"Let food be thy medicine"


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As a society we are sick, tired and over medicated.

Dietary patterns that include processed foods and animal products, even in moderation, are the leading cause of modern diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

According to the latest statistics from Statistics South Africa, 52.7% of deaths in South Africa was from non-communicable diseases.

  • With 13.7% of all deaths, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer, contributing to 62,197 deaths per year. Of this number, 37% of deaths were due to cerebrovascular disease such as strokes, with 28.5% of deaths due to hypertensive disease. Taken individually, cerebrovascular disease alone is the second biggest killer in South Africa and accounts for 5.1% of all deaths second only to Tuberculosis at 8.1%.
  • Cancer at number two, contributes to 8.4% or 38,648 of all deaths with cancer of the digestive organs being the most prevalent at 2.1% of all deaths.
  • Diabetes is the forth leading killer, totalling 5% or 22,747 of all deaths per year.

To put the above in perspective:

  • 210 people die from heart disease and 440 people from stroke every day in South Africa. Together that is equal to 2 Boeing 747 airplanes crashing each and every day!
  • Heart disease contributes to 28% of the total burden of disease in South Africa. That is 2 to 3 times higher than in developed countries.
  • South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertensive disease world wide with 1 in 3 adults being affected, as well as the world's highest rate of blood pressure among people over the age of 50 years old. High blood pressure is a silent killer - 75% of people with high blood pressure don't even know they have it.
  • 1 in every 4 people in South Africa is affected by cancer with more than 100,000 people being diagnosed with cancer every year. The survival rate for cancer is 6 in 10 people.
  • 90% of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors including smoking, diet and exercise.
  • In 2015, South Africa had a reported 2.28 million cases of diabetes - that is 7% of the population. This is predicted to double by 2040.
  • 1 in 2 adults and a quarter of children in South Africa are overweight.
  • 1 in 5 children in South Africa smoke.
  • 80% of these premature deaths can be prevented by eating better, moving more and avoiding smoking.

There is overwhelming scientific evidence, consistent across all types of research, supporting the health-promoting and health-protecting benefits of a Low-fat, Whole Food, Plant-based diet. As covered in The Forks Over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, you can expect significant life-changing results when you adopt a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. As explained by Drs. Pulde and Lederman, some of the benefits of this lifestyle include:

  • prevent and reverse the leading chronic diseases
  • reach your ideal weight
  • improve mental clarity
  • experience positive effects, not side effects
  • have a sense of well-being and empowerment
  • save time and money

A Whole Food, Plant-based diet (WFPBD) is centered around whole, unrefined or minimally refined tubers, starchy vegetables, whole grains and legumes with the addition of non-starchy vegetables and fruit. It excludes or minimises animal-based foods such as meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products and eggs as well as highly processed foods like flours, refined sugar and added free oils (including olive oil, coconut oil, etc.).

We share the views and follow the research of WFPB experts such as Prof. T Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger and Dietitian Jeff Novick among others. Read more...

Interest in the WFPB lifestyle is growing exponentially in South Africa, with an increasing number of health professionals incorporating this way of eating into their practice. Adopting a WFPBD is the most significant contribution we as individuals can make to the ethical, environmental and food sustainability concerns of the world while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preserving our incredible planet for future generations.

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