Learn about this community education program to inform clinicians and patients alike about the power of nutrition as medicine.
“The best kept secret in medicine is that, given the right environment” – the right conditions – “the body Heals itself, and”[w]When it comes to cardiovascular disease, there is no substitute for nutritional excellence.” We know about Ornish, Pritikin, Barnard, Esselstyn — all great names in evidence-based nutrition — but how many have heard about CHIP, the Coronary Health Improvement Project, an educational program Community Run by Volunteers?” “More than any clinical trial, educating clinicians and patients alike about the power of nutrition as medicine is the best investment we can make in the fight against heart disease.” More effective, cheaper, and safer. What or what be side effects? Improving overall health – not just physical health, as I discuss in my video Chip: The Complete Health Improvement Program.
Lifestyle change programs like CHIP Aims In improving physical health behaviors it can also have a profound effect on mental health.” Studies of thousands of individuals who have undergone CHIP (now called Pivio) shown There was a significant improvement in a number of “sleep disturbances or stress”, such as sleeping without rest, not sleeping at all, or feeling tense, upset, fearful or depressed. Most of the numbers were cut in half, and they were all very significant results, as you can see below and at 1:16 in my country video. the question is, why?
The psychological well-being of CHIP participants may be positive affected By increasing a sense of empowerment, taking major steps toward reducing body weight, and improving other health indicators.” When they began to eat better and take steps, “participants’ sense of hopelessness, failure, and possibly social isolation may be replaced by an increased sense of accomplishment, increased social support, and a new sense of hope.” Or maybe they were feeling better physically.If your diabetes goes away, for example, that’s reason enough to motivate you.
Although these before and after results look great, what I was Missing? control group. Didn’t each participant act as their control, though, before and after? You might think so, but then you’ll forget about the Hawthorne Effect, which tells us that just being in an observational study can affect people’s behavior. For example, if you are put on the scale and weighed, and then told that you will be weighed back up in six months, you can consciously – or unconsciously – eat better on your own, even if you are not asked to do anything special. This behavior is so common that it has its own name. So, how many of these improvements would have occurred without chip?
It’s great that you can accommodate a thousand people and “remarkably scale down Their risk factor profiles “for our leading killer in just four weeks, but to see exactly what role healthy eating and lifestyle advice might play, you need to test it and run randomized controlled trials.”
When such a study was performed, as expected, there were slight improvements even in the control group, but “[f]or nearly all of the variables, the [CHIP] Intervention group show up Significantly greater improvements”, so much so that it “has the potential to significantly reduce the long-term risks associated with common chronic diseases.” Ironically, CHIP has been so successful in Rockford, Illinois, that dozens of area restaurants have begun offering special vegetarian menu options. So, the control group may have been sneaking in some healthy meals, too.
What about mental health improvements? In a randomized controlled trial, in a CHIP . cohort show up Significantly greater improvements in not only physical performance, pain, and overall health perceptions, but also vitality, social functioning, and emotional and mental health. For example, as you can see below and at 3:45 in my country videothere they were Significant improvement, especially in mild to moderate depression, compared to the control group — and not just immediately after the program ended, but six months later.
CHIP . abbreviation I started It came out as the Coronary Health Improvement Project, but as “the effectiveness of the intervention in treating other chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and even depression”, has been shown by study after study, has been renamed the Complete Health Improvement Program.
As Hans Dale, founder of CHIP, explainedAs a society, I believe we are largely at the mercy of the powerful and manipulative forces of marketing that essentially tell us what to eat…Everywhere we look we are tempted by the ‘good life’ as marketers define it…[but] This so-called ‘good life’ in this country has led to an avalanche of sickness and death ‘- sickness and death. What I would like to see in America is not this ‘good life’, but ‘better life.’ A better life is a simpler lifestyle – characterized by eating more whole foods and cultured foods…”
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