From Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn …

We need to get the word out across America …. It’s unfortunate, but collectively, the media; the meat, oil, and dairy industries; most prominent chefs and cookbook authors; and our own government are not presenting accurate advice about the healthiest way to eat. Indeed, some people think a plant-based, whole-foods diet is extreme. Yet, half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme. We have created a billion-dollar cardiology industry for a disease that doesn’t even exist in half of the planet.  

It is very clear that heart disease is a food-borne illness. I am delighted to serve on the Advisory Board of the nonprofit PlantPure Communities, which is working to bring healthy food and science-based nutrition to low-income and food-desert communities.  

From Dr. James L. Marcum, FACC …

Most of the problems I encounter daily involve chronic diseases. Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, and mental health are widespread and their rates are increasing each year. Our current medical system treats symptoms and not causes. The health of our society is not improving and we cannot afford the never-ending costs.

All of our chronic health problems could be improved with better nutrition. We need more “real” food: fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that a whole-food/plant-based diet can be used to treat and prevent chronic diseases.

Those who are the sickest have the least access to good nutrition. The inner cities are often devoid of places where good food can be obtained; these places are termed “food deserts”.Those in our world with the greatest needs often have the least access to help.

If I were George Washington’s physician and did not prescribe a leeching session, I would have been considered a “bad” physician.

In the future, we will look back and if we have not made a whole-food/plant-based diet available to those we serve, how will we be judged?

We need to be honest enough to admit the system is not working and be brave enough to enact change. Supporting PlantPure Communities is a step in the right direction.

From T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. …

I can hardly think of an issue in medical practice or research during the past century where there was so much convincing and favorable research in health care that had not made its way into the public consciousness and professional practice, as that for the health benefits of the whole-food, plant-based diet. This information, as it is now stands, can rank up there as a fact of nature.

The consequences of such large communities of lay public and professional communities are now upon us—personal health, cost of health care, environmental issues and careless handling of other sentient beings.

From Dr. Michael Greger …

The best available balance of evidence clearly shows conclusively that a whole-food, plant-based diet can prevent and in some cases reverse many of the diseases that kill most Americans every year. The science is so overwhelming that it is not unlike the 1964 situation that finally forced the Surgeon General to issue a report that linked smoking with cancer. How many more Americans will die before this information is shared with the American public? Clearly, we can’t wait for the government to pass laws and regulations when so many special interests are at stake. That is why I am so thankful to work with Nelson Campbell and to be a part of the team of people he has put together to create a national grass-roots movement for evidence-based nutrition.