Christian Long

Dean Ornish: The World’s Killer Diet

In TED Talks on May 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Reflection by BRITTANY M.

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Dean Ornish:  The World’s Killer Diet

There are several health endemics right now across the world. The most “popular” endemic would be AIDS ,but one that everyone seems to forget about are cardiovascular disease’s.
Dean Ornish is a founder of the nonprofit organization Preventative Medicare Research Institute. He is using his talents to help promote the idea of preventing and reversing disease’s. In this video he speaks of preventing issues such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. He says that cardiovascular disease is preventable for 95% of patients suffering from this disease with a simple change of diet and lifestyle adjustments. People spend thousand of dollars to receive treatment for disease’s and don’t always see positive results. To put it bluntly, we have become a lazy world. We take advantage of technology and make things as easy as possible which makes us gradually more and more lazy. America is one of the leaders in this trend of laziness and has become a leader for other countries to follow. We skip breakfast,sit in a rolling chair staring at a computer, grab some McDonald’s, and go home every night to watch our television while eating more junk food for dinner. I’m not saying this is the lifestyle of every American ,but I’m sure many fall under this category to some degree.

Today,two-thirds of adults are diagnosed as being obese along with 15% kids. Diabetes has increased 70% in the last ten years.

If we do not start changing our lives now we are setting up our future generations for disaster. Life spans will shorten drastically and we could quite possible become overly dependent upon technology. While technology is good it can also be seen as a negative. It can be blamed for many of the issues today. Everyone thinks that is a country such as Africa is not technologically up to date then that is a problem. I disagree. Man has existed for thousands of years and has not always had the knowledge we posses today. This helps show that technology is an advantage but not a necessity to survive. If we take advantage of our technology we can use it to focus on finding cures to serious issues. By changing our eating habits and exercise routines we can prevent our reverse diabetes and prostate cancer. It is all up to a person’s will but it can be done.

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