Thanks for sharing this Dr. Hyman. Good solid science is now backing what a handful of us open minded health professionals have known for some time now... that drugs are not the answer to type 2 diabetes. As a pharmacist I try and help diabetics and others get off their meds if at all possible and onto a healthier lifestyle. Meds have their place but from my point of view should be reserved as a last line of therapy. Too many people suffer needlessly both physically and economically because of the pharmaceutical companies.”
Jul 29, 2011 at 23:23:51
“The fruits, veggies, and green tea are great items on this list. But the low fat dairy and lean meats do anything but support overall health. They're still loaded with too much fat (greater than 20% of calories in almost all cases) and casein (protein found in dairy) is one of the most well studied carcinogen of all time in the scientific literature - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17704029”
LiveMind on Aug 2, 2011 at 16:45:10
“There is some scientific evidence supporting lowfat dairy.
“Everyone was told not to eat fat or meat -- just low-fat diets of fruits and veggies -- not to leave out the empty calories of pasta; and the population got fatter and fatter.
Then Dr. Atkins came along, and he was ridiculed and diminished.
Much later, not just anectodely but after some major large studies, we are beginning to understand that it is the carbohydrates and added sugar that are playing havoc with our health and locking-in chronic diseases, not the meat and protein (most important nutrient for our cells) or the fat (essential for human health).
Now Dr. Atkins, since his death, is being rehabilitated; and Dr. Ornish keeps trying and trying to fight a losing battle.
The most healthy diet for human health: lean meat/protein, fruits and vegetables, essential fats -- all in small portions.”
Jun 29, 2011 at 23:47:15
“This is a great step in the right direction towards showing the general public what can really happen after smoking. A lot of people say they already know but the images of lung cancer or a tracheotomy are a whole different thing.
I think they should also put pictures of open heart surgeries, diabetic foot ulcers, and cancerous tumors on processed foods and meat and dairy. These categories of foods have been linked in a plethora of scientific studies to cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”
Jun 29, 2011 at 00:24:42
“The info on the fruits and veggies was good. I try and buy organic on the list of the dirty dozen - 12 most contaminated fruits/veggies. I stay away from the meats though including fish - all very high in fat and cholesterol. I get my omega-3's from either ground flaxseed, walnuts, or a supplement if need be.”
Jun 23, 2011 at 22:14:24
“"The NIH Working Group proposed AIs of 2–3% of total calories for LA, 1% of total calories for ALA, and 0.3% of total calories for EPA and DHA... ...Consider using a direct source of DHA. Aim for 100–300 mg/d."
From what the scientific literature says it doesn't look as though a high amount of fat is needed. As long as 2-3% of total calories come from alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid and 100-300mg of DHA is obtained then human beings can function optimally on this.”
nutrocon on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:27:51
“I am not saying a high amount of fat is needed. However, it needs to have a place on the plate, that is for sure.”
Jun 21, 2011 at 19:39:05
“As a pharmacist I can say with confidence that we can't drug ourselves free of the chronic diseases we see in today's world. Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune disorders, etc, etc, etc are due almost entirely to diet and lifestyle. I've never had a patient reverse their heart disease or diabetes or other chronic illness by taking more pills. They just have higher copays at the end of the month and more problems.
Had I known now what I had known before I went into pharmacy school I would have never done it. Lifestyle and/or Functional medicine is far more effective, less costly, and much safer.”
dutchdragonfly on Jul 9, 2011 at 09:50:50
“Actually, we need MORE pharmacists with your attitude - don't leave the profession! Too many of them just fill the prescriptions, and hand the bag of pills over to us and recite by rote the contra-indications. No further interaction because they're too busy filling the next 'scrip.
I realize you can't go over the Dr's head, but there are ways to use your knowledge and still get your perspective across.
cj7874 on Jun 22, 2011 at 14:27:32
“Kudos for being honest about your professions! Fanned.”
mass maritimer on Jun 21, 2011 at 21:50:18
“guess why I am on dialysis? That said, you are right.”
Jun 17, 2011 at 21:45:12
“I wouldn't put any patient on Chantix. It's littered with very serious adverse effects that just aren't worth it. There's so many other safer options out there to try instead of Chantix - hypnosis, electronic cigarettes, and even the nicotine products (patches, gum, etc.).
I realize smoking is a very difficult addiction to overcome but it can be done and helpful support from those that love you and closest to you is one of the biggest boosts to winning the battle as well.”
Jun 16, 2011 at 11:57:51
“Great article! I have found that eating a plant-based diet is a win-win-win situation for individuals, our nation as a whole, and our planet as a whole. But I run into people all the time who are closed minded from the beginning before I even start talking about the benefits of this lifestyle. I've also found that saying plant-based is much more amicable than either one of the "v" words. For some reason the "v" word doesn't sit well with others.
I also think that if we approach people with an attitude that it isn't an all or nothing thing then more people would go plant-based. After looking at over 2,000 scientific studies I have come to the conclusion that 100% plant-based is definitely the best route to go but I would rather see someone go 80/20 or 90/10 then just express anger at the very mention of having to go vegan. Any step forward is a positive step forward.”
w84it on Jun 16, 2011 at 13:01:06
“I've also noticed the "v" word doesn't sit well with others and "plant based" does get a better response. I've been eating a plant based diet for years. I'm approaching 40 and I am still lean, fit and strong. I run marathons, triathlons and am training for my first ultra. I have friends who want to lose weight, and when I mention going plant based, I'm surprised to hear them say "oh...I don't think I could do that. I don't know if I would have enough energy." Remember, they're saying this to a marathon runner! LOL”
Jun 14, 2011 at 08:55:21
“It would be nice to have public figures do photo ops with fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, we need to take away the lobbying money that puts them in that position which is tough to do.
