Lifestyle Medicine in Action
A monthly publication of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
November 2011
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Nicolas Athanassiou, MD
Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist Houston Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Kenneth Browning, DO
Family Practice Physician, Therapeutic Lifestyle Center Riverside, California

Galen Chun, MD
Private Practice Radiologist Medical Xray Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Tracy-Ann Dawes, MA, Ed.S
Student, DrPH Preventive Care, Loma Linda University
Moreno Valley, California

David Jones, MD, FAAFP, FABFP
President of Institute for Functional Medicine,
Family Practice Physician
Ashland, Oregon

Michael Kadoch, MD
Resident Physician, Diagnostic Radiology, Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York

Alisa  Koval, MD, MPH/MHSA
Chief Resident, Dept of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, New York

Dana Pilchik, MA
Student, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Pacific University
Beaverton, Oregon

Rani Polak, MD, MBA
Resident, Family Medicine,  Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School
Jerusalem, Israel

Catherine McDonald, APD, M, Nutr. & Diet
General Manager, Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company
Central Coast, Australia

Lori Richer, MD
Physician, Primary Care Practice, New London Hospital
New London, New Hampshire



  • Discounts on conferences
  • Discounts on practice management support services
  • Subscription to The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (regular memberships) 
  • ACLM list serve for direct communication with all other members
  • Free Lifestyle Medicine classifieds postings on website and in monthly newsletter
  • Listing on ACLM's website: www.lifestylemedicine.org Identity as part of the new professional field of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Advocacy for you and your interests 
Importantly, ACLM membership empowers the Lifestyle Medicine movement, advancing healthcare that "treats the cause".

Active Lives

November 11-12, 2011
Waltham, MA

20th Annual Medical Fitness Association Conference
Nov 30-Dec 3, 2011
Orlando, FL 

Nutrition as Core Medicine

November 16-19, 2011
Morristown, NJ


December 8, 2011 

February 22-25, 2011
Orlando, FL 


WELCOME to the November 2011 issue of  

Lifestyle Medicine in Action!  


At the center of action, ACLM is creating exciting new opportunities to learn and connect with one another, including the ACLM list serve, Lifestyle Medicine webinars, an online CME course, and a compelling vision for the upcoming year.    

 In case you haven't been tuned in, the ACLM member-only list serve has been very interesting lately.  Whole Foods Market is looking for physicians to partner with them in their new Wellness Clubs in pilot market locations.  ACLM members are in-the-know, and up-to-date on the leading edge of Lifestyle Medicine.


In this issue, Dr. Corey Howard shares his personal  

and professional journey and development of his  

Lifestyle Medicine practice in Naples, Florida.   


Dr. Dysinger reminds us of the importance of our professional connections and describes the growth he's witnessed in  

ACLM annual meetings over the years.    


We are pleased to serve as a conduit of learning and growth, helping you connect with your own vision and with other Lifestyle Medicine practitioners on this path!


To your continued learning and growth! 


President's Desk
Wayne Dysinger


One of the most important activities for a professional society such as ACLM is the creation of opportunities to meet, connect, share and learn.  Although in the current era this can happen via a variety of electronic formats, there is still a place for in-person meetings. The history of annual meetings within ACLM is somewhat of a potpourri. In 2004 and 2005 we had our annual meeting in conjunction with the Healthy People meetings at Loma Linda University. In 2006 we had held our third annual meeting at a separate venue in southern California. Although scientifically successful, the meeting was financially difficult for a young organization, and ACLM chose to forgo an annual meeting in 2007. In 2008 ACLM again met in conjunction with the Healthy People meeting at Loma Linda University. Beginning in 2009, we began meeting with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as part of their annual meeting. In 2009 in Los Angeles and 2010 in Washington DC our presence at the Preventive Medicine meetings was low key but growing. In 2011 in San Antonio, due to a strengthened affiliation and understanding between ACPM and ACLM, Preventive Medicine 2011 was co-branded as Lifestyle Medicine 2011. ACLM had significant input into meeting planning and presentation and overall, it felt like a significant success.


