Nutrition

If The WFPB Were A Pill

“Just how healthy is the Whole Food Plant Based Diet (WFPB) diet?

Let’s pretend that all its effects could ‎be achieved through a drug. Imagine a big pharmaceutical company ‎holding a press conference to unveil a new pill called Eunutria. They ‎unveil a list of scientifically proven effects of Eunutria that includes the ‎following:‎

♦ Prevents 95% of all cancers, including those “caused” by environmental ‎toxins ‎
♦ Reverses even severe heart disease
♦ Prevents nearly all heart attacks and strokes
♦ Prevents and reverses Type 2 diabetes so quickly and profoundly that after ‎three days on this drug, it’s dangerous for users to continue to use insulin

‎‎‎What about side effects, you ask?‎

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Of course there are side effects. They ‎include:‎

♦ Gets you to your ideal weight in a healthy and sustainable fashion
♦ Eliminates most migraines, acne, colds and flu, chronic pain, and ‎intestinal distress
♦ Improves energy
♦ Cures erectile dysfunction (that makes the pill a blockbuster success all by ‎itself!)‎

Those are just the side effects for individuals taking the pill. There are ‎also environmental effects:‎

♦ Slows and possibly reverses global warming
♦ Reduces groundwater contamination
♦ Ends the need for deforestation
♦ Shuts down factory farms
♦ Reduces malnutrition and dislocation among the world’s poorest ‎citizens

How healthy is the WFPB diet?

It’s hard to imagine anything healthier – or ‎anything more effective at addressing our biggest health issues. Not only ‎is WFPB the healthiest way of eating that has ever been studied, but it’s ‎far more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than ‎prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation, and ‎genetic manipulation.‎

‎‎‎If the WFPB diet were a pill, its inventor would be the wealthiest person ‎on earth. Since it isn’t a pill, no market forces conspire to advocate for it. ‎No mass media campaign promotes it. No insurance coverage pays for it. ‎Since it isn’t a pill, and nobody has figured out how to get hugely wealthy ‎by showing people how to eat it, the truth has been buried by half-truths, ‎unverified claims, and downright lies. The concerted effort of many ‎powerful interests to ignore, discredit, and hide the truth has worked so ‎far.”

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Whole, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, (Dalas, ‎Texas, U.S.A., :BenBella Books, Inc., 2013), pages 7-9 ‎


 Food is pharmacology. What you put on the end of your fork is the most important decision you make ever day to make an impact on your health, the environment, the economy, and the government. ~ Dr.Mark Hyman

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~ Michael Pollan

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. ~ Michael Pollan

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition. ~Thomas Edison

You will find that your taste buds have a memory of about 3 weeks. ~ Dr. Neal Barnard

The truth is that we are addicted to fat — literally. Receptors in our brains account for our addicition to nicotine, heroin, and cocaine, and similar cravings have been identified for fat and sugars as well. ~ Dr. Esselstyn

I’ve given much thought to the next steps that individuals who are sufficiently convinced by what I’ve shared, both here and in The China Study, and who want to help create change, might take. The most important step is to change the way you eat. The diet is simple: Eat whole, plant-based foods, with little or no added oil, salt, or refined carbohydrates like sugar or white flour. There is nothing more convincing than experiencing the change for oneself. That crucial shift in the way we think about our health will happen, one person at a time. Eventually, policy will begin to change. Industry, deprived of the income produced by ill health and our ignorance, will follow. ~ T. Colin Campbell, PH.D

If it doesn’t run, fly, swim, or grow from the ground, it’s not food! ~ Annemarie Colbin

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. ~ Deepak Chopra