Thursday, April 12, 2012

Prevention is Universal

Standard advice has been look at your family history to see which diseases you might be prone for, and then make a plan for prevention. A recent collaborative effort by the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association showed that the healthy lifestyle recommendations from each group tended to prevent the diseases targeted by the other group as well. Avoiding smoking, healthy diet, regular exercise and dealing with stress are activities that will help prevent many diseases. I would add screening and avoiding toxic metals and optimal nutrition, including supplements like vitamins D and C. It doesn’t have to be complicated for a basic approach. See Family Practice News,(click here) Feb. 1, 2012, p. 1.

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