The Culture with the Lowest Rate of Cancer Eats Plant Based Diet – Dr. Nick Delgado

Dr. Nick Delgado talks about how Okinawans have the lowest mortality rates of cancer and how they eat healthy and plant based to live the longest.

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At the age of 23, Nick Delgado suffered a transient ischemic attack, aka, TIA or mini-stroke. This experience altered the course of his life and led him on a path to not only healing himself, but others. Subsequently, Nick devoted himself to becoming a lifestyle coach and fitness role model who led, and continues to lead, by example. His multi-disciplinary protocol: understanding the importance of exercise, proper rest, and mental acuity, and the health benefits of plant based proteins and supplements, is changing and saving lives. In fact, many clients, while under a doctor’s supervision, have been able to eliminate pharmacological and surgical intervention completely.

The science of saving lives is something Nick has studied from a very young age. As a child, Nick sometimes had trouble focusing in a traditional classroom setting. As a teenager, swollen, painful pimples and boils covered his face. To make matters worse, he struggled with obesity and high blood pressure, though he’d been dancing for over a year and was cast to appear on American Bandstand. The pressures of appearing on national TV mounted. Sadly, over-the-counter remedies did little to help his skin, and the traditional blood pressure meds left him feeling lethargic. Rather than self-medicate with junk food or, conversely, diet pills, i.e., forced to choose between depression and despair or agitation and anxiety, Nick read Nathan Pritikin’s LIVE LONGER NOW, had an epiphany, and made a life-changing decision. He decided to take on his first client: himself. Within 5 months, he’d reduced his body fat by 55 pounds and lowered his blood pressure from 200/90 to 110/70. For the first time in years, Nick was healthy both inside and out. He tossed the pills and never looked back.

After graduating high school, Nick studied to become a physical therapist, following doctors and therapists on their hospital rounds. The large number of patients suffering from crippling joint disease, obesity, stroke, degenerative heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, stunned him. What he saw informed his decision to change his major to health science with an emphasis on lifestyle medicine. As this exciting new field in medicine expanded, Nathan Pritikin mentored Nick Delgado Ph.D, and they, in turn, mentored a third generation of lifestyle medicine doctors: Dean Ornish, M.D.; Michael Greger, M.D.; and John. A. McDougall, M.D.