At the Crossroads: Disease or Health
Chronic Diseases are the Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the U.S.
•7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
•In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
•Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese (BMI ≥ 95th percentile of the CDC growth chart).
•About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations.
•Arthritis is the most common cause of disability, with nearly 19 million Americans reporting activity limitations.
•Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.
Read more about the Power Plate here. As a nation, 75% of our health care dollars goes to treatment of chronic diseases. These persistent conditions—the nation’s leading causes of death and disability—leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs.
Our nation is at the crossroads, the choice that you make will decide your health and your family’s. Do you continue down the road of destruction, taking your children with you? The Standard American Diet which consists of meat and dairy is a high fat, high calorie, low nutrient, disease enabling lifestyle. As you can see not only do the facts reveal the country’s ill health, but the way we feel, and our own sick, unwholesome, diseased condition also reflect the nation’s chronic status.
Are you ready to turn your life around? Begin a whole foods, plant based diet today! You no longer have to be sick. Take the road to health, the “super highway” of life, reclaim your destiny to feel great again. Its so simple: eliminate the meat, dairy, oils, sugars and processed foods. Replace them with greens, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans. Click on each of the interactive images on this page for more information on what to eat.
Each of these Plant-Based Plates differ from the USDA Food Plate which pushes and promotes dairy and meat products. As Dr. Fuhrman states: “These foods do not contribute beneficial micronutrients and therefore do not deserve such prominent positions in the diet. For example, the USDA pyramid recommends approximately 3 servings of dairy per day for adults.
Dairy products are not essential for good health, and contribute saturated fat and animal protein, both of which should be limited to prevent chronic disease. The USDA pyramid treats these(plant based) protective foods as “side dishes,” and allows the vast majority of calories to be obtained from nutrient poor foods.”
Research on the Major Killers of Americans
Prevention is the light at the end of the tunnel for those looking for a way to reduce the cancer epidemic. By avoiding factors that lead to cancer and including foods that strengthen us against the disease, we can, to a great extent, control our own risk.
* These figures are rough estimates based on data from: Cancer Rates and Risks, National Cancer Institute (Washington, DC: 1985), and R. Doll and R. Peto, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1981, 66(6):1191-308. Other factors may also play a role in certain forms of cancer and are not included in this table. Categories may overlap. For example, both tobacco and alcohol contribute to esophageal cancer.