Heart disease is our number one killer in the United States and worldwide, killing 7.4 million people in 2012 according to the World Health Organization. That’s insane. Yet, according to many doctors such as the esteemed Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, claim that with lifestyle intervention with a whole foods, plant-based diet, this disease can be reversed and even prevented all together. The power of plants is undeniable.
On the show today we have Dr. Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Freeman studied at Cornell University and moved onto the Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency at Brown. He is now part of the leadership team of the American College of Cardiology and runs the regional branch of a program called Walk With a Doc. His expertise in the field of cardiology is obvious, but what we found quite interesting is that Dr. Freeman is also a passionate vegan after coming to discover and understand the research about a plant-based diet for health. He quickly became engaged in the bigger picture of living a vegan lifestyle and found a deeper interest in the ethical and environmental implications of eating animals along with the health side. In our conversation, we discuss:
Dr. Freeman’s education background
How he shifted to a plant-based, vegan diet and why
How he uses nutrition research and his knowledge of healthy lifestyles with his patients
His work with the American College of Cardiology
His ideal goals for the future
His response to popular diet claims like “saturated fat/butter is good for you”
It’s a compelling interview that touches on many of the aspects of the Thought For Food Lifestyle such as lifestyle medicine, balance, compassion for animals and the planet, and scientific evidence. This was a nerd out session for Aaron, who’s a cardiovascular nurse, and he got a little starstruck!
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Dr. Freeman’s bio: https://www.nationaljewish.org/Providers/Physicians/Andrew-M-Freeman
Melanie Joy on Carnism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg
American College of Cardiology: http://www.acc.org/#sort=%40foriginalz32xpostedz32xdate86069%20descending
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