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Lifestyle Medicine

Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicin...

The Pope, the Planet and Public Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As far as I can tell, there seem to be two basic religious attitudes toward the planet. One may be summed up along the lines of: It was made for us, a...

Diet? I'll Have What He's Having!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For those who don't know, that's really what the whole Blue Zones idea is about: a characterization of the lifestyle, behaviors, culture and environment of those populations around the world that live the longest and the best. They have the most vitality and the least chronic disease.

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Who Are We? Of DNA, Drugs and Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It says something about who we are if we neglect the means already at our disposal to eradicate 80 percent of all chronic disease while holding out for some wonder drug. What it says is none too flattering. It's that time of year. It's time for us all to decide who we are.

Paradoxically, Slow Medicine Is the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Bloo...

Lifestyle: Medicine That Inspires

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It is medicine that is safe, generally inexpensive, pleasurable, stunningly powerful, and potentially accessible to all. It is suitable for children and octogenarians alike; it is safe during pregnancy. It is medicine that can do more to advance the human condition than any other.

Unscrambling Our Eggs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The common theme? The risk of crisis portended by warning signs all too often neglected. In the case of wayward biomarkers such as cholesterol, only somebody is harmed by that neglect, although that's small comfort if the somebody is you or anyone you love.

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let the parsing continue, for that competition is healthy if it helps us do something about the residual 20 percent of all chronic disease we don't already know how to prevent. But let us not squander what we do know while working to learn what we don't.

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

Lifestyle Medicine: Have Hammer, See Nails, Seeking Spoon

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Famously, when you have a hammer, you tend to see nails everywhere you look. As president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, then, perhaps it's no surprise that I see opportunity to apply this remedy everywhere I look. Lifestyle medicine is my hammer.

Lifestyle Medicine and the Parable of the Tiny Parachute

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.

The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.

Our Diets and Our Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For most of us, it's time to stop rolling our eyes at non-existent conspiracies, and actually attempt to eat well and be active. It means there is no scapegoat to blame for all our ills, and no silver bullet to save us.

Statins, Static and the Status Quo: Is Anyone Getting the Signal?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If it were truly clear exactly what criteria for statin use were best, there would be no controversy in the first place. There appear to be strengths and weaknesses to both sets of criteria, the old and the new.

Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who's Got a Spoon?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lifestyle is the greatest of all medicine, but it may feel in this morbidigenic, obesigenic world of ours that we can't get it to go down, because we just don't have the right spoon. It may feel that we can't get there from here. That is, in a word, wrong.

Whole Person Health Care Brings Out Your Inner Gardener

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

As lifestyle medicine takes off, my hope is that while caring for one's health through better diet and regular exercise is a progressive step forward, considering the "whole person" rightfully includes tending to the thoughts we think on a regular basis.

Zombie Years

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Zombies are, insofar as I understand their biological classification, undead. They aren't entirely dead, but they certainly aren't fully alive either. That sounds a lot like life with a serious chronic disease. When one's life no longer involves pleasure or the pursuit of interests, it is something of a half-life.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

My Book, Your Life, Our Families, and the Revolution

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If I can make a positive difference in the world, my life is better. I admit that's selfish, but I think it's a good kind of selfish. I want to help people get to health, and in doing so, I help myself to a feeling a fulfillment. Everybody wins.

Your Medication Can Kill You!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yes, side effects of medications can kill. But so can the side effects of declining medications we really need. When prescribed judiciously by clinicians who know what they are doing to patients who know what they are getting, drugs are far more likely to help than harm.

Moving Beyond Generalized Lifestyle Intervention Into Personalized Lifestyle Medicine

Deanna Minich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

At first, I was a bit surprised to see this conclusion. After all, how can anyone argue with the therapeutic impact of lifestyle -- the basics of healthy eating and increased physical activity -- for the reduction of chronic disease?

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"