"Most of the chronic diseases that are affecting North Americans and account for 78% of our healthcare costs are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors - namely our diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, chronic stress, and environmental toxins."
"Our lifestyle and environment influence biological mechanisms leading to disease ... changing gene expression which modulate inflammation, oxidative stress, and metabolic dysfunction."
"The distinction between risk factors and causes is an important one. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, and high C-reactive protein levels [inflammation] are not in and of themselves the real cause of chronic disease but simply representative markers that are the effects of environmental toxins, what we eat, how much we exercise, and how we respond to stress."
What You Need to Know:
There is no longer any debate ... the jury is no longer deliberating, the cause of the current pandemic of chronic illness is unhealthy lifestyle choices and environmental toxins. Drugs have never cured or prevented, and will never cure or prevent, illnesses caused by improper nutrition, lack of exercise and physical fitness, chronic emotional stress and lack of psychological fitness, or environmental pollutants. Relying on drugs is simply unscientific, ineffective, expensive, and dangerous.
What You Need to Do:
- Accept the scientific fact that the most evidence-based, most effective, most cost-effective, and safest way to heal from, or prevent, chronic illness is to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. If you want to get and stay well, you must learn to Eat Well - Move Well - Think Well.
- Take responsibility for your choices and for your health. Nobody can give you health, you must earn it with healthy choices.
- Ask your practitioner for some helpful resources.
Living the Innate Lifestyle Newsletter, March 2018, Dr. James L. Chestnut M.Sc, D.C., C.C.W.P.
Hyman, M, Ornish, D. and Roizen, M. Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease. Alternative therapies in Health and Medicine Nov/Dec 2009; 15(6): 12-14