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CHAPTER 1: Introduction

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The concept of wellness is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate in today’s health care environment. Although the  idea  of having  a well child  is most likely every parent’s  ultimate goal,  the  perception of what  a well child actually is may  differ  from  one  parent to the  next.  

Lifestyle, ethnicity, financial status, education, region of the globe where one is raised, and accessibility to health information, care, and resources are but just a few of the many influences on one’s perception of what it means to be well. It is also prudent to understand that western allopathic influences on the perception of wellness may be completely different from what is perceived in many older eastern cultures. As you can see, coming up with one model or definition for wellness is a difficult if not impossible task.

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