Thursday, February 24, 2011

Food for Thought Thursday - Reversing Disease with Diet

When I came across this article, entitled What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You Could Save Your Life, I just knew I had to share it. I read stories like this a few times a month, and they never fail to inspire and infuriate me at the same time.

It's wonderful to know that we have this much control over our health (and that of our children) through our dietary choices - but at the same time, it's outrageous that the medical community is (at least somewhat) aware of it but don't bother to offer it as a solution because they assume people will think eating well is "too much work". Ugh! I certainly hope the whole idea of personal accountability makes a comeback during my lifetime, but that's a rant much broader than this blog post . . .

At any rate, when we were beginning our own journey towards health, our pediatrician shared a piece of information that has stuck with me all these years. He told us that most doctors receive, at most, one course in nutrition throughout their entire medical school career. Simply put, unless they have a specific interest in the topic and have researched on their own, your doctor may not know any more than you do about how food can keep us healthy (and probably less if you're a researcher-type like I suspect you are).

Since most of our culture seems content to rely on pills and surgeries to fix the results of their disease-promoting diets, it's always inspiring to see people showing that many conditions that are widely accepted as "normal" in today's society can be prevented and actually reversed with a whole foods, plant-based diet.

In addition to this article, several documentaries have also been made on this topic. Click here to view the trailer for the film Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.


  1. I want to start delving into more raw meals. Even though I'm vegan, and I definitely eat my vegetables, I have a lot of weight to lose. I think I can do it with raw. I also want to get off of some medication I've been taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r...
    Can you recommend any raw starter books?

  2. I actually don't have any raw books . . . just a few that recommend a largely raw diet. But, I just read Crazy Sexy Diet on my trip, and I'm inspired to do her 3-week cleanse - no sugar, white flour, caffeine, gluten and of course, animal products. She's big on juicing daily and choosing a large percentage of raw, alkaline foods.

    Oh, and I'm going to try concocting my first raw dinner recipe this week with my fun new kitchen gadget. Wish me luck, and I'll share if it goes well. :)

  3. Hey, Jess, just followed link back to your blog... I have several raw cookbooks, if you want to borrow those, too.

  4. Yes, I would love to. Thanks! I've always looked at them and been intrigued. :)