Why is self rated health so essential for a holistic practice?

Why is self rated health so essential for a holistic practice?

What does science say is the most reliable indicator of health? 

You may be surprised to discover that how you rate your health is more reliable than any other diagnostic tool.


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Research shows that “Self-rated health (SRH) — a person’s subjective evaluation of his general health — is a more valid and powerful predictor of morbidity and mortality than any other combination of objective and self-reported measures.[1]

The validity of self-rated health (SRH) measures, in terms of their predictive import for mortality risk, has been established in multiple studies. SRH is an independent predictor of mortality, above and beyond physician assessments of health. [2]

Self evaluation provides accurate determinants of health, morbidity and mortality, and prognostics (whether or not you will get better or how you are going through a disease).

MICH developed its system of evaluation of response to treatment based on research done at the McGill Pain clinic and other centers that use self evaluation as a key indicator of health and well being. We based our system on what has been found to be the best kind of evaluation: one that would ask about whole person self perceptions of health. Because the factors influencing an individual’s health interact in complex ways and any analysis of just one part of the person does not capture the complexity of interactions that are happening in the whole body-mind organism, whereas a whole person questionnaire reveals the end result of the intricate body-mind interactions so crucial to life. [3]

The questionnaire we’ve devised is an excellent method to evaluate how effective your present method of intervention is addressing your whole being. To get a measure of your whole health, fill in the questionnaire for yourself.

Warm regards,

Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH

Over the last 25 years, we (the MICH team and myself) have developed a method of intervention we call Ego Alchemy based on an in-depth understanding of consciousness, and how it manifests in our bodies and our lives. Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice in homeopathy and naturopathy for over 25 years. To find out more about becoming a fully accredited Homeopath and Naturopath at MICH visit this page.

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Reference links

[1] Picard M, Juster R, Sabiston C. Is the whole greater than the sum of the parts? Self-rated health and transdisciplinarity. The International Journal of Whole Person Care. Vol 1, No 1 (2014) Link to Research Gate

[2] Idler EL, Benyamini Y. Self-rated health and mortality: a review of twenty-seven community studies. J Health Soc Behav. 1997;38(1):21-37. Link to ncbi article

[3] Picard M, Sabiston CM, McNamara JK. The need for a trans-disciplinary, global health framework. J Altern Complement Med. 2011;17(2):179-84. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0149. Link to ncbi article

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