Chronic disease is more than a health problem in the United States—it’s an epidemic. According to the 2008 Chronic Disease Almanac, chronic disease affects half our population, costing 1.6 trillion dollars a year. According to Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, “seventy-five cents of every health-care dollar we spend is on the treatment of chronic disease, most of which is preventable.” He also goes on to state that “If we do not reverse this trend, chronic disease will continue to devastate Americans’ health, lead to millions more preventable deaths, and will ultimately bankrupt our health-care system.”
Unhealthful lifestyle habits are the underlying cause of many chronic, yet preventable, health problems. Overwhelming evidence from various sources—including prospective cohort, epidemiological, and intervention studies, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The Almanac of Chronic Disease—links most chronic diseases to an unhealthful diet, and a lack of exercise. Oh, did I forget to mention unmanaged stress, inappropriate sleep patterns, the chemicals, toxins, and drugs we are exposed to on a daily basis, and their contribution to these diseases?
With such discouraging and depressing statistics revealed, the question arises: Is it possible to prevent, reverse and eliminate diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disease, fatigue, hormone-related issues, osteoporosis, obesity and overweight-related health problems, and the many other chronic diseases we all suffer from? If an unhealthful lifestyle is responsible for the needless suffering, disabilities, lives lost prematurely, distressing emotions, and the bankrupt health-care system, can we as a nation alter our future?
Lifestyle changes are now recommended as the “first-line therapy” for the major chronic diseases in our society: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, overweight-related health issues, etc. This first line of therapy includes changes in eating habits, incorporating supplementation and medical foods, adequate exercise and sleep, as well as stress reduction.
With each weekly entry, I, along with my clinical staff, will guide you through steps that you can use on a daily and weekly basis to improve your health, and perhaps improve or reverse the illness you may have. Stay tuned in!!