It has been said that “life expectancy would grow leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” While I am not sure that this is true, I think you get the point. It is no secret that as Americans, we have the worst dietary habits on the planet! Our highly-processed food, coupled with our GMO, fast food way of life has led us down a path destructive to our collective health, despite our advanced technology when compared to other first world countries.
By this time, most of you have probably give up on most, if not all your New Year’s resolutions. I say this not to put you on a guilt trip but to state simple fact. Let’s face it, most of us want to lead a healthy lifestyle but lack the motivation and consistency to achieve this goal. As a so-called “wellness” doctor, I face the same temptation. None of us are excluded.
Did I mention bacon? Well, as many of you are probably aware, bacon may not be the “evil food” we have been told (assuming it’s nitrate free). The low fat, high carbohydrate diet has been promoted for decades in our country supported by the medical establishment. However, when it comes to overall health, science is now proving this type of diet to be a myth. I would reference Dr. David Perlmutter’s book, “Grain Brain” here. It is backed by solid evidence and outcome based studies and is a must read for those who take their health seriously. Notwithstanding, there is still a great deal of controversy when it comes to what constitutes a “healthy diet.” Just go on the Internet or read the morning news; everyone has an opinion and is getting in on the “game.” Hang on to your pocketbooks!
So, how do you sort all of this out? Where can you get the information from a reliable, credible source? I would suggest you consider consulting a doctor who is specialty trained in nutrition. But, wait a minute, while most dietitians understand, the average MD has very little formal training in nutrition. Also, in my experience, many dietitians are still following the standard food pyramid which, given contemporary medical evidence, is more politically correct than scientifically correct. Recently, I read that it takes a minimum of 10 years for a new medical paradigm to be accepted by the mainstream. One study stated that it may take up to 17 years! Let me suggest an answer to this dilemma. Doctors who specialize in functional medicine receive extensive training on cutting edge nutritional concepts and can give you not only the education and direction, but the motivation to succeed.
The new specialty of integrative or functional medicine is a perfect fit for those serious about their health. It combines the best of so-called traditional Western medicine with natural medicine and proven natural remedies. The emphasis here is on body, mind and spirit. There is a proven connectedness and a cause-effect relationship that embraces all three. If you are discouraged and not getting the results you desire, a doctor who is trained and board certified in this specialty can guide you on your journey toward wellness. When necessary, he or she can recommend other specialists who can help you meet your goals and work in concert with primary care physician. It’s a new world. Bring on the bacon!
Paul D. Rothwell
Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians and American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
Paul D. Rothwell, M.D. is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He has been dual board certified in both Family Medicine and Functional and Regenerative Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, the world’s largest and most respected organization supporting Integrative Medicine. He is one of only a handful of medical doctors in the central Oklahoma region who is board certified in this specialty. Dr. Rothwell is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He is an active outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, snow skiing and mountain climbing. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with family and his eight grandchildren. Professionally, Dr. Rothwell remains on the cutting edge of medical technology and innovations. He enjoys the challenge of looking for the cause of disease and potentially correcting the cause with lifestyle changes and natural remedies. He has been a national speaker on topics related to Functional Medicine and remains available to speak at local meetings and functions. His topics are entertaining, informative and challenging.