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July 12, 2020 - Health eNews

How lifestyle medicine can change lives

How lifestyle medicine can change lives
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Lifestyle medicine can save my patients’ lives. It forever changed mine, and I’m now on a mission to change others’ lives.

It started with a plant-based diet.

As a child growing up in a Filipino family, my appetite for meat started very early. My favorite Filipino dishes were abundantly available: juicy lechon and salty but tender chicken adobo. My love for meat became even more pronounced as I grew older and even through medical school.

Shortly into my tenure as a full-time attending physician, a nationally regarded cardiologist visited our hospital to present the case for a plant-based diet. He advocated its role in not only preventing and reversing heart disease but for treating other chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.

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