Hippocrates had it right the whole time!
Hippocrates was born in Greece around the year 460 BC and was a physician considered to be one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is also known as the father of medicine and the Hippocratic Oath was, and still remains, an expression of ideal conduct for the physician. Aside from the ever-famous quote above, Hippocrates also contributed the belief that: “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” This quote is the essence of veganism.
According to Wikipedia, there are 141 accredited MD-granting institutions in the United States. Little, if any, nutritional education is offered to aspiring doctors in medical schools. But a New York Times article titled Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet stated that “Research has increasingly pointed to a link between the nutritional status of Americans and the chronic diseases that plague them. Between the growing list of diet-related diseases and a burgeoning obesity epidemic, the most important public health measure for any of us to take may well be watching what we eat.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/health/16chen.html)
Why aren’t we making the connection?
From the earliest intuitive understanding of Hippocrates, we fast forward to a quote by Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology. He tells us: “There are two kinds of cardiologists; vegans, and those who haven’t read the data.” Williams recommends a plant-based diet to his patients “to lower their blood pressure, improve their insulin sensitivity and decrease their cholesterol,”
And still, the consumption of animals and their secretions continues.
With 1 in every 4 deaths attributed to heart disease, obesity rates inching up to 35% percent and the diabetes rate climbing to unheard of numbers (diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for around $245 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year) we’re just at the beginning stages of waking up to the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Slowly, the medical profession is catching up to the realities of how the food we eat affects the health of our bodies. We can avert so much suffering to ourselves and others by leaving animals and their secretions off the menu and off our plates — permanently.
If the professionals with whom we entrust our health don’t teach us, who will?
The word “doctor” originates from the Latin verb docere (do-ke-re), which means “to teach.” When more physicians begin to adopt this lifestyle and become role models and teachers for their patients and the community, we may begin to heal our bodies and humans may actually begin to thrive. Until that point, the hospitals continue to build more wings and towers to accommodate more illnesses, more drugs, more suffering….so much needless suffering.
Question what you’re putting in your shopping cart. The grocery store shelves are filled with lies.
We must be own health advocates, because the big agriculture conglomerates need us to believe that what they’re selling us is healthy and nutritionally sound – when they’re actually sending us to an early grave and hypnotizing us into to buying their lies. The pharmaceutical companies are laughing all the way to the bank. No more. It’s time to question what we’ve been told over and over again. Take control of your well being. (psst....Watch “What The Health”on Netflix and learn some interesting stuff)
Plant based eating is the future of healthcare. (Vegan is our soul’s work.)
Whether you follow food trends closely or not, it's hard to miss the explosive growth that plant-based cuisine has seen in the last couple of years. And this year, it seems as though it is finally getting the industry attention it deserves. Named the "2018 Food Trend of the Year" by restaurant consultancy group, Baum + Whiteman, "Plant-Based" is only going to get bigger in the mainstream market. Below you will find just a touch of the data that influenced their decision from marketing intelligence group, Mintel.
· 31% of Americans now practice meat-free days.
· About 83 percent of U.S. consumers are adding plant-based foods to their diets to improve health and nutrition, while 62 percent do so for weight management.
· Mintel says that between 2012 and 2016 there's been a 257% rise in vegan claims in new products in grocery stores.
There's never been a better time
to dive into plant-based living. It’s time.
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