David Murdoch ... He wants to reach 125, and sees no reason he can’t, provided that he continues eating the way he has for the last quarter century: with a methodical, messianic correctness that he believes can, and will, ward off major disease and minor ailment alike.
This article is from the Huffington Post.
While I do not agree with the entire article, I do agree with this statement: "Americans (still) rule the world. They can stroll on the moon, influence global diplomacy, finance unstable countries around the world…yet they cannot keep their own people relatively healthy? Of course they could, if it were actually desired. Unfortunately, for the world’s most powerful companies, an unhealthy America is, perversely, a very profitable America."
On the main street near my home, there's a tremendous amount of junk food and fast food available. As well, there are three CVS pharmacies on that same strip ... about two miles. Yes, crap food delivers patients to big pharma. No doubt about it.
During this time of thanks, I am thankful that I have avoided the medical industrial complex.
Once in a while, a brief and insightful article is written. Here's one by Robin Quivers about the link between food and health. The title: Nutty for Nutrition.
Yes, there is a website for everything. Backed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, here's what this one is all about:
Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
LIMIT CANCER RISK: Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.
REDUCE HEART DISEASE: Recent data from a Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (for example, meat and full fat dairy) with foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fat (for example, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19%
FIGHT DIABETES: Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
CURB OBESITY: People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber (absent in animal products). This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating. Research has found that eating more plant foods and less animal products may help individuals control their weight.
LIVE LONGER: Red and processed meat consumption is associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
National Geographic has an interesting piece about this. It reviewed three areas in the world where people live long and productive lives. Check it out.
These two doctors were very important in my discoveries and findings . . . Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn and Colin Campbell. Dr. Esselstyn led me to believe that I could get my total cholesterol much lower via proper eating. It worked! Here are the results.
Watch the trailer to the movie Forks Over Knives.