Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

Welcome!

Everyone wants healthy lives, but sometimes life doesn’t go to plan.  Many diseases are increasing, especially the metabolic ones like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  But there are things we can all do to optimize our health and wellness that can reduce our need for medical interventions.   These may include changes to diet, physical activity or other lifestyle measures like sleep.

We are all different, so individual results will vary.  This doesn’t mean the idea is wrong, it is just not right for you.

I work with evidence-based medicine.  This means that I will have current research to support any claims.  But there are always at least two sides to research, so there will also be just as much research that contradicts my claims.

50% of everything we know is wrong, we just don’t know which half.

Please always do your own research and decide on a course of action that works best for you and your family.

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional.

9 comments on “Welcome!

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    November 19, 2015

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    November 19, 2015

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    • pharmacistcatherine
      November 20, 2015

      HI Blanca, click the “Follow” box in the bottom right hand corner of this page and you will get an email each time I post something. Cheers, Catherine

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  3. dale773
    November 20, 2015

    Hi Catherine,

    Your website is fascinating. Understanding your interest in health and metabolism, I would like to bring your attention to another important factor strongly relating to metabolism, weight maintenance, and the long laundry list of issues with what some term metabolic disorder. The factor is light exposure. Living indoors we are in a largely static environment lacking in cues our bodies have evolved to expect. Light is unchanging, often insufficient in the morning and during the day, and unnaturally present in the evening and at night. The net effect is a flattening of the profile of regulating hormones e.g. cortisol and melatonin and a significant shifting of circadian rhythm. Couple this with excess food and it is no wonder we could feel more healthy and be more resistant to disease. In 2008 I quit my job designing infant phototherapy products because my then employer was phasing out new product development. During the following period while I was working as a consultant, I learned about the impact of light on health, looked at lighting products in general and saw an opportunity. After several years of toiling, building a small team, we have a lamp we making available for order on Kickstarter. I think you and your followers might find it interesting. You can learn about it at the campaign site https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arioliving/ario-smart-lighting-better-health and email me directly at dale@arioliving.com. I look forward to any questions you may have.
    Best regards – Dale

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    • pharmacistcatherine
      November 20, 2015

      Hi Dale. One of my PhD supervisors, Grant Schofield (www.http://profgrant.com/) has a long list of all of the factors that affect insulin resistance and too much, or too little sunlight features. The challenge with writing a PhD is that you have to limit yourself to a relatively narrow topic. Now that I have a good test to measure the effects of insulin, I would like to branch out and work out steps that can be taken to better manage metabolic diseases. Light will feature!

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      • dale773
        November 20, 2015

        Awesome Catherine..the thing I feel important to consider is light’s impact on circadian timing and the general impact of that on the entire endocrine system and all functions of the body. I’m very happy that you guys recognize light’s impact. thanks -Dale

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      • www.arioliving.com
        November 22, 2015

        Hi Catherine, I’d be happy to point you to some of the many articles that relate light exposure to general metabolic changes. Here is a link to one by a leading researcher in the area http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21193540

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    November 20, 2015

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  5. dale773
    November 22, 2015

    I’d be happy to share some of the many references to light’s impact on hormone production. Here is one.by a leading researcher http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21193540

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