Facts about Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer

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The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” Thomas Edison”

“One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive the other three quarters keeps your doctor alive” Ancient Egyptian proverb.

“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the time of his
doctor. “
 Ancient Chinese proverb.

Did you know that the average American carry’s over 23 extra pounds? No less than 40% of all American’s are considered obese. 1 in 5 children are considered obese by the age of 4. More than half of all obesity is treated with prescription drugs. Not diet or exercise, Drugs. As a matter a fact Lipitor is now one of the number one drugs subscribed today in America! Taking a pill is not the answer to our problem. The answer to our problem is convincing more people to switch to a whole foods plant based diet and cut down on animal product consumption.

Heart Disease / Endothelial dysfunction

In human vascular diseases, endothelial dysfunction is a systemic pathological state of the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) and can be broadly defined as an imbalance between vasodilating and vasoconstricting substances produced by (or acting on) the endothelium.[2] Normal functions of endothelial cells include mediation of coagulation, platelet adhesion, immune function and control of volume and electrolyte content of the intravascular and extravascular spaces.

Heart disease is at an all-time high, did you know that 1 person dies from heart disease every minute. Over 1/2 million people per year have heart surgery where they move an artery from your leg and replace one or more artery’s going into their heart. Over 1/2 million per year! This is costing over 50 Billion dollars in health costs per year just for heart surgeries. Over the years on the wrong kind of diet plaque builds up in our artery’s and when it breaks loose it can clog the artery causing a heart attack.

In the United States alone heart disease is killing over 600,000 people. Heart disease in China where the consumption of animal products is much lower is 12 times lower than in the United States. Another interesting fact I got from the documentary Forks over Knives is 50% of fire fighters deaths were heart disease. Not fighting fires, not car wrecks heart disease. As a matter a fact 70% of the calls that come into the fire department are related to either the heart, diabetes or cancer.

“Whole, plant-based foods contain all the essential nutrients (with the exception of vitamin B12), and in proportions that are more consistent with human needs than animal-based or processed foods.” Quote from Forks over Knives

I have talked to several people personally about a whole foods plant based diet and they simply scoff and say oh I could never give up my meat or I could never give up my cheese. Most of these people are 50+ pounds overweight with one foot in the grave. So when it comes down to it they would rather go through open heart surgery then simply change their diet.

Diabetes

In recent years studies show that Type 2 Diabetes is off the charts, it is at an all-time high. 1 out of 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their life time. Type 2 Diabetes can actually be reversed with a whole foods plant based diet. In the documentary Forks over knives one of the patients they treated reversed type 2 diabetes within 20 weeks.

Cancer

Over 1 million American’s die every year from heart disease and Cancer.

Cancer is at an all-time high, 1500 people die per day from one form of cancer or another.

`In 1972 Breast cancer in Kenya was 82 times lower per capita then in the United States.

In 1958 it was recorded that only 18 people died from prostate cancer in Japan and at the same time in 1958 over 14,000 people died from prostate cancer in the United States.

In a recent study they took some lab rats and changed their diet to 20% protein (meat and dairy). Those rats all developed cancer within the give time frame and the rats that were on only 5% protein never developed cancer at all.

Some Cancer is hereditary however it is estimated that is only 2%. Out of the 2% that is hereditary is has been proven that you can actually shrink it with a whole foods plant based diet. Take the same 2% hereditary and have a animal based diet it is sure to grow and spread throughout your body at a much faster rate.

American Health Costs

Did you know 75% of government spending and insurance is spent to cover up the
problem? Insurance has to pay out for medication, I personally know somebody that developed leukemia at a very young age and his chemo medications run over $4000 per month. Praise the Lord he has insurance that covers that. However when you look at his past diet history I can’t help but say but I do believe a whole foods plant based diet would have kept him from developing leukemia. (Read more the story here!) He now eats a whole foods plant based diet and is healthier than ever!

