From Table to Able
I just downloaded and watched Dr. Michael Greger’s 2014 Year-in-Review Presentation: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food. For me it was definitely worth the $10 and the hour.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Greger’s work, take a look at his website. Each day he publishes a short video (usually 3-4 minutes) about the best foods to eat to achieve maximum health benefits. The subscription is free, there are no ads and email addresses are not shared. His work is funded by donations and the sale of his video compilations and year-in-review presentations. Like Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Greger promotes a plant based, whole foods diet. Even if you’re unwilling or uninterested in giving up meat and/or dairy products, the information provided may just convince you to pile more vegetables, fruits and whole grains on your plate (or give you some solid ammunition to help you convince your spouse, family or friends to do so).
From Table to Able focuses on some of the leading causes of disease and disability today, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, alzheimer’s and low back pain. As in his daily videos, Dr. Greger provides well-established, well-regarded research results to substantiate his recommendation of a plant based diet to prevent and/or reverse these common conditions. With a nice touch of humor he also includes information on things like the American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition Fact Sheets (industry pays the ADA $20,000 per sheet to help produce things like “The Benefits of Chewing Gum” provided by the Wrigley Science Institute).
He also delivers encouraging news:
- Within 10 years after quitting smoking the odds of getting cancer are about the same as someone who has never smoked.
- Best kept secret in medicine? Under the right conditions the body can heal itself!
- Diet trumps genes (he specifically refers to the Alzheimer gene and diet)
- It’s never too early to start eating a healthy diet and (almost) never too late.
I enjoy and appreciate Dr. Greger’s work, and I recommend him to you. His presentations are engaging, humorous at times and informative. The year-in-review will be available free on his website later in August.