550,000 Deaths by Diet
In the U.S., conservative estimates indicate that more than 550,000 people will die this year as a result of ignoring nutrition, according to Dr. T. Colin Campbell‘s first lecture in eCornell’s Plant Based Nutrition Certification program. (Which I felt privileged to enjoy after surviving my first hour and a half of “pre-testing” in 20 years.) But, if so many of us are digging our graves with our forks, why do so few of us seem to notice? Dr. Campbell conservatively estimates that about a third of deaths from our leading killers (heart disease claims 710,760 people, while cancer kills 553,091 each year) are caused by dietary excess, specifically the Standard American Diet (SAD) based on protien-rich animal products like meat, eggs and dairy. Further, these “diseases of excess” can be prevented and even reversed by a healthy, plant-based diet.
Maybe it’s time we consider embracing the power to defeat the most dangerous killer in the country — and lowering rising health care costs at the same time — by trying a diet of non-processed, living foods. After all, what do we have to loose?
Except our health.