Experts Agree

Neal Barnard, MD, Author & President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: “We send our children to the best schools we can afford, and try to equip them with moral values that will last a lifetime, but we give them food habits that, when they grow up, will cut short two lives out of every three.”

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare: “Within ten years, if trends continue, American healthcare costs could reach $4.2 trillion, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product. Spending more than $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs—nearly as much as what the rest of the world combined spends.”

President Bill Clinton: “You have a responsibility to try and be as healthy as possible. I decided to pick the diet (a plant-based diet) that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival. You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, and that of your family and your country.”

President Clinton has shared that his shift to a plant-based diet stemmed from his grave concerns about the diet-related diseases among his fellow Americans and associated healthcare costs, as well as the impact of our food choices on global sustainability.

William W. Li, MD, President, Angiogensis Foundation: “Can we eat to starve cancer? Yes we can. What we eat three times a day is our chemotherapy.”

Shannon Brownlee, Medical Journalist: “We have a disease care system, and we have a very profitable disease care system—it doesn’t want you to die and it doesn’t want you to get well; it just wants you to keep coming back for the care of your chronic disease.”

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, Author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: “It’s the #1 killer in America, yet heart disease is a toothless paper tiger that need never exist; and, if it does exist, it need never progress.”

Scott Stoll, MD, Author, Plantrician Project Board Chairman & Co-founder: “We also need a value-based delivery model of medicine, as opposed to our current fee-for-service model—a system that economically incentivizes physicians for quality outcomes and true prevention.”

Director James Cameron: “By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world. Eating plants only will be the mark of conservationists of the future who are walking the walk.”

Movie mogul James Cameron has adopted the whole food, plant-based diet for himself and his family, noting the win-win for our health and for the health of the planet.

Doug Lisle, PhD, Author of The Pleasure Trap: “Our motivational systems have been hijacked. Seeking the most pleasure for the least pain and effort is what we’ve adapted to—consuming animal protein, dairy, packaged, processed foods, laden with oil, sugar and salt—more calories per bite and devoid of fiber. Doing the wrong thing is now what feels right. Unprocessed, all natural plant food is what human beings were designed to eat. We have to detox and realign our systems.”

Susan Benigas, Plantrican Project Founder: “Through my work in recent years, I've come to recognize that the #1 cause of the alarming chronic disease trends AND the #1 cause of many of the global sustainability issues we're facing is one and the same: our Western industrialized diet. The foods we should be eating to protect our health and prevent disease are exactly the same choices we should make as it relates to the big picture of global sustainability.”

Denis Burkitt, MD: “America is a constipated nation: If you pass small stools, you have to have large hospitals.”

Micaela Karlsen, PhD Candidate & former Executive Director, T. Colin Campbell Foundation: “The biggest obstacle in the adoption of a whole food, plant-based diet is not in the lack of evidence but in the public awareness of what evidence already exists.”

Michael Klaper, MD: “Inside the body is an innate force that wants to be healthy. Inside every fat, sick person, there’s a normal person with normal biometrics, encased in bad habits and wrong choices. But, with the right food, the natural food of humans, the body will reclaim its natural heritage of health.”

J. Morris Hicks, Author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World: “The single most important step we can take in addressing our health crisis and global sustainability crisis is moving rapidly in the direction of a whole food, plant-based diet.”

Dean Ornish, MD, Author & Founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute: “What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing our diet and lifestyle.”

Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project Co-founder: “It's going to take doctors becoming informed, rising up, banding together, and, in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath, demanding change of the current system. Physicians are trained to treat symptoms and diseases, rather than addressing the underlying imbalances that perpetuate illness. As physicians begin to change, the system will begin to change, ushering in real healthcare reform and a sustainable system. This will require a grassroots effort on the part of physicians.”

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Author of The China Study & Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University: “When I began my experimental research program on the effects of nutrition on cancer and other diseases, I assumed it was healthy to eat plenty of meat, milk and eggs. But eventually, our evidence raised questions about some of my most-cherished beliefs and practices. Our findings, published in top peer-reviewed journals, pointed away from meat and milk as the building blocks of a healthy diet, and toward whole, plant-based foods with little or no added oil, sugar or salt.”

Kris Carr, Author of Crazy Sexy Cancer: “ order to care for ourselves in a full-tilt-boogie-I’m-gonna-walk-the-talk sorta way, we must rebel against the broken systems that support disease and dismantle the status quo. We can’t wait for special interests, government policies, subsidies, agribusiness, factory farming, pharmaceutical industries and advertisers to change. But we can get off our sofas, vote with our forks and knives and heal the way we eat, drink and think.”

