Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente.

Finally some much needed CLARITY from the “system”

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In their Spring 2013 Journal, America’s largest managed care company and hospital system has taken a bold stand on the superiority of plant-based nutrition to promote health. This is big news and deserves widespread distribution. Please share this blog with your doctor.

“Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients…encouraging whole, plant-based foods and discouraging meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”

Background. Although our medical doctors receive little if any nutritional training in med school, they are the primary gatekeepers when it comes to advising patients about what they should be eating. And since most of the doctors eat the Standard American Diet (the S.A.D.) themselves, naturally that is what they advise their patients to eat. That practice has resulted in the sickest nation on Earth with by far the highest cost of healthcare. But things are finally beginning to change.

From the Spring 2013 Kaiser Permanente Journal

The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles.

Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.

Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.

Of all the diets recommended over the last few decades to turn the tide of these chronic illnesses, the best but perhaps least common may be those that are plant based…Despite the strong body of evidence favoring plant-based diets, including studies showing a willingness of the general public to embrace them, many physicians are not stressing the importance of plant- based diets as a first-line treatment for chronic illnesses. This could be because of a lack of awareness of these diets or a lack of patient education resources. (See link below to view the complete Kaiser Pemanente Journal source document.)

The world's FIRST ever such conference

The world’s FIRST ever such conference. See link below for details on this conference—Oct. 24-26, 2013 in Naples, FL

Hooray for Kaiser Permanente.This is exactly what has been needed to promote health and reduce disease, obesity and the outrageous cost of healthcare in the United States.

Now begins the process of helping the doctors learn about the awesome power of plant-based nutrition and how to best convey that knowledge to their patients. See link #13 below to learn about the first ever “plant-based nutrition healthcare conference,” where physicians can earn CME credits while learning how to reverse disease and promote health in their patients.

Please share this blog with your doctor—while there is still time for her/him to sign up for this conference. We’ve come a long way since last year’s HBO obesity special, “The Weight of the Nation,” when plant-based nutrition was not even mentioned. See earlier blog link below. Now let’s see if we EVER hear this story from our mainstream news sources.

Why is all of this such a big deal? Kaiser Permanente is the largest HMO in the United States with 182,000 employees, including 14,600 physicians.


Plant-Based Diets For Psoriasis




Plant-based diets appear to decrease inflammation via a variety of mechanisms, including boosting our adrenal gland function. Glucocorticoids are circulating steroid hormones produced by our adrenal glands that suppress inflammation and also help our kidneys excrete potassium. When we eat a lot of potassium-rich foods our adrenal glands secrete more glucocorticoids to keep our potassium levels in check, which may have the side effect of decreasing the level of inflammation in the body. See my 3-min video Potassium and Autoimmune Disease for the effect this may have on autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis.

Where is potassium found? See my post last week, 98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient. Hint: bananas don’t even make the top 50 sources!

What about autoimmune arthritis? See my previous post Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis and my videos Preventing Arthritis and Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis. Eating healthier doesn’t improve everyone’s joint pain, but as with all nontoxic treatment modalities, they should always be tried first.

Plant-based diets may help with other pain syndromes: 

as well as other hypersensitivity diseases: 

Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my 2012 year-in-review presentation Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death. My 2013 review should be out in July.

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American Urologist Association: PSA Tests No Longer Recommended

American Urologist Association: PSA Tests No Longer Recommended

The New York Times is reporting (article linked below) that the American Urological Association (AUA) has changed its position on PSA testing. Up until now, the AUA recommended all men over age 40 have an annual P$A test. 

Now they are recommending regular PSA tests for — nobody.

After a large body of solid scientific research has shown that PSA tests do more harm than good and don’t
really extend lives, the AUA — which previously fought tooth and nail to protect their lucrative prostate cancer screening and intervention business — has finally backed off.

The AUA is now simply recommending that men between 55 and 69 “discuss the PSA test” with their urologist, in hopes that the urologist can scare them into taking the test.

Don’t go down that road!

You may recall that several large, long-running and well-conducted studies of PSA testing followed by aggressive treatment — showed that urologists have no way of distinguishing between very common prostate cancer which will never develop into anything life-threatening, and those cancers which will.

Moreover, these multiple studies have shown PSA tests followed by aggressive therapies like surgery and radiation save no lives, when compared with control groups receiving no testing and no intervention.

So the truth from the science is that PSA tests, followed by surgery, radiation, hormone treatment and other interventions — don’t actually save or extend lives at all.

Treating cancer aggressively can feel like the “right” thing to do, because you’re “taking action,” and your urologist may be urging you to do so.  What is “right” for your urologist, who will earn around $18,000 as their fee for prostetomy (the hospital earns between $30,000 and $40,000) may not be “right” for you. Think about whether you want to go through that, when science shows it will not change your outcome, but will likely harm you permanently.

The AUA changing their guidelines is rather major.  The urology association is financed by dues paid by urologists, advertising and contributions from drug companies, and research grants. This is an acknowledgement of the research showing their expensive treatments are not what they once claimed.

So where does that leave us?

Obviously it leaves us with what science IS showing is the best way to deal with the threat of prostate cancer — a healthy, dairy-free, plant-based diet, which can dramatically lower Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) level.

Studies have shown that increased levels of IGF lead to increased growth of existing cancer cells. Arnaldez FI, Helman LJ (June 2012). “Targeting the insulin growth factor receptor 1”. Hematol. Oncol. Clin. North Am. 26 (3): 527–42, vii–viii.

The Standard American Diet, with it’s emphasis on animal protein and dairy, is an IGF-1-making machine!

You can find out what your IGF-1 level is through a simple blood test.  If yours is high, you’re at a higher risk for prostate, breast or colon cancer.

A high protein diet raises your IGF-1 levels, and increases risk of cancer.

Plant-based diets are naturally low in protein, devoid of animal proteins, and thus lower risk of cancer.  T. Colin Campbell PhD discusses IGF-1 research and mechanisms in detail in his books.

Why isn’t the American Urology Association telling its members to test for IGF-1, and to advise the public to eliminate animal products and excessive protein in the diet, in order to lower IGF-1 levels?

The answer is obvious: there’s no money in that.

This is why came into existence, because the medical world is focused on treatments, interventions, pills — and profits.

Focus on food, not urologists who push services that science shows, decades later, are worthless and in fact quite harmful.

To read the New York Times article about the AUA’s PSA guideline change, click here.