Lifestyle Medicine

 

Good Health

 Isn't it what everybody wants?

High energy, mental clarity, full function, and absence of disease well into old age. If that's what you want, then our approach to lifestyle medicine can help you achieve it.

What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is a way of approaching medical problems that focuses on how to help you live your life in a way that improves your health. A "therapeutic lifestyle" means making choices every day proactively, that will enhance your life and help prevent disease, enabling you to achieve a full healthy life.

Based on Science

Our approach to therapeutic lifestyle change is based on extensive scientific research demonstrating that many of the chronic diseases associated with aging can be prevented or even treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle:

  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Osteoporosis

"A 'therapeutic lifestyle' is the most powerful tool there is to positively impact your health for a lifetime."

-Debra Ravasia, MD, FACOG

Recommended for Health

A therapeutic lifestyle program is now recommended by leading health organizations as primary therapy for individuals with many of the conditions listed above, as well as for health problems such as:

  • Stress-related disorders
  • Fatigue disorders
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • PMS
  • Menopause
  • Other hormone-related symptoms
  • Conditions related to overweight and obesity
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle

Nutrition and Lifestyle

Adopting habits of living that are healthy may delay the onset of illness in old age - and increase your years of good health and full function. A carefully monitored therapeutic lifestyle change will put you on the path to optimal health through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, stress reduction and appropriate nutritional supplementation.

Fundamentals of lifestyle medicine

The path to optimal health begins with

  • Knowledge of a healthy lifestyle
  • Balanced eating habits
  • Regular physical activity
  • Appropriate nutritional supplementation with condition-specific nutrients
  • Stress management for internal balance
  • Sleep for proper mind/body functioning

Sound simple? It is, when you have the information necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. The end result is a program that not only helps control premature aging, but also helps to prevent chronic disease and prolong vitality.

Getting Started

By committing to this our lifestyle medicine program, you are taking the first step toward better health.

In order to measure your progress, you first need to know your current health status. A variety of health assessments may be performed, including a measurement of your body composition (the ratio of your body fat to your lean muscle mass). Excess body fat can greatly increase your health risks. Conversely, a higher ratio of muscle increases your metabolism and is associated with a lower incidence of illness.

Perhaps the most powerful tool in controlling the aging process and restoring vitality is to improve your muscle-to-fat ratio. But that doesn't mean this is a bodybuilding program in the traditional sense of the word. Nutrition and a healthy diet can give you a workout inside your body, requiring only a simple plan of physical activity to help you reach your health goals.

Components of our Approach to Lifestyle Medicine

We will set up a personalized program for your individual metabolic needs that includes:

  • Individualized testing and follow-up testing
  • Individual consultations
  • We use various products from various nutritional supplement companies that we have researched and find safe and potentially beneficial for general use and for specific medical conditions, some of which include OrthoMolecular, Xymogen, NuMedica and Metagenics
  • Regular visits for lifestyle counseling
  • Follow-up tests to monitor your progress
  • Supplement recommendations (view our policy with regard to supplements - Will, please hyperlink this to that section of the website)
  • Second line therapy (ie prescription medications) if necessary (often not necessary, but we will monitor)

Find out more about our approach...

If you have an interest in MEANINGFUL lifestyle changes, here are some forms to fill out and bring in with you:

  • Systems Review
  • Lifestyle History
  • 3 day Diet and Exercise Log

We have a variety of approaches to lifestyle medicine. If you are already following our lifestyle medical program, here are forms to complete and bring with you.

  • Menu Planning Worksheet (print as needed)
  • Follow-up Questionnaire (fill out just prior to each follow-up visit)
  • Diet and Exercise Log (print and use daily)
  • Systems Review (fill out just prior to each follow-up visit)

Advantages of Professional Guidance

Having some professional lifestyle help has a many advantages over doing this on your own. One is that we can monitor and track your body composition and biomarkers. If we are not seeing the expected improvement, we can suggest changes. Another is that we can be ready to intervene at an appropriate time with prescription medications if we do not get enough of an effect within a given timeframe with lifestyle medicine. The most important advantage is access to products categorized as “Medical Food” by the FDA. These are not prescription drugs, but in randomized clinical studies have some powerful effects. Many are only available through licensed providers who have been specifically trained in their use and the companies that produce them require that a health care professional trained in t their use provides access to them. They are also subject to stricter standards with respect to clinical studies of safety and efficacy for specific medical conditions than food categorized as a “nutritional supplement”. In addition to medical foods we can help guide you through the maze of nutritional supplements and help recommend ones that are potentially helpful (and ones that are not and may be potentially harmful) for your specific medical condition.

Find out more about “Medical Foods”

Access our Meta eHealth Site (This will be a hyperlink to a new window that I will send)…

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