“As a physician it’s incredibly rewarding to use nutrition as the primary therapy.”
Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD, board certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, and widely published nutritional researcher, presented a health diet plan that may be the answer to America’s diabetes and heart disease epidemic. On a PBS Special “Three Steps To Incredible Health”, which recently aired on WEDU Tampa Bay, Florida, Dr. Fuhrman says heart disease and diabetes are easy to prevent and reverse without drugs and surgery. Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D of The Dr. Oz Show says of Dr Fuhrman’s plan “A medical breakthrough. If you give this diet your complete commitment, there is no question in my mind that it will work for you.”
In this first step, Know the Power of Micronutrients, Dr. Fuhrman explains what micronutrients are and why they have the power to reverse disease.
Dr. Furhman explained that in 1930 scientists discovered about 14 vitamins and 16 minerals. They thought they had an easy fix for good health and put these discoveries in processed foods and supplements. But despite the billion-dollar growth in the vitamin industry, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases continued to climb.
About 20 years ago scientists recognized that vitamins and minerals were not the major nutrient load in food. The major source of nutrient loads in food are phytochemicals, a variety of compounds found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and other plants. There may be hundreds or even thousands of them, some yet to be discovered and researched. Some of the most common of these are well documented for their cancer and other disease fighting antioxidants; vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, beta carotene, bioflavonoids and lignans.
So as Dr. Fuhrman says, green vegetables don’t have twice as much nutrients as a piece of chicken but maybe a hundred times more nutrients. A strawberry may have 700 nutrients in it, not just 30 vitamins and minerals.
These are Micronutrients, which Dr. Fuhrman says do not contain calories, that Americans do not eat enough of, that our need of these nutrients for good health is not optional! Micronutrients are the secret to Incredible Health. Dr. Fuhrman says micronutrients will transform your health and your life. Even in your 70′s and 80′s and 90′s a major transformation can occur.
Macronutrients, on the otherhand means big, as Dr. Fuhrman explains. These are the nutrients that contain calories, fats, carbohydrates, proteins. These are the things Dr. Fuhrman says Americans eat too much of. Chicken may contain protein calories and fat but will have very little micronutrients which contain the cancer/disease fighting antioxidants.
Dr. Fuhrman says epidemiological studies have been done around the world and found that populations where they tend to eat simple natural diets, where they grow a lot of their own food, don’t have heart disease.
But almost 95% of Americans have heart disease by the time they are 45 in some degree. Autopsies have been done on fortyish Americans who have died from car accidents and they have been found to have atherosclerosis.
How do you know if you are getting enough micronutrients?
One way is to make sure you eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
You may want to use a free online nutrient calculator such as The RightTrak.com. The RightTrak.com will calculate your Recommended Daily Allowances(RDA) for over 30 nutrients while it is calculating your BMI. You can select a variety of foods and The RightTrak will add up the nutrient values of your selected foods such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, beta carotene…and more. The RightTrak will turn Green if those allowances are met or Red if those allowances are not met.
Spend some time on The RightTrak.com and do several food searches. You will quickly learn and understand what favorite foods are giving you the most “Nutrient Bang for Your Buck!
Dr. Fuhrman offered an Incredible Health Combo Package which included some 6 DVDs of the program and additional information that was not aired, Incredible Health books, recipes and meal plans and memberships to Dr. Fuhrman’s health and wellness website as a donation gift exclusive to the viewers of this PBS Special. The package items were offered in various levels of donations. Please contact your local PBS Station, WEDU or Dr. Fuhrmans’s website to see how to obtain these products and services.
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