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Episode 29: Hormesis - What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

We’ve all heard the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” This may be an apt description of how healthy lifestyles actually work to promote health. Healthy plant-based diets, eating less and exercise actually put stress on the body - not too much and not too little - which trigger an adaptive response that makes us stronger and healthier. Scientists and doctors give this process an odd-sounding name: hormesis. Listen in to learn how this all works.

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Hormesis defined
Hormesis: Its impact on medicine and health

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 28: Vegaphobia

In lifestyle medicine, we promote a whole foods, plant-based diet. But going plant-based isn’t always easy. There can be a stigma attached to being vegan and unsympathetic friends and family may make life difficult.

But vegans can also make life difficult for others and there are negative perceptions of vegans as arrogant, judgmental and over-zealous.

If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet, how can you deal with the negative perceptions and pushback while still being a winsome example? And are all vegans obnoxious zealots?

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Vegaphobia?


If I became a vegan, my family and friends would hate me

Vegaphobia: derogatory discourses of veganism and the reproduction of speciesism in UK national newspapers

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 27: What we can control about obesity (The Abstract #4)

There are many things about us and around us that may increase our risk for obesity: the genes we were dealt at birth, the number of fast food restaurants in our neighbourhood and the unhealthy foods sold at grocery stores. A recently published paper in JAMA suggest that even having a cesarean birth may possibly increase our risk for obesity later in life. Many of these we can’t control. But there is something we can: our lifestyle! We may not be able to control how we were born but we can choose to eat, move, love, work and sleep in a healthier way that will help us stay at a healthier weight.

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Mode of delivery and childhood obesity: is there a cause for concern?

The Abstract is a special edition of the Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast where we explore a recently published peer-reviewed scientific paper so you can stay up-to-date on the latest research on how our lifestyle is medicine.

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 26: The western lifestyle that actually works (Part 2, Dinner with the Doctor, January 2019)

In our previous episode, we learned about the Okinawan health advantage and how the influx of western food and lifestyle patterns have virtually erased it. But there is a western lifestyle that parallels the health benefits of the traditional Okinawan one. That's right: a way of living among North Americans that promotes tremendous longevity right here in the land of fast food, sedentariness and social isolation. We find it among the Seventh-day Adventists. Who are these people and what are they doing that the rest of us are not? Listen in to find out.

This is Part 2 of a health talk presented at a Dinner with the Doctor event hosted by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto. Dinner with the Doctor is a community event featuring delicious plant-based food and a health talk by doctors on lifestyle medicine.

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Dinner with the Doctor

The Okinawan health advantage and how they lost it (Part 1, Dinner with the Doctor, January 2019)

Blue Zones: longevity secrets from the world’s longest living people Part 1 (podcast)

Blue Zones: meet the longest living people in North America Part 2 (podcast)

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 25: The Okinawan health advantage and how they lost it (Part 1 of Can I live to 100?)

Okinawans have been one of the longest living people groups in the world. They have one of the highest numbers of centenarians and live very independent and functional lives well into their 80s, 90s and even 100s. Sadly, newer generations of Okinawans do not enjoy this same same vibrant health as their older counterparts. Why is that? What happened? And what lessons can we learn about how to live to 100 in North America?

This is Part 1 of a health talk presented at a Dinner with the Doctor event hosted by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine at the Toronto Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toronto. Dinner with the Doctor is a community event featuring delicious plant-based food and a health talk by doctors on lifestyle medicine.

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Dinner with the Doctor

Blue Zones: longevity secrets from the world’s longest living people Part 1 (podcast)

Blue Zones: meet the longest living people in North America Part 2 (podcast)

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 24: Understanding the mind of obesity (The Abstract #3)

What kind of mindset does it take to successfully lose weight?

In this episode, we dive deep into the inner thoughts and experiences of people who had severe obesity but were able to successfully lose weight. We learn about the tremendous determination, motivation, challenges and sacrifice they have gone through to achieve long-term weight loss.

If you're on a weight loss journey, you'll be encouraged by what you hear. If you're not on a weight loss journey but know or helping someone who is, you'll gain insights that will enable you to be a compassionate supporter and friend.

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Living a successful weight loss after severe obesity

The Abstract is a special edition of the Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast where we explore a recently published peer-reviewed scientific paper so you can stay up-to-date on the latest research on how our lifestyle is medicine.

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 23: A McVegan burger! Should we be excited?

Everyone it seems is jumping on the plant-based bandwagon, even McDonalds!

Having experienced success with veggie burgers in other parts of the world, McDonalds is bringing a vegan burger to North America. For many, this is welcome news. Others are less excited. How about us? Should we be excited about a McVegan burger? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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The McVegan: A bad sign? (DrGeorgeCho.com)

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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Episode 22: Really? I can still eat carbs and lose weight? (The Abstract #2)

When it comes to weight loss, there’s arguably nothing more contentious right now than the topic of carbs. Many believe that we need to go low carb or cut out the carbs entirely in order to successfully lose weight. But do we?

In this episode of The Abstract, we look at a recently published study on high carb, low fat plant-based diets and their effectiveness for weight loss. The findings might surprise you!

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A Plant-Based High-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat Diet in Overweight Individuals in a 16-Week Randomized Clinical Trial: The Role of Carbohydrates

The Abstract is a special edition of the Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast where we explore a recently published peer-reviewed scientific paper so you can stay up-to-date on the latest research on how our lifestyle is medicine.

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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