Health is key to success in the world. But sadly, most of us are not getting the right health information to live our best lives—to really thrive, to think with precision, to feel energized as we face the world each day, and to be free of illness. Health used to be what the field of medicine was all about.
But did you know that while the United States leads the world in medical technologies, life expectancy in America is the lowest of all comparable countries? Canadians, Germans, the French, British, and Japanese can all expect to outlive Americans. And if we’re talking about people staying healthy while aging, the United States doesn’t crack the top 30 list of countries where people live well—in a literal sense—into their twilight years. At the same time, chronic disease and mental illness are both on the rise. It seems like Americans are increasingly unhealthy and unhappy.
So what’s happening? Why do our advances in medicine not translate to better health? What can we do to change the direction of health care in our country?
Dr. Daniel Monti is the CEO and founding director of Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Three years ago, he established the first-ever Integrative Medicine & Nutritional department at a U.S. medical school. Now, he’s leading a scientific team focused on solving these severe problems. The pandemic has made an already dire situation worse, making his work more critical now than ever.

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