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Dr Shireen Kassam – What to eat to reduce the risks of cancer

Dr. Shireen Kassam, MBBS, FRCPath, PhD is a UK-based Consultant Hermatologist with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system). She is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer.
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So thanks, everyone. I’m going to take you through some aspects of nutrition and cancer
prevention and go through the evidence for this. And what I hope to cover in this talk are
the following:

– how diet contributes to cancer development

– how to reduce your risk of cancer

– how you might improve survival after a cancer diagnosis and of course what we feel is the
components of a healthful diet

What we know is that cancer is the top cause of premature death in the UK, accounting for 42 percent of cases of premature death and one in two men in one or two females now develop cancer. And this trend is only increasing and more than 50% of all cancers are due to lung breast prostate and colon cancer. And I’ll use these as examples as we go through and the best estimate is that around 10 percent of your risk comes from genes.
So, you can influence more than 90 percent of your chances of getting cancer. But overall Cancer Research, UK states that 40% or more of all cancers are print preventable through civets, through sensible lifestyle approaches. So, where have we gone wrong and these are my thoughts on this. So I think we continue to doubt and disbelieve epidemiological data. If we continue to rely and only accept randomized controls and studies we are not going to take on board all the evidence that we have in front of us. Now, and I’ve already used the example of smoking, there is not a single randomized study showing that smoking causes cancer. There is an overemphasis on the understandings of the genetics of cancer once the cancer is actually developed. And it’s just too late at that stage. We continue to separate diet into its individual components, you know fat protein carbohydrates whereas we have to start thinking about healthful patterns of disease. Sorry, not disease diet, We continue to hope that supplements can compensate for an unhealthy diet and there’s not a single study that shows that supplementing your diet can prevent cancer. We allow Pharma and sorry Farooq. If you’re still in their audience we continue to allow Pharma to design and run our clinical trials because as society and governments, we can’t afford these big trials. And Pharma relies on drugs that are going to make the money and not diet interventions. And we fail to apply precautionary principle and I’ll come back to examples of this. So, going back to 1892 Scientific American published, this cancer is most frequent among those branches of the human race. We’re carnivorous habits prevail and a few years later in new york times, it was noted in Chicago that cancer was increasing amongst meat-eaters, particularly among foreign-born using foods derived from diseased animals. And on the other hand, Italian and Chinese, practically vegetarians, show the lowest mortality of all. And since this time, we have a wealth of data that confirm these associations between a predominantly animal-based diet and the rising incidence of cancer. And here are just a few of them in the ethic study, which is close to home. It’s the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition followed more than half a million individuals and ten European countries for over 15 years. And we’ve learned a lot from it. The Adventist studies have given us a wealth of information. Harvard University has produced two large studies in women, the Nurses Health Study and in men, their health professionals follow-up study and the National Institute of Health American Association of Retired Persons followed half a million people between the ages of 50 and 70 and is one of the largest ever studies.

And overall the conclusions are clear, from all these studies that not only does a vegetarian diet reduced heart disease, but it reduces your overall incidence of cancer by up to 18 percent. And for some cancers, as even more than this. And so, what we know is that cancer is predominantly an environmental problem and we know about smoking more than 90 percent of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoke but what we fail to recognize is that diet is equally important. Maintaining a healthful weight, limiting alcohol sensible exposure to Sun and exercise are equally important. And where do these environmental lifestyle aspects sit in their process of cancer development?! So cancer develops in three stages like initiation, promotion, and progression. Initiation happens all the time as cells in our body minute. But on minute are being damaged by our genes, by viruses, by chemicals, by toxins, but not all of these damaged cells survive and not all of them become cancer. But over a period of years and decades, there’s promotion where these damaged cells can either lie dormant or they can develop and grow because they’re being given a growth environment and become clinically evident. And the later stages where it’s too late is where it, it’s progressed and there are metastases all around the body. So what do we know about our current animal-based diet? So, one of the major factors and this is not about fat shaming or, it’s stating facts that obesity is rising and obesity is increasing our risk of cancer. So at the moment, seven out of ten of us are overweight and three out of ten of us, are obese and these trends are only going to increase. And we know that at least 13 types of cancer associated with obesity. So some of our Communists such as breast cancer and bowel cancer and some of the rare really difficult ones to treat such as pancreatic and esophageal associated with being overweight weight. But what we know about diet and this slide is from following 60,000 Adventists in California, that those that maintain a healthful weight are predominantly plant-based. You can see here that the vegans are the only group that is within the normal healthy. BMI and how do we believe Abby City is causing cancer?! Mainly because fat cells lead to the production of hormones.

