In the August/September Issue of AARP Magazine
When my copy arrived in the mail this week, two articles featured on the cover caught my attention. (See links to source articles below)
The first article (Bill Clinton. His Life-Saving Diet) provides highly creditable documentation of the uncanny power of a whole food, plant-based diet to reverse heart disease, promote vibrant health, end obesity, slash the nation’s cost of healthcare and curb global warming. Not a bad start. From the beginning of the article:
My Lunch With Bill. Over a heart-healthy meal, President Clinton reveals how he came to crave his veggies—honest!—and how the rest us of can (and must) too.
The second article (Warren Buffett. On Money, Success, Happiness and Life) features a generous man with enough means ($59 Billion) to leverage Mr. Clinton’s knowledge in a big way. With just a fraction of that number and a well-conceived PLAN, Mr. Buffett and Mr. Clinton could accomplish far more than the few huge, diet-driven benefits listed above. With Bill’s leadership skills and Warren’s money, these guys have what it takes accomplish the ultimate goal—ensuring the longterm sustainability of humanity.
A philanthropist’s dream—a chance to effect true, world improving, systemic change. As Mr. Buffett’s son said in his recent New York Times article, just giving away tons of money to thousands of causes is not going to provide the systemic change that we need. That’s like treating the symptoms of heart disease instead of treating the causes—which Mr. Clinton has done so well with regards to his own heart disease.
While reading both of these articles, I became excited about how this latest news would bode well for our S.O.S. (Saving Our Species) Global Initiative that we have been discussing. I then reached out to share this great news with Dr. Campbell:
Just got my AARP Magazine in the mail, the one with the big Clinton article. You, Ess and Ornish are mentioned, along with statements by Clinton that demonstrate his understanding that the repercussions of our food choices go far beyond our waistlines. The author (Joe Conason) says that Clinton sent him books from all three of you after the author’s heart attack in 2010.
Armed with this kind of information, I think that if Chelsea went to our first SOS Summit and got to hear people like Emmott and Brown talk about the likely collapse of our civilization unless we make some radical changes—she might get inspired to take some BOLD action. We both know that changing everyone to a plant-based diet will do more to ensure the longterm survival of our species than all other possible initiatives combined.
Chelsea just needs to understand the URGENCY and the need for a PLAN of action. Here are some excerpts from the article along with a link to the online version.
Beginning of article. When Bill Clinton invited me to lunch in May, I knew better than to expect fried catfish or barbecued ribs. The former president is now a devoted vegan, meaning no meat, fish or dairy products, and he has pursued a healthier way of life for more than three years. While I figured our lunch menu might be bland, that would be a small price to pay for private time with a world leader who is anything but.
Prodded into action, Clinton started by rereading Dr. Dean Ornish‘s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which urges a strict, low-fat, plant-based regimen, along with two books that were, if possible, even more militantly vegan: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., and The China Study, by Cornell biochemist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (When I suffered a heart attack in late November 2010, Clinton sent me all three books.)
“I just decided that I was the high-risk person, and I didn’t want to fool with this anymore. And I wanted to live to be a grandfather,” says Clinton. “So I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.”
Sounding the themes that still drive him every day, Clinton wraps up our meeting with a message, reminding me that “the way we consume food and what we consume” are driving the unsustainable level of health care spending in America. To truly change the conditions that lead to bad habits and poor health, he warns, “we have to demand it by changing the way we live. You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, and that of your family and your country.”
I would also add to his final sentence—”also for your planet, your great-grandchildren, and for the longterm sustainability of humanity.” For your convenience, I have provided online links to the two source documents along with a link to a blog describing our SOS (Saving our Species) Global Initiative—an effort aimed not at “saving the planet,” but rather preserving her ability to sustain us.
Our SOS initiative is just in the idea stage at the moment. With the vast leadership and financial resources of Clinton and Buffett, this initiative could effect staggering global benefits in just a few years—maybe soon enough to preserve the longterm sustainability of humanity.
- Source article from AARP. Bill Clinton Reveals How He Became a Vegan
- Source article #2 from AARP. Words of Wisdom From Warren Buffett
- Earlier Blog about our SOS plan. S.O.S. (Saving Our Species) — An urgently needed PLAN
Handy 5-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Dr. Campbell’s new book: WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
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