As ACLM and ACPM discussed the structure of the 2012 Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine meetings in Orlando, it became clear that the financial model used in 2011 was not viable long term. Because of this, ACLM will again take a more subdued role. Never-the-less, thanks to the strong work of David Ferriss, MD, MPH and multiple others on his team, ACLM has had significant input into the Clinical Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine track of Preventive Medicine 2012. An excellent slate of sessions and workshops that can benefit the practicing Lifestyle Medicine physician will be presented. This will again be our annual scientific meeting. We encourage all to join us in Orlando February 22-25, 2012.


Several weeks ago the ACLM board voted to also move forward with an ongoing annual fall meeting. This was driven by two primary events. The first was the tremendous success of our first annual practice management workshop. This meeting was successful from multiple perspectives including content, connection, participation and economics. The second driver was the recognition that because of the diverse goals of the ACPM annual meeting, our role there will likely continue to be somewhat limited.  


What we see going forward is an annual meeting in the fall focusing on Lifestyle Medicine practice - both the practical and the financial aspects. This will be our primary meeting and will usually occur mid-September. We will also continue to work with ACPM to ensure high quality Lifestyle Medicine content in their annual meeting that always occurs mid to late February. This will be our scientific meeting.


So, we are now becoming a society with two annual meetings, one which we produce independently and a second which we help develop under the ACPM umbrella. If annual meetings are a proxy for our success, we can congratulate ourselves for now being able to double our previous offerings.  


Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey.




Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH



Practice Spotlight:  Dr. Corey Howard   

Corey Howard, MD, FACP

"Lifestyle Medicine is the first field to truly empower people to live a better life.    

Double-board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. Corey Howard brings multiple dimensions to his philosophy and practice of Lifestyle Medicine. Founder and Director of Physician's Life Centers in Naples, Florida, he brings this multi-dimensional expertise to patients, offering programs designed to help people live a better life.   


He asserts that "Most physicians today are reactive, focusing solely on disease management", and argues the need for a more proactive approach - comprehensive programs focused on overall health, the prevention of disease, and the attainment of optimal health and wellness.


His focus has shifted over the years. Concentrating in his early career on gastroenterology, he has performed an estimated ten thousand gastro-endoscopic procedures. As his practice evolved toward general medicine, he found himself increasingly compelled to prevent disease and to help people find a better way of living. While atop a mountain in Utah, he committed himself to change; deciding then and there to reshape his practice and transform his life. Describing himself as out of shape at the time, he began training for a triathlon and without knowing how to swim, dove into the sport as a personal challenge. This mission led him to Ironman, taught him a great deal about nutrition and sports medicine, and strengthened his commitment to help others discover the transformative power of lifestyle.


"My mission is to improve the health of Americans. Obesity is our number one cause of death. In my practice, I see a lack of individual responsibility. Patients have the sense that medicine is going to deliver health, that medicine will do it for them." He points to the need to empower patients to take responsibility for their health. While his practice is built upon a foundation of general medicine with the majority of his patients viewing him as their primary care provider, he envisions Lifestyle Medicine moving toward a specialty model. "I would encourage Lifestyle Medicine practitioners to view this as a specialty; that of helping people get better and allowing them to live a better life."


Physician's Life Centers offer an array of services including a comprehensive medical review, personalized nutrition and fitness programs, and physician-directed and designed weight loss programs. The practice model includes assessments such as VO2 testing, body fat analysis, and antioxidant scanning (measuring carotenoid levels in tissues) along with conventional lab work and screenings. The practice is primarily insurance-based, featuring multiple revenue streams including those services offered on a cash basis. The practice system (e-clinical) facilitates efficiency in generating and sending letters to patients and in managing billing and coding and allows Dr. Howard to communicate with patients as questions and needs arise.  


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CME Opportunity: LM Practice Management Online Course  

American College of Lifestyle Medicine and     Doctor with Patient 

American College of Preventive Medicine present

Lifestyle Medicine 

Practice Management Workshop

Online CME Course 

 More information  


CME Opportunity: Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients 

Man on treadmill (ILM)

Active Lives:

Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients


November 11-12, 2011 Friday-Saturday

The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

        More information


CME Opportunity: The Emergence of Nutrition as Core Medicine  

Nutrition as Core Medicine ConferenceThe American College of Nutrition presents


The Emergence of Nutrition  

as Core Medicine 


November 16-19, 2011
Morristown, New Jersey


More information 


CME Opportunity: Medical Fitness Association Conference  

The Medical Fitness Association presents


November 30-December 3, 2011
Orlando, Florida

ACLM members save $150 on registration


CME Opportunity: Lifestyle Medicine Webinar

The American Medical Association
in collaboration with ACLM Leadership present: 


