Book Summary “The Spectrum” By Dr. Dean Ornish #Chapter 9

August 3, 2018by Reena0

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Book Summary Video Interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish on his book “The Spectrum for HealthBootcamps.

Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif.  He is the clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He received a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For more than 32 years, Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He directed the first randomized, controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.  His research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease. In collaboration with Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., he also showed that these lifestyle changes can lengthen telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control how long we live.

He is the author of six best-selling books, including New York Times bestsellers Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart DiseaseEat More, Weigh LessLove & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum. 

The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical AssociationThe LancetProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesCirculationTheNew England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology, and elsewhere.


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[00:01] REENA JADHAV: All right the next chapter is about reducing cholesterol levels using the spectrum chapter nine. How do you lower cholesterol?

[00:11] DR. DEAN ORNISH: It is you to change what your goals are. Make that degree of change if that’s enough great; if not do more it’s really simple.

[00:16] REENA JADHAV: What’s the direct link between cholesterol is it just all of these changes when you make these changes cholesterol goes down or is there any special sequence?

[00:24] DR. DEAN ORNISH: When you make these changes everything gets better your cholesterol goes down, your blood pressure goes down, your blood sugar goes down, your arteries get more flexible. You can actually reverse blockages in your arteries. Your genes change you can turn on the good genes, you can turn off the bad genes as we talked about earlier. Telomeres get longer you down regulate angiogenesis which is blood vessels growing to feed tumors. The more diseases we studied, the more mechanisms we look at the more improvement we show in direct proportion to the degree of change. So the chapters on you can just combine them all here in one statement lower your cholesterol, lower your blood sugar it’s the same thing the more you change, the more improve. If you don’t want to make all these change all of once you decide on what you want to change. Do it for a month or so measure whatever you’re tracking whether it’s your cholesterol, your blood pressure, blood sugar whatever if that degree of change was enough to get it down to where you want great if not you can make bigger changes. And then you’re in complete control and you can’t fail because there’s no diet to get on, there is no diet to get off. This is just the degree to make these changes if you indulge yourself one day, eat healthier the next. You don’t have time to exercise one day, do more the next so that’s it then it’s all coming from you and I just find that… then is much more sustainable because you can’t fail and you are in complete control.

[01:39] REENA JADHAV: Yeah because you have got chapters that are sort of from nine to fourteen and you talk specifically about cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, type2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer and breast cancer. Have you found a connection between all of these that sort of they are different manifestations of the same underlying issue.

[02:01] DR. DEAN ORNISH: Exactly. That’s exactly what it is and each of those mechanisms is directly influenced by diet and lifestyle. So in those chapters I review the research showing why we think these things are worth doing again it comes back to I’m a scientist first and foremost because science is a powerful way of helping people sort out these conflicting queries. What works, what doesn’t, for whom and why and under what circumstances. In some of these chapters I review the sciences and look here’s the science that shows how much you can improve when wide works and how you can do it.


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