How you can prevent Chronic Disease with Dr Dean Ornish, MD

In Episode 71 I sit down with one of the pioneers of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr Dean Ornish. Dr Ornish is most well known for the Randomised Controlled Trial ‘The Lifestyle Heart Trial’ where he was able to show that cardiovascular disease could not just be halted in its tracks, but in many cases, actually reversed. In this exchange, that took place in Sausalito at Dean’s office, we talk about why we see such a high incidence of Chronic Disease in Western populations and the steps that you can take in order to genuinely take control of your health.

Dr Dean Ornish Plant Proof podcast Undo It

Specifically we cover:

  • Dean’s personal life & pathway into Medicine
  • His very first clinical trial
  • The Lifestyle Heart Trial and what we can learn from the intervention and results
  • What’s causing cardiovascular disease in the first place – why do some people refute the findings associating saturated fat & LDL cholesterol with cardiovascular disease?
  • The Atkin’s, Keto & Paleo diets
  • TMAO & cardiovascular disease
  • Healthy eating habits – What Dr Dean Ornish uses clinically and believes is the healthiest human diet in the world
  • Weight loss – what various approaches fail to address
  • Joy of living versus fear of dying
  • His research on Alzheimer’s & lifestyle interventions
  • and much more


Lifestyle Heart Trial

5 year lifestyle intervention trial

Undo It by Dr Dean & Ann Ornish

IGTV video of Dr Ornish from this interview


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