Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quotes from doctors about diet

The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.

Chinese Proverb

"An important fact to remember is that all natural diets—including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy—contain amounts of calcium that are above the threshold for meeting your nutritional needs."
John McDougall, M.D.

"I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open."
Dean Ornish, M.D.

"I will no longer drink milk from cows or consume products made from that milk. Cow's milk is a superbly engineered fluid that will turn a 65-pound calf into a 500-pound cow in a year. That is what cow's milk is for"
Michael Klaper, M.D.

"When you step back and look at the data, the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero."
Walter Willet, M.D.

"Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country….Some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have a fraction of our heart attack rate and they only have 40 percent of our cancer rate. They outlive other men by about six years now."
William Castelli, M.D.

"The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby."
Marion Nestle

"An African woman can have ten babies, nurse each of them for ten months, and still be expected to have good solid bones when she reaches the age of 70, bones which are comparable to those of a 20-year-old woman in America. Eskimos, who daily consume 250 to 400 grams of proteins in fish, walrus, or whale meats and 2,200 milligrams of calcium from fish bones, have the highest incidence of osteoporosis of any population in the world."
John McDougall, M.D.

"In essence, the fat taste is just a habit, created by conditioning. All too often, high-fat foods, or ‘sweets,' are held out as rewards to children for ‘good' behavior. Dr. Leann Birch at the University of Illinois Child Development Laboratory has found that in Western countries, young children are conditioned or taught to like animal-based foods. For example, how many times have you heard parents say, ‘You can have your ice cream, if you eat your spinach?' They quickly assume that if ice cream is the reward, then spinach must be the punishment. By contrast, most children in rural China and Japan, who haven't been offered such a deal, are repulsed by the thought of eating animals or foods made from them."
The late Charles Attwood, M.D., author of Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription for Kids

"When you see the golden arches, you are probably on your way to the pearly gates."
William Castelli, M.D.

"There is strong medical evidence that complete freedom from eating animal flesh or cow's milk products is a gateway to optimal nutritional health."
Michael Klaper, M.D.

"Whether industrialized societies…can cure themselves of their meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the doctors, health insurance policies, and drugs put together."
The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition

"Less than 70 years ago, more than 40 percent of the protein in the American diet came from grains, bread, and cereal. Currently, only 17 percent comes from these sources, along with another 15 percent from legumes, fruits, and vegetables, while two-thirds is from animal products. This trend, also noted in other industrialized Western countries, has been accompanied by a steady increase in heart-disease and cancer deaths."
Charles Attwood, M.D.

"I found out that doctors typically aren't given much training in nutrition and that some so-called nutrition experts are not well qualified in that field. A large sample of physicians were asked how much training they got in nutrition in medical school. The average was less than three hours, with many having only one hour or less. That's out of nearly 3,500 hours of medical training. The truth is that doctors may get their nutrition information from the same newspapers and TV programs we do, and unless they have taken extra training in nutrition, they may not know much more about nutrition than the rest of us."
Neal Pinckney, M.D.

"I will be 63 in February. I make no attempt to hide my age because I believe that as a vegan, a female, a 'senior citizen,' and a competitive athlete, I serve as a role model for a large constituency who need to identify with someone who is 'like them.'"
Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., vegan triathlete

"A fat rampage has existed since the late 1980s. This has been encouraged by fast-food restaurants and the snack food industry. Serving sizes are increasing. Example: McDonald's created larger burgers with more beef, and the relatively lower-fat McLean burger was discontinued in 1996."
Charles Attwood, M.D.

"Documented benefits of a pure vegetarian (vegan) lifestyle include permanent reduction in weight, blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood sugar, as well as risk reduction for cardiovascular disease and half a dozen common forms of cancer. Allergies, arthritis, and asthma also respond to vegan nutrition, which means no meat, fish, chicken, dairy, eggs, or even honey."
William Harris, M.D.

"Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them."
Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize winner

"Economics and politics simply intertwine in shaping conventional medicine's approach to cancer. Very simply put, treating disease is enormously profitable, preventing disease is not."
The British Cancer Control Society

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