HONOR OUR VETERANS' HEALTH
Men and women in service are doing a sacrificing and brave job for their country all over the world, with sometimes not only losing their lives but in many cases coming home as veterans without finding an answer to their health problems developed in service. But yes – there are (natural) answers. Learn more about …
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
Many veterans came back from service with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and chronic pain which, so far, could not be solved with synthetics to swallow.
However, it is no less but the U.S. Navy with Army Col. Richard Petri, chief of physical medicine and integrative health services at the navy base in Fort Bliss, Texas, to whom we owe deep respect.
Because they have understood that seemingly ‘modern’ medicine with lots of pharmaceutical drugs and technical modalities are not the final answer for veteran’s needs suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders, chronic pain, and other ailments.
Take research at Massachusetts’ Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine proving, inter alia, a 40% reduction in doctor visits among their mind-body patients. Demonstrating that our body is a systemic natural phenomenon with health being influenced by emotions, thoughts, and social relationship.
Another successful seven-session ‘mind-body’ curriculum had been organized already in mid-2013 in San Diego, California, with 500 Navy personnel involved. With special reference to regular meditation, healthy sleep, healthy diet, social connections, and physical activities.
Just as one of the Marines, injured gravely in Afghanistan, participating in the trial put it: “After walking around on these crutches and being on narcotics. I’ve been able to cut my prescriptions in half.”
With this new understanding what health of veterans is all about, the U.S. Navy hopes to see a standard ‘mind-body’ component at least at military hospitals soon.
While this is primarily important for the health of our heroes, this alternative medical approach also relieves military health care costs which increased by 130% between 2000 and 2012 alone.
IN A NUTSHELL
Army Col. Petri in Fort Bliss:
“If we don’t change our practices, health care in the military will bankrupt the military.”
In consequence, the U.S. Navy declared recently a new mission called
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