A workplace dietary intervention study at GEICO corporate headquarters demonstrates the power of plant-based eating.
Slimming the Gecko,
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As I progressed through medical training I could see the ground was definitely shifting. The conversation moved from treating and reversing individual cases of heart disease to an overdue requiem for palliative cardiology the year I graduated from medical school, in other words, resolving the whole coronary artery disease epidemic altogether through plant-based nutrition. So what’s the latest?
Ornish’s first major study more than 20 years ago, only included 28 patients on his plant-based diet. 28 patients that would go on to change medicine as we know it forever, but 28 patients nonetheless. Since then he’s published studies involving the reversal of heart disease in thousands of patients, proving that it can not only work in hippy California, but in Nebraska as well.
Now Ornish is not just diet, it’s a combo of a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet rich in fruits vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils and soy along with moderate exercise--walking a few hours a week--in addition to stress management.
Other studies have focused exclusively on diet. For example, Neal Barnard’s team recently published the first workplace intervention study, GEico corporate headquartes. Couple months of just educating employees about the wonders of a plant-based diet, along with a few healthier options in the cafeteria without changes in exercise, compared to a control worksite where employees were kept in the dark. And within a few months, with their newly acquired knowledge-is-power, the pounds… and inches… came off.
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I've previously mentioned Dr. Barnard's work with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Physician-Assisted Suicide? When Doctors Give Nutrition Advice, Dietary Guideline Graphics: From the Food Pyramid to My Plate, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM’s Power Plate, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Accused of Making Illegally Deceptive Claims, Paula Deen: Diabetes Drug Spokesperson, Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up, and How To Treat Diabetes. That paper about resolving the heart disease epidemic for good was written by another of my heroes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who I've mentioned in China Study on Sudden Cardiac Death and The Tomato Effect. In addition, I have a half dozen articles profiling Dr. Dean Ornish's work, which was instrumental in changing my own diet 22 years ago. On Monday I'll start the Pritikin IGF-1 saga featured in Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death—I can't wait!
For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Plant-Based Workplace Intervention.
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