Friday, August 26, 2011
Forks Over Knives
If you follow my blog, you know that two years ago my Uncle Gene encouraged me to read Dr. Esselstyn's book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.” That was the beginning for me. My uncle has often contributed important articles to this blog that have taught me a lot, but from his first recommendation alone, many things in my life have changed. I've become more conscious about what I eat and the result is I've changed my health in impressive ways, and so can you.
Today, many people are dealing with health issues unnecessarily. Young children are being diagnosed with diabetes and obesity. We hear a lot about heart disease and stoke and the operations or medications that treat them. And still, knowing we can cure obesity, "the incidence of diabetes alone has risen by a third since 1990, and treatment costs $100 billion a year." I'm thankful for modern medicine, but if we can avoid or lessen some health issues simply by changing what we eat, I'm thankful for that too.
In the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the research and practical experiences of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn are explained. These doctors demonstrate that a whole foods, plant based diet can control and even reverse some diseases. Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University and author of "The China Study", and Dr. Esselstyn, a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, discovered that diets high in animal proteins and processed foods are detrimental to our health. Their research showed that heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some cancers could be prevented and sometimes reversed with diet alone.
I saw Forks Over Knives with one of my beautiful daughters at a theater not too long ago, and I understand that the DVD will be available for purchase beginning August 30th. It's something you should see in addition to reading their work. You can order the DVD on Amazon, but if you would like a chance to win a copy of it along with the books, "The China Study," and "Forks Over Knives Companion Book," go to the blog post: http://beyondwillpower.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-contest-forks-over-knives-gift.html and enter the contest. The deadline is September 2nd.
Good luck and good health.
The quote was taken from the forward of, "Eat To Live," and written by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.