Diet, Not Genes, Controls Destiny


You can regain your health and take control of your life.  All the beneficial things that you associate with health – looking good, optimal weight, positive energy, vitality and a deep sense of well-being – can be yours.  What’s more, you can accomplish these goals by the simplest method imaginable: eating the wholesome, fresh foods your body was designed to enjoy.

I have been practicing medicine for over 33 years and I have treated virtually every type of chronic illness common to the developed world.  In my efforts to help people restore their health, I have tried almost every type of test and medical treatment available.  But in all my years I have seen only one form of treatment work consistently and, quite often, even miraculously.

This approach has been effective even when all other medical therapies have failed.  Patients whose doctors have given up on them – who are told there are no more drugs or operations that might save them – have restored their health using this singular approach.

Your body is meant to be healthy; it shouldn’t need drugs or surgery except in times of emergency.  Why, then, have we become so dependent on these interventions?  The answer is this: all too often it’s the food we eat that is making us sick.

Our blood, arteries, and cells are not designed to function under so much fat and cholesterol.  Our intestines are not designed to function in the absence of fiber.  Our immune system is not designed to function without an abundant supply of plant-based nutrients and phytochemicals.

With our cells drowning in fat, cholesterol, animal proteins and artificial chemicals, and our immune system deprived of what it needs to maintain itself, it’s no wonder so many of us get cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and other age-related illnesses.  In fact, it is a testament to the strengths of the human body, that anyone has the slightest semblance of health, eating like we do today.

A Revelation: Your Health is Not Determined by Heredity

I began practicing medicine on the big island of Hawaii where extended families were the norm.  I treated people who worked on sugar plantations, mostly ethnic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino.  It was not uncommon for me to closely observe three and sometimes four generations within the same family.  I got to know many of these families, treating the children, parents, grandparents, and sometimes even the great-grandparents of a single family.

At the outset of my medical career I was not the least bit interested in diet and nutrition.  My medical training had included nothing about it and, consequently, I considered the subject irrelevant to health.  But as I practiced medicine in Hawaii I observed a rather startling phenomenon that changed my life: the older generations were in exceedingly good health even after they were well into their eighth, ninth and tenth decades of life.  Their health contrasted remarkably with their children and, even more so, with their grandchildren.  The younger the patient the more likely they were to suffer from gout, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and obesity.

When I looked more closely at my patients, I found that they had a lot in common.  They all had physically demanding work and they observed many of the same customs.  The single greatest difference between the older and younger generations was their diet.

The older patients followed the traditional diets of their ancestors.  Their regimens were based primarily on plant foods: grains (like rice), fresh vegetables, beans, and fruit.  The younger generation had modern diets based primarily on animal foods.  They also ate enormous quantities of processed and refined foods that were loaded with fat, sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients.  If genes were the cause of disease, then why wasn’t the younger generation protected against common chronic illnesses like their older relatives?  Why was the younger generation deteriorating so rapidly?  Something more than genetics must be involved.

Researchers Discover that Diet Controls Destiny

My observation caused me to plunge into the study of the relationship between health and nutrition – a pursuit that changed my practice and my life forever.  It wasn’t long before I realized that the observations and conclusions I was drawing from my medical practice were being replicated on a much larger scale by researchers around the world.  Scientists were finding that the people who had diets based primarily on plant foods escaped the scourges of degenerative illnesses.  In contrast, populations that subsisted on the modern diet, rich in meats, dairy products and processed fare, were ravaged by ailments we now regard as all-too-common.

I learned something else, too: given the right diet and lifestyle the body will recover.  When we remove the poisons from our lives and replace them with health-promoting food, the body can heal itself, even from illnesses deemed “incurable.”

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