SOURCE: UltraWellness

January 22, 2008 17:04 ET

"The Spectrum" by Dr. Dean Ornish Proves Diet and Lifestyle Work Better Than Medication or Surgery

Dr. Dean Ornish Explains How His Simple Yet Revolutionary Program Can Reverse Heart Disease and Other Chronic Illness

LENOX, MA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Thirty years ago, in his book "Reversing Heart Disease," Dr. Dean Ornish came up with a radical but simple program that threatened the whole concept of disease, proving that diet and lifestyle changes could actually reverse heart disease, cancer, and any chronic illness, and creating the idea of functional medicine.

"The program described in Dr. Ornish's book shares a lot in common with functional medicine, proving that dealing with the underlying causes of illness by understanding the interaction between your genes and your environment is far more effective, and far cheaper than conventional treatment -- not only to prevent disease but to reverse it," said Mark Hyman, M.D. of UltraWellness. "His program gives a way to feel well now, increase energy, lose weight, improve mood, and feel more connected to your own life's purpose and meaning."

Everyday choices influence your health, interact with your genes and literally change the way genes are "read" or expressed. In Dr. Ornish's new book, "The Spectrum," he explains how nutrigenomics, the way food talks to your genes, controls your health.

"In 'Reversing Heart Disease,' Dr. Ornish suggests that if you eat a high-quality, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet, get regular exercise, practice stress management, and connect to a community, you can reverse heart disease and unclog your arteries," said Hyman. "Unfortunately, people only heard 'cut out all fat,' and missed the whole point of his work. There is no one-size-fits-all diet or lifestyle."

Each person's diet and lifestyle should be personalized to match their needs and genes, and there is a range of food choices for being healthy and feeling well. "The Spectrum" explains how to identify your risks, look at your current state of health, and then match your approach to food with those needs.

To learn more about "The Spectrum," and Dr. Ornish's program for the most effective and least expensive way to increase energy, vitality, weight loss, and improve mood and mental functioning, visit The UltraWellness Blog (www.ultrawellness.com/blog).

About UltraWellness:

UltraWellness -- lifelong health and vitality -- is based on the emerging field of functional medicine, which addresses health problems not by treating the symptoms, but by balancing the 7 core underlying biological processes that govern health. This is done by finding imbalances, getting rid of the things that cause those imbalances, and providing the necessary things to restore balance, which then allows the body's natural intelligence to facilitate healing and take care of the rest. Co-founder of UltraWellness, Mark Hyman, M.D., is a respected medical consultant, New York Times bestselling author, lecturer, practicing physician and leader in the emerging field of functional medicine.