SUMMARY: Modern diseases of civilization cause great stress and reduce happiness, healthy longevity and productivity. Our presentation focuses on the basis of applying evolutionary medicine to the treatment and prevention of mental health problems, as well as the use of the framework in a corporate environment to promote employee welfare. We discuss the rationale, the evidence, the barriers, and the future path of evolutionary medicine.
Part 1: Evolutionary Medicine and Mental Illness
Contemporary research and treatment of mental illness is based not on the pathology of the brain of physiology, but on research scholarships and pharmaceutical studies based on phenotypes described atherently in DSM-IV. Applying evolutionary medicine to the pathology of mental illness can help us organize research better and find physiologically significant pathways for prevention and treatment. Mental illnesses are strongly associated and grow very similar to other diseases of civilization such as type II diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune diseases. The main pathology is always inflammation. Interaction of the immune system, intestines, stress, genes, epigenetics and the environment contributes to the vulnerability of a person to mental illness. By reducing nutritional toxins, and thus reducing inflammation and autoimmunity, by eating into our intestinal microflora, eating diets rich in nutrients and promoting periods of ketosis to help mitochondrial decommissioning and improving energy efficiency in the brain.
A more resistant brain will resist the toxic effects of external stressors, thus reducing the risk and severity of mental illness. Several basic scientific evidence and some medical evidence are giving more and more support for the validity of this hypothesis, although much more research is needed. Dr. Emily Deans, a psychiatrist and clinical psychiatrist at the Harvard Medical School, will review the pathological basis of mental illness and the role of evolutionary medicine in his treatment.
Part 2: The Application of Evolutionary Biology to Corporate Health and Health Programs
A typical corporate workplace offers almost antithesis to an evolutionally suitable environment for people. The combination of economic reality that requires businesses to achieve more with less and this evolutionary new environment can lead to levels of physical and mental stress that can pose a serious challenge to the sustainability of day-to-day pressure. Since the workplace is often an environment in which most people spend most of their time, it leaves the workplace the environment that is the best place to offer evolutionary appropriate strategies to improve the individual's resistance to stress .
As workplace stress is usually referred to as the biggest health problem in the workplace, conventional health programs, with emphasis on biometric and influenza vaccination programs, are an inadequate response to a question that may have serious consequences for the physical and the mental health of the individual, if not in an appropriate way. A new benchmarking approach to the aspects of human biology from an evolutionary point of view can offer health solutions at work that can increase the sustainability of the individual in favor of their health and the company they work in.
New Zealand dietitian Jamie Scott outlines how an evolutionary biological approach to health and well-being at work is being implemented and how this approach helps optimize the physical and mental health of employees and their productivity in corporate life.