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Compiled by Angela McIntosh and Dr. Robert McIntosh, MD

March 30th,2005

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An excellent study recently released by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that men with over a 40 inch waist have a 12 times greater risk of developing diabetes. Interestingly, just a few weeks ago, a new study by Linda Van Horn of Northwestern University found that the more animal protein consumed, the higher the person's weight. According to her, the healthiest diet giving the slimmest people on earth is the one that is highest in complex unrefined carbohydrates and vegetable proteins. This is research that is confirmed in T. Colin Campbell , Phd's, long running "China Study". His book about his work and the study was just released this January(2005) and is an excellent read. Checkout his book at http://www.theChinaStudy.com.

Now if you find this interesting, how about the study released by researchers at Children's Hospital in Boston on March 17, 2005 and published in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clincial Investigation. Their work is in keeping with population studies that have linked prostate cancer with high cholesterol levels and Western diets high in cholesterol. Their studies on mice found that high cholesterol levels interfere with the body's ability to kill off prostate cancer cells. While this suggests to some that taking statin cholesterol lowering drugs may be beneficial for men with prostate cancer, one could ponder healthy lowfat diets that naturally lower cholesterol. A really interesting paper presented by Dr. David Jenkins at the American Heart Association's Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease and Epidemiology and Prevention from his study published in the Journal Metabolism showed that a low fat "Portfolio" diet which is high in vegetable protein, fiber, plant sterols and other several heart-healthy nutrients like oatmeal, soy protein, and almonds were just as effective as taking cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins. The people on this diet achieved a 35 percent reduction in LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, in just two weeks. According to an article at the CHIP-USA program, research put out by Dr. William Castelli of the 50-60 year long Framingham study have shown that people with a total cholesterol below a 4.0 or 150 on the US Scale total cholesterol below 4.0 (or 150 on US scale) will basically never have a heart attack. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has found in his long running study that a simple whole food plant-based diet (without oil or nuts, not even almonds or any fancy inclusion foods other than unprocessed whole foods) and profound cholesterol lowering has given very sick patients a positive outcome and he believes that we should all make ourselves heartattack proof (www.heartattackproof.com).

In other words, by many counts, following a simple low fat plant-based diet may just be what the doctor "should order" in order to keep their patients healthy. This is especially important news when a special report released by Children's Hospital Boston published in the March 17th New England Jounal of Medicine suggests that due to the rapid rise in obesity, especially among children, that if the current epidemic of obesity continues unabated, life expectancy could be shortened by 2 to 5 years in the coming decades.
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