I guess I would be considered one of those "regular guys" as you mentioned Dr. Barnard because I'm a pharmacist. However, I'm probably the only pharmacist you'll ever meet who tries to get people off their pills and on to a 100% plant-based diet full of nutrient dense foods. So not all of us "regular guys" are living a "regular life". Had I known now what I known before I entered pharmacy school I would have never went through with it. But life is an ever changing journey and hopefully opportunities will come along that will allow for positive changes in what I'm able to accomplish on a full time basis. Until then I'm trying to change the status quo with the current medical system from the inside out... not an easy task.”
KenLeebow on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:04:32
Write a book. It would be an interesting perspective.”
Jun 7, 2011 at 22:42:12
“It's not surprising that extra wrinkles indicate the presence of osteoporosis. I find this very consistent with much of the info about what causes wrinkles. It seems that everyone knows that smoking and too much sun can cause wrinkles but very little information is ever given to the general public about nutrition's role in wrinkling. Nutrition also has a huge role in the formation of osteoporosis and the best way to avoid both is a plant based diet full of whole foods.
May 29, 2011 at 11:20:21
“Great article Dr. Wurtman! I think it's very easy to forget the emotional and mental struggles that dieters face as they embark on their new journey. I like the idea of a dieting matchmaking site. It could certainly help a lot of people as more and more people find themselves in a position of needing to lose weight and improve their health.”
“High sodium... right on. Even for those on a nutrient-dense, plant based diet there is a big increase risk in hemorrhagic stroke due to high sodium intake. It's a big reason why those in the asian culture (China, Japan) have higher rates of hemorrhagic stroke than the U.S. And hemorrhagic stroke has a higher mortality rate than embolic strokes do.”
“This documentary will hopefully be the start of a new revolution in how we think and approach disease and sickness in this country. I changed to a plant-based diet because of The China Study by Dr. Campbell and have further fine tuned my diet by reading Dr. Esselstyn's work in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
Thank you to both of you, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, for speaking up about this subject despite the criticism that you may have faced from the mainstream. You're both making a huge impact on the lives of many.”
kdpremierdesigns on May 22, 2011 at 17:27:16
“I sure hope so. We are dropping at an alarming rate! And the costs alone is enough that we could rebuild a lot in this country....and LOWER OUR TAXES! Which in turn will allow the women to stay home and cook this healthy food and raise their children right. Oh I could go on..but the turning point for me in the film was when they said the grains that we feed the cows with would be able to wipe out the hunger worldwide. If that does not convince you not to eat meat...I dont know what will. Meat and dairy is not needed. It has been proven that it can be obtained in plant based foods.”
teresa1960 on May 16, 2011 at 00:07:40
“He also does not mention that the number 1 cause of death in China's elderly is STROKE!”
Redsilas77 on May 15, 2011 at 22:14:02
“I have a hard time taking Dr. Campbell seriously because he excluded the data he didn't want to use. He only used data from a select age range, I believe anyone over 57 was excluded....so no 'old age' factors to taint what he wanted to see.
Also remember that we are not all cut from the same cookie cutter. What may work for a select group of people in China with certain genetics is NOT going to work for everyone else.
The SICKEST I've ever been in my life was when I went vegan. I was following everything by the book and I became anemic and gained weight of all things. Being vegan is a luxury lifestyle that people with money who can buy good wholesome food can do. I went broken supporting my ultra healthy vegan lifetstyle.
The BEST I felt in my life was when I ate Paleo. Because I do a lot of travel I can't always abide fully, but I try.”
“You are absolutely correct Dr. Wurtman about all the confusion that our food labels cause. The percent DV like you said is enough to make a person go crazy. It's almost like we all have to have taken a college calculus class to figure anything out.
I've broken down the nutrition facts label myself to help others understand how simple it can be to decode if you know what you should be look for - http://fb.me/QXSnsZ8C”
shadow123 on May 1, 2011 at 21:16:43
“There would be a whole lot less confusion if people would just bypass all the commercially prepared foods and stick to whole/fresh foods and cook it themselves (too many easy ways to do that in these days of modern appliances)........sometimes the 'convenience' of canned, prepared, boxed, frozen, take-out foods with all the overcooking, and chemicals added just isn't worth the risk to our health.”
“So nice to see some information about free radicals and nutrition and its effect on skin aging. Thanks Marcelle for sharing this. I think it's really easy for most people to not even associate food with the formation of wrinkles.
I think the big three when it comes to wrinkle formation is UV exposure, smoking, and eating a high fat, low nutrient diet. Here's a great explanation of all of this here - http://fb.me/YFXsHzES”
“The problem with banning home lunches is that most school systems load up students on calories from processed foods. In all actuality we couldn't have designed a better lunch program to increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more than what the typical school cafeteria now serves.
If only the rest of the nation would follow in the footsteps of NY Coalition for Healthy School Food (http://www.healthylunches.org) we'd have many, many more happy, healthy, and lean kids playing on school playgrounds around the country.”
Bootzey Jones on Apr 12, 2011 at 14:28:24
“Playing in playgrounds? Where do you see kids playing in playgrounds? Recess was outlawed over a decade ago! Schools don't even have playgrounds anymore because kids no longer 'play' like that”