Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet
"Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this new presentation based on the latest in cutting-edge research exploring the role diet may play in preventing, arresting, and even reversing some of our most feared causes of death and disability."
United Nations Official Says Unhealthy Diets Worse Than Tobacco
“As a culture, we’ve become upset by the tobacco companies advertising to children, but we sit idly by while the food companies do the very same thing. And we could make a claim that the toll taken on the public health by a poor diet rivals that taken by tobacco.”
Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets From the doctors at Kaiser Permanente
"Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living. If we are to slow down the obesity epidemic and reduce the complications of chronic disease, we must consider changing our culture’s mind-set from “live to eat” to “eat to live.” The future of health care will involve an evolution toward a paradigm where the prevention and treatment of disease is centered, not on a pill or surgical procedure, but on another serving of fruits and vegetables."
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Bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet talks about the source of health in the below video.
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Food Habits Getting Worse Around the World
"People in some poor and middle-income countries have healthier diets than those in rich ones, but major Western snack and soft drink makers are targeting children in ways that will damage their health, according to a new series of studies on obesity."
How Cancer, Diabetes, and Other Health Concerns Can Be Addressed by Changing What You Eat
"Plant-based nutrition is still a new topic for many of us. Some of us have been transitioning into eating more plants for years, while others have been downright afraid of it or unsure it’s really more legit than just some trendy diet. Others have long understood that a plant-based diet protects the lives of others, while also bettering the earth and our health when eaten in a whole foods (non-processed) format."
“Improving Your Numbers” Isn’t Enough: We Want You To Be Healthy!
"It’s not unusual for a person who is sick to go to the doctor, who very often prescribes medications to treat whatever ails the patient. In the case of conditions such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, these medications will usually improve the patient’s elevated numbers, but the medications do not address the underlying sickness. Further, improved numbers can lead to a false sense of security about the condition, which can continue to wreak havoc on the patient’s health even while the “numbers” look good."
Dr Michael Klaper on Illness & the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
"If there was a pill that produced the effects of a plant-based dietary lifestyle, the formulator would be a trillionaire. Physician heal thyself has never been more true in relation to plant-based nutrition."
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau debunks myths related to nutrition, food, cooking, & social elements.
"Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D. explores and explains the relationship between diet and health. From the benefits of plant-based foods to the deleterious effects of meat and dairy-laden diets and their relation to disease, Klaper's down-to-earth approach makes the subject very accessible and interesting."
Food, Dieting, and the Power of Good Nutrition: The Meatless Monday Interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman
"Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician, aNew York Times best-selling author, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods."
"the long-range goal has to be: what can I eat to keep my weight stable, what can I eat regularly, and what foods can I eat every day that will lower my chances of disease like cancer, diabetes and heart attack."
10 Reasons A Plant-Based Diet Is The Best Way To Eat (For You & For The World)
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Why the Man Who Brought Us the Glycemic Index Wants Us to Go Vegan
"Dr. David Jenkins’s glycemic index revolutionized the diet industry. His isn’t a household name, but the diets his research inspired certainly are: Atkins, The Zone, South Beach, Sugar Busters and the G.I. Diet, to name a few. Along with laying the scientific groundwork for wildly popular lower-carb diets, Jenkins’s work on international committees has influenced dietary guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and national diabetes associations around the world. His research demonstrated the statin-like cholesterol-lowering power of what he coined the “Portfolio Diet” and he helped create the President’s Choice Blue Menu line of healthier food products in the hopes of reaching even more consumers.
It’s fair to say Jenkins has had a profound influence on how and what we eat. And now he wants us to radically rethink our diets once again.
This time, though, he may meet a little more resistance: If it were up to Jenkins, he would have us all give up meat, fish and dairy and embrace veganism."
The Plant-Based Lifestyle Is the Best Medicine I’ve Ever Prescribed - Cardiologist Robert Ostfeld, M.D., M.Sc.
"During my training at Yale and Harvard with many outstanding physicians and scientists, I learned little about this approach. For years after my training, I applied evidence-based medicine, recommended a “healthier” lifestyle, which typically included a Mediterranean-style diet, and watched as my patients’ diseases often progressed. I became frustrated. There had to be something more."
"Using medications to treat these chronic diseases only after they develop — often as a consequence of years of unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices — is like dealing with a leaky faucet by repeatedly mopping the floor. Medications can be effective, but I wanted to find an option to stop the leak, or better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place."
Diet May Be As Important To Mental Health As It Is To Physical Health
"The traditional line of treatment for mental heath problems has been pharmaceutical interventions or treatments like talk therapy, or some combination of the two. Diet and exercise are rarely taken into consideration, except by "alternative" practitioners. Bringing diet into the equation would represent a major shift in the field of mental health care, opening up new modes of treatment and low-cost, low side-effect interventions for individuals suffering from a range of mental health concerns."
"In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist."