So we’ve heard a lot about estrogen and estrogen is fueling female cancers such as ovarian womb cancer and breast cancer there are higher levels of incident and insulin-like growth factor. When there’s an abundance of fat cells and in addition being overweight and having excess fat cells as an inflammatory environment in the body which leads to the production of chemicals and cytokines as promoting growth. And the other consequence of obesity that we’ve heard a lot about, is the increased risk and rise of chronic disease and this study was published just earlier this year in the BMJ looking at more than 400,000 people from Taiwan and showing that cancer death and cancer incidence was much higher in those who already had an underlying chronic disease, whether it be lung disease kidney disease heart disease or diabetes and up to a third of cancer deaths are being contributed to by an underlying chronic disease. So, despite the fact that I don’t want to break down diet into individual components. we have known for a long time that animal components, whether it be fat or protein, is associated with rising cancer rates. And this is from the China Study, which quotes a study published in 1986 in the Journal of cancer, showing that as countries increase their intake of fat on the x-axis. You can see the rising rate of cancer and there is breast cancer and the rate of dying of breast cancer increases with the amount of animal fat but when you do the same graph and look at plant foods and plant fats, you don’t get this linear Association.

And since this time, we have further studies that have shown that the higher intake of saturated fat which only or predominantly comes from animal-based foods there’s a higher risk of breast cancer, aggressive prostate cancer and interestingly even if you’re a smoker you know the amount of saturated fat you’re eating and influences your rate of getting lung cancer. And of course, you can’t separate fact from protein and this study followed more than 6,000 Americans over 18 years and showed that as the amount of protein, particularly animal protein, in the diet increases, you can increase your risk of cancer by four times. Whereas, a low protein diet mainly played May made up of plants results in a lower incidence of cancer and the w-h-o in 2015 based on a large number of dates. Data and studies produced by the International Agency for research into cancer, have classified processed meats and red meats as a carcinogen. So processed meat causes cancer. It’s a group one carcinogen and it’s contributing to 20% of all colorectal cancer in the UK and red meat’s a probable carcinogen.

So this is where I come back to the precautionary phew you know we don’t know for definite. It causes cancer, but if it probably causes cancer, of course, we should limit it in our diet. and why is this so, we’ve heard about the heme iron and causing a pro-oxidant environment and giving rise to high levels of free radicals so he- toxic to cells it also leads to the formation of nitrosamines which are carcinogens the nitrates and nitrites that they are used in the processing of meat and give it it’s red color and stop the production of botulism toxin, also cause the production of nitrosamine and for an example one hot dog results in the same amount of nitrosamine in the body as for cigarettes. And of course if you’re taking in these toxins and with the processed and red meats, you’re denying yourself the benefits of the health of the plants, which other that animal foods are devoid of fiber antioxidants and phytochemicals.

And it’s not just about animal foods. It’s about the type and the quality of diet that we’re eating. So this is just hot off the press and the BMJ that processed foods and they talk about ultra-processed foods that are so far removed from their initial ingredients that have used additives chemical salt sugar. And that have used cooking methods such as frying that result in the generation of carcinogens like acrylamide. And these processed foods are resulting in a 10 percent rise in the risk of overall cancer and just briefly to touch on dairy. I mean this quote really says it all for Michael clapper, the great proponent of plant-based nutrition. The purpose of cow’s milk is to turn a 65-pound calf into a 400-pound cow as rapidly as possible. So it’s full of growth fluid and it’s clear now that dairy, whether it’s milk and cheese is associated with increased risk of a number of cancers. But particularly prostate cancer and a large number of meta-analyses confirm this association. So why do we think that animal foods dairy result in increase in cancer rates? And it’s one of the main mechanisms, Is the role of insulin-like growth factors our igf-1 and we know this is important in the development of cancer because there is a group of individuals who have a rare form of dwarfism called larren syndrome. And they have a genetic defect in the growth hormone receptor they have particularly low levels of igf-1 and they’re virtually immune from cancer and also from diabetes, despite being overweight. And what we know is, our diet influences the level of igf-1 so this graph shows that on the left-hand side, a vegan diet results in the lowest levels of igf-1 in the blood and it also leads to a 40% rise in its finding pod proteins as mopping up all this free i GF one and that’s compared to a low-calorie diet in the middle and a Western more traditional anime animal-based diet on the right-hand side and we can influence our levels of igf-1 within a few days.

