Episode 11: Zero Alcohol - New science challenges current messages on moderation

Drink responsibly and in moderation.

A little alcohol is good for our heart.

We've heard these messages before. But what if what we've been always told about alcohol is wrong? What if instead of drinking responsibly and in moderation, we shouldn't drink at all?

This is what two big new studies published in the Lancet suggest. Our current guidelines are too high - in fact, the safest level of alcohol consumption that minimizes health risks is....zero.

In this episode we talk about these new findings and why a message of abstinence aligns with the latest science and is best for our health.


Links

No level of alcohol consumption improves health (Lancet)

Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990 - 2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 (Lancet)

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies (Lancet)

Thresholds for safe alcohol use might need lowering (Lancet)

No alcohol level safe to drink, global study confirms (BBC)

There is no safe level of alcohol, global study confirms (CTV)

Alcohol is a global killer, study finds (NBC News)

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Episode 10: Why I'm a Lifestyle Medicine MD (with Dr. Jennifer Purdy, MD)

Dr. Jennifer Purdy is a medical doctor who practices lifestyle medicine at Ottawa Lifestyle Medicine. In fact, she's the only lifestyle medicine doctor in the capital of Canada! She's a leader in advancing lifestyle medicine in Canada and joins us in this episode to share why she has dedicated her medical career to lifestyle medicine.


Links

About Dr. Jennifer Purdy
Ottawa Lifestyle Medicine
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Our Journey to Lifestyle Medicine (podcast)

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Episode 9: The Freedom of Lifestyle Medicine

Today’s health system and medical care too often fosters dependence. We become dependent on ever increasing number of drugs to treat disease and fight off side effects and the doctors who prescribe them. We’ve become chained to the healthcare system with often very little to show for in terms of actual health outcomes.

Enter lifestyle medicine.

With doctors acting primarily as educators, lifestyle medicine empowers people with the knowledge and tools to take charge of their own health by successfully making lifestyle changes that can prevent, treat and often times even reverse the leading chronic diseases of today.

Enjoy!


Links

What is Lifestyle Medicine? (from ACLM)
Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine

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Episode 8: The 6 Focus Areas of Lifestyle Medicine (Part 2)

In our previous episode, we covered 3 of the 6 focus areas of lifestyle medicine. In this episode, we explore the remaining 3 areas: sleep, reducing tobacco and risky substance use and fostering strong social relationships. We'll also hear about Dr. George Cho's experience sharing lifestyle medicine at a diabetes clinic in a remote northern Ontario community. Enjoy!  


Links

What is Lifestyle Medicine? (from ACLM)

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies (The Lancet)

Blue Zones 

Fitness Blender

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Episode 7: The 6 Focus Areas of Lifestyle Medicine (Part 1)

By helping us making changes in 6 main areas of our lifestyles, lifestyle medicine can prevent, treat and often times even reverse many of the leading chronic diseases today. In this episode, we explore 3 of these areas: healthful eating of whole plant-based foods, increasing physical activity and managing stress. Enjoy!


Links

What is Lifestyle Medicine? (from ACLM)

The BROAD study: WFPD for Obesity, Ischaemic Heart Disease and Diabetes

Scientific foundations of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Adventist Health Studies

C
anadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines (CSEP)

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Episode 6: Blue Zones 2 - Meet the longest living people in North America

In our previous episode, we talked about Blue Zones, areas of the world with very high numbers of centenarians. We “visited” Okinawa, Nicaragua, Greece and Sardinia. In this episode, we end our world tour in North America. Yes, North America has some of the longest living people in the world. They’re not an ethnic group but a religious one: Seventh-day Adventists. Who are these Seventh-day Adventists and what lifestyle habits set them apart from the rest of us and give them such longevity? We answer these and more in this episode.

Links

Seventh-day Adventists
Adventist Health Studies
Blue Zones.com
The secrets of long life (National Geographic)

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Episode 5: Blue Zones: Longevity secrets from the world's longest living people

Imagine living an active, vibrant life for over a century. Incredible thought, isn’t it?

Blue zones are areas of the world where many people do just that: live up to a 100 years of age. In this fascinating episode, we "meet" individuals from these areas and gain insights into the lifestyle patterns that give them such vibrant health and longevity.

Links

Blue Zones.com
The secrets of long life (National Geographic)

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Episode 4: Healthy lifestyle factors and longevity

If we could, most of us would want to live a long and vibrant life. But what’s the secret to longevity? A pill? A medical procedure?

A recent study from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health shows us that 5 very simple healthy lifestyle factors is linked to a significantly longer and healthier life. In this episode, we breakdown the study into layman’s terms and share practical tips on how we can achieve these lifestyle factors in our own lives.

Links

Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population (Circulation)
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Five lifestyle habits that could add 10 or more years to life (CTV News)
5 healthy habits to live by (Harvard Gazette)

 

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Episode 3: Our journey to lifestyle medicine

There is a story behind every passion. In this episode, Dr. George Cho and Daniel Cho of Pathways to Wholeness share how they became passionate about lifestyle medicine.

They share how everything began with seeing the healing power of simple lifestyle changes in their mother. They share the experiences that shaped their journey and the doctors, scientists and books that ultimately convinced them to embrace lifestyle medicine. They also discuss why so many others are joining the lifestyle medicine movement.

How about you? If you’re a health professional, share with us your story to lifestyle medicine by leaving a comment below.

Links

About Dr. George Cho
About Daniel Cho
Seventh-day Adventists
Dr. David Jenkins and portfolio diet
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Wildwood Lifestyle Center
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Dr Neil Nedley and depression
Dr Michael Gregor and NutritionFacts.org
Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre
North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic
Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic

 

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Episode 2: What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is revolutionizing medicine. More and more doctors and health professionals are embracing lifestyle medicine. What’s all the hype about?

In this episode, we explore what lifestyle medicine is, what distinguishes it from conventional medicine, its scientific basis and why so many are turning to it.

Links

American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Scientific evidence for lifestyle medicine (ACLM)
What is lifestyle medicine (Pathways to Wholeness)
Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre
North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic

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Episode 1: Welcome to the Lifestyle is Medicine Podcast!

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Welcome to the Lifestyle is Medicine podcast from Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre! We're so excited that you are tuning in.

In this short episode, we share with you what this podcast is all about and what you can expect in future episodes. Enjoy!

 

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About Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre: Pathways to Wholeness is a lifestyle medicine centre that promotes wholistic health through the principles of lifestyle medicine. We provide lifestyle-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto, Canada: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and the Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. We are also engaged in community health education and provide a range of community-based lifestyle medicine programs.

Our vision is for every individual in our community to experience optimal wholistic health based on the principles of lifestyle medicine. We seek to be the leading centre in Toronto for advancing and providing lifestyle medicine.

To learn more about Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre visit: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca