Stuttgart Integrative Health & Medicine

Declaration Originally endorsed by the participants of the International Congress for Integrative Health & Medicine, June 9-11, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany

Background

Medicine today faces immense challenges: chronic and lifestyle-related diseases are overwhelming health systems; antimicrobial resistance has become a threat to human health; child and maternal mortality remain disproportionally high in low income countries; climate change and pollution is affecting human health; universal access to health services is still not assured in many countries; health care costs are rising without a corresponding improvement in health and wellbeing. The focus on disease treatment has diminished the focus on individuals as whole persons, and distracts from the intimate connection between the health of individuals, the health of our communities and the health of our environment.