oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Positive lifestyle interventions : the key to whole-person wellness : clinical
Comprehensive lifestyle changes along with the usual medical management can reverse what were previously held to be irreversible processes. <BR>Doctors now realise the importance of the more holistic bio-psychosocial approach to health and disease for whole-person wellness. <BR>Lifestyle modifications to increase the healing potentials of the body include a healthy diet, avoiding environmental toxins, smoking cessation, exercise, stress reduction, music and, for some, spiritual enlightenment. <BR>In order to develop and understand effective management protocols for disease treatment, the holistic, interactive nature of a person needs to be understood. <BR>We do have control of the phenotypic expression of disease tendencies even if we cannot alter our basic genetic blueprint. <BR>Caring effectively for the physical body by eating the right foods, getting sufficient rest and relaxation, regular exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol in moderation and the prevention of substance abuse remains one of the most important components of optimal health.
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