This post is part of my ongoing Reader Questions Series, however, it’s more of a comment than a question. See what you think.
It’s great to hear about your health journey and success; however, let’s be honest, a whole food plant-based lifestyle does NOT cure everything for everyone as people preach. Folks out there make it the panacea that will make everyone healthy, wealthy and sexy, and will definitely cure the world’s problems; it doesn’t, and I am a living example of that, even though I wouldn’t change a whole food plant-based lifestyle for anything.
Glad to hear that your cholesterol went down, mine did not and there a host of other issues. I’m new to this website, but you have done a great job here, thank you.
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There are lots of stories about people who have recovered their health while eating a whole food plant-based diet. Take Carol’s success story, for example. She is thriving and was able to lose weight and improve her health exponentially with very little effort, it seems. This is not always the case.
You’ve made some excellent points and I agree with you. People don’t always recover from illness just because they eat a whole food plant-based diet. Recovery depends on several factors:
- How severe the health issue
- How long it’s been going on
- An individual’s genetics and age
- How long they’ve been eating a plant-based diet
- What kind of emotional support they receive
- What environmental conditions might be contributing
- How well their immune system is functioning, and other reasons
Given the incredible complexity of our biology, statistically, some people will not do as well as others.
I’m sorry to hear you haven’t responded as well as you’d hoped. I know for cholesterol, some people have genetically high cholesterol no matter what. I can’t speak to the prostate issue, except that high fat and dairy in the diet contribute to prostate cancer. Here’s an article related to that.
Are They In It for the Money?
It can seem as though some plant-based gurus are just in it for the money. It’s certainly possible. Most of the medical profession look to drugs as the answer and rarely to diet and nutrition. They operate from a principle we can call the ‘disease model,” not the health model. Furthermore, there’s no money for drug companies if people find health through food and nutrition?
I know a few plant-based gurus who give money back into the system and only take a salary. For example, Dr. Michael Greger of nutritionfacts.org sells well-researched books and gives lectures. He sure gives credibility to the nutrition point-of-view.
I do fault those who sell snake oil supplements that are most likely a waste of people’s hard-earned money. Dr. Greger has been outspoken on this.
I also need to make enough money to support this passion. Soon, I’ll be offering courses on making the transition to eating a plant-based diet. So far, I’ve spent far more money spreading the word then I’ve made back.
Our Bodies Want to Heal
Aren’t we lucky that mother nature imbued us with an ability to heal? Our cells need proper nutrition to function their best. And when we give them the nutrition they need, they should be able to start the healing process if we are also getting the right amount of sleep, mental relaxation, and exercise.
We’d be better off if the medical industry, as a whole, embraced diet and nutrition as a healing practice. Fortunately, some doctors are coming around and having great results with their patients. I only wish it was working better for you. I’m glad to hear that you’ll continue to eat a whole food plant-based diet and hope that things start to turn around.
Don’t Give Up
It can sometimes take more time to heal as toxins are released and eliminated from the body. Patience is required to stick with it for the long haul and practice what we know to be a proper diet…. one that nature intended and what I promote on this website.
Stay motivated, look for support from friends or groups that are also eating this way, and take encouragement in knowing that many people have recovered.
Remember it’s a process and you’ll want to support both your body and your mind.
Relaxation, meditation, and visualization can help. Give yourself loving support. Read my post, “Create a Vision Board to Rock your Plant-Based Goals,” about making your very own vision board to cement your goals and keep you on track.
It sounds like you know this is THE way to eat and one of the most important aspects of life. Health really is our greatest wealth.
We’re Here to Help!
I hope you know that you’re not alone. There are many enthusiasts and bloggers who support this way of life, including myself. There are fantastic plant-based Facebook groups that offer support, guidance, and a community of like-minded people. If you’re into Facebook, you could try that route.
I’m always here to answer your questions, as well, so please reach out if you need to.
Be sure to check out some of my articles for inspiration:
- “Staying Motivated on a Plant-Based Diet”
- “My Health Journey” (this is my personal story)
- “Carol’s Plant-Based Success Story”
- “What to Expect Eating a Plant-Based Diet”
- “Angela’s Story: A Plant-Based Diet Goes Beyond Expectation”
Share Your Experience
Either way, if you’re reading this and feel frustrated with the progress you’ve made and would like to share your experience, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you’ve had successes in your health journey eating a whole food plant-based diet, please do share here. Your experience will help someone who really needs it.
Do You Have a Question?
This post is part of an ongoing series of questions and comments from my readers about eating a plant-based diet. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I read every question and answer them personally, so if you feel stuck, or are struggling with something, or feel overwhelmed, I’d love to help you!