Staying Healthy

Archive Report

’Health and Fitness’ Decade

Evolving Change in Medical Thinking

You know, doctor,” a 33-year-old woman said to her cardiologist, “I always try to follow my grandmother's advice and stay away from doctors as much as possible.” The physician, who heads the cardiology department at a large hospital in Washington, D.C., replied: “That's very good advice.”

It appears as if more Americans than ever before are trying to stay away from doctors by taking responsibility for their own health and practicing preventive medicine on a daily basis. Countless numbers of Americans are eating nutritiously, exercising, losing excessive weight, and trying to control stress, cigarette smoking, and alcohol and drug consumption. The main reason: an increasing awareness that these lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of getting a ...

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