Dr. Venu Julapalli, CIW Board Member as well as founder and president of Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A., an active private practice in gastroenterology in Houston, Texas, is writing an amazing blog-series both on Medium and his personal blog about Conscious Medicine about the tenets of what he calls Health 3.0.
Health 3.0 is of course very much related to what he and his brother Dr. Vinay Julapalli, in collaboration with the Center for Integral Wisdom and Dr. Marc Gafni, have called Unique Self Medicine.
In his blog, Dr. Julapalli writes about the problem of medicine:
In one way or another, we all sense that our approach to our health is flawed. But we are not as conscious about this as we could be, from both the patient’s and the doctor’s perspectives.
He then offers the following plan:
Conscious Medicine™ is our endeavor to consciously evolve a better path to the future of health. We aim for no less than the radical transformation of how we care for our sick and cultivate well-being. In practicing Conscious Medicine, we will honor some basic, interwoven tenets:
A comprehensive, contextual approach to health: To diminish disease and promote wellness, we will take multiple perspectives into account. We will include the best of what modern medicine offers us, along with alternative, holistic, and energy medicine practices. We see these practices as complementary and synergistic to each other, not antagonistic. But what is key is to apply, with authenticity and rigor, the practices best to a given context — not employ the grab-bag approach that befalls many superficial systems of integrative medicine.
An emphasis on both primary and secondary prevention: A comprehensive approach to health includes both primary and secondary prevention. Secondary prevention aims to screen for a disease early in its onset, so as to treat it before it worsens. Primary prevention aims to prevent the disease from developing in the first place. Both are important, but secondary prevention has taken center stage in our recent discussions on healthcare reform. Secondary prevention alone will not adequately bend the healthcare cost curve down. We will alter this unsustainable trajectory by actually helping each other live in good health, through addressing the root causes of disease and poor health.
Transparency of costs: Secondary prevention via a given healthcare system inherently costs more than primary prevention. Screening for diseases through tests inevitably leads to more tests. These tests can be falsely positive, which adds cost to the system. There is no free healthcare. Our modern healthcare system has disconnected us from its true costs. A fair exchange of value can occur only when these costs are transparent. We will make transparent the costs of our healthcare system among all its stakeholders.
Empowerment and accountability of all stakeholders: All stakeholders of healthcare are empowered when we share the costs and enjoy the benefits transparently. There are multiple stakeholders in this system — doctors and other healthcare providers, patients, families, nurses, hospitals and clinics, researchers, insurance companies, businesses, lawyers and lawmakers, and taxpayers. We will make healthcare more conscious by holding us all responsible for our health.
Validation of practices: One powerful way to hold each other accountable for our health is through an evidence-based approach. Evidence-based medicine has become the buzz-phrase in the practice of modern medicine. In fact, when practiced authentically, it is the strength of modern medicine. We will both incorporate and go beyond pre-rational and rational approaches and take healthcare to a trans-rational plane. A trans-rational perspective is uninterested in dogmatic attachments to theories, whether applied to conventional or unconventional medicine. Instead, it insists on empirical validation of all employed practices, insofar as we recognize that there are multiple ways of empirically validating such practices.
In a series of blog-posts, Venu offers the first 6 Tenets of Health 3.0:
- Tenet 1: Health 3.0 embraces uniqueness
- Tenet 2: Health 3.0 is both personal and non-personal Part 1 and Part 2
- Tenet 3: Health 3.0 is about Both Exteriors AND Interiors
- Tenet 4: Health 3.0 Balances Part and Whole
- Tenet 5: Health 3.0 is Conscious Medicine
- Tenet 6: Health 3.0 is Antifragile Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3