Lifestyle Medicine
and How It Is Relevant to Your Practice
With Dr. Wayne Dysinger, ACLM President   Dr. Marc Braman, ACLM Executive Director     
December 8, 2011 11:00 am (EST)

CME Opportunity:
Preventive Medicine 2012/Lifestyle Medicine Track

The American College of Lifestyle MedicinePreventive Medicine 2012
is pleased to co-sponsor the Lifestyle Medicine track 


Preventive Medicine 2012

Lifestyle Medicine Track

February 22-25, 2011
Orlando, Florida 


More information



CME Opportunity:
Lifestyle Medicine/Preventive Medicine 2011

The American College of Preventive Medicine offers online access to the recorded Lifestyle Medicine sessions and speaker slides from the 2011 annual meeting,


Lifestyle Medicine/Preventive Medicine 2011


This content is accessible through ACPM's e-Portal. To view the presentations, click on the  

2011 conference proceedings link located on the left side.    


More information  


CNN: The Last Heart Attack  

Sanjay Gupta, MD interviews Bill Clinton


The Last Heart Attack


More information  

In The News - Chicago Tribune Highlights Workshop Speaker Dr. Principe

Area Physician Works Nutrition into Patients' Checkups

Chicago Tribune
11/02/11 article by Janice Neumannphoto

Dr. John Principe, a primary care physician for 20 years, came close to abandoning medicine after growing weary of seeing chronically ill patients who wouldn't take care of themselves.   

To his surprise, though, his second career choice and passion -- cooking, which he almost left medicine for -- would end up not just restoring but transforming his commitment to his patients.

Principe two years ago founded WellBeingMD Ltd., a comprehensive medical practice in Palos Heights that integrates traditional medicine with classes on making significant lifestyle changes -- including cooking, yoga, pilates, exercise, acupuncture and massage.

His work has garnered praise from some of the nation's top health researchers, including Dr. David Eisenberg, director of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at the Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center, who visited Principe's class last year.


"I think there could be armies of people (doctors) like John."
Dr. David Eisenberg

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Lifestyle Medicine Career Listings    

POSTED: October 12, 2011
Health and Wellness Consultant at a new medical practice in Ocala, Florida. Part-time position with opportunities to work or travel in the medical missionary field.
For further information including the full job description, please contact Dr. McEachrane-Gross at eachrane@centurylink.net or 352-857-7524.

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ACLM members may post career opportunities or job seeking announcements at no charge.

 Research Summaries  

The following presented by Bloomberg News

Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science
Medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks aren't simply unhealthy: they can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.

The following presented by MedlinePlus


Time Outdoors May Protect Vision
HealthDay Video: Study found that for each hour that young people spent outdoors each week, the chance of becoming nearsighted fell by about 2 percent.


Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure  

With people taking growing numbers of drugs, risks are multiplying, experts warn.

'Hard Hats' Still Have High Rates of Injury, Illness: Report
Construction workers in the United States have a high risk of work-related injuries and an increased risk of work-related illness and death, new study shows.  Researchers found that a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of suffering a disabling injury over a 45-year career, and a 1-in-200 risk of being fatally injured on the job.

Too Much Sitting Raises Odds for Cancer: Study
The hours Americans spend sitting may be increasing their risk for cancer, just as the time they spend exercising can reduce the risk, according to new research.

More Evidence Obesity Tied to Colon Cancer

Older adults who are heavy, especially around the middle, seem to have a higher risk of developing colon cancer, as reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.  Authors also suggest that exercise could be an important part of the picture, particularly for women.

The following presented by Medpage Today

ACG: Fatty Liver Disease on the Rise in U.S.  

Researcher attributes elevation to "several factors associated with obesity" noting that 14% of all abnormal liver function tests are attributed to obesity alone, much more than other causes such as alcohol use, which accounts for around 1%.

Moderate Drinking Increases Breast Cancer Risk  

Breast cancer risk increased modestly but significantly in women who reported a history of moderate alcohol consumption, investigators reported, confirming results of previous studies.

Control of Cardio Risk Factors Lags

Although U.S. adults have done a better job controlling hypertension and LDL cholesterol in recent years, most still are not treated to recommended targets, according to the CDC.

