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Lifestyle Medicine – 1 July 2006

We first heard about the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in John McDougall, MD’s email newsletter, and we were happy to see that this much-needed group is working to bring some sanity to the field of medicine that has sold out to big industries to the detriment of the health and financial wellbeing of their patients. At their third annual meeting there were no industry sponsors and no speakers paid by pharmaceutical companies! Now, that’s the way it should be!

The following is from the web site of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine:

“What is Lifestyle Medicine?”

“Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is the use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease. Such interventions include diet (nutrition), exercise, stress management, smoking cessation, and a variety of other non-drug modalities. A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated that lifestyle intervention is an essential component in the treatment of chronic disease that can be as effective as medication, but without the risks and unwanted side-effects.”

“The field of lifestyle medicine has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. In the 1999 landmark textbook entitled "Lifestyle Medicine," editor James Rippe, MD, expressed the hope it would "open an entire new branch of medicine…" LM is becoming the preferred modality for not only the prevention but the treatment of most chronic diseases, including type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, osteoporosis and many types of cancer.”

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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