Dr. Scherwitz introduces himself and shares how a woman can lower her chance of getting heart disease.
Hi, I am Dr. Larry Scherwitz. I have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, three years of postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine, a fellowship training in cardiovascular psychophysiology from Harvard Medical School, and many years of research in what risk factors cause heart disease and how do you prevent, halt, or reverse heart disease.
Presently I work as a Health Strategist and Cardiac Coach helping individuals reverse or prevent the heart disease as well as other chronic illnesses, and I also work as a Research Consultant designing studies to evaluate the efficacy or the benefit of various complementary and alternative therapies.
Also, I worked with Dr. Dean Ornish when he was a medical student. I was his mentor and we worked together for over 18 years to evaluate whether comprehensive lifestyle changes could reverse heart disease.
A woman can decrease her odds of heart disease by reducing stress, increasing social support, and also keeping a normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, normal weight, normal blood glucose levels to reduce the amount of inflammation in their bloodstream such as with good dental hygiene and eating a healthy diet.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.