Doctor touts the health and lifestyle benefits of veganism

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Dr. Neal Barnard, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

A world-renowned clinical researcher and author promoted the health benefits of veganism when he spoke as part of Ohio University’s Kennedy Lecture Series last Thursday in Baker Center.

Neal Barnard, M.D., who has been a vegan since medical school, stated that our bodies are built for a plant-based diet. Using diabetes as an example, he explained how several chronic diseases are caused by poor food choices and, against popular belief, are not genetically caused.

“It’s not the genes that cause diabetes from generation to generation,” he declared. “It’s the recipes!”

Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, cited Japan’s experience with diabetes through the years as an example. According to USDA data, prior to 1980, 1 to 5 percent of Japanese citizens over the age of 40 had diabetes. However, by 1990, after fast-food chains came to the country, 11 to 12 percent had diabetes. This strongly suggests that diabetes is not genetic, he said.  READ FULL ARTICLE >>

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