Why ‘Lifestyle’ Medicine?
Research shows a high proportion of modern diseases are caused by factors in our lifestyles – particularly nutrition, and also exercise, mental health, sleep and other factors in our environment.
At True South Medical we aim to address these factors in a holistic way to treat the causes rather than the symptoms of disease, which is what modern medicine tends to do.
Our work utilises the huge body of published quality scientific evidence, particularly regarding nutrition, to help prevent and treat our common Western diseases. Many can be reversed, put into remission, or improve symptoms in a great majority of cases. They include:
- Heart and stroke disease, and their risk factors – blood pressure and cholesterol
- Autoimmune Disease including (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and many others)
Weight loss is a large part of our work, as it tends to go hand in hand with many of our these conditions. You can achieve easy weight loss through a whole foods plant based diet, eating as much as you like and not having to count calories, nutrients or restrict amounts of food eaten. Willpower only gets a person so far with weight loss so making it sustainable, enjoyable and satiating is key, while eating the right foods for one’s long term health, and not just focussing on short term loss, as many diets do.
As well as, amongst others:
- Weight Loss
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Gut Health issues such as Irritable Bowel Disease
- Kidney disease
- Menstrual disorders
- Sinus conditions
Factors which can affect health include:
- Mental Stress
- Social interaction
- Toxins – tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, environmental toxins e.g. pesticides, PCBs,
Heart disease, stroke, mini-stroke, and other cardiovascular disease including peripheral vascular disease and even erectile dysfunction
These occur from the clogging up and inflammation of our arteries, caused by fats in the diet, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Heart disease is our most common cause of death and disability.
Improving lifestyle especially diet has been shown to reverse this – this has been shown in several clinical studies and shown to work in clinical practice by many doctors around the world. The body tries to heal itself given the right food and environment to do so.
Diabetes (Especially Type 2)
This hallmark of this insidious condition raised sugar in the blood stream, but is caused by animal products, fats and processed foods in the diet.
It responds extremely well to diet and lifestyle changes and Type 2 can be reversed in a majority of cases. Type 1 sufferers can reduce insulin requirement significantly also.
These are an array of chronic conditions caused by the immune system being triggered by environmental factors, chiefly diet.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid diseases and others can be significantly improved and even put into remission with diet and lifestyle changes. The results are often life changing.
Bowel, breast and prostate, lung, bladder, melanoma are some of the most common. There is good evidence to show that diet and lifestyle means can prevent, and slow down or put into remission many cancers, particularly at an early stage, and improve longevity in those which are have a terminal prognosis.
Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia and Lewy Body Dementia have been shown to be up to 90% due to lifestyle factors, and can be amenable to improvement with positive changes. This is especially relevant to those with a family history of these conditions.
Who would benefit from a consultation?
People tend to fall into 2 groups
- Those who have one of the conditions listed above, or any that is known to be related to lifestyle issues, whether minor or major
- Those looking to optimise their wellbeing and looking for advice on nutrition or lifestyle habits