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Kaiser Permanente Advocates Vegetarian Diet

When the largest provider of healthcare services in the United States, Kaiser Permanente, pushes its doctors to recommend their patients adopt a whole-food vegetarian diet to treat their various diseases, you know there's something to this "whole-food plant-based" diet thing. (See the Kaiser Permanente Health Update)

Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes...all of these can not only be treated with, but cured by adopting a whole-food plant-based diet. I did just that when I decided to treat my years'-long fight with high cholesterol by not resorting to a statin drug, but by reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" and adopting his "nutritarian" plan. I was cured within a couple of weeks, much to the shock of my (non-Kaiser Permanente) doctor. Honestly, let's be honest - high cholesterol is caused by eating cholesterol in animal protein. Take that out of your diet and leave it to your liver, and you will have all the cholesterol you will need without the excess.

Here's a challenge for you: Try adopting a whole-food plant-based diet and take the risk of dying from old age rather than from disease. Wondering what a "whole-food plant-based" diet is, check out my recommended reading list.

Oh, and yes, your conscience will feel a whole lot better for not being part of the cruelty that is modern factory farming not to mention the largest contributor to greenhouse gases - but consider that secondary to your own good health and long life. Put yourself first. Your life matters!

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