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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: Next chapter is the chapter eight the exercise spectrum. What is that all about?
[00:08] DR. DEAN ORNISH: Same thing, do what you like and do it often. You know I’ve learned that it’s not like… exercise is a perfect example of what we’re talking about earlier is not like you have to do one kind of exercise to reverse or prevent heart diseases or a different one for diabetes etcetera, it’s the same for all of them because exercises is also addressing each of these underlying mechanisms that we’ve been talking about. And so I tell people is I mean there’s aerobic exercise like walking or running, there is stretch on resistance balance or lift weights and there’s flexibility exercise, so I ask people do some of all three but pick once that you like, if you like it you’ll do it, it’s as simple as that and we all know that exercise is good for us but the more studies to come out just shows it’s even better than you might realize. I mean you can actually grow so many new brain neurons or process called neurogenesis after just walking for half an hour a day for a couple months your brain can get measured even bigger in particular those parts of your brain they want to get bigger like the hypothalamus that posses memory; so often people get this they go like what was that person’s name and where did I leave my keys and so on, all that is reversible and much faster. When I was in medical school we’re talking about getting a number of brain cells and if you wanted to get a couple number of six packs and fill off a thousand of them you never get them back, but you do, you know some of my favorite foods actually increased neurogenesis you know like tea and blueberries and chocolate and so on; so does exercise so with exercise and if you can do it with a friend you must as well likely to do it that’s why people pay trainers it’s not necessarily because of it; once you learn how to exercise most people still have their trainers come just because they are likely to do it just because someone is there with them. So you can have a buddy and do it together you can get social support and you’re much more likely to do it because you don’t want to let down the other person it’s just you.
[01:46] REENA JADHAV: Absolutely.
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