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Book Summary Video Interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish on his book “The Spectrum for HealthBootcamps.
Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. He is the clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.
For more than 32 years, Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He directed the first randomized, controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease. In collaboration with Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., he also showed that these lifestyle changes can lengthen telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control how long we live.
He is the author of six best-selling books, including New York Times bestsellers Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.
The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, TheNew England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology, and elsewhere.
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[00:01] REENA JADHAV: Hey everyone it’s Reena Jadhav here from health bootcamps and today it is my true honor to have with us a brilliant physician, bestselling author, creator of the famous scientifically backed program to reverse heart disease through diet and lifestyle Dr. Dean Ornish. Dr. Dean welcome.
[00:20] DR. DEAN ORNISH: Thank you it is a great pleasure to be here.
[00:22] REENA JADHAV: Definitely, share a little bit more about you. Now Dr. Dean Ornish is also the president of the nonprofit Preventative Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito. But do you know what he is most famous for, is being the personal physician consultant to former class president Bill Clinton. All right let’s dive into chapter one. So chapter one you can literally start off by saying it works what’s the essence of that chapter?
[00:44] DR. DEAN ORNISH: Well as I mentioned we’ve been doing for forty years that the more you change the more you improve and the more diseases we study and the more mechanisms would look at more reasons we have to explain why that’s the case. So what I did and I’ve also learned that even more than being healthy and being one when you feel free is that there is a whole language of behavioral change has this kind of fascist moralistic humiliating quality to it. The whole idea of patient compliance I get in there well to another or if you’re going to die chances are you are going to go off the diet and then you have all that shame and guilt and anger and humiliation which are really much more toxic than the food itself. And so what I realize is that you know instead of making this a diet is just a way of eating and living. So no food is just food is something that is healthier for you. So I categorize foods from the most healthy what I call group one which is basically the whole foods plant-based foods. Group five the most unhealthy which are foods that are high in animal protein, sugar and things like that and groups which are foreign immediate and so it’s a personalized diet not based on what I’m telling you to do but rather you decide how much you want to change how quickly how many things. We support it, we track it if that degree of change is enough to accomplish your goals great if not do more, and it’s drastically simple. You can’t fail because if you indulge yourself one day it doesn’t mean you cheated or you failed or you are bad or those prerogative words is it helps you in the next. You don’t have to exercise one day, do a little more the next. Do what you like and it’s going to be much more successful that way.
[02:11] REENA JADHAV: I love it.
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