Why Do We Need Lifestyle Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who are suffering from complex chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
- The system of medical practice by most physicians is oriented towards acute care. The diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aimed to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
- Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise chronic disease in modern Western society.
- There is a huge gap between research and the way doctors’ practice. The gap between emerging research and basic science and integration into medical practices enormous-as long as 50 years-particularly in the area of complex chronic illnesses.
- Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses and their patients.
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