Unhealthy Hospital Food Must Stop

January 30, 2015 10:51 PM

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The contrast has been too great. One the one hand, in Detroit last night we celebrated the phenomenal growth in 12 months of a grass roots support group started to aid community members seeking help maintaining heart disease reversal diets as taught by Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn (www.pbnsg.org). This brave group grew out of a cup of tea I had with a remarkable man, Paul, who beat the recommendation for bypass surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Rather, he embraced the research by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, shunning all animal products and oil, dropping 40 pounds and 100 mg/dl in his cholesterol, and now passing all stress tests with flying colors. Paul understood that the power of his fork was greater than the scalpel. The nutrition group is independent of any hospital (they all told us they had no interest), is influencing restaurant menus in the area including my own cafe, and routinely draws a few hundred people every month to educational meetings and small group discussions. Last night the attendance at our monthly meeting was over 900 packed into a high school auditorium to hear Dr. Esselstyn and his family speak of the hope that lifestyle change offers heart patients.

On the other hand my dear friend Allan, a podiatrist in the greater Detroit suburbs, sent me a passionate plea for help this morning. He had been following my social media health posts and decided I was on to something. In the course of nine months he lost 70 pounds by social media support and dropp...

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