So, this study took a group of overweight middle-aged men and put them on a plant-based diet and asked them to exercise and within 11 days they had a significant reduction of igf-1 levels in their blood. And in the longer term, this reduced further the other hormone that is significantly different in the blood of plant eaters compared to animal eaters as estrogen. And so the hashed line at the bottom is data from the China study looking at individuals in rural China and the graph above in solid is comparing it to British women at the time and the lifestyle lifetime exposure to estrogen is about 30% less on a plant-based diet. And then we come back to the precautionary principle. We know that viruses cause cancer HIV htlv1 hepatitis B hepatitis C, we know that animal viruses can be transmitted to humans so slaughterhouse workers in the poultry industry killing chickens and turkeys all day long have a 9 times increased risk of pancreatic cancer and liver cancer and we know this is due to the transmission of a wart virus. So when it comes to viruses that we can detect in our blood, this is an example of bovine leukemia virus which this study showed to be present in not only normal breast tissue on the left-hand side but in 60% of breast cancer specimens you can see find evidence of the bovine leukemia virus.

Now people will say this as just correlation and not causation, which is true at the moment. But what are we doing with bovine leukemia virus in our blood? And surely we should have a take a precautionary view and not ingest the virus until we know it’s safe to do so. And then just touching on and what we drink alcohol, unfortunately, is a toxin and it’s associated with increased risk of at least 7 different types of cancer and when it comes to cancer risk, there is no safe amount to drink. So just to move on to what we consider a healthful diet and anti-cancer type diet, we come back to this power plate and we’re talking about fruits, grains, legumes and vegetables. And we’ve already heard about Denis Burkitt, an irish surgeon who did a lot of missionary work in Africa. And back in the 70s, he noted the beneficial effect of fiber. So he noted that those on a minimally processed diet eating mainly plants that virtually never got bowel disorders, whether that’s bowel cancer appendicitis inflammatory, bowel disease but as soon as your diet shifts onto processed food and animal foods the risk of tumor increases and since his study and his anecdotal evidence and we’ve had a large number of meta-analysis showing that the more we eat in our diet, the lower our risk of colorectal cancer. And also, last year the World Cancer Research Fund published a statement saying that the consumption of whole grains probably protects against colorectal cancer. And it’s not only the fiber but also the other nutrients in whole grains. And some of these nutrients we’re talking about are phytates, which are particularly good for protecting, preventing cancer and phytates are particularly high in legumes.

So beans and pulses and beans and pulses have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer. And this paper that’s quoted here, is a subanalysis of the pretty med study, which showed a 30% reduction with the more beans and legumes that you’re eating. And there’s also a phenomenon called the Hispanic paradox, where Hispanic Americans are living longer and getting less cancer despite the fact that they are just as overweight and obese as the non-hispanic Americans. And it’s thought to be their bean consumption or at least one of the factors as their bean consumption they eat about a third of all the beans eaten in America. And when we talk about beans, we also have to include soy and we’ve already learned today that soy is good for us, whether it be for reproductive health or heart health. But for certainly for cancer, we’ve got enough in our evidence to support the role of eating soy in the diet and this reference here is from a meta-analysis of 18 studies, looking at breast cancer incidence. And there’s a lower incidence in those who eat soy, there’s a lower risk of recurrence if you’ve had a diagnosis of breast cancer. And also it’s associated with living longer, after a diagnosis of soy. And it’s those isoflavones, the phytoestrogens that are acting in a slightly different way from human estrogen. And the other food that is also high in a phytoestrogen, is flax seeds. And they really should be incorporated into our daily meal plans because they are precursors of lignin and in the food then lignans are also phytoestrogens and they’ve been randomized studies in breast cancer and prostate cancer showing a beneficial effect in those who already have a diagnosis of cancer. And of course, fruits and vegetables are full of anti-cancer properties. The phytonutrients, the polyphenols, all those things that we know about.

