Welcome to this weeks Functional Pharmacy Five, where I share with you some tasty tid-bits in about 5 minutes.
I kind of go of course from Pharmacy, though not Functional Pharmacy, and share with you a critical element to health and wellness, and a personal story I experienced this weekend at Yoga Teacher Training which was beyond moving.
I hope you enjoy it, and have a great week!
Be Well * Have Fun * Do Good
Last weeks Superbowl shown something very interesting to a year that brought a lot of ire and turmoil. This was the year of the "kneelers" and where ever you stand on the subject, for - against - or indifferent, the Superbowl brought a truly entertaining game.
For many reasons, it was like it was scripted right out of Hollywood- as the "underdog" is a popular theme- brought most notably to the forefront by the movie Rocky in the '70's.
This makes the script ever so more intriguing as the Philadelphia Eagles (where Rocky was filmed and written) were the underdogs, and beat the 'evil empire" New England Patriots aka Apollo Creed (antagonist in the movie Rocky)
Full disclosure...I'm from Philly.
At the beginning of the season I quickly began to get fed up with the politicization, and hardly watched the NFL at all.
But being from Philly, the Eagles hold a special place. We have had great teams over the years- made it to the Superbowl twice (both times in my lifetime)- but never won it-...
Think about it.
Heart disease is the number one killer, the U.S. is last in line of developed countries for heart health, the biggest focus on attacking heart disease in our medical system is cholesterol management, while the U.S. tests more cholesterol and dispenses more prescriptions for cholesterol lowering medications.
And did you know that only ½ of people who die of heart attacks have high cholesterol?
More needs to be done, and it can start with us.
I believe the main reason why we are not winning the war on heart disease is all about lifestyle, while the approach in the United States overwhelmingly focuses on pharmacotherapy.
Fortunately, there is a ton of information at our disposal on how to have a healthy heart- from worldwide population-based studies, as well as clinical outcome-based approaches.
Dr. Ornish solved the problem in his book Reversing Heart Disease over 20 years ago.
Today, Dr. Ornish trains practitioners across the country, which is even...