Kirk Hamilton interviews Dr. David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., DSc. is the Director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Jenkins is world renown for his development of the glycemic index and research on role of a plant-based diets, or the Dietary Portfolio (nuts, plant sterols, viscous fibers and vegetable protein), to prevent and treat diabetes, lipid disorders, heart disease, obesity and other chronic diseases. Along with Dr. Jenkin's emphasis on vegan diets for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, Dr. Jenkins has a greater concern about the importance of the human diet protecting the ecological balance of other species besides humans. His strong belief is that whole food, low-glycemic, plants-based diets are the way to dramatically reduce chronic disease while at the same time protecting the ecological balance of the planet. This interview is derived from the following papers by Dr. Jenkins and his colleagues: "The Effect on the Blood Lipid Profile of Soy Foods Combined With a Prebiotic: A Randomized Controlled Trial", "A Dietary Portfolio For Management and Prevention of Heart Disease, and "Health Benefits of Nuts in Prevention and Management of Diabetes."
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