Fire Safety 101: Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle

A hamburger and fries on a white plate

If you wanted to put out a fire, you might try to douse the flames with water, right?

Well then, would you simultaneously pour gasoline on the fire?  Hopefully not!

Yet, many Americans try to extinguish heart ailments, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other preventable chronic diseases with prescription drugs, while continuing to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) that is high in processed and animal based foods, saturated fats, salt, and sugar. The SAD increases body inflammation, promoting these devastating chronic diseases just as gasoline stokes a raging fire. In order to effectively put out a fire, we should first address its root cause. In the case of the most common chronic diseases in our country, this is a poor diet!

Please consider. If you noticed that everyone in your neighborhood was putting gasoline on their burning homes, offices, and churches, would that make you feel safer in your own gasoline drenched home? Would you feel better about the prospects for the survival of your family. Obviously, such a potentially deadly mistake by others would not confer any protection whatsoever to you or your family…nor do the unhealthful dietary habits of your friends protect you from chronic diseases.

So please protect yourself and your family, by embracing and advocating a low fat, plant based whole food diet, which can often extinguish smoldering flames of potential disease. The key to preventing and reversing chronic disease is a healthy lifestyle…

…a most effective fire safety technique, indeed !

By Dr. Ed James, BDO Healthy Lifestyle Expert

Dr. Ed James draws inspiration from his personal experiences with healthy lifestyle changes, having overcome prediabetes and obesity several years ago. In 2011, he founded Heal2BFree to focus on helping individuals and organizations to develop and implement action plans that help close the health disparities gap between blacks and whites.

Dr. James has given many presentations, including the 2011 National Medical Association Colloquium and regularly contributes preventive health-related articles to some of the nation’s top health publications. He is also the primary author and co-editor of Getting into Medical School – A Planning Guide for Minority Students.

He received his BS in Biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania as a participant in the Penn Med Scholars combined degree program.

For more healthy lifestyle tips and news, visit Dr. Ed at Heal 2B Free.