06/07/2013 12:31 pm ET Updated Jun 07, 2013

Dr. Dean Ornish Talks Stress And Reversing Disease At The Third Metric Women's Conference

Everyone is stressed -- but the difference in how that stress affects our health hinges on how we handle it, said Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., at the Third Metric women's conference on Thursday. Ornish, who participated on a panel on wellness and the bottom line moderated by Mika Brzezinski, explained that research is increasingly showing that it's possible to prevent -- and even reverse -- certain diseases with lifestyle changes.

"We tend to think of advances in medicine as a new drug or laser, something really high-tech and expensive," Ornish said on the panel. "We often have a hard time believing that the simple choices we make in our life every day -- like how we deal with stress, what we eat, how much we exercise, and perhaps most important, how much love and support we have -- that these simple changes can make such a powerful difference, but they do."

For more on what Ornish has to say about stress and reversing disease, watch the clip above. And be sure to check out our Less Stress, More Living page for stress-relief tips.