Lifestyle Medicine: A Brief Review of Its Dramatic Impact on Health and Survival. Perm J. 2018;22:17-025. doi: 10.7812/TPP/17-025

by Stephen de Bruyn

Lifestyle Medicine: A Brief Review of Its Dramatic Impact on Health and Survival.   Perm J. 2018;22:17-025. doi: 10.7812/TPP/17-025. "By ignoring the root causes of disease and neglecting to prioritize lifestyle measures for prevention, the medical community is placing people at harm. Advanced nations, influenced by a Western lifestyle, are in the midst of a health crisis, resulting largely from poor lifestyle choices. Epidemiologic, ecologic, and interventional studies ha...

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Scientific studies have definitively linked a diet high in legumes with a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or strokes

by Stephen de Bruyn

How beans can save your life! Scientific studies have definitively linked a diet high in legumes with a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or strokes “Legumes” sounds like such a fancy word.  Let’s clarify that we’re talking about beans, folks. Beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, it’s all good… and good for you.  Legumes are amazingly nutritious, high in protein and fiber, low in f...

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“Lifestyle medicine is not complementary or alternative—it’s mainstream,”

by Stephen de Bruyn

“Lifestyle medicine is not complementary or alternative—it’s mainstream,”  “Lifestyle medicine is not complementary or alternative—it’s mainstream,” says Rob Lawson, a retired NHS GP from East Lothian now working privately, who is chair of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM), founded in 2016. He says people need to realise it’s not just about nutrition. “You’ve got to get to the people who need it most. They&...

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What's good for the heart is good for the mind

by Stephen de Bruyn

What’s good for the heart is good for the mind Right now the world is experiencing an epidemic that is projected to get much, much worse. It’s an epidemic of dementia, affecting 40 million people — and millions more of their caregivers — staggering numbers that will likely triple by 2050. Dementia is a progressive deterioration of brain functioning associated with aging. While there are different causes, the most common — Alzheimer’s and vas...

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A positive mindset can help your heart

by Stephen de Bruyn

A positive mindset can help your heart Can being positive protect against heart disease? Yes! There is a lot of evidence suggesting that having a positive outlook — like being optimistic, cheerful, having gratitude and purpose in life — can be heart-protective. Researchers in the UK looked at psychological characteristics of over 8,000 people, and found that those who scored high on optimism and a sense of well-being enjoyed a 30% lower risk of developing heart disease. Other stu...

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Intensive lifestyle change: It works, and its more than diet and exercise (from Harvard Medical School)

by Stephen de Bruyn

Intensive lifestyle change: It works, and it’s more than diet and exercise (from Harvard Medical School) What if I could prescribe a pill that could prevent or treat high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, even depression and dementia? And what if researchers had extensively researched this pill and the result was: ample proof that it’s effective. On top of that, it’s practically free and has no bad side effects. As a matter of fact, its only side ef...

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UN calls on doctors to promote lifestyle medicine first

by Stephen de Bruyn

UN calls on doctors to promote lifestyle medicine first Global action for lifestyle medicine The United Nations General Assembly held a highlevel meeting in 2011 on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases(lifestyle diseases), calling for commitment and collaboration between and within governments, the private sector, civil society, the United Nations and international organisations (33). In June 2012, the American Medical Association reached a resolution to “...

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Salt problems with meat

by Stephen de Bruyn

Added salt: Humble sausage could prove a snag for your health High salt content in sausages can be a health snag. A barbecued “snag” could well be Australia’s national dish, but health groups are now urging the public to turn away from the sausage sizzle in favour of healthier items such as a vegetable or chicken skewer. New research analysing the salt content of more than 1000 processed meat products has found a sausage in bread with tomato sauce could contain 2....

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8 Most Effective Exercises For Weight Loss (with videos)

by Stephen de Bruyn

The 8 Most Effective Exercises For Weight Loss (with videos) When you're working out several times a week to get fit and lose weight, you want a routine that offers maximum results in the minimum amount of time. Exercise scientists have been hard at work on this particular issue, and now years of research indicates that the following 8 exercises—done properly—are all you need to achieve the slim, taut body you're after. The American College of Sports Medi...

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Friends and family can literally save your life and give you better health!

by Stephen de Bruyn

Friends and family can literally save your life and give you better health! Many types of scientific evidence show that involvement in social relationships benefits health. The most striking evidence comes from prospective studies of mortality across industrialized nations. These studies consistently show that individuals with the lowest level of involvement in social relationships are more likely to die than those with greater involvement (House, Landis, and Umberson 1988). For example,&nbs...

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