Global leaders in the wellness and spa fields met in mid-November in Mexico City at the Global Wellness Summit 2015. A key take-away was a set of a Top 10 Future Shifts in Wellness. The subhead of the organization’s media release on the list is, “Experts at Mexico City conference forecast that wellness will become more mandatory in more nations soon—that breakthroughs in epigenetics, stem cells and integrative medicine are near—and that ‘programmatic’ workplace wellness will disappear.”
Among the high-tech shifts is “From Cracking the Genome to Cracking the Epigenome.” Keynoter and author Deepak Chopra (pictured) explained that “the future is decoding the epigenome, that DNA which is ceaselessly modified by lifestyle choices and environment.” On the lower-tech side, Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, the director of the integrative medicine program at Duke University, spoke to a shift “From Medicine vs Wellness to Truly Integrative Healthcare.” Perlman spoke to the coming together of wellness and the complementary/integrative medicine movements: “We’re at an inflection point. If we saw a first wave of integrative medicine in the mid/late 90s, this time it feels different.” Others of the down-to-earth list included “From Diet Trend Hysteria to Sane Eating” and others related to “Wellness Homes/Real-Estate” and “Wellness Traveling.” A longer version of the report is here.
Comment: I first wrote on the leadership work the Global Wellness Summit in one of the early posts at the Global Integrator Blog: The Global Wellness Institute: Update with CEO Susie Ellis after Launch of Evidence Site. The industry group is an unusual combination of industry organization and mission-driven advocacy. I suspect some of this stems from the character of Ellis (pictured) herself.
This top 10 is an interesting compilation and definitely worth a read. Of course, in this challenged world in which we live, to think we are headed toward any shifts to wellness can seem a very ostrich-like act. Then again, with its activism, the group acts out the way that hope becomes a verb in this wonderful statement from the former Czech writer and political leader Vaclav Havel: “Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” Inside these generally hopeful trends, there are a lot of wheels that will need a lot of shoulders at them to bring these shifts to pass.