What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Chronic health conditions are running rampant right now in the western world, and most medicine is aimed at treating the symptoms rather than the root causes. Today, I talk about lifestyle medicine and the power of small, incremental lifestyle changes.

In this episode, I share the four aims of lifestyle medicine and its six interconnected areas. I discuss why it seeks to knock out the root causes of many illnesses instead of just subduing their symptoms. I share the story of one of my patients, whose lifestyle changes turned his life around. I explain what a health IQ is, and I go into the specific biological effects that can come from positive lifestyle changes. Finally, I note that lifestyle medicine is fundamentally about education and empowerment.

“It’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to start to recommit to living a healthier lifestyle. I call it the power of thinking small.”

– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The power of small, incremental lifestyle changes
  • Lifestyle medicine defined
  • Looking at root causes rather than just symptoms
  • The effects of positive lifestyle medicine