Dr. Greger addresses the 12 most common diseases for which American's seek treatment. He presents stunning research and powerful facts that show these diseases to be preventable and reversible. I hope that you take time to watch the entire video. If you are not able watch, please read through the bullet points that highlight this valuable information regarding your health.
More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases
Michael Greger, M.D.
- Regular physical activity improves immune function, up to 5 times.
- Mushrooms and nutritional yeast increase antibody secretion by 50% and is maintained for a week after consumption.
- Those who eat a healthy, traditional, plant based diets prevent auto-immune diseases.
- M.S. is treatable with a plant based diet free of saturated animal fat. In a study, 95% of M.S. patients were without progression of the disease 34 years after adopting the diet.
- Essential tremor is the most common neurological disease and is linked to meat consumption.
- Heart disease is a rarity among plant based populations world wide.
- Cavities are preventable through diet (plant based)
- Consumption of trans fats in any amount increases cardiac risk. The only way to eliminate trans fat is to eat a whole food, plant based diet.
- More than 100,000 Americans are salmonella poisoned annually by eggs.
- The USDA states that eggs are not safe to eat.
- Cervical cancer, caused by sexually transmitted HPV virus, is reversible with plant based diet. Women eating vegetarian have significantly lower infection rates. Vegan women have significantly lower rates of all female cancers combined - including cervical cancer.
- Male fertility is significantly impacted by diet. Increase in saturated animal fat consumption by only 5% is associated with up to 38% lower sperm count.
- 40% of men over 40 have E.D. which places them at more than 50 times the risk of a cardiac event because E.D. is one manifestation of artery disease and a predictor of heart disease. Young men should be concerned about their cholesterol levels.
- Cellulite is reduced by eating a plant based diet.
- 60 million Americans suffer from constipation. Not vegans.
- Cancer kills over 500,000 Americans a year, which is equivalent to 5 jumbo jets crashing every day for a year. However, a tumor cannot get bigger than the ball at the tip of a pen without a blood supply. Cancer cells are commonly present in every healthy adult. Tumors release VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) in order to stimulate vascular growth and get a blood supply. Many of the phytochemicals in veggies can block the VEGF of tumors and prevent cancer growth.
- Cancer is methionine dependent whereas healthy cells do not require methionine. This is sourced in food. The highest methionine content can be found in chicken and fish. Milk, red meat and eggs are also sources of methionine, but plant based foods are the foods that contain the lowest source of methionine.
- A vegan diet has been proven to reduce prostate tumor growth whereas eggs and poultry can double or potentially quadruple the risk of cancer progression. However, a single serving a day of any cruciferous vegetable (broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc.) can cut the risk of cancer progression in half.
- A similar result was found for breast cancer patients. A low-fat, high fiber, plant based diet with daily physical activity can quadruple survival rate in women with breast cancer.
- In a study regarding esophageal cancer, patients consumed the equivalent of a pound of strawberries daily (in a powdered form) and the progression of the disease was reversed in 80% of the patients. Of the patients studied, 52.7% of them were completely cured and walked away disease free - just from consuming the powdered strawberry treatment. Similar results were found in oral cancer patients.
- Urinary tract infections have been traced to a direct link with chicken feces. This is an animal to human disease, with or without consumption of the chicken meat. Contamination takes place while handling and/or eating chicken regardless of care or sanitation in handling. The pathogens colonize the intestinal tract for up to 10 days after contact or consumption. These pathogens then travel from the intestinal tract to the urinary tract and cause bladder infection.