Progressive Medicine’s Ecology of Wellness is a proactive approach designed to optimize physical, psycho-emotional, and cognitive states. Over 25 years in clinical practice, we have designed a multifaceted program that serves individuals, students/academic institutions, and workplace cultures.
The Ecology of Wellness Program
Progressive Medicine’s Ecology of Wellness offers a wide range of biological health assessments, acupuncture therapies, guided visualizations, and individualized treatment strategies. Our assessments and approaches are not routinely utilized in standard medical care nor in contemporary wellness programs, yet they can have a profound effect on our day-to-day lives.
This innovative model recognizes that mindfully caring for our own health is reflected in all our daily experiences. An individual with an enhanced state of health and perceived wellness is more likely to perform optimally, be self-empowered, and skillfully identify, develop, and pursue goals, both personal and professional. When this model is applied to a group of interacting individuals, the benefits become amplified.
The Ecology of Wellness acknowledges that health is defined by our capacity to aptly sense, respond, and self-regulate within internal and external environments. A balanced internal ecology is a prerequisite for achieving our full potential. When this inner terrain is balanced, our response rates to any therapy or health program are improved.
The importance of biochemical analyses—designed to identify specific vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, and neurotransmitter imbalances—cannot be underestimated. For example, inadequate levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, magnesium, or zinc, or genetic differences in methylation (MTHFR) of folic acid are common. These differences result in multiple adverse changes involving brain function, cardio-cerebrovascular risk, energy levels, abnormal immunity, etc.
Clinical manifestations can include:
- Decreased memory
- Reduced attention
- Problems concentrating
- Depressed mood
- Reduced muscular coordination
- More frequent infections
- Sleep disorders
By reversing and/or compensating for these factors, symptoms can be reduced or alleviated.
The Awakening Awareness component of the Ecology of Wellness is a series of guided visualizations that expand the conscious perception of the whole body, including sensations, thoughts, and emotions. This open, effortless awareness allows us to maintain a state of balanced, relaxed activation, which improves assessment of self, assessment of sensory experience, and our response to both.
Bradford J. Harding, M.D., ABHM
Margaret F. McMorrow, Lic. Ac., M.S.
Ms. McMorrow and Dr. Harding began their professional studies in 1980. The goal was to immerse within the Eastern and Western philosophical and medical theories in order to broaden their understanding and approach to health. Dr. Harding completed a degree in Biochemistry and applied it in research concerning fatty acids and seizure disorders at Yale School of Medicine, Laboratory for Clinical Investigation and Vitamin B dependent enzymes and dementia at Cornell School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, leading to publications in the Archives of Neurology and other journals. During this period of time, Ms. McMorrow and Dr. Harding studied natural foods and cooking, American, European and Taoist Herbology, Tai Chi Chuan, Shamanic and Indigenous healing techniques.
In 1990, Dr. Harding received an M.D. degree from Albany Medical College and Ms. McMorrow received her degree in Acupuncture from the Tri State College of Acupuncture, NYC. Dr. Harding completed a UCONN residency training in Family Medicine in Hartford, CT. Ms. McMorrow completed post-graduate studies at the New England School of Acupuncture, specializing in Japanese Meridian non-insertion styles. She published research concerning Migraine treatment protocols. She then completed her Masters in Science degree in Acupuncture Physical Medicine at The Tri State College of Acupuncture, NYC.
Dr. Harding was an instructor at the Tri State College for 15 years, bridging the understanding of western pathophysiology.
In 1993, they opened a joint holistic, integrative clinical practice in Litchfield County, CT. Dr. Harding maintained full privileges at Sharon Hospital for five years.
In 2000, Dr. Harding promoted medical holism by becoming a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. The team began studies in European Biological Medicine with instructors in the U.S. and in Europe. They integrated these methods for clinical effectiveness.