WHAT IS LIFESTYLE MEDICINE and WHERE DID IT START
The Chiropractic Profession is an advanced form of healing arts dating from the late 1800s in the USA. One could say by virtue of being a drugless form of health care, Chiropractors along with Osteopaths, Acupuncturists and Herbalists have aways promoted Lifestyle as central to their respective disciplines. Today the body's innate intelligence is recognized as one of the most powerful influencers of health and disease. Inasmuch, Chiropractors have found the proper structure of the body is a gateway to understanding where the stress and dysfunction are and how to unlock it. To this end, a Chiropractic Physician is first trained as a primary health care doctor to diagnose and prescribe a proper treatment based on objective findings. When drugs or surgery are ruled out, chiropractors use gentle hands-on modalities, nutrition, exercise, and counselling aid all aspects of patients' lifestyles. Lifestyle Medicine has embraced this holistic philosophy focusing directly on Chronic Degenerative Disease.
Founded in 2004, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society for physicians and other professionals dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. The practise involves the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as eating a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, getting regular physical activity, adequate sleep, managing stress, avoiding the use of risky substances, and pursuing other non-drug modalities, to treat, reverse, and prevent chronic disease.
Today Lifestyle Medicine is taught as part of the curricula at over 108 medical schools in the USA and there are international societies, colleges, and associations in over 18 countries and growing yearly. The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is the second-largest group worldwide and includes New Zealand. The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine is the third largest.
Modifying your behaviour, use lifestyle as a medicine to :
Eat Well - mostly plants
Move More - every 20 minutes
Sleep Well - it's 1/3rd of your life
Love More - positive relationships and choice
Stress Less - take action to find happiness and avoid negativity
These are proven lifesaving concepts. Doctors specialised in this area up to date with the latest methods to help you implement the correct behaviours at the right times in your life.
The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) gives medical leadership and a world-wide strategy via international chapters. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises Lifestyle Medicine and the LMGA as the answer to "non-communicable disease" and looks to our organisations as the experts on the global "Syndemic" of Lifestyle and Chronic Degenerative Diseases
WHERE IS IT USED AND HOW
Lifestyle as Medicine yields superior clinical results. According to Dr Dean Ornish, MD. it is paid for by insurance and national health in the USA, saving six dollars for every one invested. Lifestyle interventional programs achieve over 85-90% success rate in maintaining lifestyle and health-promoting habits in one year. This high retention and success rates are due in large part to Lifestyle Medicines focus on behaviour as the driving force away from chronic degenerative disease.
Medical practice today promotes the articulate diagnosis and treatment of disease as it occurs, thus remaining "symptom-based" with medication and surgical intervention the expected norm. Standard medical care admits it struggles to deal with patients who have a chronic disease and it is bankrupting the modern world's economies.
WHO IS DR STARK?
Patterson Stark, D.C., FASLM, a U.S.-trained Chiropractic Physician and a double board certified Health Practitioner in Lifestyle Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine, additionally a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (FASLM)
My life is dedicated to the wellbeing of others. I write, lecture, run workshops, educate doctors and patients globally. This is accomplished in person occasionally and online via shared medical appointments, meetings and workshops.
I will be leading group meetings.
As a 30 year "terminal" cancer survivor, I bring a personal "patient-perspective" to all that I do - I have an intimate understanding of the power of lifestyle to prevent, and overcome disease.
LIFESTYLE MEDICINE IS A HIGHLY LOGICAL COMPLEMENTARY CHOICE
Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based science and complementary to the Medical and Chiropractic specialities.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
"Chronic degenerative diseases are affecting every aspect of how we live as people, societies, countries, and planet." Professor Boyd Swinburn, PhD. The University of Auckland has called it "The Global Syndemic of our time". (The Lancet Commission Jan. 2019)
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION
When you suffer from symptoms of a chronic degenerative disease your lifestyle is always a factor- you need to help yourself. Be of benefit to yourself, family, and community.
Read and listen to our information, checkout the resources and if still uncertain about the power of lifestyle -Set up a 30 minute consultation to go over your personal situation with Dr Stark.