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Experts endorse no-meat fare

/ 09:47 PM December 29, 2012

It’s not the contagious diseases that are killing most Filipinos. Health experts have sounded the alarm: the No. 1 killer today is literally a heart-stopper. There is a strong direct link between an individual’s risk of contracting cardiovascular disease and other lifestyle diseases, and his or her consumption of meat and animal-based processed foods.

This also explains why the Department of Health has advised people to go easy on the meat, especially during this time of the year.

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Among the experts who espouse a whole food plant-based diet are retired Cleveland surgeon Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., author and former Olympic rowing champion; T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University  and coauthor of “The China Study”; clinical researcher and author Neal D. Barnhard, MD, founding president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; John A. McDougall,  American physician and author; Dr. William Castelli, director of Framingham Heart Study; and Dr. Dean Ornish, an author who pioneered the reversal of heart diseases without resorting to drugs or surgery.

Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan,  a former Philippine health secretary along with other Filipino physicians, has been openly endorsing a whole food plant-based diet. Tessa Salazar

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