1 in 5 Young Adults May Have Hypertension

Hypertension may be much more common than expected among young adults, researchers found.

Salt Study Discounts Link to Hypertension  

Researchers found that the changes in the amount of sodium excreted in the urine were related to changes in systolic blood pressure, but not linked to diastolic pressure or the risk of developing hypertension.

Cut Daily Salt Intake to 1,500 Mg, AHA Says
Daily intake of salt should be limited to 1,500 mg for all Americans, according to an advisory statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Sugary Drinks Could Boost BP

Patients with hypertension may have to start watching their sugar as well as their salt, new research suggests.

Deep Sleep Dreamers Enjoy Normal BP 

Study found low levels of restorative slow-wave, or deep, sleep are associated with the development of hypertension in older men.

Asthma Patients Feel Gloomy, Stay Sedentary

Depressive symptoms along with unhealthy behaviors are common among individuals with asthma, a telephone survey found.

Aerobic Exercise Good for Asthma Patients
Physical training programs involving aerobic exercise have a range of benefits for patients with asthma, an updated Cochrane review showed.

Heart Disease Treatment Claims Billions of Healthcare Dollars

Heart disease ranked as the costliest medical condition in 2008 in adult U.S. patients,

Painkillers Tied to Kidney Cancer Risk
Analgesic use increased the hazard for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by as much as 33%, depending on the drug class, results of a large meta-analysis showed.

Yoga Bests Usual Care for Back Function
In the second study in as many weeks, yoga has again proven superior to routine care for improving function in patients with chronic low back pain, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The following presented by Web MD


U.S. Sets New Goals for a Healthier Nation
Health and Human Services reveals critical health priorities for the coming decade designed to serve as a blueprint for a healthier nation by 2020.

Yoga, Stretching May Ease Lower Back Pain
Study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that yoga or intensive stretching may
improve chronic lower back pain and reduce the need for pain medications.

Talk Therapy Plus Self-Help May Fight Pain
Study shows cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) along with self-help workbook may help people with pain feel and function better, a study shows.

Happy People Live Longer?
Results of UK study showed that older people who reported feeling happiest had a 35% lower risk of dying during the study than those who were least happy.

Study: Too Much Sugar in Drinks Marketed to Kids
Report from Yale University suggests that many healthy-sounding drinks have excessive sugar and calories.

High-Protein Diet for Weight Loss

Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that a high-protein diet  may satisfy hunger better than either fats or carbohydrates, leading to greater satisfaction, less hunger, and weight loss.   

Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by Medpage Today

Food Industry Fight Mimics War Against Big Tobacco
The public health battle against obesity may be taking a cue from the states' victory against the tobacco industry more than a decade ago.

'Biggest Loser' Sends Wrong Message on Weight Loss
Researcher asserts that reality show sends patients an unhealthy and unrealistic message about weight loss.


The following presented by Medline Plus


Rx for Heart Patients: Healthier Living, Medication
A healthy lifestyle and appropriate medications can help people with heart disease live longer and avoid a heart attack or stroke, according to new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association.


The following presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Physical Activity for Arthritis
Extensive fact sheet highlights benefits of physical activity in reducing pain and improving function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis, and offers guidelines for exercise.
The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

Tropical Oils: Good for Your Heart-or Not?
Article reports that tropical oils are understudied and effects unclear, and advises that intake be limited.

The Coffee-Cholesterol Connection

Whether coffee-drinking adversely effects cholesterol levels may depend on method of brewing and amount consumed.


The Grapefruit Effect and Your Drugs

Many people taking medications have learned to be leery of grapefruit and its juice-which is too bad, since grapefruit is not only delicious, but also heart-healthy and nutritious.  

The following presented by WebMD

Six Strategies for Controlling Diabetes
Article offers strategies for managing diabetes for a long and active life.

Motivating the Overweight Child
Parents are key role models and need to build planned exercise and healthy eating into their children's lives.

Surprising Sleep Wreckers
Experts outline six common causes of sleep disturbance.

Lose Weight With Morning Exercise
Walk the dog, join a health club, get into running. Whatever you do, you've got to move your body as much as possible if you want to lose weight.

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Contributing writers:
Marc Braman
Wayne Dysinger
Kathy Cater
Kathleen Jones

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