Hectic schedules, working overtime, extracurricular activities - all the reasons why fast food restaurants are so appealing. We've become so accustomed to eating on the run, that preparing a sit-down, hot meal with our families almost seems peculiar. What we don't realize, however, is that these fast foods not only promote childhood obesity, diabetes, and the beginning stages of heart disease, they are now suspected of negatively affecting school performance and learning.
Shelia Lewis was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease at the age of 46. Tests revealed that she had congestive heart failure, along with hypertension, and an 85% blockage of one of her coronary arteries. Instead of choosing an invasive procedure such as bypass surgery, she made an appointment with Dr. Baxter Montgomery, a cardiologist in Houston, Texas. Dr. Montgomery reverses heart disease using a whole-food, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet. After only 5 months on a plant-based diet, Sheila's repeat heart catheterization procedure showed that the blockage had completely disappeared.
Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in America, following very closely behind heart disease. And like heart disease, many cancers can be prevented through dietary and lifestyle interventions. I am pleased to share with you some excellent resources offered by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The Food For Life Cancer Project Diet and Cancer page examines factors that contribute to the development and progression of various cancers and how a whole-foods, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet can reduce the risk of developing cancer. This is an excellent place to become acquanted with foods that prevent cancer and to browse the their latest resources.
Dr. John McDougall's excellent article, USDA Demonizes Starch, While Promoting Meat, Dairy, and Disease, explains how USDA dietary guideline policies have significantly impacted the health of our families. Dr. McDougall's article states: "The USDA has the responsibility for overseeing food safety. But, it also has an opposing responsibility to promote agricultural businesses. Nearly 150 years after its creation, tens of thousands of small farms have been bought up and concentrated into a few large politically influential corporations, and the USDA has become the "Agribusiness Industries' Department," primarily serving the interests of giant food production and distribution corporations."