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SalutogenesisDiscovering the Causes of Health
WE LIVE INPATHOLOGY-CENTRIC     WORLD
More than 8000 factors that causedisease have been discovered bymedical science.Meanwhile the growing burden ofchronic ill...
Changes in our physical and cultural environment                have fueled this burden of disease.
Why do we have a widely-recognizedword that refers to origins ofdisease: PATHOGENIC, while asimilar term meaning origins o...
More than 8000 origins of diseasehave overshadowed perhaps 800generators of health.It’s time to discover 8000 ways tocause...
Aaron Antonovsky coined the termsalutogenesis by combining Latin salus= health and Greek genesis = origin.Antonovsky focus...
Antonovsky saw a continuum                   rather than dichotomy.Pathogenic                           Salutogenicdeterio...
What we look for affects what we find.We need to change what we look for.
“We were saturated in medical school with negatives, things to worry about—bad news and diseases.”                       R...
“I learned a lot of pathology, and a lot about medicines. We were taught virtually nothing about health.”                 ...
When we understand the concept ofsalutogenesis, we change how we seehealth in our everyday lives.
The salutogenic orientation bringsbalance to a pathology-focused world.
“…I had to begin to learn less aboutdisease and a whole lot more about theembedded health in the world aroundme if I was t...
Many people cannot see how theirenvironment makes them feel.
They are unaware of what makes      them feel dis-ease…
…and often unable to analyze what aspects make them feel better.
What makes a person resilient?Rather than a pathology-centricfocus, we need to look upstreamto find the causes of resilien...
Why is this approach outside the norm?
THE LEAP UPSTREAM              PATHOGENIC                   SALUTOGENIC              ORIENTATION                  ORIENTAT...
passive                            activeconsumers                         citizensThe quest for sustainability is not eno...
“Do no harm” is yesterday’s pledge.We need to build a society that placeshealth at the center of every decision.
Vision of a Brighter Future                   learning and research                         focused on                    ...
Major Historical Transitionsindustrial      information        healtheconomy          economy          creation           ...
photo credit: Flickr user reegone“We are not creating health…we cannot build an economybased on medical care. Eventuallywe...
Lack of awareness of dismal, draining places…
…needs to change from a blind eye to a critical eye.
“…inactivity, depression and loss of community  have not ‘happened’ to us…We legislated,     subsidized, and planned it th...
Where will you set the bar?set a bigger agenda:build a solid economic               CAUSE HEALTHfoundation on the energy, ...
We invite you to visit CauseHealth.orgto add your ideas for advancing salutogenesis                in our daily lives.
“In the western world, the                           biomedical perspective has                           been the leading...
www.CauseHealth.orgwww.farrowpartnership.com
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Salutogenesis: discovering the causes of health

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Traditional medical research has focused on the question: What are the causes of illness?

Yet the cost of alarming increases in preventable chronic disease threaten to overwhelm health systems everywhere.

To reverse this trend, conventional pathology-centric investigations must be balanced by responses to this 21st century question: What are the causes of health?

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Salutogenesis: discovering the causes of health

  1. 1. SalutogenesisDiscovering the Causes of Health
  2. 2. WE LIVE INPATHOLOGY-CENTRIC WORLD
  3. 3. More than 8000 factors that causedisease have been discovered bymedical science.Meanwhile the growing burden ofchronic illness is overwhelming ourmedical systems.
  4. 4. Changes in our physical and cultural environment have fueled this burden of disease.
  5. 5. Why do we have a widely-recognizedword that refers to origins ofdisease: PATHOGENIC, while asimilar term meaning origins ofhealth is relatively unknown: SALUTOGENIC
  6. 6. More than 8000 origins of diseasehave overshadowed perhaps 800generators of health.It’s time to discover 8000 ways tocause health. SALUTOGENESIS
  7. 7. Aaron Antonovsky coined the termsalutogenesis by combining Latin salus= health and Greek genesis = origin.Antonovsky focused on what makescertain people resilient as they facethe stressors of daily life.
  8. 8. Antonovsky saw a continuum rather than dichotomy.Pathogenic Salutogenicdeterioration enhance health
  9. 9. What we look for affects what we find.We need to change what we look for.
  10. 10. “We were saturated in medical school with negatives, things to worry about—bad news and diseases.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH Professor and Chair Dept. of Environmental Health School of Public Health, UCLA
  11. 11. “I learned a lot of pathology, and a lot about medicines. We were taught virtually nothing about health.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
  12. 12. When we understand the concept ofsalutogenesis, we change how we seehealth in our everyday lives.
  13. 13. The salutogenic orientation bringsbalance to a pathology-focused world.
  14. 14. “…I had to begin to learn less aboutdisease and a whole lot more about theembedded health in the world aroundme if I was to make an impact.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
  15. 15. Many people cannot see how theirenvironment makes them feel.
  16. 16. They are unaware of what makes them feel dis-ease…
  17. 17. …and often unable to analyze what aspects make them feel better.
  18. 18. What makes a person resilient?Rather than a pathology-centricfocus, we need to look upstreamto find the causes of resilience.A salutogenic perspective willreduce the costly burden ofmedical services and treatments.
  19. 19. Why is this approach outside the norm?
  20. 20. THE LEAP UPSTREAM PATHOGENIC SALUTOGENIC ORIENTATION ORIENTATIONGOAL better medical interventions  improve our natural and built environmentFOCUS cure chronic disease  cause healthNORMS paternalism, entitlement  culture of active healthRELIES ON fixing parts of system  health asset development
  21. 21. passive activeconsumers citizensThe quest for sustainability is not enough.We must create resilience and abundance.
  22. 22. “Do no harm” is yesterday’s pledge.We need to build a society that placeshealth at the center of every decision.
  23. 23. Vision of a Brighter Future learning and research focused on causes of health healthy natural health-enhancing environment built environment HEALTH healthy healthypolitical systems CREATION SOCIETY financial systems health-centric healthymedical systems state of mind healthy civic engagement
  24. 24. Major Historical Transitionsindustrial information healtheconomy economy creation society ACTIVE PASSIVE CONSUMERS PARTICIPANT “PROSUMERS” 1750 1950 2000
  25. 25. photo credit: Flickr user reegone“We are not creating health…we cannot build an economybased on medical care. Eventuallywe have to grow things that add tothe authentic wealth of the nation.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
  26. 26. Lack of awareness of dismal, draining places…
  27. 27. …needs to change from a blind eye to a critical eye.
  28. 28. “…inactivity, depression and loss of community have not ‘happened’ to us…We legislated, subsidized, and planned it this way.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
  29. 29. Where will you set the bar?set a bigger agenda:build a solid economic CAUSE HEALTHfoundation on the energy, influence the whole system:capabilities and creativity of natural, human anda healthy society. built environmental elements ECONOMIC ASSET INCLUDE REGENERATIVErepair and improve ELEMENTS PRESERVE and SUSTAIN“do no harm” SURVIVE and FUNCTION
  30. 30. We invite you to visit CauseHealth.orgto add your ideas for advancing salutogenesis in our daily lives.
  31. 31. “In the western world, the biomedical perspective has been the leading perspective and has thereby made medical care into a business industry.”Alan Dilani has become widely recognized as the leader in applyingsalutogenesis to creating healthy built environments. He emphasizesthe multiple dimensions of health, including physical, psychological,emotional, spiritual and social well-being. Alan Dilani, PhD, Head, Research Center Design and Health, Sweden www.designandhealth.com
  32. 32. www.CauseHealth.orgwww.farrowpartnership.com

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