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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: Chapter three how it works.
[00:03] DR. DEAN ORNISH: It works because these underlying mechanisms that we’ve talked about are all influenced by diet and lifestyle choices to the degree that you make and so as you begin to change our lifestyle you start to feel better in every metrics that we look at objectively gets better as well and then you get into this monsters and say oh I can really do something about this and I start to feel better I mean let’s take someone who’s got chest pain due to heart disease engine and as they start to make these changes their engine starts to go away and like oh, wow I can walk across the street without getting pain, I could make love with my spouse, I can play with my kids, I can go back to work and then it’s like okay well done. I like eating cheeseburgers but not that much because what I gained so much more than what I give up because of mechanisms are so dynamic it’s not about preventing something bad from happening years down the road is not about living to be 86 instead of 85 that really motivates most people, it’s about I can feel much better very quickly with the days and certainly within weeks but because I’m making these changes, what I gained is so much more than what I give up and that’s what makes it sustainable.
[01:10] REENA JADHAV: I love that.
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