While this blog is dedicated to a healthy diet and sound nutrition, we do recommend Juice Plus+® because most people don't eat enough fruits and vegetables (and won't). Juice Plus+® is only the nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, not a substitute for them.
Finally, an advocate for a healthy diet who is willing to speak out against the big companies who's sole intention is more market share, higher sales, and increased profits. Namely, drug companies and let's include fast food restaurants and soft drink makers. Here's 'Plain Dealer Reporter' Harlan Spector's stance on how a vegan diet (one that this author agrees with, but doesn't follow) is superior to about every drug on the market, for the benefit of improving one's health --
The pharmaceutical arms race strikes a nerve with people who advocate a plant-based or vegan diet. The argument goes that if we would only eat for heart health, we wouldn't need all these drugs that drive up health-care spending and carry risks of side effects.
Rob Stuart of Lakewood faulted doctors, the food and drug industries, and my column for not promoting a healthier, plant-based diet.
"Why advocate for a plant-based diet when you can make millions of dollars producing drugs, performing surgery, etc.," he said in an e-mail. "Who will pay for that medicine? The individual who takes it? Or will he/she try to pass the costs on to healthy people, such as myself, by way of insurance?"
"Dr. Steven Nissen's efforts are misplaced," wrote Marty Kilroy of Euclid, who said he was able to kick medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure after adopting a plant-based diet a year ago. "With the problems we have in this country with medical costs, there is a better way."
The criticism is worth noting because, 1) they have a point; and 2) they reflect a growing backlash against the ugly American diet, the diseases it causes and the medical infrastructure built to treat the diseases.
No doubt, cutting out meat, cheese and other fats has an effect on the heart that is underappreciated, underpromoted and understudied. If you've had a heart attack, your food choices may very well determine whether you'll have another.
But big money is not chasing the potential of kale and collard greens. And in meat-and-potato towns like Cleveland, people who promote "veganism" -- meaning no animal-derived products -- are still viewed by many as kooky.
I've talked to doctors who believe a vegan lifestyle would help their patients avoid heart trouble, but they think it's futile to suggest it. They're happy if they can talk a patient with high cholesterol into eating a little less fried chicken and a little more baked.
Yes, the health-care system, and the way it's financed, is at fault. Rewards go to treatment, not prevention. The food industry also is at fault, leading us down a path to chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. And the government is at fault for subsidizing commodities such as corn and soybeans, which are used to produce high-calorie foods from corn-fed livestock to hydrogenated oils. ( Full Story )
Comments: It would be in the best interest of all citizens to take up a healthy diet, Vegan if they may, in lieu of consuming drugs for any condition. We're not talking about a cure here for drugs, we're talking about a quality of life. There are too many side effects of 99% of the medications on the market to believe that a healthy diet should be the first step as part of a conservative 'treatment' plan. Choose a healthy diet if you're stricken with any sickness or disease. And if you can, go the extra mile, be extreme. Do a Vegan Diet if you can. It won't hurt, and it just may be what saves you in the long run.
I recommend Juice Plus+® to anyone who won't or can't get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet because Juice Plus+® contains nutrients from raw, whole food fruits and vegetables, 7 and 8 respectively. Try it for 4 months.