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All Quotes by author - Dean Ornish
" Alas, bacon and eggs are not health foods. "
" A little dark chocolate in small amounts often helps lift me out of those blue moments. When I walk into my favorite store on Union Street in San Francisco that sells high-quality chocolates from around the world, I feel like, well, a kid in a candy store. "
" A little humility goes a long way. "
" All divisions are man-made. "
" Although many people believe that the primary emphasis of my work is about diet, it's not. What we eat is important, of course, but what comes out of our mouth may be more important than what goes into it. "
" Although scientists can often be as resistant to new ideas as anyone, the process of science ensures that, over time, good ideas and theories prevail. "
" An Asian way of eating and living may help prevent and even reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, prostate cancer and breast cancer. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products and fish in your diet. Eat at home more with your family and friends. "
" An educated patient is empowered; thus, more likely to become healthy. "
" Anything that takes you out of the context of being separate is healing. Anything that takes you out of the context of separateness is intimacy. "
" As a veteran of the diet wars, I think it's time to call a truce. Rather than hear experts argue, most people want practical information they can use. "
" A valid scientific theory is predictive, verifiable, and replicable. To me, that's beautiful. "
" Awareness is the first step in healing. "
" Because the biological mechanisms that affect our health and well-being are so dynamic, when people change their diet and lifestyle, they usually feel so much better, so quickly; it reframes the reason for changing from fear of dying to joy of living. Also, the support that patients give each other is a powerful motivator. "
" Bureaucracies tend to perpetuate themselves, whether they are multinational corporations or large government institutions such as Medicare, often at the expense of those that they are supposed to serve. "
" Chronic emotional stress shortens your telomeres. "
" Concepts such as 'risk factor modification' and 'prevention' are often considered boring and they may not initiate or sustain the levels of motivation needed to make and maintain comprehensive lifestyle changes. "
" Connections with other people affect not only the quality of our lives but also our survival. "
" Curious patients are more receptive to new ideas, and those who engage their health practitioners in a dialogue are much more likely to adhere to these recommendations. "
" Earlier in my life, I had a tendency toward depression. "
" Eating a stick of butter will raise HDL in those who are able to do so, but that does not mean that butter is good for your heart. It isn't. "
" Eating bad food does not make you a bad person. "
" Educators and school personnel work on the front lines of childhood obesity, but every day they face the challenges of budget cuts, mandated tests, rushed lunch periods, and a decrease in time for physical activity. "
" Even a small amount of dark chocolate can be exquisitely satisfying if you meditate on it. "
" Even more than feeling healthy, most people want to feel free and in control. "
" Fear leads to more fear, and trust leads to more trust. "
" For much of my career, I've studied health and how it's intrinsically tied to lifestyle. "
" Getting through the day becomes more important than living a long life when you have no one else to live for. "
" Having the BRCA mutation significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, but it is not always the only factor. Lifestyle choices may increase or decrease the risk of breast cancer, but that knowledge is an opportunity to empower ourselves, not to blame. "
" How you eat is as important as what you eat. If I eat mindlessly while watching television, I get all of the calories and none of the pleasure. Instead, if I eat mindfully, paying attention and savoring what I'm eating, smaller portions of food can be exquisitely satisfying. "
" I am as non-accepting of medical quackery and unscientific approaches as anybody else. I've grown up as a card-carrying scientist, and I know the power of science to answer questions, and for many questions I don't know of anything better than scientific approaches to answer them. "
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