We believe in taking pills the rest of our lives...
...but we don't believe in a natural way of getting healthy?!
The main reason of death in the world is Ischemic heart disease, or coronary artery disease. This results from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and blocked arteries through high fat foods such as oil, dairy, meat and eggs. We are easily able to prevent heart disease, reduce both high blood pressure and high cholesterol to normal levels and keep arteries free of blockage by changing to a clean diet.
A vegan diet is already free of animal products and can be healthier than an omnivore or vegetarian diet. However, it may also consist of processed and junk food which is full of salt, oil and sugar. Sooner or later this will lead to heart disease and other fatal illnesses.
Many people say that they do not mind the thought of dying and I am not afraid of dying either. But isn't it the way we are dying? Isn't it more desirable to die from one day to the next without suffering for years?
In the Western world, people get sick and start taking medicine at a young age. Those medicines have to be taken for the rest of their lives because the root cause of the illness is not being addressed. It is only the symptoms which are being suppressed.
Furthermore, most people get sick and fragile in the last 10 years of their lives. They are not able to move easily anymore, fight with their sense of balance, need artificial ventilatory support or they get dementia. Poor lifestyle choices result in physical decline, particularly in the second half of your life.
The good news is it doesn't have to be this way. A hundred of years ago, before the industrialisation of animal products and salt, oil and sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, Alzheimer's, cancer etc. were not so common as they are nowadays. But why is that?
The answer seems to be far away, yet it is easier than you think: People ate much more vegetables, fruits and grains and they did not add oil, salt or sugar to their meals. There is even evidence that during World War II people's health improved further. How can that be? Because there were no farmed animals around anymore and people had to eat whole natural foods. This was a time when illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, diabetes and hyperlipidemia dropped dramatically. However, after the war, all went back to 'normal', animal farming started again and those illnesses increased once more.
There is enough long-term evidence out there that eating a strictly whole food, plant-based sos-free diet is the healthiest way of eating. You can prevent many illnesses by eating clean food and stay lean and fit until old age.
One example of this is the Blue Zones (1) where people live, work and stay active in the community until a hundred years of age and beyond. There are also many doctors who have shown that you can heal your body from common Western world illnesses and stay healthy for the rest of your life:
Dr. John McDougall prevents and reverses heart disease in his patients by simply changing their lifestyle to an sos-free whole food, plant-based one (2).
Dr. T. Colin Campbell has clearly shown with The China Study (3) that avoiding animal products, processed foods and refined carbohydrates may reverse chronic illnesses such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer as well as coronary heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. successfully treated many people with serious heart disease. Doctors had given up on those patients and told them that they were at death's door but Dr. Esselstyn could reverse it by simply putting them on a whole food plant-based diet (4).
Dr. Saray Stancic cured her particularly problematic multiple sclerosis by altering her diet to a complete whole food, plant-based one (5). These are only a few examples of what you can achieve through lifestyle change. You might be thinking that heart disease and other illnesses are influenced genetically but take into consideration that genes play only a 5-10% role. A migrant study (6) has proven that cardiovascular heart disease is not linked to genetics but to lifestyle:
The study looked at Japanese men who were living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All from the same area and with the same gene pool. Some of them moved to Oahu/Hawaii and others to San Francisco/California. The men who stayed in Japan were at half the risk of getting heart attacks and strokes compared to men who moved to Hawaii. However, the highest incidence rate appeared among Japanese who moved to California. You can see that the rate of death due to heart attack increased in those who moved abroad and changed their diet from one which was centred on vegetables and fruit to a Western diet. It is clearly shown here that lifestyle is responsible for heart disease as this was the only factor which changed for the subjects of this study We are all going to die sooner or later. None of us can avoid this. But we are able to work towards a healthy, vibrant and active life. We do not have to suffer in the last 10 years of our lives and do not need to rely on doctors and medication to keep us alive.
Being fragile, getting inflamed and painful joints, not being able to play with our grandchildren as we either are not able to move anymore, our hearing and eyesight decreased, or our memory performance has slowed down are symptoms we associate with ageing. However, all of this can be prevented by eating real food which does not clog our arteries and joints and causes oxidation and inflammation. Sonja from SOS Free