You Can Be Vegetarian : How To Become A Vegetarian Easily

03 May 2013 00:47 Hello and welcome to "Health for a Lifetime"
00:48 I'm your host Don Mackintosh,
00:50 and today, I'm going to be talking with Dr. David DeRose
00:52 Welcome back doctor!
00:54 Good to be back with you, Don
00:55 Now you work at the Lifestyle Center of America
00:57 in preventive medicine.
00:59 What exactly does that mean?
01:01 Well, you know, most people, Don, when they think of
01:03 preventive medicine, they think of preventing things
01:05 from ever happening in the first place...
01:07 and that really is a part of preventive medicine.
01:09 That's what we call primary prevention...
01:11 preventing a disease process, or condition from ever occurring
01:14 But really, much of what we do
01:16 at the Lifestyle Center of America is secondary prevention
01:20 and tertiary prevention.
01:22 Wow, that sounds like a very important work.
01:24 Yeah, we usually don't tell the public about that...
01:27 but we tell them... we're helping them with
01:29 their disease processes.
01:30 So people come to us with their diabetes, or their heart disease
01:34 ...their high blood pressure, their weight problems,
01:36 their cholesterol problems, their arthritis.
01:38 They come with these conditions and we intervene...
01:42 We work with them on a lifestyle-based program
01:44 trying to deemphasize the need for medications;
01:48 trying to avoid surgery, and use more natural
01:51 lifestyle-based approaches.
01:53 So "lifestyle," what exactly is that?
01:54 Well lifestyle has to do with the things that we choose
01:57 to do on a day-to-day basis.
01:58 It has to do with how we sleep...
02:00 how many hours we sleep.
02:01 It has to do with how we eat.
02:03 It has to do with whether or not we exercise,
02:05 and if we do, what we choose to do.
02:07 It has to do with our social contacts...
02:09 our spirituality.
02:10 Let's talk about eating... you know, I hear a lot about
02:12 vegetarian diets, and there's
02:15 a lot of benefits we hear about that.
02:18 Do you have to be a total vegetarian to
02:20 get the maximum benefits?
02:22 Well, it's an interesting question
02:25 the way you ask it, Don.
02:26 Let me tell it to you this way, first.
02:28 The more we move in the direction of a plant-based diet,
02:31 the more we get a number of benefits;
02:33 when it comes to heart disease,
02:35 when it comes to cholesterol reduction,
02:37 cancer prevention...
02:39 But you don't have to be a TOTAL
02:40 vegetarian to get some benefit.
02:42 In other words, someone who starts decreasing their meat
02:45 and eating more fruits and vegetables,
02:47 is going to benefit themselves in terms of decreasing their
02:50 risk of a host of killer diseases.
02:52 A recent study in Iowa, looking at women's health...
02:55 They found that women who were eating more whole grains,
02:58 for example, were decreasing their risks... substantially
03:02 of developing diabetes in a short a time as
03:05 5 years down the road.