Dean Ornish

Stories by Dean Ornish

  • The Facts About Fat

    The Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday reported the results of the Women's Health Initiative dietary modification study, which followed nearly 49,000 middle-aged women for more than eight years, comparing those on a regular diet to those on a low-fat diet. The women in the dietary change group were asked to eat less fat and more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains each day to see if it could help prevent heart disease and cancer. The women in the comparison group were not asked to change their diets.What did researchers find? According to the study: Low-fat diets don't protect against heart disease, or stroke, or breast cancer, or colon cancer.OK, so maybe you're a little confused? A little crazed? You're not alone.For many years, doctors (like me) have been telling you about the benefits of a low-fat diet. It's as American as apple pie (well, maybe that's the wrong metaphor...). So you may be thinking now, "You mean all those doughnuts and butter that I didn't...
  • LOVE IS REAL MEDICINE

    People who survive a heart attack often describe it as a wake-up call. But for a 61-year-old executive I met recently, it was more than that. This man was in the midst of a divorce when he was stricken last spring, and he had fallen out of touch with friends and family members. The executive's doctor, unaware of the strife in his life, counseled him to change his diet, start exercising and quit smoking. He also prescribed drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It was sound advice, but in combing the medical literature, the patient discovered that he needed to do more. Studies suggested that his risk of dying within six months would be four times greater if he remained depressed and lonely. So he joined a support group and reordered his priorities, placing relationships at the top of the list instead of the bottom. His health has improved steadily since then, and so has his outlook on life. In fact he now describes his heart attack as the best thing that ever happened to him....