Unfortunately, you won’t find it in the New York Times.
But you will find it here. Last week, Dr. Mark Hyman was in the news from coast-to-coast. For what?
For publicizing the fact that he has convinced Bill Clinton to stop being a vegan.
Like so many celebrity doctors out there, Hyman never gets real clear about what people should be eating. They always seem to leave the door open for their patients to indulge in what most people really want to eat—meat, dairy and fish.
He and other celebrity doctors routinely promote the consumption of lean cuts of meat, low fat dairy and fish—the kinds of foods that are featured in all the high protein “diets of the month.” Atkins, Dukan, South Beach, Paleo and others. But here’s the deal:
Even if the Paleo diet was the absolute healthiest of all possible diets for humans (which it definitely isn’t)—it doesn’t really matter—because it is grossly unsustainable for very much longer. Requiring such enormous amounts of land and water per calorie, we’d need three planet Earths if all seven billion of us chose to eat that way. —J. Morris Hicks
But that doesn’t matter to the celebrity docs who’re only out to please their power patients like Bill and Hillary. They can’t be bothered by the fact that the raising of livestock is the leading cause of global warming. Besides, what chance does Hillary stand to get elected president if there are rumors floating around that she and Bill might be vegan?
Time out for INTEGRITY. Meanwhile, we have medical doctors like Jim Conway, an orthopedic surgeon who knows from personal experience—all about the power of whole, plant-based foods to reverse chronic diseases like our nation’s #1 killer, heart disease. And he makes it CRYSTAL clear for all of his patients. You see, he’s more interested in promoting their health than he is in winning elections or keeping the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industries happy.
Three minutes with Dr. Conway that could save your life
The above video was taken in October of 2013 at the first International Plant-Based Healthcare Conference in Naples, FL. The second annual conference will be held in San Diego in September of 2014. For more information, visit pbnhc.com (Esselstyn, Campbell and Ornish will all be there, but not Hyman)
Confusion over clarity. The referenced NY Times article below states that Dr. Hyman began working with the Clintons in 2004, saying “One of the first things Dr. Hyman did was to wean Mr. Clinton off his previously prescribed vegan diet.” The article went on to imply that Mr. Clinton experienced most of his widely-reported weight loss and health improvement while following the dietary advice of Dr. Hyman.
Not so fast. Fact: Mr. Clinton candidly reported on CNN with Wolf Blitzer in 2010 that he had started eating plant-based after being influenced by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Cleveland Clinic), Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Cornell) and Dr. Dean Ornish, who had worked in the Clinton White House back in the nineties.
And these three men did not call the diet that they all espoused vegan. They called it a whole food, plant-based diet—a diet that has been known to reverse heart disease and type 2 diabetes in over 90% of the patients.
What’s the difference between whole food, plant-based and vegan? The former describes what you ARE eating; the latter, what you’re NOT eating. After all, one could eat nothing but Diet Coke and potato chips and call himself a vegan. Obviously, that would not be a very healthy diet.
The Bottom Line. The New York Times has done us all a disservice. They’ve not reported the full story—AND they have implied that the whole food, plant-based diet prescribed by Esselstyn, Campbell and Ornish was NOT the diet that resulted in the the former president’s remarkable health turnaround. I suspect that this is all a bunch of political maneuvering to help get Hillary elected. Let me know what you think.
For me, I’ll take my health advice from the real heroes in this story—the three mentioned in the above paragraph AND the amazing Dr. Jim Conway (in the video) who is now busy teaching ALL of his orthopedic patients the complete truth about nutrition.
One more thing. I have referred to Dr. Hyman as a celebrity doc in this article. Like Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil, David Agus and others, they take the middle of the road approach, still eat lean meat/low fat dairy & fish themselves and tell people mostly what they want to hear while being “comfortably unaware” of the big picture connection between food choices, health, environment and sustainability. The net result is just more confusion for the innocent public. Want some clarity from the medical community? Visit pbnhc.com.
A special thanks to Mitchell Castell for bringing this story to my attention on 4-20-14.
- 4-11-14 NY Times. Dr. Mark Hyman, advising the Clintons on their health
- 4-13-14. Same story at examiner.com
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