DOC TALK WITH DR. JOEL KAHN
After eating plant foods for 40 years and practicing cardiology for over 25 years, I believe I have the experience to share with you that adopting a plant based diet, what some call a vegan diet, is the best decision you can make.
Decades ago I shunned meat when I walked into my dormitory cafeteria freshman year of undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and found the salad bar as my only ally. Then a decade later when I was in Dallas training to be a cardiologist, I read A Diet for a New America by John Robbins and chose to practice a fully vegan diet as the core of my health maintenance program.
I want to explain why I continue to eat, shop and dine in this manner so many years later in the face of so many options, and why I recommend it to my patients.
V IS FOR VITALITY
I eat many chlorophyll-rich vegetables (including some raw and living foods such as sprouts, sea vegetables, and blue and green algaes), which helps me power me through long days with a bounce in my step and a sharp mind. An added benefit is eating a lot of green vegetables rich in chlorophyll help you smell better all day long. Yes, I said smell. I also get a bounty of fiber, phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, due to the rainbow of colors that make up my daily selections. This supplies protective biological pathways with the building blocks needed for optimal health and energy. Spices can enhance my health and add flavor to my plate. As I know I am free of heart disease, I include healthy plant based fats from nuts, seeds and avocados in my diet and will use some extra-virgin olive oil and organic canola oil selectively. Almost any chronic disease can be improved upon by the vitality in plant based menu. The strongest data for any dietary pattern exists for plant based diets. The prevention and reversal of heart disease (the #1 killer of men and women), adult diabetes, obesity, hypertension, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders, and even dementia are all supported by abundant medical research studies.
E IS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The world’s population now exceeds 7 billion persons and by the year 2050, it will exceed 9 billion. Diets rich in meat, eggs and dairy, and the methods required for their production, will simply not be sustainable and will cause serious further damage to our planet promoting climate change. A few years ago, the United Nations Environment Programme called for a shift to a vegan diet for the planet Earth. I vote with my fork and spoon every day by reducing my carbon footprint and protecting the planet for my children and theirs.
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