Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dr. Michelle McMacken and the Plant-Based Program at Bellevue Hospital

On 6/27 Plant-Pure Communities Manhattan had a presentation by Dr. Michelle McMacken on the 7 things that change when you switch to a plant-based diet. She is a board-certified internist and an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Here is a YouTube interview:

I will recap some of the highlights of her presentation here:

  1. Within as little as three weeks, you will see an improvement in chronic inflammation.
  2. Cholesterol drops very quickly by as much as one third.
  3. Your intestinal microbiome changes completely, and will be much less prone to disease than that of a meat eater.
  4. You will instantly lower your cancer risk. Cured meats are rated by WHO to be a type 1 carcinogenic (similar to tobacco, asbestos), and muscle meat (Beef, Pork, Lamb) is a typpe 2A carcinogen. Even 3 servings of whole grains per day reduces cancer risk by 17%
  5. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Even only 2 slices of cured meats per day increases diabetes risk by 37%. Prediabetics should be eating fruit.
  6. You will finally get the right amount and the right kinds of protein - plant-based. No need for protein supplementation. Western diets have us overconsume protein and the wrong kind - animal based, which promotes cancer growth, while plant-based protein inhibits cancer growth.
  7. You will be doing good for the planet.

Some worthwhile sources cited by Dr. McMacken.The most helpful one for beginners is perhaps this one:

it is a very helpful starter guide.

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