Sharing the care

IF LIFESTYLE medicine is to contribute to conventional medicine in a similar manner to, say, travel medicine or sports medicine, it will need not just an understanding of ‘content’ (epidemiology) but of ‘processes’ for putting counselling into action.

Content is relatively easy. The ‘penicillin’ of lifestyle medicine is nutrition, activity and stress management. But there are other lifestyle- and environment-related issues that need to be addressed to get the full picture, including sleep, environmental pollution,