I Don’t Understand Why Asking People…

I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced
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“I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced, vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open.”Dean Ornish

Dean Michael Ornish (1953 – present) is the founder and president of Preventive Medicine Research Institute, a non-profit institute that studies the effects of diet and lifestyle choices on health and disease. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Ornish is best known for his “Eat More, Weigh Less” diet that focuses on vegetarianism, low in fat, oils, and simple carbohydrates to lose weight without feelings of deprivation and hunger. But it’s not just another diet fad; the goal is to control coronary artery disease and other chronic diseases through lifestyle changes, like smoking cessation, moderate exercise, stress management techniques, and psychosocial support. He believes in a holistic perspective on preventive health.

According to his research with Elizabeth Blackburn, comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression in only three months. His findings show that a healthy lifestyle turns on disease-preventing genes and turns off genes that promote cancer and heart disease, thereby increasing telomerase enzyme which delays the ageing process.

In contrast to other lifestyle consultants, Ornish does not implement a strict vegetarian diet. He recommends the consumption of fish oil supplements and allows for the consumption of occasional animal products.

Ornish was named as “one of the most interesting people of 1996”, “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years”, and “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation.”

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