Skip to main content

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!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Flourless Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

In my last post on making soy milk at home I mentioned that you are going to end up with soy bean pulp, which is known as "okara" in Japanese. It's full of soy protein and fiber as well as calcium, iron, and riboflavin, so it just seems such a waste to throw it away. Correction: it is a waste to throw it away! Huge volumes of okara are left over from the commercial production of soy milk and tofu, most of which is fed to cows and pigs because for some reason people seem to prefer to eat okara only after it's been turned into the flesh of an animal. But we are not about to feed the okara left over from our soy-milk-making efforts to the pigs when it can curl our hair. We have experimented with a few ways to use our okara - add it to oatmeal for breakfast, add it to soup, or substitute it for 1/3 of the flour in any recipe. But our favorite thing is to use it to make chocolate chip cookies. Is it any wonder when we are such chocoholics! The result is a healthy co

How to Cook Plant-Based Diet

One of the hardest things when moving from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet is actually how to get started with it. When I did it myself 7 years ago, I realized it's essentially a matter of educating yourself. Most of us grow up in families and cultures where animal protein is at the center of our plates. When we first learn to cook we are essentially taught to decide on what animal protein we'll put at the center of the plate and then decide what to surround it with. It's a great relearning to make a transition from that. Below is a link to a guide from the masters of the whole-food plant-based universe, the good people at Forks Over Knives. I hope it helps you to get started. Beginner's Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

Cancer-Busting Anti-Oxidant DNA Repairing Smoothie Recipe

Anti-Cancer Power Lineup Photo © John Corney After watching the videos at the bottom of this post at NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel about the power of various berries and spices to boost anti-oxidant and anti-cancer action in the cells, I played around with things and came up with this smoothie recipe that includes many of the things that have been shown to reduce cancer risk and lower inflammation. The combination of ingredients sounds kind of weird, but actually it's very tasty. Although I vary the ingredients somewhat on a day-to-day basis depending on what's in the fridge, I always include the following ingredients: leafy greens banana bell pepper celery ground flax seeds turmeric pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds carrots berries So here's my recipe that I'm sure you will find is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Consider my recipe as a starting point that you for your own smoothies. By the way, green + red = brown, so don'