Mark Bittman, Food Journalist: “It would be difficult to design a more wasteful, harmful and unsustainable diet than the one that we are consuming in the Western world. There is simply not nearly enough land, water or energy for this diet-style to continue for much longer. And the simple answer is right under our noses; it’s what we put in our mouths at every meal.”

Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project Co-founder: “For the first time in human history, people are dependent on medications that typically only address symptoms—not the underlying cause of disease. We’ve become expert in disease management, not in true ‘health’ care where we focus on the art of prevention through plant-based nutrition and inexpensive lifestyle modification. Our current system is rewarding the management of disease, while not rewarding prevention and prescriptions for dietary change. This has to change, because the current model is unsustainable.”

Christine Northrup, MD: “The average teenager consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar each day. If you walk the aisles in the average grocery store and look at the amount of sugar in a child's breakfast cereal; you might as well be rolling up the kid's sleeve and put in heroin, because it's the same: It's that addictive.”

Dean Ornish, MD: “About 75 percent of the $2.8 trillion in annual health care costs in the United States is from chronic diseases that can often be reversed or prevented altogether by a healthy lifestyle. If we put money and effort into helping people make better food and exercise choices, we could improve our health and reduce the cost of health care.”

Wendell Berry, Novelist & Farmer: “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”

Michele Simon, JD, MPH, Author & President of Eat Drink Politics: “Our diet-related disease epidemic is fueled by the powerful meat, dairy and junk food industries, supported by government policies that place profit over public health.”

Neal Barnard, MD: “It’s now beyond question that food affects Alzheimer’s and the cognitive decline leading up to it.”

T. Colin Campbell, PhD: “Rather than a reductionist approach, nutrition should be recognized as the ‘wholistic’ effect of countless nutrients involving countless diseases working through countless mechanisms.”

Mark Bittman, Food Journalist: “Let’s connect the dots: We know that the American diet is a fast track not only to obesity but to type 2 diabetes and other preventable, non-communicable diseases, which now account for more deaths worldwide than all other causes combined. If the rate of Alzheimer’s rises in lockstep with Type 2 diabetes, which has nearly tripled in the United States in the last 40 years, we will shortly see a devastatingly high percentage of our population with not only failing bodies but also failing brains.”

J. Morris Hicks, Author: “Our typical Western diet is grossly unsustainable. On average, animal-based calories require over ten times as much land, water and energy to produce as do plant-based calories. If everyone in the world ate the way we do in the USA, we’d need two or three planet Earths to feed us all and we only have one—and she is in trouble.”

Thomas Campbell II, MD, Author of The Campbell Plan & Executive Director, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies: “Never before have we had the breadth and depth of evidence favoring plant-based diets. For our patients, our communities, and our entire population, we must incorporate this evidence into our mainstream medical system.”

United Nations – June 2, 2010 Report: A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change. As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable.

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD: “Green leafy vegetables are the powerful fire extinguisher on the boiling cauldron of inflammation in our bodies.”

Michael Greger, MD & Founder, “Evidence shows that the same diet that prevents a disease may also be used to treat or, in some cases, even reverse it.”

Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute Director: “Population growth, rising consumption, decreasing water supplies, deteriorating soils—these are all part of the geopolitics of food. The number of hungry people in the world is increasing. Nations are in the midst of land grapping, with governments selling huge chunks of land to foreign investors. Civilization can survive without oil, but it cannot survive without food. Water shortage will have major impact on the ability to produce food. We have one world food economy; the Chinese will be coming into the U.S. market for massive amounts of grain: 1.4 billion Chinese, with rapidly rising incomes, we’ll be competing against U.S. citizens for food.”

Neal Barnard, MD: “100 million Americans have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, with current trends suggesting one in three children born after 2000 will become type 2 diabetic—for Hispanic children the rate is an even more alarming: one in two. We’re putting into our bodies foods we were not designed to eat. When we consume a plant-based diet, our bodies begin to recover. We now understand how to prevent and reverse disease. Type 2 diabetes is a disease that never has to occur; it can be prevented and reversed with a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.””

T. Colin Campbell, PhD: “The expression of the genes is controlled by nutrition: Even when genetically pre-disposed, nutrition trumps genes. Genes may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.”

Michael Pollan, Author and Food Journalist: “Everything I’ve learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Susan Benigas, Plantrician Project Founder: “The medical community is waking up to the reality that a diagnose-and-treat disease-care system is unsustainable.”

Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

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