I don’t advocate for a vegetarian diet or a vegan diet. I advocate for an evidence-based diet, and the best available balance of science suggests that the more whole plant foods we eat, the better.
— Dr Greger
THE STORY OF DR GREGER
Dr Greger’s career inspiration came when his grandmother made a spectacular recovery from end-stage heart disease. After having received many bypass operations, she was finally sent home to die. There was nothing the doctors could do for her.
She was set to spend the rest of her life in a wheel chair, carrying with her terrible chest pain that is so common with heart disease.
After being sent home (to die) she happened to see the television program 60 minutes which included a segment about Nathan Pritikin. In the segment, Nathan Pritikin discussed his approach to reversing terminal heart disease with a plant-based diet and exercise.
Dr Greger’s grandmother, in an attempt of desperation, decided to go to Nathan Pritikin’s center to follow the live-in program.
In Dr Greger’s own words:
They wheeled my grandmother in, and she walked out. I’ll never forget that.
— Dr Greger
Dr Greger’s grandmother, who was sent home to die, actually lived another thirty-one years due to a healthy diet and lifestyle!
This became his inspiration in life. For many people, seeing their relatives get ill or die is an inspiration to become a doctor, but for Dr Greger the inspiration to become a doctor was due to his grandmother’s recovery.
At the time, there were no known methods in the medical profession to prevent or reverse heart disease. When a person was diagnosed with heart disease, they were given drugs to slow progression and surgery to relieve symptoms by redirecting clogged arteries. Prospects of recovery were nil. The only prospect for heart disease patients was that their health would only decline.
We now have sufficient evidence showing that an animal based diet contributes to the clogging of the arteries, whereas a whole foods, plant based diets stops the progress of the disease, and in many cases opens up the arteries. That is without drugs and surgery.
Dr Greger soon realized that there were other forces at work that did not want to recognize the value of nutrition; a money-driven industry. Having firsthand evidence of his grandmother reversing her heart disease (the number one killer in the US), he set out on a mission to know more about nutrition and disease.
Further inspiration came from another doctor who was successfully treating patients in reversing heart disease: Dr. Dean Ornish. As Dr Greger dug deeper, he found more and more evidence showing a definite link between diet and diseases.
The question that haunted me during training was this: If the cure to our number-one killer could get lost down the rabbit hole, what else might be buried in the medical literature? I made it my life’s mission to find out.
— Dr Greger
Dr Greger spent a big part of his time in medical school going through the shelves in the basement of Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine in Boston. After extensive research on plant-based nutrition, Dr Greger started treating patients in a clinic. He concluded that evidence-based nutrition should be available to all people.
Dr Greger and his team have done a magnificent job at bringing together information on food and diseases. Years of research during and after medical school have culminated into a website and a book.
His website, NutritionFacts.org, is a library of evidence-based nutrition research. The website includes thousands of short videos and articles on nearly every conceivable health and nutrition topic. The information is available and free for all.
Dr Greger’s book How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease, brings together a lot of the research, in a nice logical order. How Not To Die offers us the juice of Dr Greger’s website.
His book presents a strong case of how we can prevent, arrest and reverse chronic diseases through a simple dietary approach: A whole food plant-based diet. Detailed explanations on specific diseases and their relation to nutrition are given, followed by clear dietary recommendations.
Dr Greger has also released the How Not To Die Cookbook with lots of tasty and easy-to-make recipes.
We highly recommended you to visit Dr Greger’s website if you wish to have more in-depth information on specific topics, since new videos are published every week. Keep Dr Greger’s website close to you for all the latest research on diet and disease.
Also check out his Daily Dozen App, making it easy and fun to track your daily dietary needs on a plant-based diet.
Dr Greger’s sense of humor is great, making all his important information light to digest and enjoyable to hear. He has put all his efforts toward creating a platform to share practical advice on bringing life-changing and life-saving information with the public.
I think my grandma would be proud.
— Dr Greger
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