It’s no secret that the food we eat influences our health. It’s common sense.
Yet doctors admit that they receive very little if any education about nutrition and what kind of diet causes or prevents diseases. That defies common sense.
So when you are looking for answers about how food and dietary patterns affect your health, you might have to look beyond your doctor’s office.
The good news is you don’t have to look too far.
There are many physicians and other well trained health care providers who have found the plethora of research on the health benefits of a whole food, plant-centered diet. Many, like Dr. Dean Ornish have gone on to conduct their own clinical and laboratory studies that show how quickly the body can heal from some of the most devastating diseases (including our #1 killer, heart disease) given the right food.
More recent research is even showing that genetic expression is influenced by environmental factors, namely our diet and lifestyle habits. That’s very exciting — it means we are not powerless!
So if you are struggling with health problems or worry about your genetic predisposition for certain illnesses, I encourage you to watch this short Talk by Dr. Ornish. He is a pioneer in the field of lifestyle medicine and has not only inspired people all over the world to take control of their health (including us!), but he has shown doctors and other health care providers that complicated diseases can be treated and prevented with healthy food, fresh air, exercise, meaningful work and caring relationships.
If you would like to learn more about how diet and lifestyle changes can influence your health, join our “Meals Are Medicine” classes and Wellness Forum.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For almost 40 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He was selected as one of the “TIME 100” in integrative medicine and by Forbes as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.” He received his medical training from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin.