have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease
of any group in the country...a fraction of our heart attack
rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate."
William Castelli, M.D., Director, Framingham Heart
Study, the longest-running epidemiological study in medical
Beating Heart Disease
the typical American diet, animal products are the main source of saturated
fat and the only source of cholesterol. By avoiding meat, eggs, and
dairy, we can greatly reduce the amount of saturated fat and all the cholesterol
that contribute to heart disease. In one study, a low-fat, high-fiber,
near-vegan diet combined with stress reduction techniques, smoking cessation,
and exercise actually reversed atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.(1)
cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries that follow plant-based
diets; but, when those same populations include more animal products in
their diets, cancer rates increase. Typically, vegetarians have lower
rates of colon cancer than non-vegetarians,(2) and a recent study
found that a low-fat, vegetarian diet with routine exercise can help
stop and even reverse prostate cancer.(3)
is an epidemic in the United States. A low-fat, vegetarian diet with moderate
exercise can take off—and keep off—the weight. See Eat More,
Weigh Less, by Dean Ornish, M.D.
Up to 80 percent of all factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics to
promote growth and minimize illnesses common in intensive confinement
animal agribusiness practices.(4,5)
a result, antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains, such as salmonella,
campylobacter, and E.coli, are increasingly found in animal products.
The ability of antibiotics to treat human infections has been jeopardized.
The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and other
health advocates are calling for the reduction or termination of this
- Ornish D, et al. Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary
heart disease? Lancet 1990;336:129-33.
- Phillips RL. Role of lifestyle and dietary habits
in risk of cancer among Seventh-Day Adventists. Cancer Res (Suppl) 1975;35:3513-22.
- Ornish D, et al. Dietary trial in prostate cancer:
early experience and implications for clinical trial design. Urology
2001;57(4 Suppl 1):200-1.
- Proposed CAFO Preamble and Rule, U.S. EPA, www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/cafo_ch5.pdf.
- Literature Review and Assessment of Pathogens, Heavy
Metal, and Antibiotic Content of Waste and Wastewater Generated by CAFOs,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contract 68-C-99-263.
- Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals Must Be
Curtailed to Prevent Increased Resistance in Humans, World Health Organization,
Press release WHO/73, Geneva, October 20, 1997.
- American Medical Association. House of Delegates,
Resolution 508, June