But this study from 2017 brought together 95 different studies showing that increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables probably up to 10 portions a day leads to a significant reduction and not only all-cause mortality but around a 14% decrease in cancer incidence. And there’s some particularly healthful fruits and vegetables. So the red color in tomatoes green red peppers and chilies have lycopene, which is particularly anti-cancer properties cruciferous vegetables which are broccoli and kale and cabbage have precursor substances to sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties. Berries are probably one of the most healthful fruits and vegetables to incorporate daily in your diet and then the Allium family which is the onions, the garlic leeks that lead to the generation of organosulfur compounds and for the medics and the audience we are beginning to understand how cruciferous vegetables work particularly in the gut. So stomach acid converts the indoles from these cruciferous vegetables into ligands for the aural hydrocarbon receptor, which is found on the lymphocytes in the gut. And this activates the lymphocytes into having a pro immune effect and preventing damage to the gut lining so it’s never too late. This study again bringing in Dean Ornish, he randomized 93 patients with early-stage prostate cancer, putting them on a plant-based plus exercise and stress relieving activities. And he had a control group that carried on their normal lifestyle and after a year, there was a significant reduction in the prostate-specific antigen level in the lifestyle group. And whereas, in the control group, there was an increase in the PSA suggesting cancer progression. And after two years the control group 27% of them needed intervention such as radiotherapy or surgery compared to only 5% in their lifestyle group. And when he took the blood of these individuals in the lifestyle group and dripped them over the cells of prostate cancer in the laboratory at baseline before the intervention they could only stop the growth of prostate cancer in the laboratory by 9%. But after a year this had increased to 70% and there is evidence now to suggest that changing your diet and altering your lifestyle after cancer diagnosis, can improve your chances of surviving and reduce your risk of recurrence for colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. And when it comes to drinking, the most healthful drink appears to be green tea. There’s a lot of laboratory evidence supporting this, not so much in humans, but it seems to be beneficial for precancerous lesions such as in the gut, in the cervix, in the oral cavity and particularly prostate cancer as well.

The cautionary note here is, that probably shouldn’t take them as pills because they’ve been associated with liver damage. And also they’re certainly chemotherapy agents that interact with green tea so do check if you’re on chemo whether green tea is okay or not. And with all these foods and plant substances they appear to act to all stages of development of cancer so initiation promotion and progression and then talking about spices we should incorporate them liberally into our diets and the king or queen of spices is to murica there’s a lot of data on what we believe to be the active ingredient which is curcumin. But actually, they’ve been studies done with tumeric that is that has curcumin taken out and there still has healthful properties. And again, we believe that it works for all the different stages of cancer development. And the studies are mainly supportive in colorectal cancer, some data, and pancreatic cancer, but probably the best data and there are randomized control studies are in early stages of myeloma a type of bone marrow cancer. And again when we look at this as a little busy but what it shows is that curcumin works at all aspects of cancer development, whether it’s to prevent damage to DNA, whether it increases the death of these damaged cells or whether inhibits the growth of blood vessels such that the cancers can no longer grow any larger. So in summary, I hope I’ve explained how a large proportion of cancers are preventable through our dietary choices and of course, I haven’t mentioned other really important things like exercise, stress relieving active activities. An animal-based diet is contributing to this high cancer rate, but so are processed foods. So we can, we can’t afford to be junk food vegans and a whole food plant-based diet will reduce our overall risk of cancer. And I’ll leave you with this quote, just to read for yourselves thank you.

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GMO Foods are Toxic!

