“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” –Thomas Edison
Why I Practice Lifestyle Medicine
Written by: Dr. Stephen Stohler
Thomas Edison once said, “The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease.” If this is true, then we are the future and you, our patients, are at the forefront of the health care revolution.
Most of our patients that receive our nutrition are suffering from parasites, dysbiosis or a yeast infection. To maintain daily health, we emphasize exercise. If you haven’t tried to one of our Move Right Classes, now is the time!
I find it hard to describe how I practice. The closest I can come is to describe it as a new type of specialty that has been given the term,“Lifestyle medicine.” Lifestyle medicine is personalized medicine that addresses primary prevention and the underlying causes, rather than symptoms, of serious organic diseases. It is a science-based field of health care that is enhanced by an examination of the core imbalances that yield disease conditions.
When underlying lifestyle causes are not addressed, people often take medication for chronic diseases for the rest of their lives. If the causes are addressed, most patients are able to reduce or stop taking medications and can often avoid surgery. The thoughts we Think, the foods we EAT and the way we Move have more to do with the quality of how we LIVE than the medications or immunizations we need.
There is strong evidence that this approach works well and saves money. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not usually cover treatment, nor is it currently taught in most medical schools, practiced by most physicians, or delivered in most hospitals or health care settings. Lifestyle treatments are perceived as ineffective because most doctors know that patients don’t listen when you tell them to eat better and exercise properly. Unless they receive the support, education and tools to change behavior, they won’t see sustainable, significant changes.
Our present health care system is not sustainable. It will not reduce the burden of chronic disease and it doesn’t place nearly enough emphasis on prevention. We need to implement a new way of living.
At Fundamental Health Solutions, our mission is to change the way our patients view their health and to manage their expectations of their health care providers. To those of you who are actively participating in your own health and taking personal responsibility, I commend you. If you are involved in our Blue Zones program, following our Eat Right diet, or practicing our Move Right Exercise program, you are on the front lines of the health care revolution with us. Our mission is to improve the health of our Naples community- one family, one patient and one day at a time.
Think Right, Eat Right, Move Right, Live Right!
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” -Ghandi