Half of all North Americans are dying due to cancer or cardiovascular disease. You probably know people who suffer from these diseases. Their quality of life may be diminished, they may be living in fear, and are likely relying on multiple medications to get them through each day. Now imagine a world where the incidence of these two devastating diseases was significantly reduced. Through plant-based eating this is possible.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a third of cancer deaths are preventable through five lifestyle choices, one of which is high fruit and vegetable intake. WHO also indicates most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented if we address behavioural risk factors, including an unhealthy diet.
And that is just the beginning. Think type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis and depression. There is a growing body of scientific evidence linking plant-based eating to the prevention, treatment and even reversal of these and many other common and disabling illnesses.