A second chance

Many people subscribe to the adage “There are no second chances in life.”  As it pertains to nutrition, however, I’m not convinced.

Certainly there are negative conditions associated with the cumulative effects of a poor diet, some of which can be life-threatening, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer.  Speaking from personal experience, I was living with some of these conditions and they were only getting worse with time.  There is no doubt that I was headed for trouble had I stuck with my former dietary regimen.  I often wonder if the “damage” I did will stick with me as I age, not unlike a cigarette smoker wondering about their lung function after finally kicking the habit.

So the ultimate question is….are the consequences of a poor diet reversible?  Thankfully, according to experts in the field of nutrition, the answer is YES.

Following are a few examples of experts who believe that disease prevention, even reversibility, can be achieved through the foods that we eat.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Live”.   Dr. Fuhrman believes that we can reverse disease, high blood pressure, lose unwanted weight, lower our cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and cancer, and improve our health, through a Nutritarian Diet.

For more than 35 years, Dean Ornish, M.D. and his colleagues at the non-profit Preventative Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco and other leading academic institutions, have conducted a series of research studies showing that changes in diet and lifestyle can make a powerful difference in our health and well-being, how quickly these changes may occur, and how dynamic these mechanisms can be.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton credits two of the above experts for his recent decision to adopt a largely plant-based diet, and we have all witnessed the tremendous results he has achieved.

So now that you have read this and know that you may have a second chance, what will you do differently??

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