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Nurse to offer plant-based approach to preventing disease

staff report • Feb 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Jane Esselstyn, RN, will present “Chronic Western Disease Explained,” a plant-based approach to preventing and reversing disease, Feb. 28 at the Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Va.

In a nation struggling with obesity and poor health, Esselstyn offers insight to how eating habits affect our health and practical ideas on changing how and what we eat.

Esselstyn is the daughter of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., MD, whose work with heart patients is chronicled in the documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” and his book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.” Her brother, Rip Esselstyn, is the author of the bestseller “Engine 2 Diet.” All focus on the benefits of a plant-based diet to combat heart disease, stroke, cancer and, in fact, most health concerns.

The event was organized by Brenda Oxford, administrative assistant to the dean of the Appalachian School of Law. She has experienced the results of changing to a plant-based diet firsthand, after being told by a physician that she was too unhealthy to undergo surgery to replace both hips.

Oxford was so successful losing excess weight and maintaining healthy eating habits that she has been able to postpone the surgery. Six years later, she is dedicated to plant-based nutrition and helping others improve their health by eating wholesome foods.

Esselstyn will explain the intricacies of complex problems such as diabetes and connect the physiological processes that allow diet to create disease. She will also describe what foods she keeps on hand, and she will offer recipes as well as ways to change mealtime and snacking habits.

There is no charge for “Chronic Western Disease Explained,” which will be presented at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Lion’s Lounge of the Appalachian School of Law, 1169 Edgewater Drive, Grundy. For more information, call (276) 244-1231.

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