Lancet Demands Shift From Human Centered Health Care

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    The once-respected UK Lancet medical journal now urges a “revolutionary shift of perspective” away from healthcare that is centered on humans to “ecological equity” attributing equal worth to all living things.

    In its call in support of “One Health,” the Lancet suggests “an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals, and ecosystems,” affirming the fact that “the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and interdependent.”

    The conventional treatment of health takes “a purely anthropocentric view — that the human being is the center of medical attention and concern,” the Lancet declares. However, One Health “places us in an interconnected and interdependent relationship with non-human animals and the environment.”

    The revolutionary shift of perspective called for by One Health is based on the more progressive axiom that “all life is equal, and of equal concern,” the journal proposes, which means “addressing pressing health issues at the human-animal-environment interface.”

    This kind of shift “requires a complete change to our relationship with animals,” the Lancet declares. This is why it recommends the transition “from an animal-based diet to a plant-based one, which not only benefits human health, but also animal health and wellbeing.”

    In its groundbreaking idea, The Lancet asserts that the life of a person is not always worth more than that of a non-human animal.

    One Health demands that we take a fundamentally different view of nature; the journal asserts, “one in which we are as concerned about the welfare of non-human animals and the environment as we are about humans.”

    “In its truest sense, One Health is a call for ecological, not merely health, equity,” it concludes.

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