Preventing the Leading Causes of Death in the US

I wanted to share this powerful video on how we can prevent the leading causes of death.  Important stuff, right?  I highly recommend watching all (or at least part) of this video.  To summarize and hopefully encourage you to watch it, Dr. Michael Greger presents scientific facts on how we can prevent 14 of the 15 leading causes of death. In the US, the 15 leading causes of death (in order) are:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Respiratory Disease, (COPD, Emphysema)
  4. Stroke
  5. Accidents
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Kidney Failure
  9. Influenza
  10. Suicide
  11. Blood Infection
  12. Liver Disease
  13. High Blood Pressure
  14. Parkinson’s Disease
  15. Pneumonia

And interestingly enough, the medical system, when you look at side pill-bottles-684648effects from prescription drugs, medical mistakes and hospital acquired infections, results in 187,000 deaths per year making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the US!  (Good reason to avoid unnecessary doctor visits).

CSA 2 ALL of these leading causes of death, with the exception of accidents, can be prevented or combated with a strict vegetarian (i.e.: vegan) diet.

Don’t worry if you are a devoted meat eater.  Small changes in your diet like adding in greens at every meal and cutting out meat a few days a week will still have a positive influence on your health.

But, for me, I have found the vegan route to be the best option.  For example, in one year, my cholesterol has dropped 38 points, and my triglycerides (the measure of fat in the blood) dropped 104 points!  That’s proof enough for me.

Here is the link to the video


15 responses to “Preventing the Leading Causes of Death in the US

  1. My diet is mostly alkaline and I am really feeling good. I have heard disses do grow in an alkaline body

  2. Isn’t it sad that some of the top five leading causes of death can be prevented. Heart disease can be prevented or the symptoms at least lessoned. A great healthy lifestyle can really go a long way. 🙂

  3. I really drag my feet about going Vegan, but deep down I want to and know I should. I just really love all kinds of food.

    • It’s amazing, once you start cooking and eating some vegan meals you realize that you aren’t depriving yourself of anything, but rather you see how much taste and flavor you’ve been missing!

  4. I’m a meat and potatoes kid, not liking many fruits and veggies. I can’t put one at every meal but I’ve committed to one a day. Despite my poor eating habits I’ve never had high cholesterol.

  5. I often hear people talk about going vegan for one week to see if it would be a lifestyle they could adopt. After experiencing dissatisfaction, they go back to what they were eating before. I imagine it’s easier to adopt if they make little changes instead for long term benefits. As they say, you have to learn to crawl before you can run.

  6. I live in a fairly oblivious state when it comes to diet. Oblivious to the effects (other than weight gain and loss), but I have noticed that when I cut out the junk and reduce the meat, I am more in tune with what my body wants. My daughter has been quietly going vegetarian, she doesn’t hate meat, but she eats less and less of it and consequently she looks better and better. I doubt I could adopt a vegan lifestyle, but I can definitely eat less meat without feeling any sense of loss.

  7. Agree with you completely Grace. Have been semi vegetarian since I was a teenager and exercised thoroughout my life.

  8. I tried 2x to leave a comment and it wouldn’t go thru. Hoping that 3x is the charmer.

    Interesting post. I believe in moderation, so still enjoy a small piece of my meet with my greens, although not everyday.

  9. I would find it really difficult. I’ve only been able to eat fish for the past 6 weeks and it is killing me. Take that out and I would really struggle. I admit to feeling pretty good, but I don’t know how long I could last without chicken at least once a week.
    For me, with all my intolerances and having to delete so many things from my diet already, I just don’t think I could go there. I do however applaud you for doing it and hope that it makes you feel fantastic 🙂

    • All we can do is the best we can given our limitations! If you can eat them, adding fruits and vegetables to your diet will help keep you healthy.

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