My solution to this is DON'T GET SICK IN THE FIRST PLACE! This is when people will say that not getting sick is just impossible. Well, not really...I work in a doctor's office where we see sick people everyday....the most common reason people visit doctors is respiratory issues. Statistics show most people get, on average, 2-3 colds each year. How many colds did I get over the past year? ZERO. As a matter of fact, since I have been following a Whole Food Plant Based diet, (WFPB) which is about 4 years, I have not had so much as a sniffle!! I work in a germ-infested cesspool....people coughing, sneezing, etc., and I have not even so much as had the "common cold".
Cholesterol issues....cholesterol medications....high blood pressure....blood pressure lowering drugs....diabetes....blood sugar lowering drugs...and the list goes on. There is a drug on the market for whatever ails you, along with the laundry list of side effects. Sometimes the side effects are worse than the original problem is.
However, by eating a WFPB diet, (this has been scientifically proven repeatedly), you can not only prevent these problems from beginning, but you can REVERSE the problem....without the harmful medications. How?? The answer is so simple most people don't believe it...this can be done with FOOD...vegetables, fruits,legumes, and whole-grains. Get rid of the foods that are causing us all kinds of diseases, (processed foods and animal products), and eat an abundance of foods from the plant kingdom. It's so simple that it sounds crazy.
Studies are now proving that by the age of 10, anyone that is eating the Standard American Diet, (SAD) will have streaks of fatty plaque in their arteries....at AGE 10! By age 20 the plaque has formed even more, and by age 30 there can be enough plaque to cause heart attacks and death. (The statistic in yesterday's blog stated 2500 people die EVERY DAY from heart disease) . So, if you are over the age of 10 and have been eating the SAD, meat, poultry, dairy, and foods out of a package, you have some amount of plaque in your arteries, and that's a fact.
The good news is, you can start TODAY by REVERSING this damage. Dr. Dean Ornish is one of the many physicians that has proven this. He has a Lifestyle Program in California that insurance companies are now paying for. Patients that are too sick to have procedures done, (bypass surgery, stents, etc.), and are on all the medications available, go through his program and are able to significantly improve their condition and or totally REVERSE their disease. At this point, these people will do whatever they are told to do because they are desperate. When a physician tells someone there is nothing more medicine can do for their disease, go home and get your affairs in order, believe me, they are clinging to any hope there is.
Dr. Ornish puts them on a strictly Whole Food Plant Based diet, absolutely no meat, poultry, dairy or any processed foods at all....that means not cutting back on meat and dairy.....it means ABSOLUTELY NONE because these are the foods that caused the problem in the first place. If the goal is to REVERSE the damage that has been done, you cannot continue to eat the foods that are causing the damage....not even a little bit. Eating a little bit is not going to STOP the problem...it would be like mopping up the floor from an overflowing sink with the facet still running. The people that go into Dr. Ornish's program come out totally different people...they are able to restore their health. And, of course, going through a program such as this costs the insurance company a FRACTION of what it would cost for hospital costs, bypass surgery, stent placement, medications, etc. If this program did not have the science to prove it works, insurance companies would NOT pay for it!
But why wait until you have been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, some sort of cancer, suffer a stroke, or have some other disease? To me this is so simple.....eat vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole-grains....and eat a lot of them... and watch your health sky rocket! All of these diseases are absolutely PREVENTABLE by eating the RIGHT foods.
I'll take a WFPB diet over having my chest chest sawed open any day......