An Excerpt From Dr. Dean Ornish's The Spectrum

For over 32 years, Dr. Ornish has been an integral member of medicine's clinical research community. He is a pioneer who demonstrated for the first time that lifestyle changes could reverse even severe coronary heart disease. To purchase your copy of The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health, click here.

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Dr. Dean Ornish is the author of 6 best-selling books, including "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease"; "Eat More, Weigh Less"; and now, his most recent book, "The Spectrum." Read chapter 2 of "The Spectrum" now, and learn the basics of a program proven to help you lose weight, live longer and gain health.

"The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health"


By Dean Ornish, MD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

WHY IT WORKS

"Listen, here's what I think. I think we can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do. By what we deny ourselves. What we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include."

~From the movie, Chocolat

Like most things in life, the longer you do something and the more experience and practice you have, the more successful and skillful you become at doing it.

During the past three decades of conducting research on the powerful effects of making comprehensive lifestyle changes, my colleagues and I at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute have learned a lot about what really works to motivate people to make and maintain lasting changes in diet and lifestyle. A lot of what we once thought was true turned out to be wrong. We have made many mistakes and learned from them, so you don't have to make the same mistakes--you can make new ones!

Here's a summary of what we have learned so far.

Article written by Dean Ornish, MD
Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San...