Title

Lifestyle as Medicine - Past Precepts for Present Problems

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Journal

Australian Family Physician

Volume Number

45

Issue Number

4

Page Numbers

248-249

ISSN

2208-7958 (Online)

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

ANZSRC / FoR Code

111104 Public Nutrition Intervention| 111716 Preventive Medicine| 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified

Avondale Research Centre

Lifestyle Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Abstract

Lifestyle principles have been advocated for the promotion of health and prevention of disease since antiquity. More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates asserted, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.

Predating Hippocrates, Levitical health laws mandated lifestyle practices such as hand washing after touching dead bodies or diseased animals, and avoiding pathogenic substances such as blood and mould. The consumption of animal fat was also forbidden, which is intriguing given that chronic disease was not the major health threat at the time.

Notwithstanding the developments in pharmacological and surgical technologies that have profoundly enhanced healthcare, the authors propose that the historical practice of ‘lifestyle as medicine’ will become increasingly re-emphasised in future healthcare for mitigating and/or managing contemporary concerns relating to chronic and infectious diseases.

Peer Review

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Comments

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