I believe in preventive medicine.

Many people wait until they get sick to take care of themselves.

I know that ever since I’ve become about 80% vegetarian, I have more energy, feel stronger and faster, and have less stress and better mental clarity.

“Americans have been among the first people worldwide to have the luxury of bombarding themselves with nutrient-deficient, high-calorie food, often called empty-calorie or junk food…The number one health problem in the United States is obesity, and if the current trend continues, by the year 2030 all adults in the United States will be obese…This is especially discouraging for the dieter because after spending so much money attempting to lose weight, 95 percent of them gain all the weight back and then add on even more pounds within three years.” (Furhman, J. Eat to Live, p. 15)

Animal protein causes diseases. Plant protein prevents them.

Am I saying you should become a vegetarian? No, it’s your choice. Am I recommending it? You bet. (But first consult your doctor)

I could go on with facts and stats, but instead I will give you some tips and sample meals to try from Eat to Live

1. Make a salad your main dish, and eat it first.
2. Eat as much fruit as you like.
3. Beans are good for your heart…eat them every day.
4. Eliminate animal and dairy products (or at least cut back drastically).
5. Eat more mushrooms.

1 cup oatmeal
1 ounce walnuts
1 ounce raisins

Salad-stuffed whole wheat pita with hummus
Fresh fruit

Salad with cracked peppercorn dressing
Vegetarian chili
Green apple slices in lime juice

This just an example of a day of eating vegetarian. These powerful meals will energize you, help prevent diseases, help you lose weight and help you perform at a higher level. Try it and let me know your thoughts. If you need any vegetarian or non-vegetarian recipes, email me at

“The best prescription is knowledge.”
– Dr. C. Everett Koop

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“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”
-English Proverb

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Agata Andrevski in London, England.

You get out of your body, what you put in to your body.

Many health problems occur because of poor nutrition.

Many athletes perform poorly because of poor nutrition.

Many people are often tired because of poor nutrition.

In my own experience with nutrition for the last 15 years, I can tell a difference in my body and energy levels when I don’t eat properly, or if I don’t drink enough water.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But Ed, I’m always on the go – I don’t have time to eat well.”

Well, guess what?

I’m telling you right now that you do. If you’re too busy to take care of yourself, you’re too busy!

A great way to eat well and watch the number of calories you consume is to always take food with you when you leave the house.

The next time you go grocery shopping, stock up on: fruits and vegetables, nutrition bars (I like Soyjoy), almonds, raisins, whole wheat bread, eggs, lean turkey, oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Then, when you leave the house, bring food with you.

For breakfast, have an orange, a couple of eggs, and/or some oatmeal. If you’re pressed on time, just grab an apple and a nutrition bar.

For lunch, bring your own: turkey on whole wheat with mustard is healthy and will give you good energy. Or you can make some whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce the night before and bring it to school/work.

For dinner, my ideal is salmon or grilled chicken with broccoli, but you can do a combination or add brown rice.

Additional tips:

Always have snacks with you – a nutrition bar, fruit, or a handful of nuts will keep you satisfied and keep your metabolism going between meals. Snacks will also help you make better decisions if your next meal wasn’t planned.

Drink a lot of water! Always have a bottle with you.

PIZZA! I love pizza just as much as the next person, possibly more. But did you know that a plain cheese pizza is about 26% fat? Here’s what you can do: order half the amount of cheese (or no cheese) and twice the amount of sauce (a good source of lycopene, which can prevent cancer). More and more pizza places are offering whole wheat crust and pick a topping that is a vegetable instead of a meat topping. If you do this, your pizza will have less than 10% fat versus close to 30%.

Okay, time for me to make an egg sandwich on whole wheat sesame sourdough, with an orange first (if you eat your fruit first, your body will absorb more of the nutrients).

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“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
-author unknown

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Alex Ferrara at The Lawrenceville School.

I believe in preventive medicine. I watch what I eat, I exercise regularly, I meditate daily, and I try to stay optimistic. Many people ask me, “Ed, how do you always have such high energy?” The answer is that I take care of myself. Let’s face it, it is easy to be lazy. We wake up late, rush out of the house, oftentimes without eating the most important meal of the day, to sit in our cars and drive to work, so we can sit in front of the computer, then we walk to get lunch and sit down to eat it. Then we sit in meetings and at the end of the day, we go back and sit in our cars to go home and sit at the dinner table, eat, and then sit down to watch TV. Then for a change, we lie down and sleep.

Okay, now for some of you, that might have been an exaggeration, but for others, it may have been eerily accurate.

Preventive medicine is taking action before you become sick. We all know someone who has fought cancer. Though nothing is a guarantee, it certainly can’t hurt to take some steps to decrease your chances of getting it, or increase your chances of surviving it. I recently received some great information from Johns Hopkins on chemotherapy alternatives and cancer prevention. I will share some of the key points below…

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

3. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

4. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

5. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

6. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

A) Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

B) Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

C) Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

D) A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

E) Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water.. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

7. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

8. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Other tips:

No plastic containers in the microwave (glass, pyrex, ceramic are okay).
No water bottles in the freezer (releases dioxins from the plastic).
No plastic wrap in the microwave (toxins drip on to food during heating, use paper instead).

I challenge you to take some preventive measures to ensure a better tomorrow and a higher quality today.

We should spend more time thinking about the future because that’s where we’re going to spend the rest of our lives.

Thanks for reading.