Patronus Medical Blog

What is the Prescription for a Longer Life?

Posted by Robert G Darling, MD on Aug 18, 2016 9:41:43 AM


Imagine a world without chronic illness, where every human being would have the chance to live to 100. Envision a planet without costly prescription medications with dangerous side-effects. What if that world was possible today? It is; so long as proper nutritional concepts are incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. 

Deadly chronic diseases and the prescription drugs that are used to treat them can be avoided later in life with a diet that focuses on the consumption of “real”, unprocessed, nutritious food.  It’s the obvious truth that the medical industry so often overlooks due to the overwhelming influence of the pharmaceutical and food industries.

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Dr. Michael Greger’s bestseller, How Not to Die, focuses on how premature deaths can be prevented by nutritional and lifestyle interventions. For example, Dr. Greger writes that “switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet can not only prevent heart disease but arrest and even reverse it,” as has been clearly demonstrated by the ground breaking work of Dr. Dean Ornish.  Preventing chronic disease before it takes over your life can be as easy as cutting out sugary foods and opting for fruits, leafy greens, fish and lean meats. The simple truth is this: most doctors are good at treating acute illness but are challenged to prevent chronic disease. Over 1.6 million Americans die each year from the 15 leading causes of death. By following Dr. Greger’s advice and incorporating preventative planning, you can change your diet and lifestyle to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Avoiding prescription medications that can sometimes cause more harm than good is another benefit to switching up your diet. If you are on the verge of developing another illness, drugs should in most cases NOT be a first-choice for prevention. Doctors at the Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospital in New York City have started a pilot program called The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription, following on the “Food is Medicine” concept. It allows patients at risk for diabetes to receive coupons for fresh produce, all written as a “prescription” from their doctor. This diet- first focus hopes to reverse disease before it even happens.

Preventative healthcare facilitated through nutritional and dietary changes allows patients to enjoy longer, happier and healthier lives. Although there are endless articles on which foods can prevent chronic illness, it is best to discuss with your physician and nutritionist the best dietary plan for your personal health profile.

Want to start your healthy lifestyle today? Contact Patronus Medical to begin your preventative plan.


Topics: preventative healthcare, personalized nutrition, prescription alternatives