Beat Diabetes, Cancer & Heart Disease

Here are a collection of five short videos from celebrated doctors and scientists that clearly and concisely explain how you can prevent, arrest and even reverse three of the most devastating chronic diseases plaguing our society today.  Take the time to watch them and pass them along to those for whom you care……..

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Multiple Sclerosis? Fork You!

MS, multiple sclerosis, a frightening diagnosis.  What would you do?  Read this remarkable testimony about the power of your fork!

“Life can change in a moment. It did for me”

Saray 570x299 My Journey from Doctor to MS Patient … and Back – Thanks to Plant Based Eating!

October 11, 1995 started out like any other grueling 24-hour shift at the hospital. I was a young, energetic physician living what I considered to be an extraordinary life. But this night was more exhausting than any I could remember. Deeply fatigued, I finally made it to bed around 3 am. Within the hour, I was awakened by a call from the emergency room. As I leapt out of bed, I experienced something so foreign that it simply took my breath away. During this brief nap I had lost feeling in my lower extremities. Something was terribly wrong. I was emergently rushed off to an MRI that revealed multiple plaques in my brain and spinal cord, confirming a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

I was no longer Dr. Stancic, making early morning rounds on her patients. I was now the newly admitted MS patient, lying in a bed as a flock of medical students and doctors took turns assessing my deteriorating neurological status. Soon thereafter came a parade of drugs with their numerous side effects, all intended to mitigate the frightening progression and symptoms of MS. I had become a drug-dependent, sick young woman struggling to accept her fate. MS had swiftly swept away my dreams and aspirations, and left behind a shadow of my former self.

In the fall of 2003, after nearly a decade of a life compromised by chronic illness, a pivotal and enlightening event occurred. I came across an article in a medical journal touting the benefits of blueberries in MS patients. The article summarized findings suggesting that MS patients who ate blueberries had improved symptoms compared with those who did not. The investigators attributed these results to the berries’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The scientist in me was skeptical, but this publication had the effect of igniting my curiosity. Could food play a role in ameliorating or even preventing chronic illness?I was consumed by this idea, and driven to explore existing medical literature in search of answers. What I found was both illuminating and transformative. There was ample evidence in respectable peer-reviewed medical journals that our diets do play a key role in the development of chronic illness!

I wondered how this topic had escaped our medical school curriculum. The power of healing that lies in a whole-food, plant-based diet is incalculable and unquestionable. I was inspired by what I had discovered and felt compelled to personally adopt this lifestyle. I discontinued all my medications and focused on optimizing my diet.

Over the years that followed, I felt stronger and energized. Remarkably, after years of difficulty walking unassisted, my neurological deficits gradually improved. I felt renewed and infused with a great sense of hope. I decided to take up jogging, which evolved to running. In the spring of 2010 I ran a marathon. It was truly an extraordinary experience.

As a physician observing unnecessary suffering and loss, I felt compelled to spread the word of this seemingly untapped therapeutic resource with whomever was willing to listen. Regrettably, in speaking to colleagues, I found many did not share my level of enthusiasm or acceptance that this approach was valid.

My sense of alienation lifted after watching Forks Over Knives. I was reinvigorated by witnessing other like-minded physicians practice medicine with this philosophy. Today, my focus is educating patients on the value of a whole-food, plant-based diet, with an eye toward reducing prescription drug dependence.

Patients need to learn that they do have control of their individual health outcomes. For my patients, watching this film is a mandatory part of their care plan. The film effectively reinforces all that we discuss, and its impactful style is both educational and entertaining.

We can, as a society, shift and make the necessary changes to improve our health and well-being.  Life can change in a moment … and that can be a very wonderful thing.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Got it? Beat it!

metabolic syndromeI came across an article the other day written by a doctor who was using himself as a guinea pig in the quest for knowledge about how our bodies burn different fuel, primarily fat and glucose.  He was fascinated by our ability to switch back and forth between these fuel sources, depending upon our state of activity, and by the body’s ability to actually manufacture certain fuels required to run our brains.  The triggering event for this interest was his shocking diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome, despite being relatively young and a long-distance swimmer.  I had never heard of Metabolic Syndrome and decided to dig deeper.

Basically, you are diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome if you have any three of the following:

  • A waistline of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women (measured across the belly)
  • A blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher or are taking blood pressure medications
  • A triglyceride level above 150 mg/dl
  • A fasting blood glucose (sugar) level greater than 100 mg/dl or are taking glucose-lowering medications
  • A high density lipoprotein level (HDL) less than 40 mg/dl (men) or under 50 mg/dl (women)

blood testThe doctor I mentioned above was okay with the first two, but his blood chemistry told a different story and had him trip-up on the last three.  How do you prevent, arrest or reverse Metabolic Syndrome while avoiding prescription drugs?  Here are the most effective answers and, in the case of our doctor friend, the dietary adjustment had the most profound effect:

  • Lose weight – Moderate weight loss, in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent of body weight, can help restore your body’s ability to recognize insulin and greatly reduce the chance that the syndrome will evolve into a more serious illness.
  • Exercise – Increased activity alone can improve your insulin levels. Aerobic exercise such as a brisk 30-minute daily walk can result in a weight loss, improved blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of developing diabetes. Most health care providers recommend 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. Exercise may reduce the risk for heart disease even without accompanying weight loss.
  • Consider dietary changes – Maintain a diet that keeps carbohydrates to no more than 50 percent of total calories. Eat foods defined as complex carbohydrates, such as whole grain bread (instead of white), brown rice (instead of white), and sugars that are unrefined (instead of refined; for example cookies, crackers). Increase your fiber consumption by eating legumes (for example, beans), whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Reduce your intake of red meats and poultry. Thirty percent of your daily calories should come from fat. Consume healthy fats such as those in canola oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil and nuts.
  • Limit alcohol intake – Consume no more than one drink a day for women, or two drinks a day for men.

Here’s a quick video that provides a comprehensive solution:

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Stamp Out Chronic Disease: The Smartest Way

Healthy foodLast week, I shared the message about “epigenetics”, which is generally an emerging field of study about how our environment influences the expression of our individual genetic makeups. “Nutrigenomics” is a subset of this groundbreaking science that focuses specifically on the effect nutrition has on switching on and off both our good, disease-preventing genes and our bad, disease-causing genes.  I implore those of you who either have or are at high risk of developing chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer to watch this short video below and take the message very seriously.  More and more credible clinical data is emerging that diet can prevent, arrest and even reverse these chronic diseases.  With heart disease alone, if you compare the largely ineffective, long-term results of both drug therapy and extremely invasive surgery against the effectiveness of a plant-based diet, the choice is simple.  And the bonus is that, with the lifestyle change to a plant-based diet, you actually feel better and enjoy a higher quality of life versus the frightening consequences of radical, chest-splitting surgery or a drug regimen riddled with devastating side effects.

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The Healthiest Meal Of The Day

I am sometimes torn between passing on some really important nutritional information and not wanting to appear to be “commercially” driven.  However, yesterday, I had a conversation with a personal trainer who confirmed the remarkable results you can expect with Beachbody‘s meal replacement, Shakeology.  By remarkable results, I mean in terms of weight-loss, increased energy levels, enhanced moods and immune system boosting.  We were discussing his new website and he just happened to mention that he had lost 8 pounds by using Shakeology.  I was intrigued by his comment because he’s a very active college student who, as I mentioned, is a personal trainer and extremely nutrition conscious.  His results were similar to mine in that, after starting Shakeology, I lost 10 pounds I didn’t even know I had to lose.  The point here is that we all have a natural set-point for our ideal weight and, if you are getting the correct nutrition, your body will naturally find that set-point.  Unfortunately, our western diet packs the body with empty calories, addictive substances, and myriad toxins that destroy this natural process.  The result is excess weight, stress, irritability, a lack of energy and being sick more often.

If you are skeptical, I challenge you to try it for yourself.  Below are two short videos that will describe Shakeology in more detail.  I urge you to take the time to watch them, then give it a try….risk free.  By replacing one meal a day with Shakeology, you will start to see and feel the results in as few as 10 days.  If, within 30 days, you are not enjoying the benefits mentioned above, you can send the empty bag back and get a 100%, no-questions-asked refund.  You’ve got nothing to lose, except maybe some weight, and a great deal to potentially gain in terms of overall health and happiness.

If you want more information or would like to give it a try, just visit http://www.myshakeology.com/fit4liferbm

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Another Strike Against Meat & Junk Food

No meatThe first step to better health is education.  Hands down, it is the most important initial undertaking if you’re tired of being sick all the time, looking older than you are, want to avoid chronic diseases or are just tired of being tired all the time.  Once you start eating right, you will be nothing short of astonished at the effect it has on your quality of life and, in the long run, the length of it.  The amount of scientific data now available supporting the concept of food as both fuel and medicine is mounting daily, with reputable, non-profit institutions and universities undertaking credible investigations that are rocking the food industry (and our government food agencies) to the core.

No meatOne of my favorite sources of information is Dr. Michael Greger‘s website, www.nutritionfacts.org, which is dedicated to spreading the word about these cutting-edge, credible and scientifically-based clinical investigations.  Here’s an example of a short video about the consumption of a class of chemicals that I had no idea was a health issue and my guess is you’ll have the same reaction.  This takes me back to my initial point; there are special interest groups out there peddling products for profit that have covered up, distracted, minimized or outright lied about the health hazards associated with their products.  Your best weapon against this abuse is the education available from unbiased, independently funded research.  It’s your health and your responsibility to manage it!

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They Know Your “Bliss Point”!

oreosDo you know where your “Bliss Point” is?  And I’m not talking sex here.  Do you even know what the heck a “Bliss Point” is?  I didn’t, until I watched the video below.  I was initially attracted by a story that would have been hard to “swallow” back when Double Stuffers were always waiting for me in the freezer.  Its chilling message was a new scientific study that showed Oreo cookies to be as addictive as cocaine!  Sugar’s effect on the pleasure center of our brain works just like opiates and the health ramifications are equally, if not more, insidious.  In order to sell more products, the food industry has become masterful at designing foods with just the right amount of sugar to get us “hooked”.  As you’ll see in the video, they’ve even engaged mathematicians to statistically figure out our “Bliss Point” to make sure the products result in the optimal, drug-like euphoria.

The food and beverage industries’ ability to to turn people into addicts relies primarily on our own ignorance, laziness and passivity.  With sugar’s very real connection to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, among other chronic diseases, having been scientifically proven, taking the time to watch the video below will be the first step in fighting back and taking control of your health.

The other thing you can do to help end this serious threat to the health of our nation is to share the message with as many people as possible.

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