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Personalized Lifestyle Medicine (PART 4): Physical Activity, Behavior and Environment

by Jeff Bland & Deanna M. Minch

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Part 4 concludes our series on Personalized Lifestyle Medicine (PLM). As you may already know, ‘PLM’ is a newly developed term that refers to an approach to medicine in which an individual’s health metrics from point-of-care diagnostics are used to develop lifestyle medicine-oriented therapeutic strategies for improving individual health outcomes in managing chronic disease.

In Part 4 of our series, we examine:

  • Application to Physical Activity
  • Application to Stress and Behavior
  • Application to Environment and Toxin Load
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    Slideshow: The Acute Effects of Yoga on Executive Function

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    Ayurveda for Diabetes Mellitus: A Review of the Biomedical Literature

    Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP

    Diabetes mellitus is a condition that is extremely serious from both clinical and public health standpoints. The traditional healthcare system of India, Ayurveda, offers a balanced and holistic multi-modality approach to treating this disorder. Many Ayurvedic modalities have been subjected to empirical scientific evaluation, but most such research has been done in India, receiving little attention in North America. This paper offers a review of the English language literature related to Ayurveda and diabetes care, encompassing herbs, diet, yoga, and meditation as modalities that are accessible and acceptable to Western clinicians and patients. There read more…

    A Yoga Intervention for Young Adults With Elevated Symptoms of Depression

    Alison Woolery, MA, Hector Myers, PhD, Beth Sternlieb, BFA, Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

    It is not unusual for yoga teachers and students to report that yoga has an uplifting effect on their moods, even when they are dysphoric. Congruent with these reports, a small body of research suggests that yogic techniques may help alleviate symptoms of depression.1-3 Other studies on non-depressed persons have found increased positive and decreased negative mood following yoga practices.4-7

    However, the validity and clinical utility of these findings have been questioned because of a number of methodological limitations. In addition, these studies used different forms of read more…

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