Vegetarian Diet Could Eliminate 75% of Common Chronic Diseases

2011-09-21 15:33

A vegetarian diet is “a solution to our public health crisis,” according to the World Preservation Foundation (WPF), which says 75% of common chronic diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease could be eliminated if people turned to a plant-based diet. The WPF presented its report to the UK Government, but the policies it sets forth are for all the world.

A vegetarian diet saves lives and money

The report is the work of several prestigious physicians, including Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, director of the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program in Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Esselstyn explained that the world is “on the cusp of what could be a seismic revolution in health” that “will come about when we are able to show the public the lifestyle that will halt and eliminate 75% of these common, chronic killing diseases.”

The main component of the lifestyle he refers to is “whole food plant-based nutrition,” or a vegetarian diet. Another contributor to the report, Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, added that “not only can healthier choices tackle the obesity epidemic; they also help us reverse heart disease, prevent cancer, and reduce the risk of other major health problems.”

It has already been established that heart disease is mainly a diet-caused illness, as are obesity and type II diabetes. The American Institute for Cancer Research has noted that about one-third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight.

According to the World Health Organization, noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are the leading cause of death in the world. Modifiable risk factors underlie these diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, unhealthy diet, and high blood sugar—all factors that can be corrected by following a vegetarian diet.


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I definitely concur with the above article. I have been a non dairy vegetarian for 26 years and can honestly say I haven't seen a doctor in that time. I am a professional health provider and have recommended my diet to hundreds of people who have also benefited. Eating animal remains, and drinking animal fluids like urine or milk is not the way to obtain health. If you combine the consumption of animal remains with the consumption of alcohol you have a recipe for total disaster.
Thank you for your comments. I also am a non-dairy vegetarian (vegan) and have avoided seeing a doctor for decades. I am always grateful to hear from health professionals who follow a non-animal diet and who can help encourage others to give it a try!