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The President's Report
Spotlight Article
Save the Date: Lifestyle Medicine 2014
LM Certification Survey
FREE Copy: Latest in Clinical Nutrition
Submit a Research Abstract
Welcome New Members
in alphabetical order 
by month:

APRIL 2014


Deborah Beihl, Medical Student, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine

Colton, CA


Timothy Cline, PhD, Sr. Director, UPMC Health Plan

Pittsburgh, PA


Jane Fish, BSN, Registered Nurse, Mt. Vernon Women's Clinic

Mount Vernon, WA


Terry Gander, BS, Physician Assistant, Memorial Medical Clinics, Nauvoo Clinic

Nauvoo, IL


Ashwani Garg, MD, Family Physician, Personal Family Medicine

Hoffman Estates, IL


Beverly Giebel, MD, Retired Physician

Ukiah, CA


Mark Goetting, MD, Physician, Bronson Sleep Health

Portage, MI


Eugenio Luigi Iorio, MD, President, International Observatory of Oxidative Stress

Salerno, Italy


Kristen Jardine, MS, Physicians Assistant, HVMA Concord

Wayland, MA


Sharon McRae, Certified Health Coach, Eat Well Stay Well LLC

Columbia, MD


Humberto Reynales, MD, PhD, Director, Vivamejor

Chia, Colombia


Scott Shreeve, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Crossover Health

Ladera Ranch, CA


Octavio Sousa, MD, Medical Director / Founder, Sousa MD

Miami, FL


Joni Whelen, RN, BSN, Integrative Wellness Coach, Sustainable Living

Melbourne, FL


MAY 2014


Jan Dalby, BSN, CPNP, Pediatric Associates of Richmond

Richmond, VA


Elaine Dors, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Acton, MA


William Duffy, MD, Asst. Professor of Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at U Penn

Devon, PA


Pamela Gonzalez, RN, BSN, Director, Client Services, EngagementHealth

Chicago, IL


Christine Guico-Pabia, MD,MPH, VP/Head of Clinical Development, Metagenics

Gig Harbor, WA


Corey Hamilton, BS, MS, Health Commissioner, Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Dept.

Zanesville, OH


Elaine Harris-Turner, MD, Physician, Kaiser Permanente

Orangevale, CA


David Hilger, MD, Physician/Radiologist, Nebraska Methodist Health System

Omaha, NE


Elizabeth Klodas, MD, Cardiologist, Preventive Cardiology Consultants

Edina, MN


Susan Krandel, RN, Owner, Su-Lee-Evolve

West Orange, NJ


Stuart Love, BSc, Sports Chiropractor, Balance Wellness         

Victoria, Canada


Heather Margaret, MD, Independent Consultant, Self-Employed

Jemez Springs, NM


Hal Mayer, President, Highwood Health Retreat

Narbethong, Australia


Sylvia Middaugh, MS, Volunteer Nurse, The Maple Center for Integrative Health

Marshall, IL


Natalie Moore, MD, Physician, Potamac Family Medicine

Frederick, MD


Elizabeth Morris, MD, PGY-1, Greenville Health System/Univ South Carolina

Greenville, SC


Sharon Murnane, RN, President, Inner Wisdom Healing

San Diego, CA


Onyebuchi Ofoegbu, MBBS, MPH, Senior Resident Doctor, National Hospital Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria


Karen Pollick, BS, Physician Assistant

San Clemente, CA


Amanda Ratliff, MD, Physician, White River Junction VA Hospital

Sharon, VT


Emily Sheahan, MD, Physician, Wallowa Mountain Medical

Enterprise, OR


Penny Shelton, MD, MPH, Physician, Holzer

Athens, OH


Eric Swiridoff, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Legacy Medical Group

Gresham, OR


John Testerman, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, LLU

Loma Linda, CA


Rob Walsh, MS, Physician Assistant, Rob Walsh, Inc.

Melbourne, FL 

Events Calendar


Practicing Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Healthy Change

June 20 - 21, 2014

Boston, MA 

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Northwest VEG

September 26, 2014

Portland, OR


Personalized Medicine 2014

November 3 - 5, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Lifestyle Medicine in Action
    June 2014
The President's Report 

David L. Katz, MD, MPH


Us and Now


In the face of any pressing need, those so confronted may feel intimidated or overwhelmed.  But we are all invited to examine the options imposed by such urgency, and ask ourselves: if not us, whom?  If not now, when?  Dealing with crises is never easy - but ignoring them is never right.


This is a time of crisis for health on many fronts.  A projection made by the CDC some years ago that as many as one in three Americans would by diabetic by mid-century has thus far been fully substantiated by the ominous year-to-year trends.  The obesity numbers may have plateaued, but rates of severe obesity are rising steeply.  We may no longer be able to gauge progression of the obesity epidemic by asking how many are obese; we may need to start asking: How obese are the many?  The answer, increasingly, is severely so.


Mortality rates from cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer have been declining for some time.  But this is more thanks to advances in treatment than the avoidance of such conditions and their risk factors altogether.  And as we dodge certain bullets, we wind up right in the paths of others.  Projections regarding Alzheimer's rates in an aging population are quite staggering.


Compounding the burdens of rampant chronic disease are the dual challenges of cost, and distrust.  We have "medical" responses to much of what ails us, but these come with a very high price tag, and the inevitable risk of side effects and complications - which in turn push the costs higher still.  A recent report highlights the frequency of unintended harms resulting from the treatment of illness and injury in the Medicare population.


