Therapeutic models are prevelant, leading the way regarding how we address "health" concerns. Conventional and alternative approaches spend most of their time on the naming and treating of symptoms, conditions, and diseases. The assumption is that if something doesn't feel good or isn't what we would choose, then it's bad, broken, or even worse.

What if there RightAlignwas a very good reason that something shows up? What if you simply wanted to consider the possibility that maybe a purpose underlies the expression? What if you were not interested in voluntarily entering into an adversarial relationship with something that shows up organically? How would you proceed? What would you call that approach? Enter Thriveapeutics, which took its name to distinguish itself from therapeutics.

Health is Unconditional

LeftAlignIn a world of Multiple Truths, one truth that seems to be missing from our culture has to do with health being unconditional. This includes the saying that healthy people die. Since everyone will die, does death represent sickness, disease, or health? Even if this concept seems too "out there" to consider, does it mean that it is incorrect?

One of the most comforting aspect of Multiple Truths is that seemingly opposite truths are actually not in opposition with each other. If multiple truths are correct simultaneously, the goal then becomes, what truth is best for you at this point in time under these sets of circumstances? Can you participate in multiple truths or must you choose sides?

The Law of Diminishing Effects

Things that are good for you last only so long. They have a shelf life. Eating, sleeping, bathing, exercising, brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom, and many more, wear off. Their benefits fade over time, requiring you to repeat the process, again and again and again.

Thriveapeutics highlights this law and encourages having certain practices, rituals, and routines in place. Because their benefits diminish over time, the need to revisit highly supportive practices become highly benefical. Thriveapeutics, therefore, emphasizes the practice of "scheduling your success."

When you are deficient in something, like water for example, you get a specific type of feedback, in this case, thirst. You are not "suffering from thirst," instead you have "a call to answer," to drink water. You do not have "Dry-Mouth's Disease." You have a healthy functioning feedback system working on your behalf to keep you at your optimal levels.

The Biomedical Model and Thriveapeutics

According to Wikipedia, "the biomedical model of health focuses on purely biological factors and excludes psychological, environmental, and social influences." Well, if the biomedical model is going to exclude those three factors (that all play a significant role for thriving), then Thriveapeutics can focus on them, especially since they go beyond the scope of practice for the biomedical model.

Thriveapeutics addresses psychological factors by focusing on solutions, our head space, and moving toward a desired result, as opposed to moving away from something we assume is bad. Positive Psychology continues to be a breath of freah air for people who are looking for empowering options for addressing the many situations we face.

Environmental influences are so significant especially when you consider the phenomenon of epigenetics and how changes in environments cause changes in the brain and in genes. Certain cortical maps become upregulated and downregulated as you change your environments, which means your expressions of health change too.

Finally, social support plays a very large role regarding expressions of health. Social interaction influences both quality and quantity of life, meaning it increases longevity while also enhancing the experience of life. When thriving in different social networks, the variability of stimuli lengthens telomeres (the ends of the DNA molecules that make up our chromosomes), which also has a positive effect on our quality and quantity of life.

Here's a video by Dr. Michael addressing the difference between the Thriveapeutic Model and the BioMedical Model. In the next column are links to three different videos that go more deeply into the psychological, environmental, and social influences that Thriveapeutics supports.