Then they moved to the big island of Hawaii, and the kids learned a bit more about rich food and they became a little fatter and sicker, and then the grand kids learned the whole American diet and they got really fat and sick. So it was right there before his eyes, he couldn't deny it, and he went there to become an internist. He quit his job as a plantation doctors, as a general practitioner, to become an internist because he wanted to become a doctor that could help people and he wasn't helping people.
So he and his wife moved back to Oahu and he attended the U. of Hawaii Medical Residency Program and became a board certified internist. In the process, he discovered lifestyle medicine - 1976 and 1978 - and since then, that's what he's been doing.
He couldn't just talk to the doctors about how good lifestyle medicine is, he had to talk to them about how bad traditional medicine is too. He said he was sorry, but until they put what they were really doing in perspective, they couldn't reach out and grab hold of what was right, and that's what his presentation was about: a little of both.
He then showed a slide of Daniel and said he wanted to talk about the history of lifestyle medicine, as far as his life was concerned. 2,600 years ago, Daniel's men were sick because they were eating rich food and he asked the gatekeeper and overseer if they could do an experiment, which has lasted the test of time and it''s still talked and written about. He put his men who were sick from eating from the king's table, on vegetables and water. He reassessed them in 10 days and found that they were healthier than those men to who continued to eat the royal food. It's just as true today as it was back then. People are sick because they're eating from the king's table; it's just that everybody happens to be eating from Dairy Queen and Burger King!
Russell Henry Chittenden was the head of biochemistry at Yale for 30 years. He's the father of biochemistry. He was practicing university medicine and he was disturbed by an observation: the current scientist of the day, like Carl Voit and Charles Atwater and the real big deals of those times were recommending that people eat high protein diets of 135 to 185 grams a day. These experts in those days looked at the population around them and they made an assumption that people who cold afford to eat anything would make the right choices. In other words, if you weren't wealthy, you were poor, and you could only eat fruits and vegetables. But, if you had a little bit of money, like soldiers and workers, people who had choice could buy meat, that innately people would make the right choice he assumed. In the 1850s between 135 and 1845 grams are still being taught that today and it's not based o one speck of science. Just on a bigoted science. He observed that people in Central America, India and Asia live on a third of that protein and they seem to do well and shew know vegetarians In the U.S. and Europe
He decided to challenge that concept with a bit of science. He cut his protein intake from 150 grams/day to 40 and his daily sick feelings went away. His arthritic knee went away. He lost about 30 pounds. He thrived. So what did he do next? He took 5 of his sedentary Yale faculty and put them on a similar diet and they got similar results. They lost weight, their aches and pains went away. He didn't want to rush his experiment because after all, he thought, the more physical demand, the more protein you would obviously need. So next he took 13 members of the Army Corps of Engineers physically active people, working out in the field, vigorously exercising one day a week, put them on the diet and the response was the same: they got healthier and thinner. The ultimate challenge was 8 Olympic Yale athletes. He put them on the diet and they improved their performance by 35%. Now that was over 100 years ago. And he did the experiments available at the time: careful dietary history, urinalysis, and every bit of scientific research done since then has proved him right, yet we still teach high protein diets to people.
Walter Kempner made a big impression on him. Many of you know about his brown rice diet, he was one of the pioneers; he's one of the people whose shoulders I stand upon. He came to Duke U. in 1939 and introduced the diet of rice, fruit and vegetables, and he did miraculous things to people back then. He took people with failing kidneys and stopped the progression of their kidney failure. People with enlarged hearts, half the hearts went down to normal size and the EKG changes reversed to normal. He took care of people with severe hypertension. Severe in our minds, it was common to him, and made about 60% of them have normal tension back in those days. And his diet is best known for his ability to cause people to lose weight, tremendous amounts of weight.
Roy Swank is one of his heroes and he's known him for 20 years. He said "gluttony and chronic degenerative diseases have been linked in the minds of both laymen and scientists for many years." He wrote that when Dr. McDougall was 12 years old. He said "to dig your grave with your teeth" probably has its origins in antiquity, but in the prosperous areas of the western world during the past few decades, the maxim has taken on a real and tragic meaning. that was 40 years ago and things are much worse today. But he knew all the things that you know and I know. he knew them back in 1950 and nothing seems to have happened
Nathan Pritikin was a man who made a big impression on him. He wasn't a doctor, but when he was first getting started in this diet and lifestyle business of his, he was quite frightened to learn the things that he knew and to think that maybe there was a cause to the problems for which he was treating his patients, and maybe there was a very valuable treatment. He heard Pritikin talk and it made him realize that it wasn't him that was having some kind of dream or hallucination. Those things were really true, because he said it so clearly, "I think it's ironic that the health agencies responsible for protecting our health are, in effect, destroying our health and shortening our lives. A million and a half people are dying each year prematurely because their food supply is poisoned with excess fat and cholesterol." And he, along with Roy Swank and Walter Kempner and Russell Henry Chittenden, knew that you could not only prevent those common diseases that we have today, but you could also cure them with dietary lifestyle change.
The last person he wanted to mention is Dean Ornish. he's one of the pioneers who said, "I don't understand why asking people to eat a well balanced vegan diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives. I could give you an hour and a half presentation about people all the way from Socrates on, that have discovered that the diseases that people have in this country are primarily because of their diet and lifestyle. That's the cause and most of you know you can change that and cure these people with dietary and lifestyle changes. If this has been known so long, why is it not the common practice in medicine? So when my patients learn about the effectiveness of this, particularly going through our clinic, they learn about what powerful 'medicine' this is, they get off all their drugs and they get their lives back. They ask, "Why didn't someone else tel me this? Why have I suffered so much and no one tells me this? Why is diet and lifestyle 'medicine' not the norm? Why are we considered radical and unorthodox?"
Well, the main problem is its low profit and the excuse that it takes some patient effort.
Peace and love be with you,