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Chronic Disease: Treat the Cause, Not Just the Symptoms

Friday, February 09, 2018

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the leading organization for health care professionals who are interested in studying and learning more about providing lifestyle interventions to treat and prevent the most common chronic diseases. More than 80 percent of the trillions of dollars spent on health care costs in the US is to treat chronic diseases that can often be prevented and even reversed by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. —Dean Ornish, MD

Biosyntrx has supported The American College of Lifestyle Medicine for the past 10 years because we believe addressing the cause of chronic disease delivers exceptional value, dramatically improves health outcomes, and because we believe it's the right thing to do.


Speaking straight-to-the-point; both physicians and we the public must accept personal responsibility for turning what we know into what we do. Sustainable public health requires a major paradigm shift to Lifestyle Medicine thinking, if we are ever to achieve and maintain sustainable health care. 

According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all chronic disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyles responsible for the vast majority of individual and governmental health care expense. Currently, the leading causes of death in the United States are still linked to lack of access to nutrient-dense food, lack of exercise, obesity, tobacco use, overconsumption of alcohol, and lack of emotional well-being.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine, in partnership with Dell Medical School, is presenting a groundbreaking Summit On Happiness Science in Health Care on May 6 and 7, 2018, at the Dell Medical School Auditorium in Austin, Texas. This happiness interventional modality has not been well integrated into health care and is underrepresented in health education programs and emotional well-being, also referred to as flourishing, and resilience. The evidence is mounting that it is a critical element for improved health care outcomes in an era finally shifting toward value-based health care. 

The Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine Institute is offering a two-day course for physicians at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on June 22-23 titled “Tools for Promoting Healthy Change: State–of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors.” The keynote speakers include Herbert Benson, MD, Michael Greger, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, and James Prochaska, MD. The course also offers optional workshops including Clinicians in the Kitchen, Culinary Health Education Fundamentals, -Basics, and Culinary Health Education, -Beyond the Basics.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2018 annual CME- accredited conference is now scheduled for October 21-24 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Treating the cause is the only rational basis for quality, evidence-based, economically sustainable healthcare, and is what adds length and quality to our patients’ lives. It is time to change the paradigm. —Mark Braman, MD, MPH

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff.



The Biosyntrx lifestyle medicine focus has included weekly Tasty Tuesday nutrient-dense recipes, weekly Friday Pearl nutrition and fitness science columns, and weekly Sunday Morning Stops at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities for almost 10 years because we strongly believe that appreciation, exploration and commitment to all the issues above adds significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole, sustainable health and sustainable health care.


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