And it’s not a very pretty picture…
But first a little Hurricane Irene update. I drove from coastal Connecticut to higher ground at my son’s house West of Boston last night. Looks like things may not be quite as bad as we had feared in Stonington; I will head back down there tomorrow morning to bright sunny skies. And I may even be sailing by Monday afternoon.
As for our long-awaited CNN special, we should know soon when they plan to re-schedule it again. Meanwhile, I was reading some CNN reader comments yesterday below the David Martin “heart attack proof” article — and they were not very encouraging.
After reading a sampling of the hundreds of comments, it appeared that 90% of them were not receptive to the life-saving message in the article, many were skeptical and some were even angry. Here are three that were fairly representative:
*** Enough already with you having a heart attack at 38 and moderation almost killed you. Bitterness and unforgiveness wipes out 3/4 of the planet through diease and committing acts of violence takes out most of the rest. There’s a village in Italy that smokes, drinks and eats meat almost every day and the average death rate is 100+. My point, the wages of sin is death—sin kills every one of us, some earlier than others that’s all.
*** I don’t know … people in New Guinea, rural China, central Africa and the indians of Mexico … no heart disease BUT also they don’t generally have long life spans anyway … so maybe if they would live longer, heart disease would show up. Besides, people in these areas don’t get autopsies upon death, they’re just buried or cremated as soon after dying. Anyway, why is a Mediterranean diet considered healthy, olive oil, fish, meat, greens, whatnot ? Same goes for the Japanese diet, fish, meat, veggies, oil … and the French … lots of wine and fatty meats ?
*** This sort of pandering comes around every few years and it adds to the list of physician authors who have discovered the secret to curing heart disease. Unfortunately, however, genetics is going to play the greatest influence in how efficiently your body processes cholesterol, how your body deals with inflammation and what specific characteristics in your body lend themselves to health or disease. No doubt, there will be people storming the shelves to buy this new discovery of a book that will make the author rich, but it will not change the cards you were dealt by mother nature.
What does this tell me? It tells me that we’re a very long way from improving the eating habits of the vast majority of Americans and other consumers of our extremely harmful, wasteful and unsustainable Western diet.
The key word here is unsustainable — meaning that since our way of eating is not going to be around forever — eventually, people everywhere will be “forced” to move in the direction of a plant-based diet. Hopefully, we can begin to reach the more thoughtful members of the mainstream long before the “force” comes into play.
When I began my study of this topic in 2002, my primary emphasis was learning about the optimal diet for humans, but the more I learned about the many other reasons for eating a plant-based diet, I became at least as passionate about all of those other reasons as I was about the health reasons. That’s what is missing with the people like the ones who commented above. They simply do not fully comprehend the magnitude of what is at stake.
If they knew all of the facts about how our food impacts the environment, the energy crisis, world hunger and animal suffering; many of them would consider making better food choices for themselves and their families. Posted below are two previous posts on this topic — the all important task of reaching the mainstream. First, we must listen to them, then we must help them understand “the big picture.” In addition to these two links, there is a link below my signature to the full CNN article (with comments) by David S. Martin.
In closing, I will let you know when “The Last Heart Attack” has been rescheduled. Soon, the whole world will be able to hear these powerful words from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
If we collectively ever want to get to the point where we have “The Last Heart Attack,” a good start would be to stop ignoring what we already know to be true…we know that eliminating heart disease can be done —and truth is, we have known for a very long time how to do it.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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