Health & Disease Prevention

The most effective way to improve public health and to reduce healthcare costs (>50 %) is to educate the public about simple, cost-effective means to avoid activities that promote diseases and illness.

A related initiative is the need to inculcate a greater sense of personal accountability for one’s choices (indulgences) and downstream health outcomes.

Common factors that are responsible for disease, from a public health perspective, include

  • Lack of social networks and community support systems, leading to feelings of isolation.
  • Lack of access to healthy and nutritious foods that supply both macro- and micro-nutrients and eating processed foods, containing  preservatives like nitrites, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) like phthalates.
  • Lack of equity in public decision making processes, leading to exposures which damage health, usually among  individuals with lower socioeconomic status, due to persistent environmental toxins in our air (e.g. volatile organic compounds,  VOCs), and  water (e.g., herbicide and pesticide residues).
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise to promote relaxation, including daily stretching and deep diaphragmatic breathing (e.g., 20000+ year old practices like Qi Gong & Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga)
  • Lack of restful sleep (~ 8 hours/day), which increases stress and system level inflammation and often leads to chronic diseases as sequelae.

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