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Chapter 12 - Allergic, Infectious, and Immunological Processes

from Part II - From Illness to Wellness by Organ Systems/Disorders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Waguih William IsHak
Affiliation:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
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Summary

The construct of “wellness” as it pertains to this chapter derives from an understanding of the interactions among psychosocial factors and behavioral changes, neuroendocrine responses, immune system changes, and inflammatory responses, and the impact of these relationships on physical health status. Mental and physical health and wellness are direct outcomes of the life stressor–social support–coping strategies (SSC) model, which addresses “mind–body medicine” (behavioral medicine) and the development of interventions centered on emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being [1, 2]. Understanding the dynamic between these different facets of health will involve the psychosocial context of the person. This context predicts outcomes of disease prevention and positive wellness.

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