Blogs By Pillar

Read the latest blog posts from lifestyle medicine experts at Stanford University covering health topics across our 7 pillars.

Stanford Lifestyle Psychiatry Clinic

Stanford Lifestyle Psychiatry Clinic

By Sharon Brock, MEd, MS Top Recommendations for Brain Health as we age: Physical exercise - both aerobic and resistance training Healthful nutrition - fresh, fibrous whole foods Cognitive engagement – educational achievement and continued engagement in cognitively challenging and meaningful activities The Stanford Lifestyle Psychiatry Clinic offers holistic psychiatric care, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, medication management, mind-body practices, and health-and-wellness coaching. The clinic is different from other psychiatric facilities in that it offers lifestyle interventions (including exercise, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness,...

What Excessive Screen Time Does to the Adult Brain

What Excessive Screen Time Does to the Adult Brain

By Mary Grace Descourouez, MS, NBC-HWC Binge-watching television, watching YouTube videos for hours, or scrolling on your phone every morning may seem harmless, but research shows that too much screen time may be detrimental to your health. We know children's brains are affected by spending too much time glued to their cell phones, however research shows that adult brains are also negatively impacted by excessive screen time, defined as more than two hours a day outside of work hours. Too much screen time can...

Metabolic Psychiatry: Bridging Brain and Metabolic Health

Metabolic Psychiatry: Bridging Brain and Metabolic Health

By Maya Shetty, BS In recent years, a groundbreaking field known as Metabolic Psychiatry has emerged at the intersection of metabolic and brain health. Spearheaded by Shebani Sethi, MD, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, this innovative field sheds light on the powerful connection between our metabolic health and mental well-being. As rates of mental illnesses like Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia rise alongside metabolic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and...

Douglas Noordsy, MD, Bringing Lifestyle Interventions to Psychiatry

Douglas Noordsy, MD, Bringing Lifestyle Interventions to Psychiatry

By Sharon Brock, MEd, MS Stanford psychiatrist Douglas Noordsy, MD, is a physician who literally walks his talk. For the last 40 years, he has woken up at 6 a.m., drank a glass of water, and gone for a run, often with his dog. “Living a healthy lifestyle has always been an integral part of my life. I share lifestyle interventions with my patients because these practices have worked for me,” says Dr. Noordsy, Head of the Stanford Lifestyle Medicine...

How Exercise Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

How Exercise Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Tanya Thakur, MBBS Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most devastating illnesses among older adults. The disease not only degrades memories but also affects one's independence and takes a toll on family members. AD is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by the accumulation of abnormal misfolded protein deposits in the brain, including beta-amyloid plaques, tau tangles, and Hirano bodies. These deposits disrupt normal neuronal function, leading to the gradual loss of memory, cognitive skills, and, eventually, the ability...