You can also read and share this post from my syndicated blog, “Health Conscious” on The Metrowest Daily News.
Patient-driven care, the mHealth movement, the fact that over a third of the population is willing to pay out of pocket for complementary and alternative medicine–this is today’s health care reality.
From the latest health apps on their mobile devices to having direct access to their online medical records, more people are taking charge of their health. This attitude is reflected in the latest list by Prevention of the 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America. The cities that made the cut are right in line with current views on health: eating right, exercising, staying stress-free, and maintaining a spiritual discipline that involves prayer and a church community.
San Jose, CA got high marks for its abundantly available organic produce, Honolulu, HI boasts endless beaches and low-stress lifestyles, and Fargo, ND offers spiritual satisfaction and high church attendance.
More doctors are catching this health care wave, too. They’ve been stretching beyond the boundaries of conventional medicine to include prescriptions that are outside of the conventional medical toolbox, such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture. Continue reading