Doctors and programs like Dr McDougall's are the key to the future of health! Check out this inspiring website.
A year ago I decided to further my education by registering for eCornell's Plant Based Nutrition Certificate. What an invaluable course it was to grasp some major knowledge of science and nutrition, and how it impacts our health! If you're interested in learning more about Plant Based Nutrition for optimal health and disease prevention then this is a course you'll want to look into.
If lectures and assignments aren't your thing right now, but you could settle for a good summer read, another option is picking up T. Colin Campbell's well-written and easy to read nutritional study, The China Study, or his newest book out on shelves now, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.
Furthermore, if you want a movie version, go ahead and watch the amazing film, Forks Over Knives.
And for the Cole's Notes version, take a quick look at this TED Talks: Resolving the Health Care Crisis, below.
I just finished reading an article on integrative medicine which highlighted the work of Dean Ornish. I've been a fan of Dean Ornish's since finding out that Bill Clinton turned to a vegan diet to reverse his heart disease on the recommendation of Dr. Dean Ornish. This forward thinking doctor uses integrative therapies to heal and prevent some of the leading causes of death. He includes meditation and yoga for stress relief, fitness, community and relationship building, and a whole foods-plant based diet in his methods.
Browse through his site here to see what Medicare Insurance in the United States funds as a viable way of treating and preventing disease. After all, we all know that money talks louder than many things, and if a US insurance provider funds this program, it must work!
This is a talk that every person should watch. This is the future of our health.
"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 over 34 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."
Here's an awesome talk by my hero, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I heard her give a similar talk at the Toronto Veg Festival and was so excited to hear her live. She's does amazing work and has really influenced me on my path. Enjoy!
Dean Ornish, one of my many plant-based heroes, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has recently published an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Click HERE to read what he has to say about eating for health and a healthy weight.
Here, a hero of mine, Dr. Neal Barnard, the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), gives a 30 minute lecture about how the majority of people can reverse diabetes by going on a plant based (vegan) diet.
There's no question in my mind that the future of health is in nutrition, not drugs, for these 'diseases of affluence'.
I had the pleasure of attending a lecture of Dr. Michael Greger's at the 2011 Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival. Since then, I've been hooked on his quick videos at www.nutritionfacts.org, summarizing all the latest health and medical research specifically for regular people like us! Type any topic in the search field and get condensed information in the form of videos from the all newest studies. You can also find more information about Michael Greger and his story here: http://www.veganmd.org/
Here's some quick insight from the man himself!
I didn't start my vegan journey for any reason in particular. Instead it was a series of signs all within one week which pointed me to veganism. I always feel that it happened to me, it was not my choice.
In one moment, I declared myself vegan and I have never looked back. Now I needed to find my reasons and my inspiration that would carry me forward. A quick internet search later, and into my life stepped Colleen Partick-Goudreau. She is a wealth of knowledge and compassion and I personally wouldn't be where I am today without her.
Here's a short video about her awakening into veganism. You can find her website at www.compassionatecooks.com.
Here's a short comment on the research study conducted by Harvard, entitled 'Red Meat Consumption and Mortality', on March 12th, 2012. This comment is written by Dr. Dean Ornish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Ornish), a leading doctor in nutritional health.
Dean Ornish Commentary
Update: Here's another link with a video as well. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/harvards-meat-and-mortality-studies.html