I just want people to take advantage of modern nutritional science. Nutritional science has made exponential advances in recent years, and the only thing that makes sense is telling someone to eat fewer foods that are bad for you and more foods that are good for you. Let me repeat that. You want to eat fewer foods that promote fat storage in the body and more foods that don’t promote fat storage in the body. I am encouraging people to eat much larger amounts of healthier food

G-BOMBS

G-BOMBS are foods with powerful anti-cancer properties that you should eat everyday. G-BOMBS stands for: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. Studies have shown that if someone eats a higher concentration of dark greens in their diet, their cancer rates drop tremendously, more than 50%. Studies also show that people who eat a higher amount of onions, compared to people who eat a normal amount, their cancer rates drop 50-80%. People who eat more mushrooms than an average person, their cancer rates drop 50-80%. People who eat more beans, their cancer rates drop 50-80%. People who eat more seeds, their cancer rates drop. It’s very simple: every food we are talking about in the G-BOMBS list, when people eat just more of those foods in particular, they have longer lives, they have lower cholesterol, lower rates of diabetes, and lower rates of cancer. And that’s just for each of these foods tested individually. Now what if a person ate higher rates of all these foods simultaneously? And, what if you did this at an age that was young enough to get the maximum benefits, before you have cancer in your body? The point is, these foods give people tremendous power to protect their own health and live a long life. We now have the evidence that can dramatically impact our life span, our quality of life, and really win the war on cancer in America.

America is eating too much animal protein, leading to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and particularly leading to risk of hormonally sensitive cancers, like colon cancer and breast cancer.

THE STANDARD AMERICAN DIET

The Standard American Diet is quite possibly the most dangerous way anyone could eat. It’s 60% of calories from processed food, which spikes up insulin–which is a fat storage hormone and promotes cancer–and then it’s 30% of calories from animal products, which raise IGF-1, which promotes cancer, as well. Even worse, processed foods and animal products both don’t contain antioxidants and phytochemicals. So the amount of vegetation and plant food is dangerously low, combined with the particular mix of the highly processed carbohydrates with the amount of animal products. The American diet is fat promoting and cancer promoting.

My patients, by eating properly, see remarkable results, and it happens very quickly. People can sometimes lose a pound a day the first week, and 10 to 15 pounds the first month. Their blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar comes down within a few days. If people are taking one or two medications for blood pressure or diabetes, for example, quite often after one week we are taking one medication away and by the first month we’re cutting the second medication. So whether it’s headaches, asthma, pain, high blood pressure, high glucose levels or high cholesterol, we see people feeling better, thinking more clearly, being more physically active.

DIABETES AND PROPER NUTRITION

Here are the facts: if you are overweight, you are heading toward Type 2 diabetes. And 80% of our population is overweight. That’s why people need this information. Diabetics should be told that, number one, your diabetes can be reversed. Number two, diabetes doesn’t have to cut short your life. And number three, the drugs are not going to make you live longer; they might even accelerate your death. People with Type 1 diabetes should have this information; even though they will still need some insulin, this program can save their life. And people determined to have prediabetes need this information. But instead of information about food, people are given more and more drugs, and they aren’t being told that the drugs will hurt them.

Our healthcare system has evolved into an industry where doctors mostly provide drugs, instead of being teachers of healthy living. The medical profession is not predominantly focused on preventing disease. They are a profession that’s diagnosing and treating disease, and the reality is, the treatments hardly work and the small benefits place people at significant risk, while the underlying disease process continues to advance.

We should be teaching our children ‘reading, writing, arithmetic and nutrition.’ Because we graduate from high school, colleges, professional schools, medical schools, PhD’s, and people know nothing about nutrition. It’s the most important thing that people should be informed about because it affects their ability not just to live longer, but also to be happy in life, to have normal brain function. We know that processed foods and animal products and commercially baked goods are linked to depression. They are linked to aggressive behavior. They are linked to lower intelligence, to lower concentration in schools, to people’s inability to be productive in life. In other words, the American diet is detrimental not just to longevity but also to our performance and our happiness. Nutrition should be taught in schools. It is critical to the success of our young population.

Joel Fuhrman, MD, is a board-certified family physician, a New York Times best-selling author, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman’s #1 New York Times best-selling book, Eat to Live, originally published in 2003 (Little Brown), has sold over 1,000,000 copies and has been published in multiple foreign language editions.

Dr. Fuhrman will be appearing at the NY Vegetarian Vision Health & Wellness Expo in New York City (Penn Plaza Pavillon, 33rd St. & 7th Ave.) on Sinday, September 10 at 12pm.