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Dr. Dean Ornish
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engineerguy posted:
Dr. Ornish, a cardiologist, has made terrific contributions to medical science.

He was the first to demonstrate reversal of atherosclerosis in humans.

He published a study with Prostate Cancer patients who had chosen watchful waiting. Patients were randomly assigned to a control group, who had standard medical care (whatever diet recommended, etc), and the Ornish lifestyle group, plus medical care. Both groups had 7% cell apoptosis at the beginning of the study (cancer cell suicide in a test tube). At the end of the study, the control group still had 7%. The Ornish group had 70%. WoW

He published a study with pomegranate juice (PJ) and heart patients. After drinking 8 oz PJ daily for 3 months, there was improved blood flow to the heart increased (myocardial perfusion). The control group that had drank a sports drink of similar color, taste and calories, worsened.

Dr. Ornish has opened lifestyle centers that teach his program of diet, exercise, stress reduction and support. He has demonstrated that these centers cost less money to treat patients, compared to standard medications and surgical procedures, and has got insurance companies to cover the lifestyle treatment. The life insurance companies did not want to cover lifestyle, because this reduces medical costs, and reduces life insurance profits. (As medical costs skyrocket, the insurance company takes their cut, and their profits skyrocket.)
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