Non-acute health concerns comprise 78% of health expenditures in the U.S. These include all of the health conditions you will find on our website. One of the common elements to all these conditions is the growing medical literature on how lifestyle and dietary changes are not only preventative but are also treatments for these conditions.
For example, the recent “EPIC” study from the Archives of Internal Medicine studied 23,000 people’s adherence to 4 simple behaviors (not smoking, exercising 30 minutes a day, eating a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts seeds and limited meat, and keeping Body Mass Index below 30. For those following these behaviors, 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50 % of strokes and 36% of all cancers were prevented. The INTERHEART study in 2004 looked at 30,000 people in 52 countries found that attention to lifestyle factors prevented 90% of heart disease in both sexes, in all age groups, in all countries.
No prescription medicine can claim these results. Many people would like to improve their health without having to rely on prescription drugs during their lifetime. When people rely more on healthy dietary and lifestyle choices, they feel they are much more in control of what happens in their body. For most chronic illnesses the genetic component is about 30-40% or less, the rest is due to lifestyle choices.
Please visit our section on weight related issues that include blood sugar problems like pre-diabetes and diabetes, cholesterol and triglyceride problems, high blood pressure, and elevated waist circumference. Instead of focusing just on weight loss, we recommend a healthy body composition that improves or maintains muscle mass as fat mass is reduced. Our therapeutic lifestyle program (covered through most insurance) and based on extensive medical research addresses all of these issues.