The main principles of Lifestyle Medicine 6+1
1.“Vis Medicatrix Naturae” (Hippocratis) – The Healing Power of Nature.
2.“Primum Non Nocere” – First do no harm.
3.“Tolle Totem”- Treat the whole person.
4.“Tolle Causam”- Identify and treat the cause.
5.“Prevention”- Prevention is better than cure.
6.“Docere”- Patients should be educated to take self-responsibility for their own health. The Doctor as Teacher.
7. USE ONLY EVIDENCE BASED DISEASE PREVENTION, REVERSION & TREATMENT METHODS.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is the therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to reverse and prevent lifestyle related diseases in a clinical setting. It empowers individuals with the knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying causes of disease.
Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, alcohol moderation and tobacco cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.
BIBLE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
„Health, youth, beauty“
The Bible reveals the main principles of the mankind. The book “Health, youth and beauty” reveals the main principles of the spiritual, material and physical human being essence through understanding health and illness relationship.
The desire to be healthy, young and beautiful is the natural need of every person. During last decades our material-orientated Western world has started to realize the growing dependence on symptoms-minimizing drugs and traditional short-term effect medicine. However, to reach the aim and become healthy, young and beautiful is possible by rational usage and enhancing of our life (vital) energy. Only this way can protect health from the diseases and in the case of the disease enforce our body to an instant self-treatment process. This rapidly developing old/mew branch of medicine is called a Lifestyle medicine. It is still relatively new type of medicine in our Western world but it is well-known and commonly used way of treatment in the Eastern world. The West needs to focus on spiritual and holistic knowledge including universal balance principles, while the East needs to integrate the benefits of the Western evidence based medicine. This idea was already strongly emphasized in the beginning of the last century by the Whole Plant based nutrition system author, Ann Wigmore‘s teacher, ideologist and compatriot Wilhem Storost Vydunas. Living in Lithuania-Prussia, one of the centers Europe countries, Vydunas continued to develop the Lithuanian practice to meet and unite Western and Eastern traditions.
Wilhelm Storost, artistic name Vilius Storostas-Vydūnas (March 22, 1868 – February 20, 1953), mostly known as Vydunas is widely known in Eastern Europe as a prominent philosopher, educator, playwright, composer and one of the strongest Lifestyle Medicine representatives. Being in friedship with Swis spsychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Gustav.Jung, he published numbers of scientific articles lightening the issues of contemporary psychosomatic medicine and supported principles of modern Lifestyle medicine. His personal life path could be a good example for everyone of Lifestyle medicne effectiveness in the treatment of chronic diseases. While being a teenager he was diagnosed tuberculoses. In the beginning of the last century this disease was incurable and was equal to nowadays cancer. The tuberculosis was rapidly progressing and all the best efforts of doctors in Western Europe did not provide any results. Thus, Vydunas, being a highly educated person with profound knowledge of Eastern culture (he was eloquent in Sanskrit), started to seek for a remedy in Eastern medicine especially focusing on Ayurveda practices. By scrutinizing the philosophy of these ancient practices he completely changed his life style. Vydunas stopped eating animal-based food, practiced breathing and physical exercises and focused on psycho-emotional balance maintaining. In addition, he learned and implied systematical meditation by playing the harp reaching a full recovery from tuberculoses and consequent strong health-state and young body for a life-time.
His gained knowledge and experience proves that our life-style determines majority of our diseases. Identifying the true reasons of the diseases and consequent adjusting of the life-style improves the quality and duration of live. This understanding encouraged Vydunas to systemize Lifestyle medicine principles and to publish Healthy lifestyle manual titled as Heatlh, youth, beauty.
The first edition of this book was published in 1928 in Tilze (Lithuania). The second edition was published in 1991 and the last one in 2013. At the moment the book is available only in Lithuanian. However, it is planned to publish English version of this book by the end of this year. All chapters of the book will be translated basing on contemporary Lifestyle medicine positions with a precise analysis of well- recognized and awarded Lithuanian professor of cardiology and Klaipeda University Health Science Facuclty founder Mr. Algimantas Kirkuts. The new English edition will be illustrated by original authors and professor’s drawings and schemes and represents the full edition of gathered Vydunas practices and contemporary comments. The book volume is more than 200 pages.
This book without any doubts will become a practical manual for those who care about their health, active life style and beauty.