EDWARDS — Spring Into Health: Healthy Living and Wellness Expo,comes to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on May 17 and focuses on approaches for optimizing health. The expo is designed to educate participants on what our region has to offer in the areas of health and wellness. Guest speaker Dr. Edward A. Taub will help participants think about their health and take simple steps to live a life in balance.
After a decade of practice, Taub had built the largest pediatrics practice in Orange County, Calif., caring for upward of 20,000 families. But something puzzled him: 80 percent of the “sick visits” were from the same 20 percent of patients. These weren’t children with chronic conditions but recurrent common illnesses.
STRESS LEADS TO ILLNESS
When Taub interviewed the families, he found a common thread — most came from stressed-out families. Taub said that stress was having an adverse effect on their health. So, he invited 2,000 families to participate in a series of “wellness” office visits that focused on reducing stress — first by reassuring the children that they were loved, then by emphasizing healthful nutrition and outdoor exercise.
He also taught mindful meditation to children as young as four. Taub found that as families adopted these habits, their children by and large stopped getting sick.
Taub was invited to present the results of his “clinical trial” at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., introducing the field of integrative medicine, what he calls “a biosocial and psycho-spiritual approach to health and healing.” Encouraged by polio vaccine pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk, who called his approach “a vaccination for wellness,” Taub left private practice to found the Wellness Medical Institute and devote his career to integrative medicine, a scientific and holistic approach to health and wellness.
Today Taub is celebrating his 50th year as a physician. He’s written or co-authored eight books and appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor and CNN. One of Taub’s books, “The Wellness Solution,” co-authored with David Oliphant and Dr. Ferid Murad, a Nobel laureate, is the basis for Taub’s Wellness Vaccination, without the shots or pain, based on Nobel Prize science.
Attendance to the vendor booths at the Spring Into Health event is free, and tickets to the mindful awareness lunch are available now and include entrance to Taub’s presentation.