RAY D. STRAND, M.D.

Specialist in Nutritional Medicine

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Healthy Lifestyle

While conducting the research for this website, I’ve become more and more overwhelmed by the staggering dependence our society and medical community places on prescription medication, over-the-counter drugs and herbs. Our first thought when we become hurt or ill is to immediately turn to medication hoping for relief of our problem or symptoms.

Few of us, however, seriously consider the poor lifestyle habits that may be the underlying cause of the problem. Excessive weight alone may account for painful knees, painful hips, high blood pressure, diabetes, increases in reflux acid symptoms, and fatigue. Smoking causes increased risks in high blood pressure, heart disease, emphysema, and lung cancer. Poor eating habits contribute to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Lack of physical activity can lead to osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, decreased immune function, and high stress levels. When people come to the physician’s office for help after developing these problems, invariably they are placed on medication while little attention is given to the underlying lifestyle that may be the main culprit.

Attitudes are changing. I believe the pendulum is swinging toward a more proactive approach to improve one’s lifestyle with less reliance on medication. Dr. Mark Nelson reported in the American Journal of Hypertension that 42% of patients with hypertension could get off their medication if they would follow simple lifestyle changes. Growing medical evidence is showing us that heart disease, cancer, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, osteoporosis, and several other diseases may be prevented or even reversed by healthy lifestyles.

Still, there is tremendous confusion in the arena of wellness and preventive medicine today. Every individual who makes a decision to change his or her lifestyle will find confusing and conflicting information. It’s frustrating for those who have spent time and effort in trying to learn what they need to do to accomplish this goal.

The American public has long displayed an avid interest in the relations of diet and health, and its expectations for guidelines on nutrition and exercise are becoming more and more sophisticated. With just a little encouragement, approximately 80% of my patients choose to make healthy lifestyle changes that may improve their underlying medical condition or protect their health.

However, the authority whom patients most wish to consult for this information and guidance; their physician, usually remains insufficiently informed about the role of diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation in the prevention and treatment of these diseases.

I have spent the last 7 years studying the medical literature in regards to what patients can do to protect their health. I have applied these principles in my clinical practice that now focuses on nutritional medicine. This is why this website was developed. I wanted to share this information with you—a proactive individual about your health.

It has become apparent to me during my research that there are three distinct aspects to a healthy lifestyle that are all needed to offer you the absolute best protection for your health: 1. a healthy diet, 2. a modest exercise program, and 3. high quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements. When you make one or two of these lifestyle changes, I guarantee your health will definitely improve. However, when you make all three lifestyle changes the results are phenomenal.

Traditional Preventive Medicine

The health care community likes to pride itself in the fact that it promotes preventive care. Physicians encourage patients to have routine physicals in order to maintain health. However, a closer look quickly leads one to conclude that physicians are primarily trying to detect disease earlier. Pap smears, PSA’s, mammograms, blood work, and physical exams are merely trying to find a silent disease the patient may already have. Obviously the earlier you detect diseases the better it is for you, but nothing has been prevented.

By following the simple guidelines detailed here under Health Concepts on this website, you can take charge of maintaining your health. Choose to enjoy the life God has given you. This choice requires motivation and commitment, but unlike prescription medicine, the benefits far outweigh the risk and you can practice true prevention. Make the right changes--ones that truly provide you with desired health benefits.

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