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What type of doctor is Dr. Andersen?
Dr. Andersen became the first in his family to enter college and graduate with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Science. Ultimately, he went to medical school at the University for the Health Sciences in Kansas City, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class.
Dr. Andersen did his internship at Grandview Hospital where he was selected as the Outstanding Intern of the Year. He was to become a leading internal medicine specialist in cardiology or pulmonology, but decided instead to enter the emerging subspecialty of critical care.
What is your core concern for the health of our society?
That the development of unhealthy food technology, hectic life styles, bad habits, stress and sleep depravation is leading us down a path towards disease. The current static's that 67% of us are now overweight or obese and that number is going rapidly. The fall out of that is insulin resistance and diabetes which can lead to cardiovascular disease and ultimately death. Todays medical technologies are helping to hold back the disease but are not creating health in any way, shape or form.
If you could give one piece of advice to other physicians what would you tell them?
I would tell them, listen, you know inside of you that what you really want to be doing for yourself and your patients is taking care of them and first doing no harm. Thomas Edison said it best at the turn of the century “the physicians of the future will use no medicines” and when I think about were was 10 years ago using a lot of medicine to treat patients and where I am today, I am much happier knowing I am using nutrition and coaching to help people create healthy habits so they can work towards reaching optimal health.
When did you make the shift in your life toward optimal health?
I wasn’t enjoying medicine like I did before, as a critical care physician, I spent over eighty hours a week in the intensive care unit, scram- bling to keep patients alive—many of whom were suffering the ravages of obesity-induced disease. Lack of sleep combined with terrible eating habits caused my waistline to grow. Only the drawstring of my scrubs hid the reality that I was becoming the very thing I was treating.
Today, those thirty pounds of belly fat—along with all that stress and fatigue—are in the distant past. I now have a 32-inch waist with very low body fat, I sleep well, and I get out of bed every day with energy and enthusiasm. The best part is that I’ve redirected my focus. Over the past six years I have developed a practical system—based on bringing together medical science and everyday choices—that will empower you to turn your life around.
What is an obesigenic world?
Obesigenic: Likely to cause someone to become excessively fat.
We’re surrounded by seductively tasty, cheap, convenient, but oh-so-unhealthy food. Combine this with our many energy-saving devices and lack of activity and our won way of life may soon kill us. We’re super-sizing ourselves to death.