To Your Health: Heartfelt Advice

To Your Health: Heartfelt Advice

Dr. Alan Safdi, a world-renowned internist and gastroenterologist with encyclopedic knowledge of mind-body wellness and preventative medicine, posts on Telluride Inside… and Out under the banner of “To Your Health.” His blogs feature the most current information in his field: health, wellness and longevity.

This summer, Dr. Alan returns with his popular Live Longer Retreat wellness intensives. The dates so far are July 21 – July 29, 2019 ; Aug. 11 – Aug. 17, 2019; and Sept. 15 – Sept. 21, 2019. For further information, email or go to Safdi’s Telluride Longevity Institute website.



Information from the Harvard Heart Letter concludes that what is bad for the heart is also bad for the brain:

“In 1948, more than 5,200 people living in a town just west of Boston volunteered for what has evolved into the longest running and best-known study of the causes of heart disease. But the multigenerational Framingham Heart Study has also revealed important clues about brain disorders — most notably stroke, but also cognitive decline and dementia…

“In the early 1960s, Framingham researchers coined the term ‘risk factor,’ which refers to a characteristic or exposure that raises a person’s odds of developing a disease. Over the following decades, they uncovered many such factors for heart disease, including cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, and high blood pressure. These habits and conditions also turned out to predispose people to stroke and dementia,…”

And, according to research uncovered by Dr. Alan Safdi, nearly half (48%, 121.5 million in 2016) of all adults in the US have some type of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics—2019 Update, published in the Association’s journal Circulation.

Today CVD remains the leading cause of death globally. After decades of a steady decline in the US, CVD deaths are on the rise (840,678 deaths in 2016; up from 836,546 in 2015) although worldwide, the number of people dying from CVD was lower in 2016 (17.6 million) than in the previous year (17.9 million).

To understand why the significant increase in CVD and what factors – like cholesterol – come into play in the discussion, listen to Dr. Alan’s podcast.

There was also good news in the Harvard report:

“…Recent evidence suggests that regular physical exercise is important, and emerging data point to the importance of strong social relationships.

“‘For me, the most exciting findings are about the power of social networks,” says Dr. Viswanathan, noting that a number of studies in addition to Framingham find that regularly interacting with family, friends, and other people helps stave off thinking problems. ‘Exercise by itself is good, but exercise plus social activity is much more powerful and protective against cognitive decline.’”

Dr. Alan is nodding his head in agreement.

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Dr. Alan Safdi is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. A proven leader in the healthcare arena, he has been featured on the national program, “Medical Crossfire” and authored or co-authored numerous medical articles and abstracts. Safdi has been involved in grant-based and clinical research for 30+ years and is passionate about disease prevention and wellness, not just fixing what has gone wrong. He is an international lecturer on the subjects of wellness, nutrition and gastroenterology.

And back by popular demand, this summer, in partnership with the Peaks’ Spa, Dr. Safdi returns with his three, week-long wellness intensives titled Live Longer Retreat.

Again, using an evidence-based, scientific approach to health and longevity and featuring an experienced staff of medical professionals, personal trainers, Pilates and yoga instructors, dietitians, and chefs, the focus is on your unique wellness profile. Each Live Longer Retreat is one-of-kind in the U.S. Those intensives, limited to only 10 – 15 participants, will include personal consultations, hiking, spinning, yoga, Pilates, talks and demonstrations related to nutrition, cooking classes, and more.

Go here to read a review of the experience by one very satisfied participant.

Feel free to sign up now to participate in a Live Longer Retreat  – or call 1-877-448-5416 for further information.

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