have been proven to significantly improve health status. Moreover, healthcare practitioners and professionals must collectively work together and cooperate with patients in order to create effective health plans, and communicate the ways in which to incorporate nutrition, health, and wellness into their lifestyles.

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