Dr. Dean Ornish

Throughout the past several decades I have made a personal quest of studying the relationship between nutrition and personal wellness.
I have read several of Dr. Ornish's books, "Eat More Weigh Less" and "The Spectrum" and I have his cook book which I use often. What I love about Dr. Ornish is his holistic approach to health, the fact that his program is nutrition, exercise, sharing feelings and meditation.
Some years ago he had established a program with Swedish Hospital in Seattle. I went to some spinoff meetings which were great. The participants talked about their food and their feelings and then were led in some yoga and meditation.
Dr. Dean Ornish is the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. It is a non-profit institute researching the effects of diet and lifestyle choices on health and disease. Research performed by Dr. Ornish and his colleagues over the past 35 years have demonstrated scientifically for the first time that changes in diet and lifestyle improve one’s overall health in the following ways:  
  • Reverse heart disease
  • Turn on health-promoting genes and turn off disease promoting genesLengthen telomeres, the end of chromosomes that control aging
  • Slow, stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer
Because these findings were so profound and convincing, Medicare has recently agreed to provide coverage for his program.
Dr. Ornish has written six nationally bestselling books. Among them are: “Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease”, “Eat More, Weigh Less”, “Love and Survival”, “Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish” and “The Spectrum”.
In his website, www.ornishspectrum.com he explains his philosophy and tells about his program designed to undo heart disease. You can enroll right from this site. The program is a 72 hour process done in 18, 4 hour sessions.
Dr. Ornish believes that the “spectrum” of good health includes nutrition, fitness and exercise, stress management and love and support. Dr. Ornish is not a “diet” doctor. His research was to reverse cardiovascular disease. During the research he discovered that the participants lost weight. Because most people derive about 30% of their calories from fat. In an attempt to lose weight, they cut portions in order to restrict calories. The Ornish plan allows only 10% of calories from fat which allows a greater quantity of food to get the same calories.  Therefore, people leave the table feeling full.
Dr. Ornish first began his research in 1977. During the first year of his research participants lost an average of 22 pounds even though they were eating more food and more frequently than before entering the study.
​The book, “Eat More Weigh Less” talks about the Life Choice Program. The program is a 10% fat, vegetarian diet.  I would certainly recommend his program to anyone with cardiovascular problems as it has been proven to be able to reverse heart disease.
 

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