Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as a lack of exercise, poor diet, and inadequate stress tempering techniques to relieve chronic stress can all lead to the development of chronic disease or increase the progression of it. Yes it is true that the chronic diseases that truly plague our society are in fact mostly ‘man-made’. But there is great news. With new healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors many chronic diseases are preventable! Even people with a genetic predisposition to certain chronic health conditions can learn to maintain healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their risk, defer the onset or at least better manage these chronic health conditions.
As much as we pride ourselves in innovative medicine and lifesaving procedures, as a country we fail when it comes to our overall state of health. While we spend more on health care than any other country, as a country we have a very poor health status. We don’t even rank in the top 100 in overall health. Why? Our prevalence of chronic disease is off the charts including: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. And all fingers point in the direction of lifestyle.
In the early 2000’s great attention was paid to the mapping of the genome. Our hope was that it would shed major light on the DNA mapping of these diseases and hence very specific and targeted treatment. It didn’t really go that way. We did learn however that the genetic tendencies a person has towards any given disease could in large part be influenced by their environment and lifestyle. In so much, this has healthcare providers, who are truly committed to bringing their patients to greater health, focused on patient education, therapeutic lifestyle choices and integrative therapies that support the person’s own genetic expression of health.
We all could start with the basics of these lifestyle choices:
- Eating cleaner, much less junk, sugar and artificial things, more fibrous fruits and vegetables, pure water, and less processed foods and meats.
- Moving our bodies more, at least with moderate exercise at first and then with some rigor once we are in shape.
- Making adequate time daily for stress tempering exercises and thinking along with adequate time for rest and sleep to rejuvenate the body and mind.
These fundamentals practiced with, as this is a major key, unwavering commitment and consistency, will go a long way for many of us to prevent or at least manage any health condition we may encounter in our lifetime.
While many people understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, they lack the skills and dedication needed to sustain these good habits. At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR) our doctors provide appropriate interventions and encourage healthful behaviors by educating our patients with nutritional counseling, physical reconditioning and stress tempering techniques to start and maintain these healthy lifestyle habits to ensure a healthier lifespan and increased quality of life. NMR’s foundation has always been lifestyle based steeped in the concept of the Triad of Health which looks at what we eat, think and do. Probably more than any other conditions, the NMR Triad of Health applies to chronic disease that our country unfortunately knows all too well.
Call 908-252-0242 to schedule your complimentary new patient consultation to learn more on how we can help you achieve better health.
CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Prevent, Manage and Gain Control with lifestyle based strategies
Presented by Dr. Vince Sferra
Chronic health conditions such as Pain, Arthritis, Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Auto-Immune conditions, just to name a few, are discussed to gain insights on how to be an active participant of your health and wellness.
Learn the value of and ways to make healthful lifestyle changes in order to reduce your risk, prevent or manage chronic disease.
- Stress and its toll on all chronic diseases
- Nutrition to support immune function, inflammation and tissue repair
- Exercise to improve mobility, strength and vitality
- Action steps to live a healthier lifestyle
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 – 8:00pm
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation
399 Campus Drive, Suite 110, Somerset, NJ
RSVP: Please email Lisa@NMRNJ.com or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat.
Healthy Heart – Taking Control of Your Risk Factors
Presented by Dr. Vince Sferra
Heighten your awareness of the primary risk factors for the number one killer in our country: Heart Disease
This presentation will discuss in depth the risk factors contributing to heart disease, including high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and alcohol. An integration of the direct influences that nutrition, an active lifestyle and tempering stress have on Cardiovascular Disease is examined and suggestions for therapeutic lifestyle changes relative to these influences are presented. With this information, individuals can empower themselves to take control of the risk factors in order to prevent heart disease and be healthy for life!
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 (Lunch will be served)
Location: The Education and Resource Center at The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living
354 DeMott Lane | Somerset, NJ
Please email Lisa@NMRNJ.com reserve your seat by 2/5.
Where does heart disease come from? For years heart disease has been blamed on cholesterol. Cardiologists have been prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and suggesting patients eat a low fat diet. In the 1990’s the marketplace was flooded with low-fat / fat-free products. In order to make these fat-free products taste good, manufacturers began replacing fat with extra sugar to make them tasty. With the lack of fat in these products, the consumer never gets a ‘satisfied’ or ‘full’ feeling and the body craves more and more of the high sugar product! Eating the right kind of fat and protein will signal your brain that it is full and satisfied, and would stop the sugar cravings. The extra empty calories being consumed on the fat-free and highly processed diet has shown an increase in obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease! We need to get back to ’eating from the earth’ not from the factory & eliminate processed, artificial ’food-like stuff’ & eat an abundance of whole grains & low fat dairy, nuts, seeds and healthy fats such as olive oil.
Today it is believed that one of the main drivers of heart disease is inflammation. This can be caused by a number of things including poor diet, inactivity, chronically high stress levels & environmental toxins. A healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, good nutrition & daily physical activity will help fight obesity & reduce your risk of heart disease.
At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation our goal is to educate our patients and help reduce the risks of heart disease by offering:
- Laboratory testing for genetic markers to determine your risk of heart disease, blood clotting and stroke. Knowing such can prompt motivation & diligence toward a lifestyle that greatly reduces / eliminates one’s genetic predisposition and is a powerful tool to:
- Improve your metabolism
- Balance your hormones
- Optimize your body fat / muscle ratio
- A customized nutrition treatment program will help jump start your Weight Loss program.
- Detox, clean out and eliminate foods that are toxic or ’addicting’ to your body.
- Break your habit of eating foods that are not helping with your weight loss
- Learning how to replenish your body with quality low fat protein, healthy carbohydrates and fats, as well as supplements when needed.
- Therapeutic Reconditioning Exercises are used to develop and improve muscle strength while improving flexibility, range of motion, mobility, balance and coordination.
- Since muscle burns the most calories, maintaining and / or building muscle mass will help increase your metabolism to burn more calories fast.