Advocating For a Balanced Approach to Heart Health


Resources for Health Professionals

Helping patients to optimize nutrition and lifestyle is one of the most important goals of medical care. However, barriers for many health care professionals are shortages of time and training.

Even when the time available for counseling is brief, impact can be maximized when the health care professional makes emphasizes to the patient that nutrition and lifestyle are the foundation of good health. Obtaining a baseline of a few simple measures, such as number of servings of vegetables and fruit consumed daily, number of minutes of exercise per week, etc. –and tracking changes in these measures at each visit –help to reinforce the concept that nutrition and lifestyle are a priority.

For dietary recommendations, visual guides are often more effective than lengthy explanations. For example, a photo of an optimal quantity of daily vegetables, as shown in the image below, is a quick and effective teaching tool.

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The following key references, with links to the original scientific studies, are provided to help enrich your understanding of the potency of nutritional and lifestyle changes.

Key Diet References with Links to Original Research

Key Exercise References with Links to Original Research

Key Mind/Body References with Links to Original Research

Scientific Assessment of Supplements

  • A scientific review of over the counter products conducted by a respected group of pharmacists (Natural Medicines Database)Natural Medicines Link
  • An independent lab that analyzes the ingredients in over the counter products (ConsumerLab)ConsumerLab Link

Textbook on Integrative Cardiology

  • Information on integrative modalities and a scientific review of their use in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease: Integrative Cardiology, co-edited by Stephen Devries and James Dalen; Oxford University Press 2010Integrative Cardiology textbook

Training in Integrative Medicine