This is the second edition post of where I highlight a specific scientific article. This type of article is a short editorial written by none other than Dr. Dean Ornish.
If you’re not familiar Dean Ornish he’s is a world renowned Doctor and medical researcher. He uses a holistic lifestyle approach to preventing, treating, and reversing ailments that his patients may have.
He is the author of a number of books including Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
He is the first person to prove that the worlds #1 leading cause of death, Ischemic Heart Disease, can be prevented and reversed with diet and lifestyle intervention without the use of drugs, and in as little as 1 year. He used the only diet that has ever been proven to show such results, a whole foods, low fat, low protein, high carbohydrate, vegan diet. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PII0140-6736(90)91656-U/abstract
I’m going to simply go over Dr. Ornishs’ written words to the many people who need to hear what is really important when it comes to the basics of human nutrition.
Encase you don’t know,
There’s a growing convergence of evidence that an optimal diet is mostly plant based.
Specifically, this means a diet centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
These have the power to reduce Low Density Lipo-proteins (LDL/Bad Cholesterol) by up to %25-%30.
This is comparable to what can be achieved with statin drugs, but without the costs or (harmful) side effects.
Also encase you don’t know U.S. citizens spent $20 Billion so prescription drugs last year which is alarming.
What’s also alarming is most patients are diagnosed with hypercholesteremia (high cholesterol) and you’d think they’d be advised to follow a system that actually works. Instead they’re told to follow the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program. These only promote modest changes in cholesterol, at which point patients are prescribed statins to lower the drugs (by doctors who get a bonus).
There’s a number of problems with this system but two key ones are:
- Patients aren’t even informed about the benefits of diet and lifestyle changes which are safer, less expensive, and often times more effective.
- This only adds to the countrys’ medical costs because these drugs costs a lot of money.
Why don’t some doctors tell patients about this powerful information you may ask. Well they’re 3 reasons:
- Some doctors don’t inform patients of this method because their too ignorant to read the scientific literature and realize the power of diet and lifestyle.
- Some don’t believe patients will actually take to changing lifestyle habits.
- Some are happy receiving a bonus for every prescription they write. Shocking huh?
The fact is that a healthy diet can change peoples’ health and how they feel so dramatically that it often changes the patients frame of thinking from fear of dying to joy of living. Plus a plant based diet doesn’t just affect one illness it covers the basis of a healthy lifestyle which prevents a multitude the worlds top killers such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, and more!
I can go on describing the powerful benefits the 100,000 plus nutrients contained in plants!
It’s unfortunate that society thinks of medical break-throughs as new treatments, drugs, or expensive high tech procedure because the blatant fact is that people,
People have a hard time believing that diet, how we respond to stress, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and social support can be as powerful as drugs and surgery, but they often are.
Sometimes even better.
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