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Jun 3Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Thanks for sharing -we have blackberry bushes to harvest in a similar way. Simple and yummy fruit.

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That is great

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May 21Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

What's really said about you writing about this is your writing about this again and again and again, but thanks..........again.

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Did you mean to say "sad"? This is an education site about materials that are not part of our current paradigm. Repitition with bits of new information is known to reinforce the message.

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Yes,should have said "sad" sorry. Thanks again for your efforts.

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Fruits and vegetables are the most expensive items in the store, even if you plan meals around the specials.

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It's fime to light a candle Frank. You can buy cans of vegetables at Walmart, Lidl, and Aldi for between 50 and 60 cents a can. You can grow blueberrys for nothing.

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All the salt in processed vegetables which also taste like crap. And I’ll check my condo association on those blueberry bushes…

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Words of wisdom here. I've loosely adhered to the Mediterranean diet for years, but gotten a little lax lately. Time to get back to it more closely.

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And look at yoiu. You write about Aging Well, but you are really doing it!!! You are still active and making a contribution. You are living a full life. It is paying off!!!

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

A lot of motherhood and apple pie here, and the Mediterranean diet surely is about the healthiest that the food industry is able to come up with. There is no doubt however that the Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet has much clearer anti-inflammatory effects, and is healthier overall. Here is an introduction from Dr. Alan Goldhamer, who runs True North Health in California. https://nutritionstudies.org/an-introduction-to-the-whole-food-plant-based-sos-free-diet/

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Most people just are not going to adopt a plant based diet. It is important to meet people where they are if you want to improve health and reduce costs at scale. When you do that, people are hospitalized one fifth as often and in the ER one third as often. This site is about the entire ecosystem required to improve health at lower cost and we are scaling it now. Long journeys begin with the first step.

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Agreed, and clearly, even within the Lifestyle Medicine community there is acceptance of the fact that the Mediterranean diet is as far as some people will go, but still, they should be provided the information. Informed consent is the rule of the day, and without honest information that is not available. During Covid, this came out clearly in the form of this study in BMJ, as reported here by Dr. Brooke Goldner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i358mYJwHs&t=32s).

The results are unequivocal: a wholly plant-based diet reduced the covid risk by 73%, and a pescetarian (read: Mediterranean) diet reduced it by 59% and the typical Atkins style diets (high fat, low carbs, animal nutrition) INCREASED the risk of moderate to severe outcomes by 22%. There is endless research like that, and people need to know and understand their options.

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When you apply diet instruction with evidence based medical protocols there is a four fold reduction in heart attack and a five fold reduction in stroke and that can be scaled. Go to table 2 in the link. I have never seen anythink as effective as thsi compared with usaul care and that is what I am working to scale

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0706245

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Totally agree! Our blueberry patch is now 44 years old. Down to just 3 plants from original 12. But still get too many to pick.

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Great to hear from you. As you know, these plants also propagate with new shoots coming up a foot from the main plant. Rural communities can give plants to neighbors. That one simple thing could make great food available to many more people

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Yes actually pretty sure my 44 yo bushes are actually shoots but...they produce well still with shockingly little care!

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Great. You are a witness!!!!

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May 20Liked by William H Bestermann Jr MD

Thank you so caring and informative ❤️

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Than,k you, Laura. We are beginning to make slow progress.

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❤️❤️❤️

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