You're living my dream! To have a doctor who recommends a plant-based diet. I "fired" my last doctor due to her reaction to my switch to plant-based. sigh....
Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme. - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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I just recently went to my doctor and I mentioned I was eating only plant based foods. She seemed pleased about that and immediately suggested that we test for Vit B12, calcium and iron deficiencies. I was very glad to hear her suggestions - I thought they were very appropriate and it showed that she was familiar with plant-based diets.
Maybe the medical community is slowly coming around!
She's really the best doctor I've ever been to. They accidentally scheduled me to see her on the day she was on call, but she stopped what she was doing and talked to me and James for over an hour! She's my hero.
Serene Vannoy Bi poly atheist poet and fatchick extraordinaire
I am worthy of love, belonging and joy now, as is. - Brene Brown
Wow WOW WoW!! I bet more Kaiser doctors will be doing that soon. This is fantastic! What a nice letter she wrote. So encouraging and kind. Thanks so much for letting us know, Serene. Best to you, and good wishes for your great health in the new year!
(Edited to change the doctor's pronoun from 'he' to 'she'!)
I'm so stoked by the email I just got from my cardiologist that I plan to share it on all my plant-based-lifestyle groups, and I will probably post it to my SP blog, as well. How awesome is this? Everything after this sentence, including the link, is quoted right from my cardiologist's email:
The calcium score was low at 9 . A concerning score would be over 400. For this low score , we would recommend diet , exercise , lifestyle changes. Kaiser recommends the plant based diet for heart healthy diet.
I have a link for you below.
I wish you the best for 2014 Happy holidays
A whole-food, plant-based diet is a powerful tool in helping you meet your health goals, feel better and live life richly.
The Engine 2 Diet, by Rip Esselstyn, is a fun read, with myth busters and delicious, easy recipes and shares plant-based eating experiences of elite athletes, fire fighters and ordinary couch potatoes.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic, is a great book for people who may have cardiovascular disease, prior heart attack or stroke, and provides recipes and provides research about how and why correct diet can reverse these diseases.
The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, is for people who like research and epidemiology and shares decades of evidence that plant-based whole foods diet can prevent many chronic diseases of Western societies, including breast, colon and prostate cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes and heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease.
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, by Michael Pollan, who also wrote The Omnivore's Dilemma, is a little gem that is not very actionable, but is thought provoking and entertaining; teenagers like it, too. This, and The Engine 2 Diet, are good gifts for friends you want to nudge in the direction of healthier eating.
Cinema or online: The movie Forks Over Knives shares an unhealthy reporter's exploration of lifestyle that transforms his own existence. It is a feature film that examines the profound claim that most degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Watch the brief interview of Bill Clinton as he tells why he has chosen the plant-based diet
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