Distrust of the medical establishment is a product of many currents in modern society, among them universal access to on-line information (much of it wrong); the rapid conversion of almost every scientific study into hyperbolic headlines; erosion of the doctor-patient relationship; a general disregard for "expertise"; and a veneration of nature at a time when its virtues seem to be receding from us.  A tendency to over-medicalize, as in the case of behavioral problems among young children, exacerbates these themes.


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The Beginnings of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine 

John H. Kelly, MD         
Founder, ACLM


Every major advance in science or medicine seems to involve years of pioneering work by those with passion and conviction about the need for change, followed by a quantum leap forward. The formation of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in early 2004 illustrates this phenomenon. After years of diligent effort and slow, steady progress by pioneers including John Kellogg, Nathan Pritikin, Dean Ornish, John McDougall, Michel de Lorgeril, Caldwell Esselstyn, David Jones, James Rippe and others, the body of published evidence for the superior effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in the treatment of chronic disease reached a tipping point. While a healthy lifestyle was known to reduce risk and prevent chronic disease, it was thought that once disease was present it was too late for lifestyle interventions to make a meaningful difference. While lifestyle was considered good for primary prevention, it had little or no value as secondary or tertiary prevention. But studies like the Lyons Diet Heart Study and the Diabetes Prevention Program found lifestyle interventions so powerful, the studies were ended early because it was unethical to deny the treatment to control subjects experiencing poor outcomes.

In view of such overwhelming evidence it became obvious this new medical treatment needed to be available to the millions of patients who were dying without it. While small, incremental lifestyle interventions may be sufficient to prevent disease, intensive interventions are required to treat and reverse existing disease. Though the science was solid and the treatments proven to be effective, there were few if any champions in medicine trumpeting this new medical advance. For those specializing in other fields, this was one of many lamentable situations in modern medicine, but for anyone with a calling to practice lifestyle medicine it was a tragedy of the highest proportions and one that demanded action.

For me, a new physician with a singular passion to bring therapeutic lifestyle interventions to the practice of medicine, it was a call to action. In 2003 I was just finishing residency training. In choosing a specialty, I had wanted something of a cross between Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, something I referred to as "Lifestyle Medicine," but no such specialty existed. Upon completing a Preventive Medicine residency, I decided it was time for a new specialty in Lifestyle Medicine so others would have options that I had been unable to find. As a medical student, I had successfully established an elective rotation in Lifestyle Medicine and it seemed the time was right to establish a specialty society for those who wished to specialize in using therapeutic lifestyle interventions to treat disease.


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LM Curriculum Certification Pilot - 
We need your feedback!
ACLM, in conjunction with ACPM, is developing a comprehensive curriculum on lifestyle medicine, and we need your feedback!

This material may be used as part of a program that will certify completion in LM training. The pilot program would be on Sunday, October 19, 2014 (9 AM to 4 PM) prior to Lifestyle Medicine 2014, for an additional nominal fee (CME credits will be provided).

ACPM would like to know what ACLM members and Lifestyle Medicine 2014 attendees think of the program, so let us know by filling out the survey!
FREE Copy: Latest in Clinical Nutrition
Dr. Michael Greger, founder of and Lifestyle Medicine 2014 keynote speaker, is proud to offer FREE copies of his Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD exclusively to ACLM members.
If you'd like to receive your complimentary copy, email and specify whether you'd like the new DVD as a video download or physical DVD (or both!). 
Lifestyle Medicine 2014 
Call for Research Poster Abstracts
Research Poster Abstracts for Lifestyle Medicine 2014 "Treating the Cause: Evidence-Based Practice" are now being accepted. Submissions are due by June 30, 2014.

View a list of topics, the research guidelines, and the evaluation criteria, visit our event website.

Sleep Well Naturally Webinar 
FREE for all ACLM community members!
Lifestyle Medicine 2012 speaker Richard Shane, PhD has personally invited all ACLM community members to attend his free Sleep Well Naturally Webinar on either June 17th at 7 pm MST, or June 19th at 10 am MST.


The webinar goal is for your sleep to become noticeably easier. You will receive a summary card of the simple steps, plus the sleep guide PDF! To learn more, check out the FAQ sheet
Research Summaries


The following presented by Medpage Today (May require log-in)

Red Wine and Health: Resveratrol Health Benefits a Myth? 

Lack of Exercise Tops Women's CV Risk 

Cutting Sugar May Ease IBS in Kids 


The following presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Testing the Effectiveness of an Abbreviated Version of the Nutrition Detectives Program

Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Among US Adults in 6 States: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011

The Relationship Between State Policies for Competitive Foods and School Nutrition Practices in the United States


The following presented by National Institutes of Health

Exercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last

Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people


The following presented by Harvard Medical School

Eating fiber-rich foods helps keep the heart healthy 


The following presented by Berkeley Wellness 

Long Live the Mediterranean Diet

Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Americans Are Walking More to Improve Their Health


The following presented by Berkeley Wellness

Probiotics Pros and Cons


ACPM Headlines 

Here are some of the stories found in the recent issue of ACPM's newsletter:  


Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Grace Stillar
Contributing Writers: David L. Katz, MD, MPH, John H. Kelly, MD
Contributing Editors: Lisa Gregory, Lindsey Christensen 

American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Phone: 971-983-5383


PO Box 6432
Chesterfield, MO 63006