As we enter a new era of health care, one fact looms large. More than three-fourths of U.S. medical costs are attributed to largely-preventable illnesses related to our lifestyle behaviors - what we eat, whether we exercise, how we manage stress, if we smoke.
Yet in most health care today, visits to the doctor are often too brief to get a handle on these complicated challenges. The focus is usually on disease treatment (with a heavy reliance on drugs, high-tech procedures and tests) rather than disease prevention.
To get to the root of this all, our special public radio project, The Search for Well-Being examines a fascinating new model of health care: integrative medicine.
Listen here to four half-hour audio segments:
- Learn how integrative medicine provides effective, low-tech natural treatment that focuses on the whole person-mind, body, and spirit
- Listen to personal stories that highlight how this integrative approach is redefining the "doctor-patient relationship"
- Hear about the changes in medical education that are helping to prepare a new wave of professionals for integrative practice