Monday, August 29, 2011

"The Last Heart Attack"

When most people have their first heart attack, they do not survive it.
If you have a heart attack and survive, it will cost on average $112,000.
The good news is, it can be prevented.

Here's the much awaited video that will provide the proof that you can prevent a heart attack.

Scroll down for the video "The Last Heart Attack".

(Link supplied by Peter)

From The United Nations.

“A global shift towards a plant based diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change,” a UN report said today (June 2, 2010)

“As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable,” says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

The article continues, “Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

Sunday, August 28, 2011

When the brightest and best-educated people in the world suddenly realize that we can promote our own health, not only can we reduce fossil fuel consumption by 30%, we can save up to 80% of our health care dollars, stop the erosion of our land, restore our forests, save our water, feed twenty times more people on the same amount of land and so much more — they will lead the world back to eating the kind of food that we were supposed to be eating in the first place. We’re eating the wrong food, the wrong food, the wrong food. Incredibly, as the self-described smartest animals that have ever lived, we humans of the Western world are the only species in history who haven’t yet figured out what we should be eating- plants.

J.M. Hicks

Friday, August 26, 2011

Becoming Heart Attack Proof
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta - CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

(Dr. Gupta's interview with Bill Clinton, soon to be aired on CNN, is titled "The Last Heart Attack".)

While working on “The Last Heart Attack,” I had a chance to interview some extraordinary people around the country. Patients struggling with heart disease provided lessons that can sometimes be taught only after being smacked in the face with their own mortality. For example, I have never seen former President Clinton so candid. He was convinced he was going to die back in 2004, after feeling chest tightness during a flight back to New York on a small plane.

I interviewed cardiologists who believe we are so darn close to virtually eliminating heart disease. And, the truth is, it doesn’t involve spending any more money, investing in any more research or creating anymore tests. Rather, it will take a strict implementation of what we already know about diet and nutrition. It will also take brave champions to navigate through the clutter of confusing counsel, special interests and shoddy science.

One day, I had a chance to speak to a couple of those champions candidly while waiting for a shoot to begin - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. I had read Campbell’s book, "The China Study," years ago and remember how audacious he was in telling readers that most of what they believed about food and its relationship to health and disease was plain wrong. His findings changed the way people all over the world eat, including me.

And, I will admit, while I had trained my whole life to treat disease after it developed, I wasn’t medically trained in nutrition to be able to help prevent some of these diseases in the first place. Most of what I have learned has been on my own, since leaving medical school, and I think that is true for many doctors of my generation.

Simply put, Campbell’s research team found people who ate the most animal-based foods also had the most chronic disease. As important, people who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest. Campbell went on to describe the specific connections between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. He also wrote of the ability to use nutrition to reverse these conditions – something that can start at almost any age.

Esselstyn took it a step further. “Sanjay, we want to make you heart attack proof.” Pretty audacious, I thought, but I couldn’t help but be engaged by this Cleveland Clinic surgeon, who was now devoting his life to preventing the diseases he made a living treating.“We are never going to end the epidemic of heart disease with stents, bypasses and medications,” he told me. That was music to my ears, because I didn’t want any of those things. Of course, it would involve essentially eliminating meat, dairy, eggs and oil – even olive oil. “Nothing with a mother, and nothing with a face,” the good doctor added.

Honestly, over the years, I have practiced the adage “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” Still, I knew it was going to be tough to carry out what he was asking. I started with a practical question for him. He was on the road traveling, and I was curious what he ate. “Thai food is always a good bet,” he told me. Sharon Kintz, who is a 66-year-old heart patient, joined me in Times Square to prove she could find a meal that satisfied her vegan requirements. Even former President Clinton says he is a vegan nowadays, and doesn’t at all miss the fast food for which he was once famous.

Virtually eliminating heart disease – it can be done, and truth is, we have known for a very long time how to do it. People have said to me as I was preparing this documentary – “Sanjay, you are advocating a radical change to the way we eat.” Perhaps, but if you really think about it, the way we eat now is in fact more radical. And when we look back on this time, a couple of hundred years from now, I guarantee you that our diet of today will be considered one of the most radical in history.

If we collectively ever want to get to the point where we have “The Last Heart Attack,” a good start would be to stop ignoring what we already know to be true.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The two superfood classes of vegetables most adept at blocking cancer-
can you guess what they are?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If there's ever been a reason to eat a plant based diet:

The following 5:50 minute video is a must see.

The picture above is a melanoma (cancer) cell, color-enhanced and magnified.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Got the facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)

Got the facts on Milk? (also known as "The Milk Documentary" is an entertaining, award winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products.

Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple.

There is a trailer if you'd like to check it out.

The DVD will be available for purchase August 30, 2011, or you can stream the movie for a small fee starting 8/30/11 as well.

Topics discussed in the movie include:

Lactose Intolerance and its effect on our education

The Dairy Industry’s direct Environmental impact

Diabetes triggers

Cancer Escalation Epidemic

Obesity Increase and Causes

Infant and baby nutrition and effect on intelligence

Milk and the calving industry

Milk Hormones
Puss and levels of infection in today’s milk

Government subsidies

The effect government has on what we eat

How marketing media has infiltrated and tainted our education


The key to excellent health begins with education, education, education.
Slowly but surely the truth about what we eat and drink is being made publicly available.

Become healthy. Become a Person For Plants.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"It's turning your ship around before it hits the iceberg." Bill Clinton

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has a very high IQ. Luckily the right people presented him with the needed information to reduce his risk of suffering yet another heart attack. What a great ambassador for a plant food diet he has become, especially when he loved many foods in the SAD (Standard American Diet)-particularly unhealthy deep fat fried food.

Clinton's dietary saga began in 1993, when Hillary sought healthier food for the White House.

After a heart attack, then a stent procedure, Bill decided to make profound changes in the way he eats.

The former president now says he consumes no meat, no dairy, no eggs and almost no oil.

For the scoop:

Tune in to CNN as Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the signs, tests and lifestyle changes that could make cardiac problems a thing of the past on "The Last Heart Attack," this Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 7 p.m. CT.

Entry submitted by blog editor Peter

Monday, August 15, 2011

A human consuming cow's milk/dairy products promotes:


From J. Morris Hicks blog:

"the casein in cow’s milk is a carcinogen."

For the complete entry entitled Cow’s milk; not a health food go to

Are there any reasons for you to make any changes in your diet?

From J. Morris Hicks blog: ...approximately one third of our fossil fuel consumption (in the USA) goes to the production of livestock for our dinner tables. We also found that on a per calorie basis, it takes twenty times more energy for animal-based foods as compared to whole plant foods. That means that if we all shifted to eating mostly plants, we could lower our nation’s total fossil fuel consumption by 30 percent.

When the brightest and best-educated people in the world suddenly realize that we can promote our own health, not only can we reduce fossil fuel consumption by 30%, we can save up to 80% of our health care dollars, stop the erosion of our land, restore our forests, save our water, feed twenty times more people on the same amount of land and so much more — they will lead the world back to eating the kind of food that we were supposed to be eating in the first place. We’re eating the wrong food, the wrong food, the wrong food. Incredibly, as the self-described smartest animals that have ever lived, we humans of the Western world are the only species in history who haven’t yet figured out what we should be eating. We should be eating PLANTS.

People For Plants.

Become a Person For Plants.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Why is it so hard for some to switch to a plant-based diet? or "Sour grapes anyone?"

A friend Sue wrote: "I am continually amazed at what is common knowledge for us regarding healthy eating is unknown to intelligent and knowledgeable people."

Upon reading Sue's comment, a friend Peter adds: "Just because someone is intelligent doesn't mean they are being logical, or are basing their decisions on facts when it comes to what they eat and drink. What I think is going on here is cognitive dissonance."

Definition of DISSONANCE

1. lack of agreement; inconsistency between the beliefs one holds and new information


"the dissonance between what we are told and what we have eaten our entire lives"

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions, or discounting information because it goes against what they believe.

2. Dissonance is reduced by justifying and denying. A closely related term, cognitive disequilibrium- the experience of a discrepancy between something new and something already known or believed, ie: a plant-based diet as compared to an unhealthy diet one has grown up with.

In a state of dissonance, people may feel guilt or anger. People are biased to think of their food choices as correct, despite contrary evidence. This bias gives dissonance theory its predictive power, shedding light on otherwise puzzling irrational and destructive behavior.

Peter concludes:

"People liken to the sound of a particular narrative which they find unpleasant to overturn. For many years the message commonly promoted has been more protein i.e. animal products. It's taken a while for facts to emerge that a plant based diet is healthier, and still you have to dig for this information. When you present someone who is committed to a typical meat eating diet with this information they often don't like it because it changes the narrative they have been told all their life. Furthermore people would like to believe that they can still eat their favorite unhealthy foods and continue to maintain optimum health.
Only people with an open mind are likely to accept the information about the benefits of a plant based diet. 'Eat your vegetables' as grandma used to say had a ring of truth to it."
A classical example of this idea, and the origin of the expression "sour grapes" is expressed in the fable The Fox and the Grapes by Aesop. In the story, a fox sees some high-hanging grapes and wishes to eat them. When the fox is unable to think of a way to reach them, he surmises that the grapes are probably not worth eating, as they must not be ripe or that they are sour. This example follows a pattern: one may consider seeking something, find it unattainable, and reduce one's dissonance by criticizing it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What do all these people have in common?

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Vincent Van Gogh, Ben Franklin, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, HG Wells, Dalai Lama, Leo Tolstoy, Princess Diana, Jane Goodall, Martina Navratilova, Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Michael J Fox, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Oliver Stone, Samuel Jackson, Jessica Biel, Joaquin Phoenix, Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Woody Harrelson, Richard Gere, Vanessa Williams, Gillian Anderson, Willem Defoe, Ed Begley, Casey Affleck, Kevin Nealon, Cameron Diaz, Carl Lewis, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore, Woody Allen, Kate Winslet, Claudia Shiffer, Casey Kasem, Dennis Kucinich, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson, Daryl Hannah, all of the Beatles: Paul, John, George and Ringo, Alanis Moresette, Lea Michelle (Glee), Pink, Madonna, Bob Marley, Jeff Beck, Michael Bolton, Bryan Adams, Robin Gibbon (Bee Gees), Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Carry Underwood, Prince, Seal, Shania Twain, Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Toby Maguire, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Jennifer Connelly, Lisa Kidrow, Jerry Seinfeld, John Cleese, Anne Hathaway, Drew Barrymore, James Cromwell, Alec Baldwin, Bill Maher, Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Mary Tyler Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Coretta King, Rosa Parks,

John McDougall MD
Joel Fuhrman MD
Neal Barnard, MD
Caldwell Esselstyn MD
William Harris, MD
Michael Klaper, MD
Michael Greger, MD
Walter Jacobson MD
Leila Masson MD
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Ruth Heidrich, PhD
Neal Pinckney PhD
Jeff Novick RD
Vesanto Melina, RD
Julieanna Hever RD
Brenda Davis RD
Connie Sanchez ND
Douglas Graham DC
Bryanna Clark Grogan Author
Gail Davis Rhamy Author/Speaker
Marie Oser Author/Speaker
Rynn Berry Author/Speaker
Ron Pickarski Chef
Rip Esselstyn Tri-athlete/Author
Jeffrey Masson Author
Nava Atlas Author/Chef
Emily Webber Chef/Teacher
John Robbins Author/Speaker

These are all people who eat a plant based diet.

The vertical list includes doctors, dietitians, authors, animal activists, chefs, and humanitarians. See their individual websites by going to Scroll all the way down.

For an even larger list of celebrities who eat a plant based diet go to

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein