Rhythm and Health

“Our modern lives have thrown these rhythms off”

We evolved over the millennia as people who lived in harmony with day and night and the seasons. As a result, cycles and rhythms became imprinted in our genes. And we know from science, that our genes are almost identical to our ancient ancestors. So in our genes and biology, we are still our ancient ancestors, but we are living at a pace and rhythm that are completely foreign to these. Our modern lives have thrown these rhythms off, we have outpaced our biology.

“Our body clocks try to harmonize themselves with nature”

According to science, we have more than 100 rhythms, which govern most
of our physiological processes. For instance, circadian rhythms are based roughly on nature’s 24-hour cycle. These rhythms are part of every aspect of our body’s inner workings and they work together to make an entire internal body clock. That is, we have body clocks set precisely to these rhythms and cycles of nature. The master clock is in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain, called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus. It regulates daily sleep/wake patterns depending on signals from nature like natural sunlight and dusk to know when to tell us to wake up and go to sleep. Our body clocks try to harmonize themselves with nature. But we insist on giving them the wrong cues:

Not enough sunlight
Artificial lights
Eating at the wrong times
Eating food that upsets the rhythm of our genes
Exercising way too fast (or not at all)
Rarely experiencing nature’s rhythms

We have stopped listening to the ticking of our body’s internal clock. We pay more attention to the watches on our wrists than to the ones in our cells.

But when prompted correctly our genetic clocks can reset themselves, by giving them:

natural light
appropriate exercise
relaxation and sleep
exposure to nature
the right supplements
good food at the correct time

“We need to work with our bodies’ rhythms”

When we are out of sync with these rhythms, hormone production and body functions in general become imbalanced. We need to work with our bodies’ rhythms, we need to listen to our bodies’ internal clocks.
When you are out of rhythm, it’s like swimming upstream.
Eventually you will get exhausted, burnt out, Spent. My book REVIVE Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again is all about getting back into rhythm and getting your health and vitality back.


For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal.

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, "If antibiotics are right, he'll try it. If it's an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things."

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lipman is the creator of Be Well, an expanding lifestyle wellness brand he founded in 2010 to help people create, sustain and lead healthier lives.