Thursday, November 18, 2010

Medicine is Simple: Lifestyle Works far Better than Drugs or Surgery

Colin Kopes-Kerr, MD, wrote a powerful editorial in American Family Physician stating that it is clearly time for change. For centuries, medical practice has responded to disease with drugs, remedies, surgery and a pittance of lifestyle counseling. He lists 10 major studies that demonstrate the higher value of primary prevention, which consists of a healthy diet (5-7 servings of fresh fruits and veggies a day), no obesity, regular exercise (150 minutes a week), no smoking, and reduced stress (15-20 minutes of pure relaxation a day). The impact on disease prevention, longevity and quality of life is huge, twice as much as everything else that is taught in medical schools. It is not that hard to do, for most of us. Get busy, America, and stay well.

See here) American Family Physician, Vol 82, No. 6, Sept. 15, 2010:610-14.

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