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A Whole Food Plant Based Diet Offers Clarity

A whole food plant based diet is a science based dietary lifestyle that offers guidelines for a long and healthy life. The meat and dairy industries see a plant-based diet as a direct threat to their obscene financial bottom line, and know that if they keep planting seeds of doubt regarding the science of nutrition, consumers will remain confused. Why does that matter? Studies show that when consumers are confused, they stick with what is most familiar or the status quo (which is a continued financial windfall for the meat, dairy and egg industries). And who wouldn’t be confused by all of the Ketos/Paleos (high fat, low carb diets), Vegetarian, Pescatarian, and Fruitarian diets? A whole food plant based diet doesn’t have a financial angle (meat, dairy, eggs, and supplement sales), other than to prevent the costs to people’s lives due to chronic disease, the slaughter of billions of animals, and the cost of our planet’s accelerated destruction due to animal agriculture. A whole food plant based diet isn’t subject to many religious interpretations (animals exist for our use), or to emotional childhood/familial attachments either (my Mom made the best fried chicken). A whole food plant based diet is the only diet that has been proven to reverse heart disease, early stage prostate cancer, and type 2 diabetes. According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, “In the simplicity of its message and the strength of its supporting evidence, (a whole food plant based diet) offers clarity.” 
Here is an excerpt from a study by Dr. Tom Campbell & Scott Liebman that was published in the British Medical Journal in 2019 on how a 69 year old man was able to reverse chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity by adopting a whole food plant based diet. Wow. 

A 69-year-old man with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD), hyperphosphataemia and borderline hyperkalaemia presented to an office visit interested in changing his diet to improve his medical conditions. He adopted a strict whole-foods, plant-based diet, without calorie or portion restriction or mandated exercise, and rapidly reduced his insulin requirements by >50%, and subsequently saw improvements in weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. His estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) increased from 45 to 74 mL/min after 4.5 months on the diet and his microalbumin/creatinine ratio decreased from 414.3 to 26.8 mg/g. His phosphorus level returned to the normal range. For individuals with CKD, especially those with obesity, hypertension, or diabetes, a strict, ad libitum whole-food, plant-based diet may confer significant benefit, although one must consider potential limitations of a creatinine-based GFR equation in the face of significant weight loss.

Click here for a link to Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s excellent book “The Future of Nutrition.”

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