In My View  |   August 2016
Lifestyle Medicine: A New Paradigm Embedded in Osteopathic Principles
Author Notes
  • Dr Drozek practices lifestyle medicine as a specialist on a referral basis. 
  •  *Address correspondence to David Drozek, DO, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Specialty Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 106 Parks Hall, Athens, OH 45701-1359. E-mail: drozek@ohio.edu
     
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In My View   |   August 2016
Lifestyle Medicine: A New Paradigm Embedded in Osteopathic Principles
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2016, Vol. 116, 500-501. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.101
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2016, Vol. 116, 500-501. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.101
The headline read, “Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Killing 225,000 People Every Year” in July 2000.1 The article went on to explain that this statistic resulted from flaws and unintended consequences of our current system of medical practice. A recent article in The BMJ affirmed that this finding is still true today.2 
Two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese, and more than half have diabetes or prediabetes.3,4 As discussed in The BMJ article, our current approach to medicine, in which we focus on pills and procedures, doesn’t seem to be the answer. Should we as osteopathic physicians be concerned? Is it time to consider a different approach? Instead of becoming more like allopathic physicians, is the timing right to reassert our osteopathic heritage and focus again on what made us distinct? How many of us even know the tenets of osteopathic medicine (Figure)?5 
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