Dr. Padma Garvey
The plant-based Doctor Mom
The Only Diet EVER Shown To Reverse Heart Disease
As far back as 1990, Dr. Dean Ornish published the first study ever to show complete reversal of heart disease plaques without the use of any medicaitons, but utilizing a plant-based diet. What should have been a game changer right then and there in the management of heart disease and stroke was actively forgo...tten by medical schools, doctors groups, and pharmaceutical companies. Despite the fact that a plant-based diet is still the only diet ever shown to reverse heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends a lesser diet, called the DASH diet. It was felt that it would be too much to ask of people suffering from heart disease, stroke, angioplasties, peripheral artery disease, erectile dysfunciton, dementia, crippling medical bills, and complications from medications. We tell patients that there is no moderate amount of smoking, no moderate amount of alcohol in pregnancy, no moderate amount of not wearing your seatbelt. I think people should know what is the BEST way to avoid or reverse a chronic health problem. The indvidual can then decide how moderate an amount of their atherosclerosis they want to experience.aragraph here.
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Heart Disease in African Ugandans and Indians in Uganda in 1959 Says Everything About Diet
Dr. Michael Greger was a speaker at a conference I attended. He always gives an amazing talk. One of the things he always brings up is that coranary heart disease, the number one killer of African Americans was nonexistent in Ugandans in the 1950s. At that time, the traditional diet of African Ugandans consisted of lots of green leafy vegetables, millet, corn, yams, etc. They ate very little... meat and no dairy. I think the fact that there was no heart disease in African Ugandans is an amazing testament to the role diet plays in chronic condition.
An Asian Indian doctor asked a question during the conference regarding the high rates of diabetes and coronary heart disease among middle class Indians. This caused me to do some research and I uncovered an amazing study that was published in the Lancet in 1959. The article starts by acknowledging a fact that coronary heart disease was nonexistent in African Ugandans but accounted for 43% of deaths after the age of 30 in Indian males living in Uganda at the time and 9% of deaths after the age of 30 in Indian females living in Uganda at the time. The authors found that the African Ugandan diet consisted of 18% fat while the Indians in Uganda were eating a diet consisting of 30-45% fat. The fat in the Indian diet was coming from cooking oil, yogurt, milk, and butter/ghee. In addition, the Indians were consuming mostly refined grains.
As I have said many times, this was a revelation that I came to in my own family, that we ate too much fat in the form of oils and animal dairy. Most Indians feel that being a vegetarian is protective in and of itself. It is not. In order to address the high rates of diabetes and heart disease in the Indian community we must eliminate or drastically cut out as much oil as possible. We must eat whole grains. We must eliminate animal dairy consumptionragraph here.
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Recommended Reading and Viewing
Forks Over Knives (documentary)
How Not To Die (book)
Missing Microbes (book)
Epidemic of Absence (book)
The Blue Zones (book)
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