In a recent post I shared the observation that many companies do not capture data to measure efficacy of intervention programs. The reality is that members of “at risk” populations will choose a number of paths. These include:
• Doing nothing
• Engaging in a clinically directed intervention
• Engaging in a group activity
• Making personally directed lifestyle changes
Since that post I have been asked to share my perspective on which intervention has the most impact. From my experience the answer is clearly the WFPBD (Whole Foods Plant Based Diet).
I have had the privilege and honor to collaborate with T. Colin Campbell Ph.D. for several years. Dr. Campbell has had a legendary career in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. He is well known for his scientific research and books written for the general public. These include The China Study, Whole and Low Carb Fraud. His work was featured in the very successful documentary “Forks Over Knives”. These efforts all focus on optimal nutrition provided by a plant based diet.
The most recent collaboration is my role as Clinical Consultant for a new documentary PlantPure Nation. The film covers PlantPure Jumpstart Programs where participants have pre and post blood testing wrapped around 10 days of prepared foods. I offered my opinion to Dr. Campbell saying that we should not expect to see demonstrable change in 10 days. He smiled at me and said “just wait and see”.
The results were nothing short of amazing. In fact they are the most remarkable outcome that I have seen in my career. To learn more about the program and to understand how food choices are affected by big business interests check out the movie trailer:
Whole Food Plant Based Diet does work and is a viable intervention. As an industry, the wellness community needs to embrace the scientific realities and promote individual decisions as well as worksite based wellness programs. To learn more I would direct readers to whose mission is to create vibrant (healthy), inclusive and sustainable communities, specifically through education, leadership training and networking. For those interested to learn more, the link will provide information about an upcoming conference, to be held over Mother’s Day, May 6-13 in the Dominican Republic, celebrating “Women and Sustainable Communities; Reaping the Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet”.
The pursuit of strategies to combat issues related to excess weight are time consuming and expensive. Adopting WFPBD is one alternative that warrants a review for individual and for those involved in population health management.
Michael McEntee