NewCenturyNutrition.com is dedicated to
individual health empowerment through a unique blending of
Western and Eastern health philosophies. This approach relies
on the use of plants, both as foods and as medicines, to improve
individual health. The first time visitor to the site is encouraged
to enroll in Numbers for Life
to accurately assess the current state of their health (currently
under construction). A myriad of services and products is
then available to help the individual improve his or her health.
VegSource highly recommends this unique
For me, the evidence favoring the
consumption of a plant based diet for good health has become truly
extraordinary. But I have a confession. Why do I and a few other
researchers and clinicians working in this field have so much
enthusiasm for this evidence while so many people in the public
remain skeptical? My confidence in this evidence has mostly come
from my research, my teaching, and my participation in policy
development, while working with some very bright students and
My research experience has ranged from coordination of a nationwide
nutrition program for malnourished and starving children in the
Philippines, a 19-year series of NIH funded basic laboratory studies,
and direction of a nationwide study on diet, lifestyle and disease
mortality in China. On my policy development experience, there
have been numerous opportunities to participate as an organizer,
as an author, and as a reviewer of several national and international
reports on diet and health---and what an education that has been!
These have been extremely rewarding experiences.
Although many specific lessons come to mind from these experiences,
a few general observations seem much more important. First, the
underlying biological events of health and disease are very complex,
although this complexity can now be reduced to some very simple
and practical messages. Second, we now have enough research information,
both contemporary and historical, to make reliable and useful
policy. And third, the information most familiar to me is supported
by a wide variety of studies of many other researchers, both now
and in the distant past.
Even though this information is so powerful in its health implications
and is so convincing, I often wonder, as do my colleagues, why
it is that so many people are so confused so often. And for those
who seem to know this information, why is it so hard for them
to appropriately modify their behavior?
The reasons for our inability to change our behavior for our
own good are many and could easily fill books and books. Indeed,
books and books have been written over years and years. Two reasons
seem prominent. One is that the information is simply not being
adequately explained. The other is that the information that is
available is so impersonal.
Solution? Why not make it possible for individuals to have access
to a storage of their OWN personal medical data, their OWN numbers,
them make it possible for them to understand what these numbers
might say for their future health? Then, if their numbers are
tracking in the wrong direction, why not provide for these same
individuals high quality, scientifically based information that
they can use to put things right?
A highly personalized system of tracking and managing these numbers
should empower individuals to take more control of their own health.
And where numbers are headed in the wrong direction -- and where
there is readily available access to some good health information,
it then becomes possible to use this information to see whether
or not it
I have joined some of my colleagues to put together such a system
that can be accessed by individuals either on a personally secure
WebSite or on paper copy. It simply requires application and enrollment
by individuals, following which personal medical information --
in the form of blood and urine test numbers, will be entered for
disease risk assessment. It may be found at http://www.n ewcenturynutrition.com/numbersforlife/,
which also includes a collection of good health information that
may be used to see if those problematic clinical numbers can be
Based on the numbers entered into the Site, personalized risks
for various common and serious diseases (coronary heart disease,
stroke and Type II diabetes, with colon cancer, breast cancer,
prostate cancer and osteoporosis in soon to be added) are returned
to the customer on the Internet within a few seconds of data entry.
An attractive display of risk assessment, with assorted explanatory
information, can also be downloaded as hard copy.
The WebSite also contains information on the powerful effects
of nutrition on health and disease at New Century Nutrition (http://newcenturynutrition.c om);
in addition, a substantial body of knowledge on Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) is also available directly from China with much
of it being several centuries old (http://China-med.net). These bodies of information,
that on nutrition seemingly new and that from China very old,
have surprisingly much in common. Both are focused on the prevention
of disease and on the consumption of a diet rich in plant based
foods. Also, both of these reservoirs of information include several
unique health provisions, some Chinese herbal preparations purchased
and shipped directly from China, others focused on information
exchange going both ways between the United States and China.
We are confident that this novel approach to health is highly
futuristic while taking the best of the West and combining it
with the best of the East to create a new model of health are
better than either one alone.
Read more about Numbers for Life.