In a world of decreasing “stuff” is medicine following suit?

How are we doing at reducing our “stuff” intake as a society? And how are we doing at reducing our “stuff” intake as medical consumers?  Do promising stats for the former auger well for changes to the latter? Below is an excerpt from Are We Seeing a “Dematerialisation” of Medicine? – my most recent Huffington Post UK blog.

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It seems that material consumption in the UK might have reached its apex early in the last decade and has decreased ever since, according to a survey by environment writer Chris Goodall.

He told the Guardian: “What the figures suggest is that 2001 may turn out to be the year that the UK’s consumption of ‘stuff’ – the total weight of everything we use, from food and fuel to flat-pack furniture – reached its peak and began to decline.”

Of course, much remains to be done to break free of environmental concerns at home and globally. But who would have guessed that “dematerialisation trends” – as Goodall calls the figures – have been heading in the right direction for the past ten years?

The onward march of dematerialisation hasn’t been only an environmental trend in the decade following “peak stuff” – which is the jazzy title of Goodall’s paper. It’s a factor I have observed in health care too…

(Read more.)


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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