Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Medication or Food?

Now that I am 43 pounds lighter and much healthier than I was 10 months ago, I was thinking back to that fateful day when my doctor was explaining how high my cholesterol was, how high my blood pressure was, and how extremely high my chances were of getting heart disease or even a heart attack. I remember the doctor pulling out her prescription pad and writing prescriptions for my ailments. She wanted me to start taking 3 different kinds of medication. Thankfully, I pulled a Dr Mcdougall and said no. There had to be a better way and as I found out there was. A complete change in my diet changed everything. Out went the bad food (Animal based foods and processed foods)and in came the good food (All plant based foods). With that came my full time return to running. And here I am 10 months later, 43 pounds lighter, normal cholesterol levels, optimal blood pressure, healthy heart, and of course no need for medication.

One thing that really bothers me is why my doctor was so quick to write a prescription as opposed to talking to me about proper nutrition. I did a bit of research and found out that most doctors have inadequate nutritional education which may be leading many people to an early grave. If someone is suffering from high cholesterol, a pill is basically only a band aid for the issue. It's not going to to cure the ailment. Proper food and diet will cure the ailment. I am
living proof of that. When I went on a plant based diet and cut my cholesterol level in half, my doctor was amazed. I actually had to explain to her what a plant based diet was. She told me- "Whatever you are doing, just keep doing it". The only problem with that is I wished she had told me how to cure my ailments as opposed to writing a prescription.

In her waiting room she does have nutritional advice in the form of pamphlets. This pamphlet recommended you have 3-5 servings of dairy products everyday. It was also complete with cartoon pictures of milk, cheese, and happy cows. First of all, there is no such thing as a happy dairy cow who is imprisoned in a factory farm. And second, I checked the back of the pamphlet to see who funded this study. Guess who? The Dairy Farmers of Canada. I was appalled that biased nutritional advice was available in my doctors office. Dairy products have been linked to promoting certain cancers. Dairy products are high in cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. What's next? A study funded by McDonald's that claims we should be eating 3-5 Big Macs a day to maintain good health?

Give up the animal based foods which promote heart disease, high cholesterol, certain cancers, and eat plant based foods which promote healthy living. Plain and simple. Again, I'm living proof!

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