The number one cause of death in America is the American diet.1 Many people assume that our manner of death is preprogrammed into our genes. High blood pressure by fifty-five, heart attacks at sixty, maybe even cancer at seventy, and so on… But for most of the leading causes of death, the science shows that our genes often account for only 10-20% of the risk at most.2 For example, when people move from low-risk to high-risk countries, their disease rates almost always change to those of the new environment. New diet, new diseases. But the reverse is also true. If we’re eating the Standard American Diet and switch to a diet higher in whole plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables, this may lower your risk.
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On another note, I read an interesting article by Dan Michelson, CEO, Strata Decision Technology for Becker’s Hospital Review. He attended every session of the non-public health care track at the recent JP Morgan Healthcare Conference that took place in San Francisco in early January. I thought you might find it interesting.
West Virginia University and Morgantown city leaders are working
together to create solutions for the area’s health problems at their
source by creating a community that supports wholeness and improves
physical, mental and social well-being for residents.