WASHINGTON – Popping a pill can cut your cholesterol. But did the doctor also prescribe cutting the stress that’s eroding your immune system? Or teach you how to exercise without worsening painful joints?
Think 3 Ps: Good health care is preventive, predictive and personalized, a rarity today in a crisis-oriented care system far better at treating disease than keeping it at bay. To help change that, one of the nation’s top medical groups starts a major push this week for what patients might call whole-body wellness care.
"Health is more than the absence of disease," says Dr. Ralph Snyderman, who heads a three-day meeting of the prestigious Institute of Medicine to get onto Congress’ radar this health-promotion approach, what jargon-loving doctors call "integrative medicine."