We could easily cut health care cost by 70 to 80% if we switch to whole foods plant base diet. Do you know how much money that is?

We are spending 2.2 trillion per year on health care, this is way more than the defense budget.

Dept. of agriculture decides what America should eat. They are the ones deciding what the public school lunches serve and the bulk of it is animal based products. As a matter a fact they have been known to push animal products and put whole foods plant based on the back burner.

Obesity vs the maintained and fit physique

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Obesity Chart - Cause and Effect

 

 

Obesity Equals:

But is not limited to

  1. Dementia
  2. Depression
  3. Stroke
  4. Sleep Apnea
  5. Asthma
  6. Cancer Risk
  7. Arthritis
  8. High Cholesterol
  9. High Blood Pressure
  10. Heart Disease
  11. Metabolic Syndrome
  12. Diabetes – Type 2

 

 

Great list of habits to review for a healthier you!

Do you know people that seem to effortlessly maintain a fit physique?

    1. Educate themselves regarding nutrition and exercise. Knowledge is power

  1. Look for ways to Mix Up there fitness routine the body is constantly adapting to the forces imposed upon it. If you do the same thing at the gym every day you’ll limit your results and eventually hit a plateau.
  2. Avoid Fad diets. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  3. Make eating out the exception rather than the rule, restaurant food is notoriously loaded with excess fat and calories.
  4. Exercise in the morning, many people find too many diversions as the day progresses
  5. Eat what the cavemen ate, think unprocessed, whole foods, plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. Occasionally they ate meat but don’t make it the primary part of your diet.
  6. Maintain tidy homes. Good work out
  7. Purge the junk in their refrigerators and pantries, don’t fool yourself, if your weakness is cookies then get rid of the cookies.
  8. Have an exercise buddy for accountability
  9. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink lots of water.
  10. They forgive themselves for setbacks and move forward.
  11. Fresh air work outs!

Flushing out all the built-up toxins from your cells, cleansing out your pipes and getting your body back to running at 100 percent? Wouldn’t it be so nice if you could do this just by drinking juice, Eating veggies and whole foods, well you can!!! Here is a great 6-week challenge meal planning recipe guide that can help you achieve exactly that!

Interesting facts about the stomachs receptors.

Part of the reason more and more people are becoming obese is because of the way food is processed. Here is an interesting fact about our Stomach Receptors!

Let’s say you consume 500 Calories of Whole food plant based veggies, that 500 calories sets off the stomach receptors letting you know that you are full.

Now take 500 calories of meat / animal based products, they are so much richer in calories that the receptors don’t get triggered as soon because you to feel hungry even after putting away a double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

Then you add oil to the mix, the greaser the food and the more oil that is in the food the more dense the calories are so it takes even more until your stomach receptors begin to trigger and let your brain now you are full. I am telling you this so you can be aware of what your body is doing.

#1. 500 Calories of carrots is completely different then 500 calories of meat. Sorry but a calorie is not a calorie. (Check out this post for a great example of what 1000 calories of veggies look like compared to meat)

#2. 500 calories of veggies is a ton of veggies compared to 500 calories of meat. (Check out this post for a great example of what 1000 calories of veggies look like compared to meat)

#3. 500 calories oil is about 2 tablespoons.

Global effects from the food we eat

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Facts and figures within this post can be found in the documentary called Forks Over Knives and the Write up form National Geographic, May 2014 Food Article by Jim Richardson. 

