The Science is clear, Health Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine research conclusively shows extensive benefits for health professionals, clients and health care.
The selection of research papers and empirical studies below indicate a biopsychosocial connection and direct link between emotions, stress, stressful life events, traumas, beliefs, socioeconomic parameters and illness; and they demonstrate the power of lifestyle medicine and comprehensive lifestyle and habit improvements.
Our mission at Lifestyle Prescriptions® University is to motivate and educate doctors and health professionals working in traditional and complementary health care settings to integrate Lifestyle Medicine and the newest research in biopsychosocial root-causes analysis, techniques & protocols in a practical way into their practices.
Here’s a small selection of research studies showing how our lifestyle habits affect our symptoms.
Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine
- Dr. Dean Ornish, considered the grandfather of Lifestyle Medicine, and his Preventive Medicine Research Institute could demonstrate in double-blind studies the direct relationship between lifestyle modifications (nutrition, stress management, fitness, social support) and diseases and our body’s ability to stop and reverse up to 80% of chronic health issues. Here are some of their findings:
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine – Evidence Overwhelmingly Supporting the Efficacy of Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle Prescriptions® University is focused on the efficacy of root-cause based health coaching, Organ-Mind-Brain Anatomy and the connection between specific stressors, emotions, beliefs & lifestyle habits affecting symptoms.
Here’s a list of completed Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coach SPECIALIST research project:
- Aisling Killoran, Lifestyle Prescriptions® Infertility Health Coach Specialist – The Effect Of Emotions and Stress On Fertility
Demonstration of statistically significant improvement in health outcomes using Lifestyle Prescriptions® Root-Cause Analysis & Health Coaching Protocols.
In her study, out of the six case studies, four women who were medically diagnosed with unexplained infertility and were trying to become pregnant for over two years, are now pregnant and two have yet to become pregnant.
- Jane Oelke, ND, PhD, LPHCS – Beliefs Affecting Chronic Pain Responses
This study was created for the objectives to study belief patterns and their relationship to the location of chronic pain. Thought-provoking associations between the top two belief patterns, the level of pain, and the symptoms that make it worse were found.
The beliefs that “I am not strong enough” and “I have too many responsibilities.” correlate to the ability to control situations and the ability to deal with chronic pain.
- John Rhodes, Lifestyle Prescriptions® Asthma Health Coach Specialist
In a small research study John could show the following results using Lifestyle Prescriptions® Root-Cause Analysis & Self-Healing Protocols:
40% of participants were able to stop using asthma medication altogether (confirmed by their GP).
80% of participants had Final Peak Flow measurements corroborating their breathing improvement.
- Empirical evidence of Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coaching practitioners demonstrated and documented with over 1,000 client cases
- Organ-Mind-Brain Anatomy Reference Database
Searchable online database for LPU program students and graduates listing 150+ organ tissue with 2,000+ symptoms and their relationship with stressors, conflicts, emotions, beliefs & lifestyle habits.
- Lifestyle Prescriptions® University Specialists and Faculty Members researching aspects of the Art and Science of Self-Healing, the Organ-Mind-Brain Anatomy and efficacy of Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coaching Techniques & Protocols. New research findings will be available soon and published in peer-reviewed publications (and in many cases published as books).
Find a small selection of research showing the relationship between unresolved emotional hurts and health.
- List of research projects related to emotions and their affect on our body
- Energy Psychology Research
- Human Emotions on the Onset of Cardiovascular and Small Vessel Related Diseases.
- Differences in anxiety among patients with early- versus late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
- Brain activity linking negative emotions to a lower immune response against disease (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1534743100).
- Depressed elderly people have fewer lymphocytes and T-cells – white blood cells crucial for fighting disease. Published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (vol 72, p 253)
- Life Event, Stress and Illness
- Pain and Emotions: A Psychosocial Review of Current Research
- 75 to 90 percent of visits to primary care doctors may be related to stress, only 3 percent receive stress management
- Stressful life events, personality, and health: An inquiry into hardiness.
- Stress and the Individual Mechanisms Leading to Disease
- Stressful life events: Their nature and effects
- Prospective Study on Occupational Stress and Risk of Stroke
- Life events, stress, and illness
- Relationship of daily hassles, uplifts, and major life events to health status
- Comparison of two modes of stress measurement: Daily hassles and uplifts versus major life events
- Influence of Life Stress on Depression: Moderation by a Polymorphism in the 5-HTT Gene
- The Somatic Symptom Scale (SSS-8) A Brief Measure of Somatic Symptom Burden
- Improving Physicians’ Interviewing Skills and Reducing Patients’ Emotional Distress
- Dr. Hamer research into the connection between traumatic events and cancer
- The Brain-Embryology Connection and natural laws of health, Dr. Hamer 1972
- Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Extensive multidisciplinary research covering all aspects of the relationships between psychology and medicine.
Over the last decade there’s been increased awareness about the need to provide options to clients and add lifestyle based prescriptions to increase compliance and health outcomes.
* To clarify, Lifestyle Prescriptions® is the exclusive worldwide trademark of Lifestyle Prescriptions® University and can only be used after being an approved provider by Lifestyle Prescriptions® University and Lifestyle Medicine University Foundation.
Lifestyle Prescriptions® practitioner are focusing on all 6 Root-Causes which include stress management, emotions, beliefs, social stressors and lifestyle habits like nutrition/food, exercise, sleep.
Other non-trademarked names used are:
- Lifestyle Medicine Rx
- Green Prescriptions (prescribing exercise)
- Healthy Prescription (mostly focusing on healthy foods)
- Social prescriptions (focused on social lifestyle improvements)
- Nature prescriptions (like walking in nature, etc.)
- Nutrition Prescriptions (food and diet based)
Research showing the efficacy of prescriptions lifestyle includes:
- Making sense of social prescribing
UK doctors use social prescribing
- Lifestyle Medicine: A Primary Care Perspective
Collaborating with patients and families to develop action plans such as lifestyle prescriptions, practicing and promoting healthy behaviors, and drawing on an interdisciplinary team of care providers.
- Lifestyle Prescriptions for Physical Activity: A Review of the Clinical Evidence
- Prescribing healthy food
Prescribing healthy foods could bring cost-effective benefits
- Green Prescription (Ministry of Health New Zealand)
Green Prescription research shows that a Green Prescription (GRx) is an inexpensive way of increasing activity for sedentary people.
- The Long-Term Effectiveness of the New Zealand Green Prescription Primary Health Care Intervention
Dissertation research showing an increase in health benefit awareness, self-reported health benefits and overall increase in physical activity
- Green Prescriptions and Their Co-Benefits:
Integrative Strategies for Public and Environmental Health
- Nutrition Prescriptions
Nutrition prescriptions are one way for physicians and other health care providers to outline a healthy, balanced eating plan for patients.