Since my days as a medical student, I have been keenly interested in nutritional impacts on health. In particular, I have been studying for years in an effort to determine why many Third World societies, as long as they maintain their traditional diets and lifestyles, are relatively immune to so many of the disorders that take a devastating toll on the health and finances of elderly Americans.
I have come to some provisional conclusions and recommendations that, while hardly original, are nonetheless quite controversial in some respects – at loggerheads not only with the health-destructive dietary practices of most Americans, but also with certain faddish views gaining popularity among many health scientists and the general public. It is precisely because my conclusions are controversial that they are worth setting down.
If I were asked to describe in one sentence the type of diet that, in my opinion, would minimize risk for the chief killing and crippling diseases of Western civilization – scourges that include coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, the major cancers, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease – I would suggest the following.
Low-Fat, Low-Salt, Whole-Food Vegan