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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
About Dr. Klein
Children and Adolescents
Learning Disabilities
Improving Academics
Self Control
Head Injury
Lifestyle Medicine
Longevity Research
Bipolar Disorder
Autism, Asperger's & PDD
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Lifestyle Medicine
What we do day-in and day-out has a huge effect, positive or negative, on health and well-being. The extent and quality of diet, sleep, social relations, psychological habits and exercise are huge determinants of health. As medicine has developed more potent interventions, the emphasis on lifestyle has been replaced by drugs and surgery. The limits of this apporach are becoming clear and Lifestyle Medicine is back in focus.
Decades ago, the focus on lifestyle was called Holistic Health. The National Center for Alternative & Complementary Medicine is a good resource for information on this kind of treatment.
Lifestyle alterations can make a huge impact on health, well being and cognitive functioning.
However, everything is not lifestyle. For example, the obesity epidemic may not be just a matter of lifestyle because animals are also getting heavier. Over the past several decades, average mid-life body weights have risen among primates and rodents living in research colonies, as well as among feral rodents and domestic dogs and cats. The consistency of these findings among animals living in varying environments suggests the possibility that the causes of increasing body weight may involve several as-yet unidentified and/or poorly understood factors (e.g. viral pathogens, epigenetic factors). Read this research article for more information.