Several news outlets reported on information released 12/8/2016 from the Center for Disease Control/National Center for Health Statistics that life expectancy in the United States has declined for the first time in twenty years. PBNSG asked Dr. Joel Kahn to comment on these findings and offer suggestions on what we can do about this trend. Here are his comments:
Many have predicted that the combination of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the flooding of our environment with air, water and personal product pollutants would impact the life span the USA and now we have the first sign that this horror may be coming true. After decades of enjoying a longer lifespan, the tide may be turning for the worse. What is to blame? Clearly the number one factor is the horror of Franken Food over the last 50 years. Gas stations, vending machines, fast food, sweetened beverages....all in gigantic serving sides provided a deluge of excess fat, sugar, salt, additives, antibiotics, genetic modifications, and hormones. Combine that with sedentary lifestyles and environmental pollutants in the air, water, and particularly plastics like bisphenol A, parabens, and phthalates and you get the perfect storm of life shortening trends.
The solution is a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet naturally low in salt, oil, added sugar, pesticides and hormones. A WFPB diet can provide all nutrients, protein and vitamins (except B12) needed from birth to death. It is the answer to the pressure on the environment and the terrible conditions which 95% or more of animals live and suffer through to provide us calories. Eliminate animal products (eggs, dairy, and all meats) and eats fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds to have the optimal lifespan and health span.