Authors: Travis Stork
Dr. Travis Stork’s
Program to Help You Lose Weight, Restore Optimal Health, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life
TRAVIS STORK, M.D.
Dedicated to all of those in search of
I want to personally thank Alice Lesch Kelly for her enthusiasm and dedication to this project, and Lisa Clark for her guidance every step of the way. To Jon Ford, Ashlee Gagui, Hagop Kalaidjian, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, and everyone else who played a role in putting this book together: I thank you!
Copyright 2013 by Bird Street Books, Inc
First edition 2013
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Be sure to see your own health-care provider before starting The Doctor’s Diet or initiating an exercise program, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or any other health condition.
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ights flash. Sirens blare. An emergency services vehicle rushes through the streets in a life-or-death race against time. Inside the ambulance, emergency medical technicians work frantically to stabilize their patient. Screeching to a halt, the EMTs throw open the ambulance doors, grab the gurney on which their patient lies, and charge into the emergency room. There, highly trained ER doctors and nurses take over, springing into action in a tenacious fight for the patient’s life. When luck is on their side, the patient pulls through. When it’s not, an ER doctor is left with the heartbreaking task of having to deliver the tragic news of the patient’s death to their family.
Too many times, I have been the ER doc giving this awful news. No matter how many times it happens, it never gets any easier to tell someone that the person who means more to them than anyone else in the world—their mom, their dad, their sister, their brother, their child—has passed away. I feel as if I lose a little piece of my heart every time I have to do it.
What makes it toughest is knowing that so many untimely deaths could have been prevented.
Death is inevitable, of course. No matter how hard we try, we can’t avoid it. But death isn’t always a tragedy. When someone who’s lived a long, happy life dies peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, that’s terribly sad, of course. But it’s not a tragedy. When someone’s life ends years or even decades before it should? When someone’s quality of life is compromised at an early age? That’s a tragedy. And that’s the kind of death and disability that ER docs see every single day.
When you think about all of these unnecessary ER deaths, you may shudder as you imagine their causes—horrible trauma, grisly accidents, car crashes, even gun violence.
But when it comes to the kinds of problems we see most often in the ER, the reality is actually quite different than what most people imagine.
THE BIGGEST EMERGENCY IN ERs ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IS THE FOOD WE WILLINGLY, KNOWINGLY, HAPPILY CHOOSE TO EAT.
The majority of patients in ERs are not there because of trauma or accidents. They are there because of their diets. That’s right: the biggest emergency in ERs across the United States is the food we willingly, knowingly, happily choose to eat.
Our food choices are so dangerously unhealthy that eating-related diseases send
twice as many people
to hospital ERs than injuries and accidents.
Unhealthy eating contributes to as many as 580,000 deaths in the United States every year. That’s more than smoking, drug abuse, gun violence, and traffic accidents
. If you eat the typical American diet, it very well may kill you.
I don’t want that to happen to you! As an ER doctor and as a fellow human being who loves life with an infinite passion, I want to protect you from that fate. I don’t want YOU to be the person on the gurney being rushed to the hospital with flashing lights and blaring sirens. I don’t want YOU to be the patient lying in the ER with a medical team fighting desperately to save your life. I don’t want YOU to be the corpse wheeled to the morgue while an ER doctor gives your shocked family the tragic news that you are gone forever because your life could not be saved.
I’m not telling you this to scare you. Quite the opposite—I’m leveling with you because I care about you. I want to empower you. I want to energize you and give you hope! As bad as this black cloud of health facts sounds, it actually has a really amazing silver lining. It doesn’t have to happen to you! You don’t have to be the dying ER patient with a distraught family. You can turn your diet around, and in doing so, you can revive your health and change your life.
That’s right. No matter how bad your diet is, no matter how much excess weight you’re carrying around, no matter how many food-related mistakes you’ve made in the past, you can start fresh
. You can embark on a new way of living
that will immediately begin to chip away at your risk of dying from your diet.
How? By following The Doctor’s Diet.
It’s that simple. Changes that you can start to make
right this minute
can turn your diet from a flashing-lights emergency to a health-boosting, life-saving gift that you give yourself and your family. You really can turn your life around—and The Doctor’s Diet can show you how.
OUR FOOD CHOICES ARE SO DANGEROUSLY UNHEALTHY THAT EATING-RELATED DISEASES SEND TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL ERs THAN INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS.