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CHAPTER 4: Determinants of Health



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While it is seemingly widely believed within chiropractic that individuals are completely responsible for their health—the reality is much more nuanced.

 In fact, much of what causes disease or leads to ill health is often beyond the individual’s capacity to alter, and the usual suspects such as diet, cholesterol level, exercise, and so on are relatively proximal causes of disease.

 The  factors that combine to affect the health of people and  their communities are  known  as  determinants (14) of health and  they  include:


  1. The social and economic environment
  2. The physical environment
  3. The person’s individual characteristics and behaviors

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