With all the legitimate concerns
about AIDS and avian flu — and we'll hear about that from the brilliant Dr. Brilliant later today — I want to talk about the other
pandemic, which is cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, hypertension — all of which are completely
preventable for at least 95 percent of people just by changing diet and lifestyle. And what's happening is that there's a globalization of illness
occurring, that people are starting to eat like us,
and live like us, and die like us.
in one generation, for example, Asia's gone from having
one of the lowest rates of heart disease and obesity
and diabetes to one of the highest. And in Africa,
cardiovascular disease equals the HIV and AIDS deaths in most countries. So there's a critical
window of opportunity we have to make an important
difference that can affect the lives of literally
millions of people, and practice preventive
medicine on a global scale. Heart and blood vessel
diseases still kill more people — not only in this
country, but also worldwide — than everything
else combined, and yet it's completely preventable
for almost everybody.
It's not only preventable; it's actually reversible. And for the last
almost 29 years, we've been able to show
that by simply changing diet and lifestyle, using
these very high-tech, expensive, state-of-the-art
measures to prove how powerful these very simple
and low-tech and low-cost interventions can be like — quantitative arteriography,
before and after a year, and cardiac PET scans. We showed a few months
ago — we published the first study showing you
can actually stop or reverse the progression
of prostate cancer by making changes in diet
and lifestyle, and 70 percent regression in the tumor
growth, or inhibition of the tumor growth, compared
to only nine percent in the control group. And in the MRI and MR
spectroscopy here, the prostate tumor activity
is shown in red — you can see it diminishing after a year.
Now there is an epidemic
of obesity: two-thirds of adults and 15 percent of kids.
What's really concerning to me is that diabetes has
increased 70 percent in the past 10 years, and this may be the first generation in which our kids
live a shorter life span than we do. That's pitiful, and it's preventable. Now these are not election
returns, these are the people — the number
of the people who are obese by state, beginning in '85,
'86, '87 — these are from the CDC website —
'88, '89, '90, '91 — you get a new category —
'92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, 2001
— it gets worse. We're kind of devolving. (Laughter) Now what can we do about this?
Well, you know, the diet that we've found
that can reverse heart disease and cancer is an Asian diet. But the people in Asia
are starting to eat like we are, which is why they're
starting to get sick like we are.
So I've been working
with a lot of the big food companies. They can make
it fun and sexy and hip and crunchy and convenient
to eat healthier foods, like — I chair the advisory
boards to McDonald's, and PepsiCo, and ConAgra,
and Safeway, and soon Del Monte, and they're
finding that it's good business. The salads that you see
at McDonald's came from the work — they're going
to have an Asian salad.
At Pepsi, two-thirds
of their revenue growth came from their better foods. And so if we can do that,
then we can free up resources for buying drugs
that you really do need for treating AIDS and HIV
and malaria and for preventing avian flu. Thank you..