When my dad, 13 years post-prostatectomy, realized that his PSA levels were rapidly rising, things turned a bit upside down.
On his own accord and research, he decided to eat a mostly plant based diet. I really thought this was nuts for two reasons. The first is that my dad always complained if there wasn’t meat in a meal. The second is that in my single nutrition class in dental school, I learned that if you are vegan, you have to take B12 supplement. If you have to take B12, I thought, then obviously veganism is not the correct diet for humans.
However, after a mere 6 months, my dad lost at least 20 pounds and amazingly no longer had to take his blood pressure medicine or cholesterol medication. His blood pressure reading became that of a teenager, all naturally. Prior to this lifestyle change, he was told that his hypertension was hereditary. Turns out diet is a bigger factor. On top of it all, he felt like his energy levels were better than ever. He went for multiple scans to locate any cancerous tumors, but none could be located.
Because of this incredible transformation, I thought there must be some merit to plant based nutrition. I began to read as much as I could on the topic and have found that many studies are showing that vegetarians are healthier across multiple health markers.
I realized that the Western lifestyle, particularly the dietary habits of the Standard American Diet and the sedentary ways, is resulting in the increased incidence of disease in my family, my patients, and myself. I’ve taken a long and hard look at myself and realized that what I considered to be healthy in the past, was not correct. I realized that meat is not essential for life. I also realized that dairy was causing a lot of issues for me and maybe humans are not meant to drink the milk of another animal. I also realized that there are so many healing qualities in plants.
All of these factors motivated me more than ever to make serious changes in the way I live. I want to share these lessons and experiences so that disease can be prevented and reversed.