Plant Foods Provide the Nutritional Building Blocks for Optimum Health
"Plant foods are the most abundant sources of nutrition on earth. Nutrients are the raw materials your body needs to function properly and can generally be split into two types – the ones your body can make by itself and the ones it can derive only from your food. The latter are called “essential” nutrients."
1 out of 3 deaths in the US is caused by heart disease, whilst cancer is killing 1 out of every 4.
"Embracing a plant-based lifestyle didn’t just repair my health. It was the key that unlocked my heart and allowed me to discover, embrace and unleash a better and more authentic version of myself on the world. I wish only the same experience for you. Because we need more of who you really are."
Top Health Experts Agree - Well-Planned Vegan Diets are Safe, Healthy & Viable Options for All Ages
"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes."
Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease
"If doctors can eliminate some of our leading killers by treating the underlying causes of chronic disease better than nearly any other medical intervention, why don’t more doctors do it?
By treating the root causes of diseases with plants not pills, we can also avoid the adverse side effects of prescription drugs that kill more than 100,000 Americans every year, making them a leading cause of death."
Integrative Medicine to Tackle the Problem of Chronic Diseases
"This article summarizes important ways that integrative medicine can contribute to resolving the global health crisis with special reference to the US. Research using modern methods of analysis of cellular changes at the epigenetic level has shown that diet and lifestyle interventions greatly improve the state of patients’ health.The same lifestyle changes that prevent or reverse heart disease also help prevent or reverse many other chronic diseases as well."
"Kaiser Permanente, the largest U.S. managed care organization, publishes patient education materials to help make plant-based diets the "new normal" for patients and physicians."
12 Reasons To Go Plant-Based
"Everyone has his or her own reasons for going plant-based. Whether it's because of doctor’s orders, an eye-opening documentary, or a pushy friend, many of us find ourselves in the wonderful world of plant-based eating one way or another. But maybe you still need a little plant-based inspiration. So here you go: 12 fantastic ways that eating plants will change your life."
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Embracing a Plant-Based Diet
"Since I went 100% plant-based, I’ve noticed a much higher sense of well-being overall, along with other health benefits. I also haven’t suffered from a protein shortage or calcium deficiency either, in case you’re one of the many who worry about this issue. With athletes, celebs, and even political figures going vegan, why not the rest of us? When we consider that animal production has led to more problems in our world than solutions, it just makes sense."
Can a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Help to Preserve Kidney Health?
"The primary risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) are diabetes and hypertension.
Based on the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) estimation, there are approximately 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions more are at risk (About Chronic Kidney Disease, 2013). To put this in perspective, this is just slightly higher than the 25.8 million Americans with diabetes (Diabetes Statistics, 2013). If you know someone with diabetes, then you probably know someone with CKD.
So, can a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet really help in preserving kidney health? The answer is unequivocally YES."
"Many people are hesitant to fully embrace a plant-based diet because they are afraid. They’re afraid they won’t get enough nutrition (particularly protein), it might be too expensive or they just won’t have time to prepare everything.
Why don’t we just dispel some of those myths right now?"
A Plant-Based Lifestyle Becoming the Optimal Choice Among Celebrities, Doctors, and the General Public
"Statistics show that nearly 70% of American adults are overweight or obese, which leads to a wide array of health problems such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. This trend is becoming a problem among every class and age across all 50 states.
The good news is that research continues to show that people who opt for a plant-based lifestyle – vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds – are the healthiest, and stay at the optimal weight more easily than the rest of the planet."
"Jennifer Lopez has joined fellow A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Joaquin Phoenix and adopted a vegan diet!
The 44-year-old actress and recording artist has always been incredibly health conscious, but recently revealed that removing animal products from her diet has left her feeling better than ever and she would encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based diet."
Simple changes in diet and lifestyle may quadruple a woman's survival rate from breast cancer.
Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health
"Vegetarians avoid meat, fish, and poultry. Those who include dairy products and eggs in their diets are called lacto-ovo vegetarians. Vegans (pure vegetarians) eat no meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or dairy products. While there is a considerable advantage to a lacto-ovo vegetarian pattern, vegan diets are the healthiest of all, reducing risk of a broad range of health concerns."
"The reality for one person (i.e. eats bacon everyday and lives to 99) isn't the reality for most of us, but all of us can give ourselves the best shot, can help prevent and reverse medical conditions, like cancer, by eating plants. That is the reality for all of us, and that's the reality I'm interested in."
"Increasing the intake of potassium-rich foods is associated with a significantly lower stroke risk. Very few people are eating enough plants — See also below, 98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient."
How to Prevent a Stroke
"Insufficient intake of fiber-rich foods may lead to the stiffening of our arteries associated with risk of having a stroke."
Eye.C.U. — How Loading Up on Nutrients From Plant Foods Can Help Your Eyes
"When you think about it though, it makes sense that nutrients that are essential for the brain and nervous system are also important for the eyes. What’s more, many of these nutrients can be found in plant-based foods, making them easy to work into every day for not only these specific body parts, but for your whole system. And just like it’s never too early to start caring for your brain, giving attention to eye health before it’s an issue, can save a lot of stress in the long run."
