Drs. Ornish, Esselstyn and Katz Headline Next Week’s Lifestyle Medicine 2014 in San Diego

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Sunday, October 19 marks the kick-off of Lifestyle Medicine 2014, set for October 19-22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort in San Diego, California. The impressive line-up of Lifestyle Medicine experts, including names like Dean Ornish, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, T. Colin Campbell, PhD and David Katz, MD, will focus on the needed transformation of our healthcare system—using Lifestyle Medicine as a therapeutic intervention in the prevention, suspension and reversal of disease.

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While Nobel prizes highlight the value of learning what we don't know, lifestyle medicine highlights the value of using what we do. Lifestyle Medicine 2014 brings together the best, to share the best ways of doing just that.

Close to 500 physicians and allied health professionals will convene starting on Sunday, October 19, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort for Lifestyle Medicine 2014, the annual conference of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, with the theme of Treating the Cause.

The conference faculty is comprised of many of the leading experts in Lifestyle Medicine including physicians and researchers such as Dean Ornish, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Michael Greger, MD and Joel Fuhrman, MD, to name a few.

The CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion states that about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease leading the way, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, which in 1970 equated to 7.2% and now totals more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices.

"Nobel Prizes were recently announced, including the Nobel Prize in medicine. But while Nobel prizes highlight the value of learning what we don't know, lifestyle medicine highlights the value of using what we do,” emphasized David Katz, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “We could eliminate fully 80% of all chronic disease if what we knew informed what we routinely do. Lifestyle medicine experts are working to make it so."

According to the 2013 study conducted by Mayo Clinic, 70 percent of Americans are taking prescription pharmaceuticals, with half taking two or more medications on a daily basis. A survey of 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries found that two out of five patients reported taking five or more prescription medicines, with four out of five living with one or more chronic conditions.

"The goal of all medicine is to add years to life, and life to years. No medicine can do that nearly as well, as safely, and as pleasurably—as lifestyle,” added Dr. Katz. “Experts in lifestyle medicine can make that prize accessible—Lifestyle Medicine 2014 brings together the best, to share the best ways of doing just that."

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
ACLM is a professional association of physicians and clinicians dedicated to the advancement and practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Visit http://www.lifestylemedicine.org.

About Lifestyle Medicine 2014
Lifestyle Medicine 2014 is the nation’s premier medical conference focused on lifestyle medicine—lifestyle in medicine and lifestyle as medicine. Set for October 19-22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel in San Diego, CA, this CME accredited event delivers impressive keynotes, evidence-based educational sessions, research posters, and ample networking activities, as attendees from around the world join the Treat the Cause: Evidence-based Practice movement—the future of healthcare. Learn more and register at http://www.lifestylemedicine2014.org.

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