LifeStyle Medicine To Improve the Future of Medicine
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Did you know that many of the chronic diseases and conditions (such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, various cancers, etc.) are rooted in poor lifestyle choices and may be prevented via lifestyle medicine? Lifestyle medicine involves the therapeutic use of whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, stress management, tobacco and alcohol elimination, yoga, meditation, and various modalities to prevent, treat, and at times, reverse the lifestyle-related chronic disease or condition. As a matter of fact, some health care providers believe that 80% or more of all healthcare spending in the United States is tied to the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices. All health care providers and people seeking change in their lifestyle as a way toward better health are encouraged to participate in ACLM (American College of Lifestyle Medicine) conferences (one coming up in October 22-25, 2017 in Tucson, AZ). Allow me to share with you some insights of the President and Founder of of Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Dean Ornish, M.D., in a TEDxSF (2012), below:
Some interesting statistics indicated in Dr. Ornish’s talk:
- In eight randomized trials (Internal Med Journal), angioplasty and stents for stable CAD did not reduce the risk of death, heart attacks, nor reduce angina.
- Only 1 of 49 men treated for prostate cancer lives longer (New England Journal of Med). As a matter of fact, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force even proposed, in Oct., 2011, “Healthy men should no longer receive a PSA test to screen for prostate cancer.” On the other hand, Dr. Ornish has demonstrated that by changing diet and lifestyle, one can slow, stop, or reverse the progression of early stage prostate cancer.
- Pandemic of type II diabetes: more than half of Americans will have diabetes or be prediabetic by 2020, at a cost to the U.S. health care system of $3.3 trillion if current trends continue. New England Journal of Med ( from more than 15 years ago) actually reported that lifestyle change is better than drugs at preventing diabetes. Dr. Ornish also has found, in New England Journal of Med (from more than 6 years ago) that lifestyle change is also better than drug in treating diabetes.
Dr. Dean Ornish emphasizes the need in treating the root cause of disease through lifestyle medicine rather than only treat the symptoms of the chronic conditions. He has also learned that gene expressions can be changed within three month period. Lifestyle changes can also lengthen the telomeres, effectively modifying potential life span of an individual. Overall, lifestyle medicine is not only medically effective, but also cost effective. Now, even medicare is accepting Dr. Ornish’s practice of Lifestyle Medicine. If you’re interested in finding out more about this Lifestyle Medicine, please feel free to visit: www.ornish.com and welcome this new way of dealing with health.
May you and we will all have healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.
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