Did you know in the beginning of the 20th century that each person on average was consuming 120lbs of meat annually? Obviously some people ate more than others however the meat consumption of the U.S. was @ approximately 120lbs per person per year. If you think about it, that is not very much meat for one person for the entire year. Over the years this number began to increase and by 2007 it had almost doubled just in the U.S. The meat consumption per person was up around 223lbs per person per year. Not just meat consumption but all animal products. Dairy, in the 1900’s was at about 300lbs per person, by the year 2000 that doubled to approximately 605lbs per person. That’s a lot of milk and cheese! Milk is like drinking liquid flesh, honestly after doing some research on cow milk it is not very good for you. Yes it is full of calcium which is good for your bones however because it is loaded with calcium and not magnesium it can cause a reverse effect. Calcium and magnesium are both needed to strengthen your bones. If too much calcium enters your body and is not balanced then it has been known to steal magnesium from your bones causing counterproductive results. Research shows that Calcium needs magnesium to be productive? In a whole foods plant based diet not only is there plenty of calcium in veggies but there is also the perfect proportion of magnesium to produce very productive results for your body.

Environmental Impact from Animal products and world hunger

When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.

Quoted from National Geographic, May 2014, Jim Richardson,

Agriculture is amongst the greats contributors to global warming, emitting more greenhouse gases than all our cars, trucks, trains and airplanes combined – largely from the methane released by cattle and rice farms, nitrous oxide from the fertilized fields and carbon dioxide from the cutting of the rain forests to growing crops or raising livestock. Farming is also one of the thirstiest users of our precious water supplies and a major polluter, as runoff from fertilizers and manure disrupts fragile lakes, rivers, and coastal ecosystems across the globe.

It is estimated that we will have two billion more mouths to feed by mid-century, which is more than nine billion people. As more animal products are in demand so is corn and soy beans in order to feed the cattle, pigs, and chickens. If the rise continues we will need to double our crop production just to feed the cattle, pigs and chickens! These estimates would then leave nearly 850 Million people in the world still hungry.

How can the world double the availability of food while simultaneously cutting the environmental harm caused by agriculture?

It would be far easier to feed nine billion people by 2050 if more of the crops we grew ended up in human stomachs. Today only 55% of the world’s crop calories feed people directly; the rest are fed to livestock (About 36%) our turned into biofuels and industrial products (9%). Though many of us consume meat, dairy, and eggs from animals raised on feedlots, only a fraction of the calories we feed given to livestock make their way into the meat and milk that we consume. For every 100 calories of grain we feed animals, we get only about 40 new calories of milk, 22 calories of eggs, 12 calories of chicken, 10 of pork, and only 3 calories of beef.

Let me repeat that: 100 Calories of GRAIN = 3 Calories of BEEF. Let’s do some quick math. Let’s say you consume 2000 calories a day. The farmer grows 20,000 calories of grain, this will feed you for 10 days. Let’s say you would rather have meat instead of grain so the 20,000 calories gets fed to the Cow. For ease of math we will round up, 20,000 calories of grain is turned into 7000 calories of meat. This will feed you for 3 1/2 days. Do you see how fast this adds up? Seriously, if we cut back on meat consumption and started eating the farmed food instead of feeding to the animal’s world starvation would cease to exist.

Even switching from grain fed beef to meats like chicken or pastured raised beef could free up a substantial amount of food.

There is an estimated 25% of the world’s food calories that are lost or wasted before they can be consumed: Transportation, Homes, restaurants, and supermarkets. 25% wasted…

Another prospective with slightly different variation of numbers from Forks over Knives: The amount of food fed to animal’s vs humans is @ about 60% higher and that’s a conservative estimate, some says as high as 80%. Same with the amount of energy and the amount of Land, the animals get 60 – 80% of what humans get.

It takes over 10 times the amount of energy from fossil fuels to produce one calorie of animal food vs one calorie of plant food. Over 20% of rain forest have been destroyed since 1970’s and 80% of this land is covered by livestock. Cattle alone eat enough grain to feed nearly 8.7 billion people. That’s nearly 2 billion more than the population on earth. There are approximately one million malnourished people across the globe, redirecting this food could feed everybody on the planet and have enough left over for 2 billion more. According to the United Nations livestock have a greater effect on global warming then the entire transportation industry.

In summary if we continue down this road starvation will continue to exist, disease will increase, life expectancy will decrease and our children will have to make some drastic changes in order to keep up with the demands of this meat eating world.

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