Norma Mackellar Lecture on Global Health and Integrative Medicine

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These annual lectures are named after Norma MacKellar. She had an insatiable curiosity which led her to study Marine Biology at UNBSJ.  A year later she then studied at St. Thomas University where she received her Education degree. Teaching allowed her to live and travel in in Botswana in Southern Africa and then in Thompson in northern Manitoba. These experiences as well as Norma’s passions for community service, social justice, and the environment in New Brunswick led to her commitment to understand health as closely connected to food and the environment. She passed away in July 17, 2020.

 

What is global health?

It points to the effects of a globalized economy, advances in transportation, and changes to agricultural practices on health care issues  beyond national borders. It focuses on improving health and health care equity for populations worldwide and takes into account both medical and non-medical disciplines, such as epidemiology, sociology, public policy, environmental factors, cultural and urban studies.
 

What is integrative medicine?

It is an approach to health that emphasizes the collaboration between practitioner and patient in the healing process, considers all factors that influence health, including mind, spirit, community, nutrition and the environment in connection to the body. In addition, it highlights the complementary relationship between conventional and alternative methods. Still, integrative medicine does not accept alternative forms of medicine uncritically nor discards conventional medicine. Rather, it is driven by critical inquiry that leads this approach to be open to new paradigms. In addition to treatment, integrative medicine focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.

 

Centres for Integrative Medicine include: