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Gateway Symptoms to Exit Door Diseases

Wow, just read this piece by a Dr. Michael P. Jones and had to share. I love his comment that heartburn is "a gateway symptom" to mortal events to come. Essentially in his piece he contends that heartburn is not a disease, but a symptom that you are eating poorly and just step back from the plate. 

Look how many "gateway symptoms" there are to mortal events: obesity, high-cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes. All of them lead to poor quality of life at the best, and ultimately to heart disease and cancer and early death. As Dr. Joel Fuhrman says in his book "Eat to Live": we get to choose to either die of old age or die of disease based on how we eat. It's all in our hands; we can stack the deck in our favor by adopting a whole-food plant-based diet. 

Once again I urge you to take your health into your own hands. You can reverse all your "lifestyle" health issues by deciding today to take your life and good health into your own hands. No better place to start than by educating yourself, and you can do that by doing some reading. Here's a link to my recommended reading list: http://www.giveitupforhealth.com/p/recommended-reading.html. There's no better place to start than with Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live". It saved my life, and it can save yours too.

"The healthcare crisis is largely self-inflicted. We need to own our behaviors. We need a healthcare system that rewards good choices and makes bad ones less attractive. People talk about "gateway drugs" that lead to serious addictions and adverse behaviors. Well, heartburn could be classified as a "gateway symptom," a harbinger of morbid and mortal events to come. You, me and the medical profession would do well to embrace that reality rather than the pills that temporarily hide it."
Michael P. Jones is in private practice in Virginia.http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-jones-heartburn-fitness-diet-20131020,0,2173035.story


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