Dean Ornish, MD, founder of the University of California San Francisco’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute, is one of my all-time favourite mentors. He is clear, researched, experienced, funny, human, and warm and has done the hard yards proving a plant-based wholefood diet and lifestyle change work for health and longevity.
Here is a wee taste of what he said in a recent post for MedPage Today:
“The most influential trend in medicine today, growing exponentially, is the emerging field of what is known as ‘lifestyle medicine’ - lifestyle as treatment, not just prevention. We tend to think of advances in medicine as a new drug, laser, or surgical device, something high-tech and expensive. Yet, the simple choices we make in what we eat and how we live have a powerful influence on our health and well-being”
“For the past 37 years, my colleagues and I at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, in collaboration with leading academic centers, have conducted a series of randomized, controlled trials and demonstration projects showing that comprehensive lifestyle changes alone often can reverse the progression of coronary heart disease and several other chronic diseases”
These lifestyle changes include a plant-based wholefood diet…”