Doctor we hear a lot about a lot of bad things about genetically modified food GMOs why is that bad and do we know since it’s a relatively new science do we know the long-term effects yet we there’s a couple of answers that are really really important that people get these answers first of all the answer is Jeffrey Smith Jeffery Smith the author of seeds of deception the most sold book of its kind of all times Jeffery is one of the most fundamental researchers on earth being capable and able to talk about GMO foods genetically modified foods now imagine Monsanto started to put pesticides into seeds so that the plant grows a pesticide so if the pests are eating it they are dying okay would you go home and take your roach or spider spray or the spray that’s made to kill fleas or flies or whatever and use it orally and spray it into your mouth and say I think it does something good you know it might kill some bacteria in my mouth you’re going to have MS or cancer or Parkinson’s or something some neurological disease really really fast and when you understand that that’s what you eat I mean with I’m going to come to the genetically modification and all that dangerous but if you just think about the pesticides in the corn you eat it’s in the granola oil it’s in anything that that’s genetically modified you eat the pesticides that kills the pests just for common-sense sake so now genetically modified food is genetically modified how come we can digest everything the Earth’s growth because we are part of that earth it’s really like humans are like pigs and I don’t mean takes in the way of a negative kinetic condensation takes it everything that they can digest everything humans we have a very similar digestive tract like pigs we can pretty much digest everything as long as it’s natural my dear friend miss Australia a great great friend TV and movie personalities speaking was me tomorrow and on Sunday she wrote a book called the earth diet and you wouldn’t believe she is miss Australia she’s one of the most beautiful girls in the world she is perfectly healthy perfectly fit and she eats everything chocolate she makes her own peanut butter cups but everything the way it grows nothing is chemically altered or any way shape or form modified and this girl eats more than I do and I like to eat believe me and this girl is skinny and I’m perfectly healthy and I’m just saying that because we’re talking about the opposite of genetically modified food now here’s a real answer we cannot digest anything that’s genetically modified because we do not have the fitting enzymes to digest it now the body is basically handing it as toxic waste and this is what’s so dangerous the the the dead mutation in the food that food is now dead and mutated filled with pesticides or whatever it might be the body has no idea what to do with it keeps on producing enzymes trying to get produce biochemical and Nero Nero electrical reactions to somehow get rid of it digestion is the main cause of loss or the main use of energy digestion takes the most energy out of us but now usually you digest for a certain amount of time and then you stop but with an ethically modified food it’s in your body for hours or days or weeks and the body keeps on trying to get rid of it their toxic gases being aided by this by this process of rotting away the food is not being digested it’s rotting away and constantly producing toxins and toxic gases and this is God where where were just one element of the stars so now and and you know you might think oh okay dr. Coldwell just lost it we are in frequency what we eat I learned I studied was African witch doctors or medicine man I studied was American native Indian medicine I stand it was all the healers in the world to to create my instinct based medicine system and I found out that that all healing powers are just caused on the same route with using the same powers no matter if they called voodoo or whatever they call him it’s really if it works it’s the same it’s the same kind of power and when I when I even work very close was a couple of medicine men here in the US and they told me do you remember that in old movies sometimes in old western movies the the Indians killed the Buffalo and they apologized and they they prayed was a buffalo and said brother Buffalo and ma’am I’m sorry had to kill you but I had to live and don’t be upset and I was thinking about this as a kid even I’m thinking that’s really eerie you know the killer they eat it so what you know it’s dead but then the the the medicine man explained to me everything has a vibration and this vibration everything that we eat changes our vibration so we come frequently as a frequency everything in life is frequency in vibration that’s all there is it’s light and sound and we adapt to the frequency or the frequency adapt to us from anything we eat and the more I studied that most scientific sense that all of a sudden made all of a sudden it didn’t sound so absurd anymore no because the Indian prey to the Buffalo or worth the Buffalo to to harmonize the frequency to not make it’s enemy to not have something like like