Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente.

Finally some much needed CLARITY from the “system”

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In their Spring 2013 Journal, America’s largest managed care company and hospital system has taken a bold stand on the superiority of plant-based nutrition to promote health. This is big news and deserves widespread distribution. Please share this blog with your doctor.

“Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients…encouraging whole, plant-based foods and discouraging meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”

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Background. Although our medical doctors receive little if any nutritional training in med school, they are the primary gatekeepers when it comes to advising patients about what they should be eating. And since most of the doctors eat the Standard American Diet (the S.A.D.) themselves, naturally that is what they advise their patients to eat. That practice has resulted in the sickest nation on Earth with by far the highest cost of healthcare. But things are finally beginning to change.

From the Spring 2013 Kaiser Permanente Journal

The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles.

Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.

Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.

Of all the diets recommended over the last few decades to turn the tide of these chronic illnesses, the best but perhaps least common may be those that are plant based…Despite the strong body of evidence favoring plant-based diets, including studies showing a willingness of the general public to embrace them, many physicians are not stressing the importance of plant- based diets as a first-line treatment for chronic illnesses. This could be because of a lack of awareness of these diets or a lack of patient education resources. (See link below to view the complete Kaiser Pemanente Journal source document.)

The world's FIRST ever such conference

The world’s FIRST ever such conference. See link below for details on this conference—Oct. 24-26, 2013 in Naples, FL

Hooray for Kaiser Permanente. This is exactly what has been needed to promote health and reduce disease, obesity and the outrageous cost of healthcare in the United States.

Now begins the process of helping the doctors learn about the awesome power of plant-based nutrition and how to best convey that knowledge to their patients.

Please share this blog with your doctor—while there is still time for her/him to sign up for this conference. We’ve come a long way since last year’s HBO obesity special, “The Weight of the Nation,” when plant-based nutrition was not even mentioned. See earlier blog link below. Now let’s see if we EVER hear this story from our mainstream news sources.

Why is all of this such a big deal? Kaiser Permanente is the largest HMO in the United States with 182,000 employees, including 17,000 physicians.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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10 Responses to Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente.

  1. moonlite says:

    omg I have gained respect for Kaiser for doing the right thing to help their patience and the planet. My mother has kaiser and I just put her on plant base was of eating she is 80 has brain injury from car crash with vegan diet and truorganic specific products in 3 months she has improved drastically and EVERYONE see it!! (stay off the gluten) they were saying she had dementia!!

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  3. Marcey Siegel says:

    Just shared this on FB! I am excited to see a such a main stream group ‘waking up’! Hope other MD’s can learn from this, too!

  4. cindy says:

    Absolutely Fantastic!!! 🙂

  5. Bernadine T. Shea says:

    Jim, The message is amazing!!! Thanks for doing everything you can to be the messenger
    that delivers! Great presentation yesterday!!!!!! Bernadine, Stonington Boro

  6. Linda says:

    Jim, Just wanted to let you know that my son and his girlfriend just left for the six-hour flight back to San Francisco and I gave her my copy of Healthy Eating Healthy World to read on the plane.

  7. Joanne Irwin says:

    Finally – the data is taking root in muscle memory. We all need to spread the word and share this vitally important article.

  8. Linda says:

    OMG. This is thrilling. I’m sharing this post every way I can.

  9. SO excited about this, and sharing the article far and wide.

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