60% of annual deaths worldwide are caused by chronic disease.
Let me repeat that – 60% of the people who die each year do so because of mostly preventable chronic disease.
More people die every year because of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and COPD (to name just a few) than any other cause.
According the World Health Organization (WHO), if the major risk factors for chronic disease like poor diet, inactivity and tobacco use could be eliminated, at least 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes would be prevented as well.
In addition to that, 40% of cancers could be prevented too.
More than just a health concern, chronic disease plagues health care systems . . . and economies as well. It’s what our nation spends a substantial portion of its money on.
In the United States, cardiovascular disease and diabetes alone will cost $750 billion annually.
And, according to a study done by Darrel Hulisz, PharmD of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) costs the US anywhere between $22 to $30 million annually, to say nothing of lost work time.
If we could do a better job of helping people take care of their health, not only would the cost of health care go down, but we would see a rise in abundance for everyone, not to mention the clear benefits of living a life that promotes well-being.
This is where mind/body medicine comes into play.
By treating an individual as a whole and taking into consideration the “big picture” perspective of care in terms of causes, management, and treatment, mind/body medicine can help repair the damage that can riddle our bodies.
And, it’s key to helping patients make the changes needed to live a healthier, more satisfying life.
We’ll be taking a closer look at chronic disease in our upcoming teleseminar series and especially at the conference this December in Hilton Head, SC. Close to a thousand practitioners will be gathering.
Think of it as a giant think tank with the potential to shape the future of clinical practice across professions and our country.
We recently asked conference alumni to tell us about their experiences of the conference, and we wanted to share a few of their responses with you:
“NICABM has given me what no other conference or academic training ever could. Exceptional speakers with cutting-edge ideas that I brought back to my colleagues to use in our work. I have been fortunate to attend yearly since 1997.” − Rita Hanuschock, Nurse Practitioner, Cleveland, Ohio
“The entire experience is so valuable, and the information that I have received stays with me on a daily basis in my practice as a clinician. This is the best mind body medicine conference in the world! Period.” – Ed Glauser, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC Mind Body Counseling, Athens, Georgia
It’s not only a time when leaders come together to share the latest ideas and applications in mind-body medicine, but also it’s a time to receive the refreshment practitioners need to continue providing their patients with the highest quality of care:
“I have attended this conference yearly since 2005 and find that time at NICABM has helped me keep my balance as I provide care for others. It is a joy to be with so many like-minded colleagues who understand my professional interests and passions for a mind-body-spirit approach. I count on coming away with innovative and practical ideas to help my clients and my colleagues–as well as myself.” − Judy Hicks, LCSW, Memphis, TN
“Thank you for reminding me why I got into this field and how much there is to do. This is a retreat, and also a time machine that shows where we may be in 10 years.” – Patrick Goff, Ed.D, North Brunswick, NJ
“There has not been another conference that I’ve found in the last fifteen plus years where I could learn about cutting edge research and profoundly important aspects of a wide variety of … clinical practice approaches, and gain virtually all my required CEU’s in psychology. And all this in a place I came to love as a paradise retreat – complete with dolphins that seemed to keep pace with me as I ran along the beach at sunrise, or at sunset.” − Maria Syldona, PhD, Clinical and Research Psychologist, Ridgway, CO
Thank you to all of the alumni who’ve been letting us know how the Psychology of Health Immunity and Disease Conference has had an impact of their lives and practices.
And please let us know what you think with a comment below – what are some mind-body approaches to chronic disease that have been effective with your patients?