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blog Honecycomb outside viewWe often get asked why Honeycomb Health? It’s an unusual name for a General Practice. It was my daughter, who came up with the name Honeycomb Health as we were discussing the possible names for a clinic that focuses on the 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine.

Honeycomb Health strives to focus on the 6 pillars as the framework for everything that we do. These include:

Nutrition
Movement
Stress management
Sleep quality
Addiction management
Connection

The six hexagons of the Honeycomb logo reflect not only the six pillars of lifestyle medicine but that our GP clinic is the central hive for communication and collaboration. We do the things that you would regularly expect from a GP clinic but our focus is on the prevention as well as the management of chronic illness. Modern medicine has the capacity for us to live longer, how do we do that in a way that is full of quality life?

Lifestyle Medicine is defined as, “The application of environmental, behavioural, medical and motivational principles to the management (including self-care and self-management) of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical and/or public health setting” (Egger et al, 2017).

Or put another way, “Lifestyle Medicine provides an interdisciplinary, whole-system approach to the prevention and reversal of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases through the modification of the behavioural, social and environmental drivers.”  From <https://lifestylemedicine.org.au/lifestyle-medicine/

Evidence based medicine has radically changed the way that we practice medicine but it relies often on boiling things down to single variables. In an increasingly fast paced and complex environment,  things are rarely a result of one thing. The leading cause of deaths in Australia in 2020 according to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness all have multiple factors involved in their development. There is no one trigger. All of these illnesses have an impact on quality of life. We need to keep using high quality evidence to inform our treatment and prevention, but we also need to shift our medical focus from reactive medicine, wait for illness then treat it, to prevention. Lets not wait to get sick before we look at the things that not only make us feel healthy but keep us as healthy as possible