The other day I heard the people on the radio talking about how scientists are inventing this new drug that will help people live to be over 100 years old. This drug will also apparently eradicate such illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and alzheimers. And I immediately thought: when will people realize that the answer to health and longevity is not in a pill; it’s in our diet and lifestyle.
Recently I’ve been presented with an abundance of knowledge and information regarding humans living longer and healthier. I guess it all started about a month ago when I watched the presentation by Dr. Michael Greger titled: “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.” Consequently, I found the speech life changing. His presentation is full of extensive studies and research done over periods of 30 years and more. What he explained was how by eating a plant based diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, starches, nuts, etc: we can cure, prevent, and reverse 15 of the 16 top causes of death in North America. These would be diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and many others. I would highly recommend watching the presentation as I felt very enlightened afterwards and wanted to share it with everybody.
But then I had a thought that has crossed my mind multiple times in the past: if the solution is so simple, why isn’t the whole world having access to this information? If we can all prevent cancer and heart disease by eating plants, why doesn’t everybody know about this??
The answer to that question is simple: money.
The government makes money off of our sickness. The meat and dairy industry make money off us spending all of our money on their products. And then when animal-based foods like meat, dairy and eggs cause diseases like cancer, obesity, heart disease, and all the others I listed above; well, you see how the system works. It’s all about money. And unfortunately, if everybody was healthy and lived long, the medical industries would be out of business. One of my favourite quotes is actually from Family Guy when Lois’s dad says: “Why cure someone of cancer in a day? When you can treat them for a lifetime and bill them every step along the way?”
It’s so sad that we live in a generation where cancer is the most deadliest thing someone can hear. But what if all of that could change; what if there really was a cure to fix it all?
Well, there is; it’s called eating a plant based diet.
In Dr. Greger’s presentation, he specifically outlines the causes of cancer, and how eating animal foods can cause cancer growth to grow. And when patients were fed a diet of only plant based foods, the cancer cells shrunk. I really cannot do it any justice by describing it to you so please, if you are doubting me or are just interested, go watch the speech now. It’s only an hour and can literally change your life.
The next week I came across this TED talk by Dan Buettner titled: “How to Live to be 100+“. In the presentation he discusses the tribes of people who are the longest living on the planet: in Sardinia, Okinawa, and Loma Linda. What all of these groups of people had in common was that they ate a predominantly plant based diet: consisting of fruits, vegetables, grains, starches, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
But it’s not just diet that aids in their longevity, it’s also their culture. These people do not live like we do in Westernized societies. They wake up each morning with a happy and peaceful mind. They pray to whatever God or higher powers they believe in; they spend quality time together in their community; they form genuine connections with people who will be with them their entire life time; they do not over eat like North Americans do, they simply eat until they are 80% full to ensure they do not over eat. They also say a prayer before each meal and also say that they will appreciate this meal and not over eat. Another thing all of these communities have in common is that they do not exercise; yet they are the healthiest people on the planet, where living to age 100 is normal, even 120 is average for them. They do not have a word for retirement because these people believe that the job they have is not a job at all; they believe it is their duty to their community; to help and serve. They never want to finish working because they love it so much. They work to be 97 and older.
The difference between these communities and ours is that we live these busy, hectic lives. We are overwhelmed by industrialization, consumerism, and the internet. We rush around the busy streets surrounded by tall buildings and polluted air. We stress about the future and let things from the past haunt us. One specific thing that these tribes do is to sit down once or twice a day and just relax and pray. To say what they are appreciative for, and to de-stress/mediate, and relax their minds and bodies. We do not do that enough.
So with all of these things combined – diet, stress, culture – they live much longer and healthier than we do.
I aspire to be like them. I want us all to aspire to be like them. Because if we can all be happy and live long together, why wouldn’t we?
But then I am reminded; where is the profit in that?
And that is why we will never be like them. Because our Westernized world revolves around money and greed, not the wellness of our people. Unfortunately, people being sick is what keeps the money flowing. And until people wake up and do their own research on these things, they will continue to be a slave to the system. And I truly do not want that to happen to people. That is why I highly advise you to watch these presentations, read these books, do your research, and learn about these things. Because sometimes the internet can help you more than think.