“Truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer
I’ve seen the science and read numerous studies and personal success stories from both patient and doctor perspective on the health benefits of plant-based eating. So making the transition a few years ago only made sense. But ever since I’ve been trying to educate those around me. It’s hard for people to break away from the mainstream media ideas, especially when they align with their own personal history and traditions. But I strongly believe that when we know better we do better, it just takes more time for some people, and often the support of major government organizations.
This mainstream breakthrough is going to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people…and I couldn’t be more excited!
In 2013 plant-based diets for diabetes were in the ridiculed stage, labelling a plant-based diet as a fad diet. Although the research was there to show significant improvement and often elimination of type 2 diabetes on a plat-based diet, it was still not officially recommended by doctors or any mainstream organizations. Doctors and diet educators at the time didn’t educate their patients about the benefits of a plant-based diet on the basis that they didn’t believe they would implement the change…so the information wasn’t even given.
Fast forward to 2019, type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing disease among Canadians. The Canadian Diabetes Association is now officially recommending a plant-based diet because of it’s ability to improve body weight, A1C, total cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol and reduce the need for diabetic associated medications.
The evidence for the benefits of plant-based nutrition continues to mount. This now includes lower rates of stroke, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, myocardial infarction, and mortality as well as many non-cardiac issues ranging from cancer to a variety of inflammatory conditions.
We have the science, the challenge lies in overcoming the inertia of culture, habit and marketing of unhealthy foods. This is why having a culturally recognized authority on diabetes, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, recommending a plant-based diet is a HUGE positive health step for Canadians!