Over 70 million adults in the United States are obese—that’s roughly one-in-three. The top three causes of death in the U.S. (i.e., heart disease, cancer, and COPD) far exceed the annual mortality rates of the next ten causes. During the last five years, the effects on people’s circadian clock and melatonin suppression of blue light from electronic devices has been well-documented. Facebook (i.e., social media) Depression has become a recognized condition. And most recently, the probiotic-driven gut-brain axis has become the latest medical frontier.
Perhaps not surprising, these are all lifestyle-impacted conditions.
Due to some amazing medical advancements, we have all but eliminated death in the U.S. due to the major infectious diseases of the past—pneumonia and flu, tuberculosis, etc. However, with their decline, we have witnessed the rise of death due to diabetes and suicide—again, conditions with a significant lifestyle component.
Yet as a society, we continue to overeat calorie-rich nutrient-deficient foods, smoke, over-consume alcohol, pollute our environment, expose ourselves to harmful chemicals, and live sedentary lifestyles. Health is often impaired by an excess of calories and alcohol, long work hours, and self-imposed stress resulting in often-unnecessary polypharmacy.
To varying degrees, we’re all guilty; but add genetic predisposition to the equation, and some become deadly-guilty.
Technology and pharmaceuticals can only do so much. Now, there’s never been a better or more important time to treat the cause of our aliments, not the symptoms. Lifestyle medicine is the threshold, and education holds the key. I am passionate about helping people adopt habits making them active participants in their own self-care and well-being, happiness, and energy without reliance on medications.
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