To be honest, I stumbled onto this whole new way of thinking. Looking back, I am unbelievably grateful for the chain of events that derailed me from my routine track of familiar habits and catapulted me off into exciting new territory. Throughout the past nine years of this journey, I have been reading voraciously and studying the absolutely huge volume of evidence–based data that supports the plant-based lifestyle.
We are all linked by concerns about our personal health and our quality of life into our senior years. We also yearn to provide our children with a balanced, nutritious diet so that they can live a long and healthy life and not be burdened by obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and all the other chronic diseases associated with our affluent Western lifestyle. There is much confusion surrounding the most advantageous food choices for our overall health. Much of this controversy has been created by poorly designed and misinterpreted scientific studies. I have been a practicing pharmacist for forty years and have been able to observe the world of medicine and its treatments from a unique vantage point. With my science-based background I felt astonishment as I began to learn about the research into eating and health. Why was this not common knowledge? The research is not all brand new, although there are a plethora of studies coming to light almost daily. The study of foods and their effects on human health goes back more than fifty years. It seems to me that there is a disconnect between the facts that nutritional science considers validated and those in common knowledge. The “facts” that the media reveal fluctuate so wildly that people tend to just ignore the latest “breakthrough” and just eat the way they have always eaten.
At this point in my life I am embarking on the new stage known as “retirement”. With this new beginning I have a goal of consolidating and organizing this nutritional knowledge for myself, complete with corroborating scientific research. I feel that if people could only understand how the simple step of eating to truly nurture the body can be life altering, they would be more willing to give it a try. I am making this objective of mine available to anyone who cares to read this blog in the hopes that the foundation of evidence-based science helps clarify the bewildering assortment of conflicting information that we are encountering in our daily lives.
I hope to add a new (and short) chapter to this story once or twice a week so stay tuned… it is my hope that you can find something in this website to enrich your journey into a future of robust health.