Medicine is in need of a paradigm change. The health of individuals cannot be managed through the disease model of medicine. The disease model of medicine is good if disease is your focus, but if the goal of the disease model is to diagnose and manage disease, how can wellness be integrated? It cannot. A new model is required. A wellness model is needed. A model to ask different questions. A model to search for different answers. A model to reach for different goals. A model to focus on wellness and not on disease.
No longer can the only question be ‘do you have disease’. The lack of disease does not indicate the presence of wellness. Many people don’t have disease, yet they are not well. How well are you aging? This question highlights the difference in the disease and the wellness paradigm. The question is not looking for disease, but is instead looking for the degree of wellness.
Are you well? How well are you aging?