We all know the problem right:
The majority of our health issues are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors!
The leading causes of mortality worldwide are chronic diseases. And the economic burden of poor lifestyle choices is no longer sustainable and impossible to ignore. Fortunately, over the last decade a new type of medicine started to find its way into universities, hospitals and doctor offices. A new medicine which promises improved outcomes and enhanced well-being and lower costs.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, chronic stress.
Research over the last decades has proven that most chronic diseases like:
can be stopped, prevented and even reversed with the proper use of lifestyle modifications.
Profound research from scientists like Dean Ornish with his ground-breaking lifestyle study, Bruce Lipton PhD and his findings on epigenetics, and lately at Harward, MIT and other universities are settling the question if our lifestyle influences our health.
No longer is there any serious doubt that our daily habits and actions influence our health and quality of life. The way we exercise, eat, deal with stress determines how healthy we are.
What is missing in Lifestyle Medicine?
In my opinion there are three main challenges we are facing right now with Lifestyle Medicine and its application in health care:
- NOT FOR EVERYONE
“Is Lifestyle Medicine for the few who can afford organic food or expensive therapists?”
The biggest challenge we will face as a society is to translate these exciting new findings into an application and a way to reach not just a few privileged people but everyone. We need major changes in our individual and social habits to really make a difference.
- DON’T KNOW THE ROOT-CAUSE
Has it happened to you or your clients that you changed all types of lifestyle habits and then were surprised that your symptoms were still there?
Finding the root-cause and knowing what specifically triggers the onset and progress of a symptom is essential. Unless we know for example what triggers the chronic eczema or back pain of a client then it is very difficult to be give clear advice.
- MISSING THE ORGAN-MIND-BODY-LIFESTYLE CONNECTION
“A good diet and exercise is just not enough.”
We have seen again and again that even though improving our diet and exercising regularly is very important, it might not be enough. Our emotion, our unconscious thinking patterns, our motivations and beliefs and how we deal with stress are powerful influencers. We need to educate everyone about our body’s self-healing ability and ways to help that process.
Lifestyle Medicine will evolve and we at META-Health University intend to play a major role in this process.
Lifestyle Prescriptions® will fill that void.