"Prevention is better than cure" -Desiderius Erasmus
What is Predictive Preventive Medicine?
Preventive Medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on health of individuals and communities. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent diseases or their complications. It includes the ability to detect some medical conditions at an early stage when they are still reversible and more easily treatable.
Predictive Medicine starts with a full assessment of each patient personal health risk; it involves understanding your genetic background, family and past-personal medical history, as well as the evaluation of all environmental and lifestyle factors that could potentially affect your optimal functioning and later cause disease.
This shift towards a new patient-centered practice of medicine offers a personalized holistic approach to health care where the patient and the physician work in a close partnership in order to help each patient reach his or her full potential. A preventive approach to healthcare can benefit everyone; whether you are still very healthy or already suffer from a medical condition it will allow you to optimize your general health in the future.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is the use of lifestyle interventions in the prevention, treatment, and management of disease.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the founding father of natural medicine, had already planted the seeds for this newly emerging specialty of medicine. His advice that "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" has certainly not lost its validity.
Recent clinical studies demonstrate the clear benefit for the preferential use of lifestyle interventions as first-line therapy to manage conditions such as weight related-issues, metabolic syndrome or diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis, many types of cancer as well as most mental and psychological conditions.
Lifestyle Medicine has become an essential component not only in the prevention but also the treatment of chronic diseases, often allowing medications to be reduced as well as their risk of side-effects. A complete Lifestyle Medicine curriculum is now offered to physicians through the residency program in Preventive and Family Practice at Loma Linda University where Dr Fradin-Read owns her faculty position and through continuing medical education courses at Harvard Medical School.
What is Integrative Medicine?
The definition of the consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine illustrates well the philosophy that we share at VitaLife-MD:
"It is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is supported by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing."