“Health is a person's most important resource.”

— Ralph Snyderman, MD

“Lifestyle change programs — which focus on nutritional interventions, stress reduction, moderate exercise and the development of greater love, intimacy and emotional wellbeing — can mitigate and sometimes even reverse the progression of chronic disease.”

— Dean Ornish, MD

The Benefits of Integrative Medicine

The Bravewell Collaborative recently released a new, informative report, "Integrative Medicine: Improving Health Care for Patients and Health Care Delivery for Providers and Payors."

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This 50-page briefing explains what integrative medicine is and how it can help transform our health care system.  It summarizes the evidence presented at the Institute of Medicine's 2009 Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public and answers the question: what is health?

The report discusses the need for health care that addresses the whole person, the connection between lifestyles and health, the importance of the doctor patient-relationship and the need to embrace complexity and connection in both care and research. 

Also included are patient stories from Duke Integrative Medicine, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and The Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine.

The report can be obtained by contacting the Bravewell office at 612.377.8400 or by downloading a PDF via the link below.