Healing Your Body With Food

I just finished the book Eat to Beat Disease, The new science of how your body can heal itself. It is written by William W. Li, MD. I was introduced to Dr. Li when I took the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at eCornell. In the course, he talked about angiogenesis, which I had never heard of, and the ways it can affect one's health. 

Eat to Beat Disease approaches food differently than the other books I have read. Instead of recommending foods to avoid and eliminate from your diet, Dr. Li shares foods that should be consumed to help keep the body healthy or return it to health.

In the book, he introduces and explains in detail the body’s 5 natural defense systems. They are Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection and Immunity. Dr. Li sites numerous studies that have been done, throughout the world, to support his ideas on how the human body is equipped to fight disease. Dr. Li believes, “Your diet can be used for disease prevention as well as to help aid treatment.” 

Conditions related to the 5 defense systems are: 

  • Angiogenesis - Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Regeneration - autism, all cancers, depression, heart failure, osteoporosis, stroke and more. 
  • Microbiome - Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and pancreatic cancer among other conditions. 
  • DNA defenses - atherosclerosis, all type of cancer, diabetes, depression, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. 
  • Immune system - AIDS, diabetes, hepatitis B and C, all cancers, allergies, celiac disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes and more.
    Some of the above diseases weaken the immune system, others result from a weakened system, and still others result from an excessive immune response.

Eat to Beat Disease includes a list of foods to support each defense category. The recommendation is to choose one food from each group to eat each day. Every day pick a different food from each group. Diversity of diet is always better. Dr. Li even provides doses of foods to eat if you are fighting a particular disease. 

If you’d like to know more I recommend you purchase the book. It is long but an easy read. Or, contact me, [email protected], and we could include these principles as part of the Premier Integration coaching program.


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