Metagenics, Inc. Launches StopChronicDisease.com Online Social Networking Community to Combat Lifestyle-Related Chronic Illness
First online health information and social networking community to connect people with chronic illness with a diverse network of therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC) specialists
February 25, 2009 – San Clemente, CA – Metagenics, a global life sciences company focused on reversing chronic illness and improving health and wellness, announced today that it has launched StopChronicDisease.com, a social networking and online health information community dedicated to helping patients with chronic illness connect with health care professionals who specialize in lifestyle medicine. Metagenics is the only company in the world to provide a certification program for health care professionals who are committed to combating chronic illness using these methods.
Lifestyle-related chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome are among the country’s most prevalent and costly health problems. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic illnesses affect nearly half of all Americans, cause 7 out of 10 premature deaths, and consume 75 percent of health care expenditures. Leading public health organizations have long advocated the use of TLC programs—which help patients develop healthy behaviors such as better nutrition and fitness—as the first line of defense in preventing, managing, or reversing many common chronic illnesses. But despite the proven effectiveness of TLC, most doctors lack the training or systems necessary to provide their patients with meaningful lifestyle solutions.
“It’s one thing to tell patients to eat right, exercise regularly, and manage their stress. It’s something else entirely to show them how to do it, let alone on a long-term basis,” said StopChronicDisease.com medical advisory board member and Metagenics medical director, Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD. “The idea behind StopChronicDisease.com was to create a trusted, online health information network that features the most highly trained TLC practitioners in the United States and Canada. While there are a number of peer-to-peer and health-focused social networking sites that do an excellent job of connecting patients with other patients, no other online community exists where people suffering from chronic illness can meet such a diverse and proven network of lifestyle medicine specialists in a social networking environment.”
According to Lerman, Metagenics has trained and certified thousands of health care professionals in its TLC methods so far. While Metagenics-certified medical doctors, osteopaths, nutritionists, and alternative medicine practitioners currently make up the bulk of the network, all health professionals who have demonstrated an acumen for and strong commitment to lifestyle medicine are encouraged to join and participate in the StopChronicDisease.com social networking site.
In addition to connecting patients suffering from chronic illnesses with TLC-certified providers, StopChronicDisease.com members can gain an understanding of how lifestyle medicine can help them overcome their health challenges through the following tools offered on the StopChronicDisease.com social networking site:
• Connecting with other members who share their interests
• Joining community groups, blogs, and forums; or
• Watching video posts from other patients enrolled in TLC programs.
“Nearly everybody knows someone who has been affected in some way by chronic illness,” said Lerman. “Metagenics is sponsoring this site so that the millions of people who have been affected by these conditions can have a trusted resource for TLC-related information and, most importantly, connect with a specialist in their local community who can make a real difference.”
The mission of StopChronicDisease.com is to reverse chronic illness using therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). StopChronicDisease.com is the only online community where people with chronic illness can find a network of health care providers with experience, training, and insight in helping patients regain their health using TLC. Additionally, StopChronicDisease.com members can gain a better understanding of the impact of TLC on their health, through community groups, blogs, forums, and videos. Membership at StopChronicDisease.com is free. To join the StopChronicDisease.com community today, visit www.stopchronicdisease.com.