when when you when you kill an animal in a horrible situation in a slaughterhouse and the animal is really really terrified and knows it’s going to die it produces all these stress hormones adrenaline and everything it’s all over the body and that’s what we eat that’s why it’s so highly toxic that’s why I house the environment where this poor animal yeah this animal get killed and yeah yes I eat meat so I’m not kind of like there’s people out there saying never eat meat but there’s no reason to torture the animal you just you know if you have to slaughter do it you mainly and then you also don’t have all the toxins in the meat from the stress hormones and all this biochemical neuro chemical reactions and it was a genetically modified food what what Monsanto is doing it’s basically two things they poison our natural crop they poison our natural seed they have been accused of artificially infest ating fields from from farmers that grow natural corn natural food and then sue them for patent infringement saying you’re using you’re abusing our patents you’re growing our seeds and it’s said that they blew it on the on these fields to later to come back and basically tell these these farmers they have to destroy the crop and their seeds and why their seats only from them otherwise you get million dollar lawsuits for patent infringement what the plan seems to be is to take over the world food supply and make sure we have only food left for Monsanto only genetically modified food we know for a fact at least I know for me in my opinion as a fact and Jeffrey Smith’s can really really tell you a lot about this genetically modified food will cause cancer I am sure there is only a matter of time of years three to seven years of eating genetically modified food to develop cancer it’s a foreign object we cannot digest it the body doesn’t know what it is and what to do with it but also it changes our frequency like a microwave oven and it has no nutritional value to certain points then on the other end remember there’s a pesticide coming with it you’re eating what kills the bugs with your food so everything Scott what’s really really important for your viewers to understand many many many experts in the world confirming that in their opinion at the highest can security in the world as a high schooler for terminal disease period as I believe and many many experts believe and the reason is that I have a philosophy one of the main reasons if it didn’t exist 150 200 years ago you don’t need it you don’t want it you don’t want to eat it you don’t want to have it you don’t want to have it done to you because in 1900 there was a 7% cancer rate today we have a 56% cancer rate every second person in America has cancer or will get cancer so wait a second what did they do different in 1900 now they are saying Oh today’s people grow older that’s why our cancer risk is so much higher the most people that have colon cancer at 24 to 28 so that doesn’t work they have all these excuses and that’s how they abuse the mainstream media that they control to get all these lies and disinformation out there but Scott everything is natural nourishes us if if it’s organic and you juice it it gives you the all the power and life on Earth if it’s it needs to be organic and now it you always have to add it non GMO and it is just so horrible and and then the you horrible tricks they are using was all natural all natural means nothing I don’t know if you remember they put on the 7up all natural for a couple of weeks until people were so upset about that because everything by definition is all natural it means nothing you know and and your plastic cap is all natural try to eat it and we need to just put more emphasis on non GMO food and there is law coming up that’s going to be voted on in California really soon and people who are watching this please research seeds of deception Jeffrey Smith and read his books go to his website is a lot of videos on there sign up for his free newsletter he is fighting out there a fight that I’m fighting on my life for cancer patients we have death threats we have I mean I’ve been shot at at my husband bomb we have up to 27 desperate sad a our office now jokes with these people when they call up and they just say come by can you kill us now you know we’re waiting the board come over here because that’s how I was hurt that Scott and Jeffrey is in the same spot and he was a lone fighter out there he got it before any of us got it I didn’t even get it Jeffery got me on and that’s why I’m saying we need to communicate more with each other and stick together even if somebody is a tree hugger that I always thought I’m not talking to a tree hugger please go shower and get something else in broken structures and today I’m thinking wait a second that person said just transfer me really really smart back to nature and I’m thinking I’m saying back to nature too just in a different way so let’s come together and so stay away mud genetically modified food GMO food and there are no circumstances not one single time can be accepted as food it will kill you not maybe it will kill you you

