Many women feel that they have to resign themselves to illness and infirmity as they age but that need not inevitably be the case. Prevention is better than intervention; and since the health care system is focused more on interventions rather than prevention, it is up to us to do that latter job.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and author of several books based on health nutrition and drugs had this advice:
- We need to change our attitudes to health care according to the author of “Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future” and “Healthy Aging.”
- The answer to a lot of problems is to recognize that there is a mind – body connection that is helped by integrative medicine.
- Lifestyle choices also impact the way that the body ages and how disease affects it.
- Alternative practices such as yoga and tai chi can help us avoid prescription drugs and it is perhaps this approach to healing that will be the “future of medicine”
- The focus should be on enabling the body to heal and repair itself which can help to separate the process of aging from disease.