Plant based Eating - the raw cardiologist

How Plant Based Eating will
Save Your Life
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and
in the cause and prevention of disease.Thomas A. EdisonUS inventor (1847 - 1931)
Salvatore J. Tirrito M.D.,F.A.C.C
Pima Heart Associates
The Business of
Medicine in this country is big business, with $2.5 trillion dollars being spent on
healthcare in 2010 (17.6% of GDP), with anticipated increases in health care costs to
$4.5 trillion (19.3% of GDP) by 2019 (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, 2010).
Total health expenditure per capita in the U.S. is $7,538, far higher than any other
developed country.
75% of health dollars spent on individuals with one or more chronic disease--diseases
which generally respond well to healthy modifications in lifestyle (OECD, 2011).
do we
for it?
The Business of
U.S. ranking 47th in life expectancy.
43rd in infant mortality.
Has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world (CIA, 2008).
So Why if we have all these great meds and procedures are people not getting
Why are we doing so
Because our focus is on the disease, not the person with the
We forget that being healthy is not just the absence of
We get so focused on a single tree that we forget about the
whole forest out there.
We forget the common thread that runs thorough all disease
Why do we have so much
The Food we Eat (Nutritional Stress)
The Air we Breath and the Water we drink
(Environmental Stress)
The Chemicals we put in our bodies everyday
(Chemical Stress)
The lifestyles we lead (Psychological, Social,
Economic Stress)
Your Health
Your Lifestyle:
What you eat
What you weigh
How much exercise you do
The Stress in your life
What You Eat
This is the single most important component of
inflammation and achieving optimal health.
Nutritional Stress (Definition): the stress of inadequate
nutrition of total nutrients.
Nutritional Stress: The stress placed on our bodies and
minds by the overconsumption of refined foods and the
lack of natural, nutrient-rich unprocessed food.
What can you do?
Plant Based
What You Eat
Eat Plants not Animals
Environmental Cost of the North American Diet
During the 1990s, the average adult American gained 10 pounds. The CDC
estimated that airlines had to burn an additional 350 million gallons of fuel
from 1994 to 2004. It costs the airlines (and thus you) $275 million and
dumped an additional 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
This obesity trend is due to eating a diet that is high in animal products and
refined foods and low in natural, plant based food.
What You Eat
Eat Plants not Animals
Environmental Cost of the North American Diet
A plant based diet will significantly reduce on dependance on fossil fuel and reduce greenhouse gas
According to a 2006 Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN report: Livestock are one of the most
significant contributors to today’s environmental problems. Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of
greenhouse-gas emissions.
The energy used in producing and distributing food accounts for roughly 60 percent of the total energy
North Americans produce with the majority of that being fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas)
In North America, 14 times more land is used to grow food for animals being raised for meat than to
grow food for humans and with every seven to nine pounds of food fed to a cow, only one pound is
returned in meat
What You Eat
Eat Plants not Animals
Health and Economic Cost of the North American Diet
Elevated health care costs are driving more people into poverty each year.
A recent study published in The Washington Post revealed that, on average,
American built automobiles cost $1500 more than comparably equipped
Japanese or European cars: The reason: Americans are in worse physical
health and must pay higher health insurance premiums.
Productivity continues to decline due to more sick leave (A unhealthy
employee is not a productive employee).
What Should You Eat
and what not to eat
No Animal Products
Nothing Processed
No Caffeine or similar stimulants
No Alcohol
Eat as close to nature as possible
Remember Healthy is a relative term (examples:
smoking, granola bars, turkey)