I have seen many things in my time become accepted after they were ridiculed and laughed at; yoga, fasting, eating plants and meditation to name just a few.
Heart disease was once considered (and still is to many people), incurable, irreversible and hereditary. It was a genetic disease that required medications and nothing else could be done.
This is so far from the truth. As Caldwell Esselstyn, the highly successful heart surgeon and cardiologist famously said “Heart disease is a food borne illness”.
Dr Dean Ornish is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. He led a famous 1990 study that showed how a plant-based wholefood diet alongside lifestyle changes such as not smoking, low stress and regular exercise, could slow, stop, reverse and even cure heart disease – even in very sick patients.
Dr Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease has clinically proven results over 16 years with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California.
Dr Ornish says in a recent interview that “Beginning in 1977, we began publishing a series of clinical research trials, showing for the first time that instead of getting worse and worse, most people could get better and better, if they were willing to make comprehensive changes in diet and lifestyle that went beyond what most (doctors) had been recommending until then. And these include a whole-foods, plant-based diet that's naturally low in both fat and in sugar and refined carbohydrates; a series of stress management techniques including yoga and meditation; moderate exercise; and what we call psychosocial support, which is another way of saying love and intimacy and community. The more people change, the more they improve, at any age, in terms of the amount of blockages in their arteries”.
What a dude. What a leader. What an inspiration; saving lives through dietary changes. He is my favourite mentor.