Yesterday was a breakthrough day-- the first-ever seminar on lifestyle medicine at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago. Standing room only. It was organized by Dr. Kim Williams, the inspiring president of the ACC, who has been following the plant-based diet I recommended in lieu of going on statin drugs. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Blogs/CardioBuzz/46860
I spoke for 45 minutes on the healing and transformative power of love-- this may have been the first time anyone has spoken about love at this cardiology meeting (even though the heart is a symbol of love). Auspiciously, it was in the same ballroom in which I'd debated Dr. Atkins 10 years ago at an earlier ACC meeting.
Other speakers yesterday included Dr. Kim Williams, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Dr. Andrew Freeman, and several others. I'm deeply grateful. My heart sings!
Grateful to have received an award last night at the International Plant-Based Nutrition Health Conference. Over 1,000 doctors attended the conference, which is a sign that whole foods plant-based diets are now becoming mainstream in medicine.
My Mom died this week, age 90, surrounded by family, a beautiful, peaceful passage. She was an extraordinary woman and visionary-- a passionate advocate of breast feeding and preventive medicine in the 1950's when that was considered radical.
She received her master's degree in journalism at age 18 from Northwestern University, considered the pre-eminent journalism school at the time, the youngest to do so.
She wrote and produced children's records, musicals, and films, and later in life became a renowned historian.
Although she and my Dad (who passed away a few years ago) lived a full life, it's a very primal feeing to lose both parents. It's almost as though I always felt that if things got really bad, they'd always be there for me. So, it's very transformative-- both liberating and deeply painful.
Deep appreciation to my brother, Steven, and his wife, Marty, for having my parents live with them for several years and taking such amazingly good care of them.
If you live in Dallas, please stop by the funeral tomorrow, would love to see you.
Today (July 16th) I celebrate my 63rd birthday. As each year passes, every day becomes more precious and joyful, and what matters most becomes even clearer.
I remain deeply grateful for the many opportunities to be of service in such meaningful ways. Thank you.
Celebrated my 10-year wedding anniversary with my True Love, Anne, this weekend. We've been best friends and colleagues for more than 20 years--the room gets brighter when she walks in the door. She makes everyone and everything around her beautiful (including our web site, www.ornish.com, which she designed). I feel deeply blessed.