Why Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based approach to preventing, reducing, and reversing chronic symptoms by replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive habits – such as eating healthfully, being physically active, managing stress, avoiding risky substance abuse, adequate sleep and having a strong support system.


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“I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open or put them on powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs the rest of their lives”
Dean Ornish MD, Founder Preventive Medicine Institute San Francisco

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“Lifestyle as medicine has the potential to prevent up to 80% of chronic disease; no other medicine can match that. In addition, it is potentially inexpensive and even cost-saving; free of all but good side effects; safe and appropriate for children and octogenarians alike. It is, quite simply, the best medicine we’ve got.”
David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Founding Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

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“Although Western medicine excels in the treatment of acute conditions such as heart attack and stroke, it does not empower people toward optimal health through prevention and the management or elimination of chronic disease. …. chronic disease demands a new model that extends beyond the “ill to the pill approach. We know that the key components of health promotion include mind-body practices, sleep and physical activity, nutrition, achievement of ideal body weight, reduced exposure to toxins, and substance abuse and social connection.”
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, Clinical associate professor at University of California, San Diego, Co-founder of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

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“If the truth be known, coronary artery disease is a toothless paper tiger that need never ever exist and if it does exist it need never even progress.”
Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. MD

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