Does diet play a role in degenerative diseases?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

The evidence supporting diet's role in chronic degenerative diseases is substantial. There are two basic facts linking the diet-disease connection:

  1. A diet rich in plant foods is protective against many diseases that are extremely common in Western society.
  2. A diet providing a low intake of plant foods is a causative factor in the development of these diseases and provides conditions under which other causative factors became more active.
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