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3 NUTRITION STUDIES THAT WILL TURN YOU VEGAN OVERNIGHT

I want to share with you some results from a very important series of studies in 2003 the National Institutes of Health funded the Physicians Committee to study head-to-head a low-fat vegan diet and a more conventional diabetes diet for people who had type 2 diabetes up until that point people were saying okay well if you have diabetes that means there’s too much sugar in the blood don’t eat sugar don’t need too much carbohydrate that turns to sugar if you need to lose weight cut calories that was the conventional diet we wanted to see if a completely plant-based diet a vegan diet with no limit on calories no limit on carbohydrates would be as effective or maybe even more effective than the conventional diet well in 2006 we published the first results and what we found was astounding when you looked at people who made no changes in their medications at all the people who went on the conventional diet they did well the measure we use is called a1c hemoglobin a1c is a measure of your blood glucose control for about a three month period and for them it improved by about 0.4 absolute percentage points that’s good but for the vegan group it dropped three times more by one point two absolute percentage points that’s like a real heat crate pharmaceutical I have to say but except instead of being a pharmaceutical it was all food so the vegan diet was dramatically effective the next question was what happens when people follow it over the long term so in 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition we published the long-term results and what we found was that with a conventional diet people tended to get back to where they started but with the vegan diet there was a little bit of give back but they were still healthier after the follow-up period than they were at the beginning dr. Esselstyn is a surgeon but as he will tell you he would rather not have to operate on people at all he’d rather get to the cause of their disease and so what he tackled was heart disease he brought in people who had existing heart disease and and I’m not talking about I’ve got a high cholesterol level I’m at risk these were people who had heart disease now they were at risk of premature death and many of them were on medications a list as long as your arm and what he said is let’s go to the cause the causes the cholesterol the animal fat that’s in meat and dairy products even fish he throw those threw those off the plate completely so this was a completely vegan diet and over time he found that as people are getting away from those foods and they’re enjoying the greens and the beans and the healthy vegan foods that have no cholesterol and no animal fat something happened in their bodies not only was their cholesterol level falling their blood pressure improving their weight melting away but the arteries were starting to open up again their chest pain melted away and instead of being at risk of premature death they were really living again and dr. Esselstyn showed that when people adhere to this program they become just about bulletproof so people may need medical treatments of all kinds but treatment number one is a healthy diet and that’s what dr. Esselstyn proved I want to share with you the results of a really important research study it was done by dr. Dean Ornish now you know dr. Ornish as the medical genius who showed that you can reverse heart disease through a program of lifestyle changes including a healthy diet well he then set his sights on prostate cancer as you know it’s a big killer of men particularly in their later years so what dr. Ornish did was he brought in a group of men and half of them were in the control group getting the treatments their doctors recommended the other half began a completely vegan diet it’s good for your heart will it be good for cancer now what he found was that among the people who were in the control group about six of them couldn’t wait anymore they had to go ahead and have treatment before the study was over I mean they had to have surgery or they had to have radiation because their cancer was progressing too quickly but in the vegan group nobody needed treatment in this year-long study because they were tracking their blood tests their PSA prostate specific antigen showed that their cancer wasn’t progressing in fact for them their PSA levels actually dropped by about 4% overall over the course of the year so it looks like a healthy plant-based diet isn’t just great for your heart it’s also good for cancer prevention and for cancer survival

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Longevity and a Vegan, Plant Based Diet – Brian Clement

now can you imagine if these people gave up eating any animal-based food and how much longer they may live because from the loma linda studies which is v blue zone that was just added recently they showed that plant-based eaters live an average of seven years longer than meat-eaters and unfortunately in these blue zones many people don’t follow their own rules so they may be cheating and eating small amounts of meat and dairy here at Epocrates we’ve shown the best of blue zones on the planet earth ever in the history of humanity there’s no meat there is no dairy people do live longer none of us age the way the rest of the population ages not because we’re exceptional because their degradation because they are the exception to the way they should be living one thing that Hippocrates prides ourselves on is we’re not mono focused on diet alone longevity is a compilation of different attitudes movement exercise food and even a spiritual life whatever that may be for you whatever that individually is for you what we know is that we’re multifaceted creatures and we need to start with an attitude of purpose and if we know why we’re here and what we can contribute we’re bound to want to do so we know that exercise is equally important to food because you could eat the best food in the world but not being mobile with your body and the muscle structure building your bones are gonna get weak you’re going to age your hormone levels are going to go down your minds not going to be as astute and we don’t want that so we want to do weight lifting exercise stretching exercise and aerobic exercise we know that when you don’t alter a food and you eat raw plant-based organic food it has not only the many nutrients that we already can identify in biological science but how many more are there we the yet to discover and we may find out tomorrow or a hundred years from now that there’s elements in this food because you haven’t processed it that is really the key to why we live a long time this work began in 1954 by dr. Harman and dr. Harman realized that when you gave certain nutria to the human cell they were antioxidants and helped to prevent free radicals we also know that exercise and other lifestyle points help to prevent free radicals and some free radicals are not so bad for you but we want to take the masses of free radicals and hold them back we also know that when you think that you’re part of something larger whatever that may be the universe God religion it always gives you an ability to free yourself of stress and study after study has shown people who have faith true on adulterated faith live longer and when you combine those as we have here you can have magic occur where people live long happy healthy productive lives I don’t want to live a long life if I’m not productive that should be your mantra I want to live a productive long life you