This 2010 Oz Show segment with Dr. Ornish is outstanding.
Why do I say occasionally? Because being in the “entertainment” business requires that he devote many of his daily shows to fad diets and other oddities that simply add to the vast amount of confusion about food & health in our country. But I want my readers to understand that there are some Oz segments that promote powerful truths about your health—but you may have to search for them.
This 4-minute video with Dr. Dean Ornish is one of those times. I had not seen it until this week when one of my readers referred it to me.
—DEAN ORNISH, MD, Founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
I like the relaxed manner in which Dr. Ornish describes how people can easily prevent or reverse heart disease. Dr. Oz states that the main problem most people have with Ornish’s dietary guidelines—is that they are too extreme and that most Americans simply cannot do them. Dr. Ornish responds:
- “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He’s implying that if you don’t have heart disease already that you can probably prevent it by moving toward an optimal diet—even if you don’t choose to go all the way.
- But if you’ve already had a few cardiac events and want to reverse the deadly disease, then you might be motivated to get real serious about embracing his guidelines forever.
- Most importantly, he says that it’s sometimes easier to make BIG changes rather than little ones.
I find that all of the five M.D.s featured in Chapter 1 of our book agree with that. When making radical dietary changes, baby-steps are not recommended for many reasons. From our book, Dr. Ornish is quoted:
In our research, we learned that it is often easier for people to make comprehensive changes in diet and lifestyle than to make only moderate ones. At first, this may seem like a paradox, but it makes sense when you understand why.
If you make only moderate changes in lifestyle—for example, reducing fat intake from the typical American diet of about 40 percent of calories as fat to the conventional dietary guidelines of 30 percent fat—then you have the worst of both worlds.
You feel deprived and hungry because you are not eating everything you want and are used to, but you’re not making changes big enough to feel that much better or to significantly affect your weight or how you feel (or, for that matter, your cholesterol, blood pressure, or heart disease)
Two famous doctors. I can’t end this blog without noting my assessment of these two doctors:
- Dr. Mehmet Oz is the most famous doctor in America; but he now spends most of his time in the entertainment business—meaning that we can’t always depend on his show to provide the best advice when it comes to our health.
- Dr. Dean Ornish is the most famous real doctor in America. He became famous in 1999 after working in the Clinton White House for six years and he has consistently delivered the same sound advice about promoting health through diet and lifestyle changes.
Finally, I would like to share the Ornish endorsement that graces the top of the front cover of our book.
“What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing our diet and lifestyle. This book shows you how.”
More Dr. Oz blogs for your convenience; some helpful, but most are just plain confusing—doing much more harm than good.
- Friday’s blog. Dr. Oz—still promoting the diet gimmick of the month
- My favorite Oz segment ever. Oz hits a HOME RUN with Julieanna Hever…
- Another great Oz segment. Dr. Oz Show — focusing on plant-based, whole foods
- Another blog about a not-so-great Oz segment. Oz takes “confusion over clarity” to a new level
- Ditto. More “confusion over clarity” from Dr. Oz in TIME
- Ditto. Oz shares colon story; “cancer screening $$ business” gets bigger …
- Ditto. Dr. Oz – back to the same old fad diets…
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