Paradigm Shift- From Managing Disease to Holistic Health Orientation

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Indu Aggarwal
Indu Aggarwal

Entrepreneur & Renowned Life Coach

In a world where healthcare has long revolved around treating diseases, a profound shift is taking place post COVID-19 – one that empowers individuals to embrace preventive healthcare as the key to unlocking a life of optimal well-being. Taking care of one’s body is an integral part of human intelligence, as it involves the application of knowledge, problem-solving skills, self-awareness, and decision-making abilities. By understanding and nurturing the body, individuals can optimise their health and well-being, improving their quality of life.


The time has come to shift our mindset, recognising that prevention is the foundation of a healthier future and the gateway to personal empowerment. By embracing preventive healthcare, we can reshape our lives and create a ripple effect of well-being that extends to our families, communities, and beyond. Furthermore, by equipping children with the knowledge and tools to prioritise their well-being from a young age, we pave the way for a healthier future generation.


An essential precursor to this paradigm is the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s definition of health, according to which health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. This definition, adopted by the WHO in 1948, encompasses a broader concept of overall well-being. This more comprehensive perspective on health can guide us in promoting health, preventing diseases, and addressing global health challenges. The paradigm shift from disease- to a health-oriented approach represents a fundamental change in how healthcare is conceptualized and delivered. The traditional disease-oriented model focuses primarily on diagnosing and treating specific diseases or conditions after they have already occurred. However, with advancements in medical knowledge and technology, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of preventive measures in reducing disease burden and improving overall population health.


Preventing disease requires a positive and proactive mindset that inspires individuals, Health Care providers, Government, Corporate houses and institutions to take measures to identify and address risk factors before they lead to the development of illness.
Promoting preventive healthcare can face several challenges lack of awareness, time constraints, lack of patience, scepticism towards preventive healthcare, doubting its effectiveness or questioning the motivation of healthcare providers, Inadequate policies, fragmented healthcare systems, and reimbursement structures that prioritise treatment over prevention.


We can overcome these challenges by taking small positive steps. There is a need for realignment of healthcare incentives that support preventive care, such as reimbursement models that prioritise prevention, investments in preventive healthcare infrastructure, create supportive environments that develop a culture of health and offer resources like counselling, support groups, and personalised coaching. Investing in health literacy programs that provide clear and simplified information about preventive measures, screenings, and healthy lifestyle choices. Use of visual aids, plain language, and culturally appropriate materials to enhance understanding.


Healthcare providers must develop a mindset to educate patients and their families; they must encourage open and transparent communication, evidence-based messaging, and testimonials from individuals who have benefitted from preventive care. There is a need to advocate for workplace policies supporting preventive healthcare, such as flexible appointment scheduling and wellness programs. Promote the concept of “health breaks” and encourage individuals to prioritise their health by setting realistic goals and making incremental changes.


Involve community leaders, influencers, and trusted healthcare professionals in outreach efforts to address concerns and dispel myths.
By addressing these challenges through strategic interventions and collaborative effort, we can reap the long-term benefits of Preventive Health Care. We can save potential time, resources and pain.
Developing a holistic health approach is a journey, and it’s essential to have the patience to make the small, sustainable changes mentioned below. However, by taking baby steps, we can experience a significant transformation in the long term.

  1. Emphasis on public health, such as immunisations, health education campaigns, and implementing policies to reduce risk factors like smoking, alcohol or unhealthy eating habits.

2. Promoting early detection, screening, and intervention can save financial, physical and emotional pain.

3. Human intelligence involves the capacity to make decisions. Self-Evaluation of Lifestyle and adoption of a Healthy lifestyle like good dietary practices, engaging in regular physical activity, improving stress tolerance power, getting enough sleep, work-life balance and avoiding harmful substances can have a significant impact on preventing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. It helps maintain a healthy weight, improves cardiovascular fitness, boosts immune function, and enhances overall well-being, which can save many health issues.

4. Develop the habit of mindful eating. A good diet provides essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. These nutrients are vital for the proper functioning of the body, supporting growth, development, immune function, and overall well-being. A nutritious diet provides the energy required for daily activities, enhances mental focus, and promotes overall vitality and well-being. A diet high in fibre and fermented foods supports a healthy gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in digestion, nutrient absorption, immune function, and mental health. A good diet and healthy food choices can help maintain a healthy weight or support loss efforts if needed. Along with a good diet, we can use quality Health supplements to overcome any nutritional deficiency.

5.Develop self-awareness. This awareness involves recognising bodily sensations, shifts in metabolism, energy levels, or hormonal fluctuations and understanding how different factors impact their health and well-being. As a result, humans can adapt to changes in their bodies and adjust their behaviours accordingly.

6. Engage in regular physical activity that suits abilities and preferences. Incorporate cardiovascular exercises, strength training, flexibility, and balance exercises.

7.Improve stress tolerance power by including meditation and deep breathing exercises.

8.Cultivate emotional well-being by nurturing positive relationships, seeking support, and practising self-care. Take time for self-reflection, self-compassion, and self-care activities that promote emotional balance and resilience.

9.Prioritise mental health. Feel free to take professional guidance or other appropriate interventions. Engage in activities stimulating your mind, such as reading, puzzles, or learning new skills. Incorporating Ayurveda into life can benefit Preventive Health Care. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic healthcare system from India that played a significant role in prevention and curative treatment. Post Covid-19 Ayurveda got global recognition.
Developing a culture of health can benefit everyone, so we must open our hearts and minds to the profound possibilities that preventive healthcare offers. It is a mindset shift—a declaration of self-empowerment and a commitment to well-being. So, together, let us embrace the power of prevention, unlock our potential, and build a future where health is not just a destination but a lifelong journey towards living our best lives.

Written by
Dr Anil Sanganeria
MBBS, MS(Surgery)
Fellow of International College of Surgeons, Chicago US in Oncosurgery)
Indu Aggarwal
Entrepreneur & Renowned Life Coach

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