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Dr. Julian Whitaker Offers Solution to Make New Year's Resolutions Work

(January 10, 2012)

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/12 -- It's no secret that most of us make New Year's resolutions only to break them a short time later. As we enter into 2012, here's an idea from a leading medical expert on how to transform your resolutions into a successful, positive reality.

Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute Medical Clinic in Newport Beach (www.whitakerwellness.com), has come up with what he calls a no-fail solution for making lifestyle changes and adopting healthy habits. The solution is to create consequences for failing to follow through on your resolutions -- and make the pain of not following through greater than the pain of changing.

Let's take weight loss as an example. First, decide on the specific behaviors you want to change. Do not commit to losing X number of pounds. Pledge instead to forego breads, desserts and sodas, and to take a 30-minute walk four days a week for the next three weeks. Of course you'll be aiming at a target weight, but if you focus on your behavior -- what you eat and how much you exercise -- weight loss will naturally follow.

Second, come up with an unpleasant consequence, a disincentive that hits you where it really hurts. For most people, it's the wallet. Pledge a significant sum of money to your least favorite charity, payable if you renege on your commitment. For example, Charlie, a staunch Republican, promised to give $250 to the Democratic National Party if he failed to uphold his commitment.


Third, record the details of your contract; sign, date, and have it witnessed; and make it public. Tell everybody, family, friends, and co-workers about your commitment and its consequences. Keep them abreast of your progress -- and be prepared to pay up if you fall off the wagon.

"I believe that most any behavior can be changed with this system because it makes you accountable," says Dr. Whitaker. "We are accountable for many things in our lives, showing up at work on time, paying taxes, and stopping at red lights, for example. If we don't act responsibly, there are consequences. But when we make promises to ourselves, there are no consequences if we break them. This is why so few people adhere to their New Year's resolutions. Now you know how to change that. Up the ante for failure and you are guaranteed success."

About The Whitaker Wellness Institute
Established in 1979 by Julian Whitaker, M.D., the Whitaker Wellness Institute, an integrative medical center providing an optimal and personalized combination of the latest medical and alternative therapies, is the patient's "best of both worlds" in the treatment of serious illness. Nearly 60,000 patients have benefitted from the Institute's personalized, highly effective noninvasive therapies. In most cases, patients are able to reduce or discontinue their prescription drugs, and avoid surgeries and other invasive procedures. Dr. Whitaker employs a staff of physicians and medical technicians in the Newport Beach, Calif. campus that includes diagnostics, laboratories and therapies not found in most other wellness clinics. Among the medical and alternative therapies are high-intensity laser, hyperbaric oxygen, enhanced external counter-pulsation (EECP), chelation and IV, bone scans, echocardiogram, reflexology, spa services, acupuncture and a nutritional supplement store. Patients who come for the Institute's renowned "Back to Health Program" receive a one-, two- or three-week personalized program practiced in a small group setting designed to launch a return to wellness.

About Dr. Whitaker
Dr. Whitaker, best known throughout the medical community as a pioneer of alternative and integrated medicine and champion of patients' freedom of choice, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the prestigious Emory University School of Medicine. A member of the American Medical Association, he is a popular speaker, lecturer and author of 13 books and a widely read monthly newsletter, "Health & Healing." Dr. Whitaker has led the profession in his passionate and well-researched beliefs that noninvasive therapies are effective alternatives to many conventional medical practices for a large number of patients.

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