Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.
Below is the full text of Dr. Greger ‘s TEDx Talk titled “Food as Medicine” at TEDxSedona conference. This event occurred on October 14, 2017.
On a personal note, this is a picture of me taken around the time that my grandmother was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease and sent home to die.
She already had so many bypass surgeries, basically run out of plumbing, confined to a wheel chair, crushing chest pain. Her life was over at age 65.
But then she heard about this guy, Nathan Pritikin, one of our early lifestyle medicine pioneers, and what happened next is actually detailed in Pritikin’s biography.
My grandma was one of the “death’s door” people. Frances Greger, my grandmother, arrived in a wheel chair. Mrs Greger had heart disease, angina, claudication. Her condition is so bad, she could no longer walk without great pain in her chest and legs.
Within three weeks, though, she was not only out of her wheelchair, she was walking 10 miles a day!
Here’s a picture of my grandma at her grandson’s wedding, 15 years after doctors abandoned her to die. She was given a medical death sentence at age 65, but thanks to a healthy diet, she was able to enjoy another 31 years on this planet until age 96 to enjoy her six grand kids, including me. That’s why I went into medicine.
Years later, when Dr Dean Ornish published his landmark lifestyle heart trial, proving with something called quantitative angiography, that indeed heart disease could be reversed, arteries opened up, without drugs, without surgery, just a plant-based diet and lifestyle program, I assumed this was going to be the game changer.