I think we can all agree that 2016 was action-packed and full of emotion and intensity, good and bad, for everyone. As we approach the last few days of a long year, it's a good practice to reflect on some of the changes that have occurred and the progress we've made—especially in the field of integrative and functional medicine.
Sometimes it's just nice to remember that there are scientists, researchers, doctors, and graduate students working tirelessly to substantiate the value of the alternative therapies that have changed so many of our lives. Other times we reflect because we need a reminder of just how essential it is to invest our time and money in good research so that one day we can create a truly holistic approach to health care—one that doesn't need labels like "conventional," "alternative," or "functional" at all.
So take a minute and imagine a world in which acupuncture and aromatherapy are offered to hospital patients, a plant-based diet is a prescription for heart disease, and meditation classes are covered by our health insurance plans. I know, sometimes that world can seem far away. But that's why it's extra-important to reflect on the progress we've made, stay on our toes, and re-motivate ourselves to keep up the good fight in the year to come.
In the spirit of positive progression, here are thirteen studies and advances in the science of holistic health that we think warrant a special mention.