Why Do We Normalize Disease?

Chronic illness isn’t normal. But it is common in countries like the United States, which has rising rates of obesity, autoimmune disease, and mental health problems. A better way is possible. To build a better society, we have to take a long, hard look at why everyday life is making us so sick.

Disrupting Disease

Understanding the biographical factors that threaten our biological wellness can help us respond more intelligently to illness—or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place. Medical research has shown that disease is a long-term process influenced by lifestyle choices. Chronic illness can then, in turn, lead to undesirable personality changes. How can we stop this vicious cycle?

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