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 Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof (Video 63 mins)

Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, chief of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses his 18-year study whereby he reversed severe heart disease in every patient in his program -- who had all been sent home to die by their cardiologists. Dr. Esselstyn shows you how by changing your diet you can prevent and reverse heart disease. A low-fat plant-based (vegetarian) diet is the key.

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 Dean Ornish MD on Dangers of Atkin's Diet (Video 25 mins)

Dean Ornish MD talks about the perils of high protein diets, and shows research pointing to a plant-based diet as best for health and longterm weight maintainence. Dr. Ornish is the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute ( which has demonstrated that a low-fat plant-based diet can reverse heart disease and possibly prostate cancer.

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 Reversing Diabetes Naturally (Video 10 mins)

Six McDonalds-munching Americans eat 100% vegan live foods for a month. Medical results are fantastic. Doctors and experts are interviewed including Gabriel Cousens, MD and David Wolfe. Raw for 30-Days Raw for 30-Days will document the journey of five Americans suffering from Adult Onset Type II Diabetes, who undergo a radical 30-day diet and lifestyle change in the hope of reversing or reducing their insulin dependence. The film will show the eating habits that led to the development of this disease and will posit an alternative approach to living and eating, one in which foods can heal and hold the potential to reverse Diabetes. We will recruit subjects who have been subsisting on a standard American junk food diet and who are now insulin dependent and Diabetic. Those selected will journey to the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona to undergo a 30-day health regimen consisting of 100% raw organic living foods that are purported to heal Diabetes. We will select a diverse group of subjects, representative of the different segments of the population most affected by this epidemic. Examples include a Native American from a Reservation, an African American from an urban Northeast city, a Mexican American living in the western US and a Caucasian person from the mid-west or a Southern city such as Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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 The Chinese Study (Video part 1 - 52 mins, Part 2 - 44 mins) and Criticism of the China Study (Parts 1 and 2) by Chris Masterjohn

Video 1 is China Study Part 1 of 2
Video 2 is China Study Part 2 of 2
Video 3 is Criticism of the China Study Part 1 of 4
Video 4 is Criticism of the China Study Part 2 of 4

Lecture on the effects of diet on health and disease. Animal protein vs. plant protein. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is the project director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project (the China Study), a 20-year study of nutrition and health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. In more than 40 years of research he has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Dietary Patterns and A1C in Japanese Men and Women (paper)

OBJECTIVE - Dietary patterns in Western populations have been linked to type 2 diabetes, but the role of diet in Japanese remains unclear. We investigated the association between major dietary patterns and glucose tolerance status as measured by A1C in Japanese adults.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - The groups of subjects were comprised of 3,243 men and 4,667 women who participated in the baseline survey of an ongoing cohort study on lifestyle-related diseases in Fukuoka, Japan. Dietary patterns were derived by using principal component analysis of the consumption of 49 food items, ascertained by a food-frequency questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis was used to estimate sex-specific odds ratios (ORs) of elevated A1C (5.5%), with adjustment for potential confounding variables.

RESULTS - The Westernized breakfast pattern characterized by frequent intake of bread but infrequent intake of rice was inversely related to A1C concentrations (P trend 0.02 in both men and women); the multivariate-adjusted ORs for the highest versus lowest quintiles were 0.60 (95% CI 0.43 - 0.84) and 0.64 (0.46 - 0.90) for men and women, respectively. The seafood dietary pattern was positively associated with A1C concentrations in men only (Ptrend 0.01). Neither the healthy nor high-fat dietary pattern was related to A1C.

CONCLUSIONS - A dietary pattern featuring frequent intake of white rice may deteriorate glucose metabolism in Japanese men and women, and the salty seafood dietary pattern may have a similar effect in men.

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 Vitamin D & Cardiovascular Disease - New Frontiers for Prevention (Video 46 mins)

In this program, David Sane, MD, discusses the prevention of cardiovascular disease through vitamin D. Dr Sane is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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 Vitamin D and Diabetes - Can We Prevent it? (Video 48 mins)

In this program, Frank Garland, PhD, discusses vitamin D and the opportunity for prevention of diabetes. Dr Garland is the Technical Director of the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, California. NHRC is the primary Navy Military Operational Medicine Research Facility and the site of the Department of Defense Deployment Health Research Center. Dr. Garland also serves as the director of the NHRC Special Programs Office. In this capacity, he manages a large portfolio of Special Congressional Programs for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery directed toward medical research projects within and outside the Department of Defense.

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