HEALTH
Make no mistake, health is wealth.
The number one killer in the United
States isn’t guns, or drugs, or car
accidents.
After cancer, the greatest killer in
Canada isn’t drugs, car accidents
or suicides.
It’s heart disease—a
ruthless killer that is directly
related to what’s on our plates.
CARDIAC ATTACK!

Heart disease claims the life of nearly one out of every three AmericansCanadians.
Adopting a vegetarian diet is a powerful way to prevent heart disease.
In fact, a recent British study found that switching to a vegetarian diet
may cut your chances of developing heart disease by 32%! Animal
foods tend to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat, major contributors
to artery-clogging plaque.

In contrast, plant foods are low in saturated fat and contain no
cholesterol
. Zero. Zilch. Additionally, the most powerful cholesterol-
lowering dietary agents are soluble fiber, unsaturated fats, and
phytochemicals, all of which are found almost exclusively in plant foods.
LIGHTEN UP

Obesity is not just a vanity issue, but is now also linked to some of
the leading causes of death in the United StatesCanada, including diabetes,
heart disease, and stroke.

Science now shows that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity. In fact, the National Institutes of Health concluded that on average, people who avoid meat, dairy, and eggs have body mass indexes almost 20% lower than meat eaters. That translates into about 30 pounds less weight than non-vegetarians of similar height in certain age brackets. According to the Dietitians of Canada’s 2010 Eating Guidelines for Vegans, “A vegan eating pattern has many potential health benefits. They include lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Other benefits include lower blood cholesterol levels and a lower risk for gallstones and intestinal problems.”

Check out this quote from Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutrition expert
at Cornell University:

“Quite simply, the more you substitute plant foods
for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be.”

my life transformed:
NATALIA’S STORY

A few years ago I found myself at the end of my rope. I was topping the scales near 450 pounds. I was a severe, out-of-control, type 2 diabetic on numerous medications. My blood pressure and cholesterol were both through the roof.

Since going on a therapeutic, plant-based diet, eliminating all animal products, as well as high-fat foods, I have lost over 200 pounds, I am off of 15 medications, I no longer have neuropathy in my legs and feet, and the nerve damage in my eyes caused by astronomically high blood sugar is no longer there. In addition, my husband has also lost 100 pounds and has seen dramatic improvements in his health since adopting a healthy, vegetarian diet.
DITCHING DIABETES

Type 2 diabetes is no joke. It can cause heart disease,
stroke, kidney failure, and health issues leading to
amputations. What can help prevent type 2 diabetes?
A healthy, vegetarian diet.

In a study tracking the diabetes rates of people who
do not eat animal products, 62% had reduced risk
of developing diabetes compared to meat eaters.
my life transformed:
SOMER’S STORY

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called
ulcerative colitis. I was put on a prescription steroid to control the
disease. I went from a healthy weight of 125 to over 200 pounds in just
nine months on the drug. I was miserable and hated being sick.

Luckily, I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and I found out
that a whole foods, plant-based diet can reverse many diseases. So, I
went completely vegan. I am currently off all prescription drugs and
my ulcerative colitis is in full remission.

I’ve lost the weight—all 75 pounds—and I’ve never felt better.

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