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“Feel The Love” is a supportive community for people who are interested in leading a healthful lifestyle with an emphasis on the scientifically validated [Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Disease](http://www.ornishspectrum.com), including: heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes & pre-diabetes, weight loss, cholesterol, blood pressure, and depression.
We’ve found that when you make healthy choices, you feel better quickly, and feeling better is what makes these choices more sustainable. Also, when you make healthy choices within a loving, supportive community, you’re more likely to sustain those choices because they become more meaningful.
What does this community offer?
• Access to a full clinical support team
• Hundreds of your questions answered by our experts
• Recipes developed by our chefs, exclusively for the Ornish community
We focus on four elements of your life:
[What you eat](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/nutrition/): Foods are neither good nor bad, but some are healthier for you than others. So, we categorized foods from the most healthful (Group 1) to the least healthful (Group 5). The more you move towards the healthier end of the spectrum, the more you improve in ways we can measure and the better you feel—at any age. You can’t fail.
[How you respond to stress](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/stress-management/): Chronic stress is linked with an increased risk of almost all illnesses as well as premature aging. The good news is that stress is primarily a function of how we react to the world, and practicing stress management techniques on a regular basis empowers you to cope with and manage in healthier ways. Your fuse gets longer.
[How much activity you have](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/fitness/): There is a spectrum of exercise, too—the more you move, the more you improve. If you like it, you'll do it. So, do whatever activity you enjoy. Moderate exercise improves a wide range of conditions and increases stamina, strength, and flexibility.
[How much love & support you have](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/love-support/): Giving and receiving love and support make you healthier and happier - our ability to connect with ourselves and others is at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. Study after study have shown that people who are lonely, depressed, and isolated are many times more likely to get sick from all causes than those who have a strong community. Love and support is what you’ll find at the Feel the Love community.
For more than 36 years, [Dr. Dean Ornish has directed a series of scientific research studies](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/the-research) showing, for the first time, that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease – as well as other chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and early-stage prostate cancer - may often be slowed, stopped, and even reversed by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. [Medicare is now covering Dr. Ornish’s program](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/ornish-certified-site-directory/medicare-reimbursement), the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.
He recently directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, "turning on" disease-preventing genes and "turning off" genes that promote cancer and heart disease.
These findings are giving millions of people worldwide new hope and new choices, options that are more caring and compassionate that are also more cost effective and competent. These studies show also how powerful comprehensive lifestyle changes can be, how dynamic these mechanisms are, and how quickly benefits may occur.
When you make comprehensive lifestyle changes, most people find that they feel so much better, so quickly, it re-frames the reason for changing from fear of dying to joy of living. Joy and love are powerful, sustainable motivators, but fear and deprivation are not.
[It’s not all or nothing. If you’re trying to reverse heart disease or prevent the recurrence of cancer, you may need the “pound of cure”—that is, bigger changes in diet and lifestyle than someone who just wants to lower their cholesterol levels a few points or lose a few pounds. If you have a strong family history, or if genetic testing shows you to be at higher risk, then this information can be a powerful motivator to make bigger changes in diet and lifestyle than you might have otherwise made. To the degree that you move towards living on the healthiest end of this spectrum, you’re likely to look better, feel better, lose weight and gain health.](http://www.ornishspectrum.com/proven-program)