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Perm J. 2018;22. doi: 10.7812/TPP/17-025.

Lifestyle Medicine: A Brief Review of Its Dramatic Impact on Health and Survival.

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Director of The Breast Cancer Survivorship Institute in Sacramento, CA.
Program Manager of The Breast Cancer Survivorship Institute in Sacramento, CA.
Psychiatrist at the Redwood City Medical Center in CA.
Chief Facilitator of the Physician Wellness Program and an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the San Dimas-Baldwin Park Medical Center in San Dimas, CA.
Internist at the Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, CA.
Internist at the San Jose Medical Center in CA.
Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the San Francisco Medical Center in CA.
Internist and the Director of Culinary Medicine at the San Francisco Medical Center in CA.
Radiologist at the Glenlake Medical Center in Atlanta, GA.
Pediatrician and Assistant Physician-in-Charge for Outpatient Service at the Stockton Medical Office in CA.
Associate Area Medical Director for Family Medicine at the Bakersfield Medical Center in CA.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the San Diego Medical Center in CA.
Primary Care Physician at the South Sacramento Medical Center in CA. He is also an Elected Representative on The Permanente Medical Group Board of Directors.
Medical Director of the Kaiser Permanente Weight Management Program in Pleasanton, CA.
Nuclear Medicine Specialist at the Sacramento Medical Center and at the Roseville Medical Center in CA.
Internist at the Skyline Medical Offices in Salem, OR.
Orthopedic Surgeon at the Lakeview Medical Offices and at the Orange County Medical Center in Anaheim, CA.
Internist at the Woodland Hills Medical Center in CA.
Physician and Founder of in Kensington, MD.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Plantrician Project in Rieglesville, PA.
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine in NY.


By ignoring the root causes of disease and neglecting to prioritize lifestyle measures for prevention, the medical community is placing people at harm. Advanced nations, influenced by a Western lifestyle, are in the midst of a health crisis, resulting largely from poor lifestyle choices. Epidemiologic, ecologic, and interventional studies have repeatedly indicated that most chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, are the result of lifestyles fueled by poor nutrition and physical inactivity.In this article, we describe the practice of lifestyle medicine and its powerful effect on these modern instigators of premature disability and death. We address the economic benefits of prevention-based lifestyle medicine and its effect on our health care system: A system on the verge of bankruptcy. We recommend vital changes to a disastrous course. Many deaths and many causes of pain, suffering, and disability could be circumvented if the medical community could effectively implement and share the power of healthy lifestyle choices. We believe that lifestyle medicine should become the primary approach to the management of chronic conditions and, more importantly, their prevention. For future generations, for our own health, and for the Hippocratic Oath we swore to uphold ("First do no harm"), the medical community must take action. It is our hope that the information presented will inspire our colleagues to pursue lifestyle medicine research and incorporate such practices into their daily care of patients. The time to make this change is now.

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