Helping our patients and clients with their pain, sleep, and mental health issues continues to be one of the biggest opportunities for health professionals today. Our current healthcare system is struggling to address the very essence of what it means to be human; we are unique. Personalized care is a struggle to provide in a system full of reference ranges and ‘normals’.
physical and mental health
This course will take you on a journey to understand how we have arrived at our current definition of ‘health’ and how history has shaped how we view what it means to be ‘healthy’. Your current beliefs will be challenged as we encourage you to think differently about physical and mental ‘health,’ and how they define our ‘internal world’. You will explore the implications our ‘external world’ (our environment, relationships, and beliefs) can have on our ability to heal.
An ecosystem approach to health will be presented as a framework for understanding how our body, mind, space, and beliefs shape our ‘health’. You will be left with a newfound hope in how you help your patients and clients achieve more harmony in their lives; and you just may find more in yours.
Joe LaVacca, DPT, OCS
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Define what it means to be “healthy” and discuss the current ways our healthcare system looks at a patient’s ‘health’.
2. Illustrate the significance of pain, sleep and mental health disorders in America and the potential crisis we face if we continue to treat them in an isolated fashion.
3. Discuss and interpret how the history of healthcare in America has shaped how we view ‘health’ today.
4. Introduce an ecosystem approach to health to include a person’s body, mind, relationships, environment and beliefs.
5. Define the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) and discuss its role as our body’s homeostatic regulator amongst multiple biological systems.
6. Define the task positive network (TPN) and default mode network (DMN) and discuss its role in anxiety, stress, and depression.
7. Discuss relationships, environment and community impact on health and how essential they are to our overall well-being.
8. Explore the science of belief, awe and faith and its impact on healing.
9. Discuss common sense approaches to improving the health of a person’s ecosystem by redefining ‘what is medicine’.
“A Fringe Perspective on Whole Person Health” Outline
Hour 0:00 – 1:00
Welcome and Introductions
Welcome and introduction of instructor and course participants.
Overview and outline of the course.
What are we doing here? (Ch 1)
Discussion on how to know if ourselves or our patients are healthy?
Overview of typical methods of ‘health’ analysis.
Understand importance of assessing patients during everyday life.
Who is Fringe? (Ch 2)
Discuss the term ‘fringe’ as it applies to healthcare professionals.
Discuss the value of working together with our patients/clients to understand and personalize their care.
Our Health (Ch 3)
Identify the economic impact of chronic pain on America.
Discuss the opioid crisis in America and lack of care available.
Illustrate the significance of sleep disorders in America and the long term risks associated with them.
Identify the mental illness crisis in America and the importance of natural and safe solutions for treating mental health.
Hour 1:00 – 2:00
Reframing our Problems (Ch 4)
Introduce the concept of pain as a tool for learning.
Understand how chronic or ‘unchecked’ inflammation results in increased pain.
Explain the correlation between balanced circadian rhythms and healthy sleep cycles.
Define allostasis and how an impaired allostatic response affects our physiology.
Understanding Health (Ch 5)
Define “health”and explore the current ways our healthcare system looks at a patient’s ‘health’.
A Brief History of Health in America (Ch 6)
Explore the timeline of healthcare in America and its advancements from 1700 – present.
Identify the impact of the Flexner Report on modern medicine.
Define Seyle’s General Adaptation Syndrome (1936).
Introduce the Biopsychosocial Model (1977).
Discuss complex systems theory and more ‘whole person’ approach to healthcare.
Hour 2:00 – 2:45
Fringe Health Ecosystem (Ch 7)
Discuss the differences between balance and harmony as it pertains to a person’s health.
Explore how health is strictly interconnected with our biological ecosystem.
Illustrate our responsibility for the biosphere we live in and how it relates to our health.
Define the concept of our inner world: our body and mind.
Define the concept of our outer world: our relationship, environment and our beliefs.
Fringe Health Ecosystem – Body (Ch 8)
Discuss the traditional body systems we examine.
Define the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), its relationship to our traditional body systems and its major role as our body’s homeostatic regulator.
Understand ECS receptors, their locations and their functions in our body.
Understand our body’s own endocannabinoids and their functions.
Discuss the ECS and its effect on inflammation, circadian rhythms, and allostasis.
Define how the ECS affects the limbic system, HPA axis, and the hormonal system.
Explore the effects of impaired allostasis on our overall health.
Define Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
Hour 2:45 – 4:30
Fringe Health Ecosystem – Mind (Ch 9)
Discuss the impact emotions have on learning, attention, focus, and memories.
Define dopamine and its effect on happiness.
Understand hedonia vs. eudaimonia.
Define the task positive network (TPN) and default mode network (DMN) and it’s role in anxiety, stress, and depression.
Explore the impact that the mind has on pain, stress, and sleep.
Understand how being deficient in sleep can affect our emotional responses.
Fringe Health Ecosystem – Space (Ch 10)
Discuss social baseline theory.
Define oxytocin – the social molecule.
Discuss the importance of movement and exercise in group settings.
Discuss family, marriage, and communities impact on health and how essential community is to our overall well-being.
Explore war, politics, and cultural impacts on our health.
Explore nature’s positive impact on health vs. negative impacts from modern culture.
Define the subconscious stimulus response pathway.
Discuss Western vs. Eastern medicine.
Discuss loneliness and its effect on cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.
Summarize scientific literature review on relationships/environment and health.
Hour 4:00 – 4:30
Fringe Health Ecosystem – Belief (Ch 11)
Discuss consciousness as mankind’s greatest achievement.
Explore ‘awe’ as a concept of straddling science and uncertainty.
Discuss the impact of religion/belief on mortality.
Explore faith and its impact on healing.
Summarize scientific literature review on belief and health.
Fringe Ecosystem in Real Life (Ch 12)
Explore the Fringe Ecosystem as a model for understanding the pillars of our health –
Body, mind, space, and belief.
Fringe State (Ch 13)
Compare the difference between proprioception vs. interoception
Explore ways to boost emotional intelligence
Discuss mindfulness and its positive effect on immune health, cortisol levels, inflammation, and blood pressure.
Define fringe factors as common sense medicine for improving our overall health. Ie.
Breathing, movement, touch, plants, sleep, laughter, community.