Dr. Dean Ornish is a medical doctor and a clinical professor of medicine. He is also the founder and president of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute. For over 43 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes can reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery.
Dr. Ornish directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that a plant-based diet, exercise and stress reduction practices can reverse the progression of early stage prostate cancer. His research also showed that these lifestyle changes affect gene expression, turning on disease preventing genes and turning off genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first controlled study showing that these lifestyle changes may begin to reverse cellular aging by lengthening your telomeres.
Dr. Ornish’s plant-based diet program (The Ornish Diet) has been rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News and World Report for ten years in a row. He also the author of seven bestselling books, his latest is co-authored with his wife, Anne Ornish, called UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Disease.
Dr. Ornish is a brilliant physician who has dedicated his life to help people prevent and heal chronic disease. I know you will enjoy this interview!
Note: Zoom had a major glitch with a recent software update, which affected several of my recent interviews before my team caught it. As a result, my side is audio-only.
– Dr. Ornish’s catalyst for a plant-based diet [2:30]
-Drugs and surgery don’t treat the root cause of heart disease [14:30]
-Dr. Ornish’s heart disease pilot study [16:40]
-Dr. Ornish’s Lifestyle Heart Trial [20:15]
-The lack of nutrition education in medical school [23:18]
-The choices you make can create health or disease [28:22]
–UnDo It Steps to reverse most chronic diseases [30:40]
-Eat well, move more, stress less, love more [34:15]
-How a plant-based diet can reduce the severity of Covid-19 [40:50]
Selected studies from the interview:
Dr. Ornish’s prostate cancer study reversal study
Changes in prostate gene expression in men undergoing an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention
Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study
Diet quality and risk and severity of Covid-19: a prospective cohort study
Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and Covid-19 severity: a population-based case-control study in six countries
Dr. Ornish’s Lifestyle Heart Trial
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