There’s an ever-growing archive of medical evidence demonstrating that numerous wellness approaches–from acupuncture to yoga–can have powerful health benefits. Wellness Evidence makes research on preventative and integrative medicine easily accessible.
The Cost of the Traditional Healthcare System
Traditional healthcare systems focus on curing disease rather than helping people make prevention and lifestyle changes. The cost of traditional care has reached a tipping point for many people, employers and governments.
The Human Cost of Preventable Disease
- 69% of all deaths globally each year are a result of preventable diseases Centers for Disease Control, 2017
- Largely preventable non-communicable diseases–including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and mental health disorders–are responsible for 36 million deaths each year. This is the biggest cause of death worldwide, at 63% of deaths. WHO, 2017
- The global cost of largely preventable chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health) could reach $47 trillion by 2030. World Economic Forum, 2017
- Conservatively, physical inactivity now costs the world $67.5 billion a year– and this is only measuring five of 22 diseases directly linked to physical inactivity. The real costs are likely to be two to three times higher. Univ. of Sydney, 2016
- The total economic cost of smoking (health expenditures and productivity) totaled $1.44 trillion in 2012, or nearly 2% of the world’s annual GDP. WHO & American Cancer Society, 2017
The Medical Evidence for Wellness Approaches
People typically imagine that scientific evidence sides with traditional medicine (i.e., drugs and procedures). And certainly far more clinical studies have been devoted to conventional clinical and pharmaceutical approaches. But physicians and medical professionals increasingly agree there is hard evidence for many integrative/alternative therapies and mind-body approaches. And all informed providers agree that lifestyle, stress-reduction and attitude changes have an enormous impact on health.
Today wellness (which spans beauty, healthy eating, wellness tourism, fitness/ mind-body, preventive/ personalized medicine, complementary/ alternative medicine, wellness lifestyle real estate, the spa industry, the thermal/ mineral springs market and workplace wellness.) is a $3.7 trillion global economy (Global Wellness Summit 2016).
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