Last week, I reviewed the most-watched vegan speech on YouTube. Today I enjoyed the most-watched plant-based speech, a TED talk by The Engine Two Diet’sauthor Rip Esselstyn.
Rip’s topic is the “five-headed, chronic, western-disease dragon” responsible for 75 percent of U.S. health care costs. What five diseases does it cover?
• Heart disease
• Breast Cancer
• Prostate Cancer
Fortunately for us, eating plant-based can prevent or reverse all of them! Rip spends much of the talk sharing how, in 2006, he helped his fellow Houston firefighters and friends slay their own dragons.
One of them, JR, had a total cholesterol score of 344. Anything above 200 mg/dL is considered high, so JR was essentially a “dead man walking.”
The entire team of Engine 2 firefighters rallied around JR by agreeing to follow Rip’s 28-day plan of eating only plant-based foods. There was a big disconnect, however, between the foods they previously called healthy and those that actually are.
Rip realized educating them was essential. Throughout the talk, he uses props, pictures, and humor to cover many of the lessons he shared with the firehouse crew.
For example, he explains that the first sign of heart disease a man experiences is a poorly performing penis. To illustrate his point, Rip holds up a 5-millimeter straw and compares it to the arteries that carry blood to the brain.
He then holds up a 1-millimeter coffee stirring stick. The artery to the penis measures 1 to 2 millimeters. When it’s clogged with “… fat … cholesterol and … animal protein,” erectile dysfunction is the result.
How easy is it to overdose on artery-clogging, animal-based foods we’ve been conditioned to regard as healthy? Surprisingly so, according to Rip:
“One egg yolk – almost 200mg of dietary cholesterol. It’s the same amount as two Burger King Whoppers. One 8-ounce glass of [whole] milk has the same amount of saturated fat as four slices of bacon.”
Eating oil-free, whole plant-based food, JR dropped his cholesterol score to less than 200 mg/dL. The entire team, in fact, saw similarly dramatic improvements. In Rip’s terms, they “… morphed themselves from medical time bombs into healthy superheroes!”
At less than 18 minutes long, this YouTube video is a must-see!