28 February 2018
One of ANH-Intl’s overriding missions is to help see a fundamental shift in how we manage health so that society’s overall approach is properly sustainable. That’s why we refer to sustainable healthcare. We talk a lot about it and over the coming weeks and months, as we prepare to release our landmark position paper, you’re going to hear even more about it. It’s big picture stuff that focuses the waking hours of people like us, but for many we know, as a concept, it’s just not close enough to home to be meaningful or feel relevant.
This article is intended to look at some simple approaches that could be readily introduced at the coalface of our healthcare system – in primary care, at the GP’s clinic. These could really help transform health outcomes by better predicting the potential onset of disease, or even more importantly, by providing sufficient foresight to allow disease to be prevented in the first place.
When you’ve had a taste of what Dr Leroy Hood describes as ‘P4 Medicine’ from an integrative or functional medicine practitioner it’s difficult to turn back. Having a bunch of new-to-nature chemicals thrown at you in the space of an 8-minute consultation replete with side effects no longer makes much sense. These integrative and functional approaches both use a systems biology approach to deliver healthcare that is Predictive, Preventative, Personalised and Participatory (hence P4) – the last P being the crucial key to unlock the door to success. Without us, as individuals first and patients second, being fully engaged in our own healthcare journey all falls to nought!
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ANH - What is the Alliance for Natural Health International?
Alliance for Natural Health International is an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. Our catch cry is ‘love nature, live naturally’.