Dr. Bruce H. Lipton gives us a wonderful analogy about the importance of taking care of your body/ vehicle to prevent mechanical/biological damage to your cells.
Jamie Oliver's TED Award Speech
Worried about homicide statistics... death from a poor diet far far exceeds that danger. Know also what bad diet is doing to your children. Great talk by Jamie Oliver on TED.
Your Body is Like a Fish Tank
"Think of your body as a fish tank. Imagine your cells and organ system as the fish, bathed in fluids (including blood)... Then suppose I back up a car and put the tailpipe up against the air intake filter that supplies oxygen to the tank. The water becomes filled with carbon monoxide... Then throw in too much food, or the wrong kind of food... so it starts to decompose. Toxic acids wastes and chemicals build up as the food breaks down... How long before the fish are goners?... Yet every day we humans do that very equivalent to our bodies... fouling them up with pollution, excessive intake of food... and more. Would you treat the fish for illness they would no doubt develop? No- you'd change the water. Do your body the same favor. Change the water. Clean up the environment. Then keep it clean."
10 Benefits of a Properly Alkalized Body
"The principle of acid/alkalinity helped me regain my health more than anything else in my entire 39 years of looking for answers. I discovered this 15 years ago, and it changed my health totally. Doing this one simple thing will solve many of your nutritional worries.
Read about the dangers of being too acid and how you can find that balance by changing your diet."
"There’s a silent (yet violent) kind of inflammation that can take place without you even knowing it. What you eat, drink, and think (stress!), environmental toxins, smokin’, booz- in’, and even a couch-potato lifestyle can create a fiery cascade of inflammation in your body. When your body hits an inflammatory overload, your defense system gets so overwhelmed and confused that it literally doesn’t know the difference between the invader and you. As a result, your well-meaning immune system turns on itself, destroying healthy cells, tissue, and everything else in its wake. It’s like when Al Pacino played Tony Montana in Scarface. He mows down everything in sight, yelling, “Say hello to my little friend!” In a word: shit."
"The success story in Finland shows that science-based dietary guidelines can save millions of lives."
Eating More Fruits And Veggies May Lower Stroke Risk Worldwide
"The research, published in the American Heart Association's (AHA) journal Stroke, analyzed 20 previous studies from the U.S., Europe and Asia involving stroke risk and produce consumption. With every 200 grams of fruit consumed a day, stroke risk dropped by 32 percent. With every 200 grams of veggies consumed a day, stroke risk dropped 11 percent, according to the study."
Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
"In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage -- a major side effect of chemotherapy (& aging) -- but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal."
“Dead” food (meat, eggs and other dairy products) or processed food (soda, candy, packaged goods) create a toxic, acidic environment inside of your body which, in turn, slows it down and causes health problems that you pay for in the form of fatigue, constipation, disease and much more. The nutrients you would get from any healthy food that you do eat won’t get absorbed and your energy will be depleted because your system is overwhelmed with toxic materials.
On the other hand, if you eat live, healthy foods you create a happy, alkaline environment for your body and it functions at its optimal capacity. Foods such as leafy greens, fruit, wheatgrass juice and chlorophyll-rich foods all contribute to a sound body and mind."
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How to Improve Your Gut Health
"Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it’s all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality. If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved clarity and balance, focus on rebuilding your gut health."
"The endocrine system is like a well-constructed web of hormonal reactions that also propel a number of other actions and are influenced by factors in your health, lifestyle choices, and your daily stress levels. The endocrine system functions as the chemical messenger system in your body. Imagine your hormones needing written instructions to arrive at the place they’re supposed to. Whatever messages they receive, is ultimately how they react." Click Here for the article.
Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis
"An in depth article discussing the failures of fish oil and its so-called active ingredients EPA / DHA to prevent or reverse disease. On the contrary, prophylactic marine/fish oil consumption has shown to lead to increased inflammation, increased CVD, and increased cancer risk. An important read for those of you taking these supplements."
"Caffeine addiction is a difficult habit to kick. And although we point the finger at coffee a lot while tackling this subject, there’s a plethora of other habit-forming, caffeinated drinks out there, including soda pop, energy drinks, teas, and hot cocoa (the list goes on)."
10 Common Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys
"Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late."
Another Reason to Eat Organic – Decrease Pesticide Exposure by 90%
"In its pioneering testing several years ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) identified up to 493 chemicals in Americans of all ages, including 287 industrial chemical pollutants found in the cord blood of 10 babies born in 2004."
Organic Diets Lower Children's Dietary Exposure to Common Agriculture Pesticides
"A study led by an Emory University researcher concludes that an organic diet given to children provides a "dramatic and immediate protective effect" against exposures to two pesticides that are commonly used in U.S. agricultural production."
The Drugging Of America Summarized In 19 Mind-Altering Facts
"The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet. Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs."