Imagine the Revolution!

Are you sick and tired of a medical industry that's influenced by drug reps trained in communication skills, sales, and profit margins; and with research funded and designed to benefit pharmaceutical companies?

Are you fed up with a health care system, including dietitians and nurse educators who encourage diabetics to eat dangerously or serve pizza, fried chicken, and beef 'n noodles to severely ill patients?

Are you disappointed that our educational system puts no value in instructing students in optimal health and longevity?  How fulfilling and productive is a career intermingled with food addiction, hangovers, and disease?  What enjoyment and satisfaction is there in a beautiful home and nice car mixed with alcoholism, eating disorders, heart disease, pain meds, chemo treatments, diabetes, and broken relationships?

Are you saddened by a culture that models, by example, and promotes gluttonous pleasures and indulgences?  What will happen to a society in which eating for disease has run rampant? 

Are you disturbed by the fact that a quarter of a million dollars can be spent on a heart surgery that would have been easy to avoid with a proper diet-style?  Are you equally disturbed that $110 can be spent on a small vial of insulin for type 2 diabetes, when eating healthfully would've resolved it ~ while entire families go to bed hungry?  Is it even ethical to squander such financial resources?   Do we need more medical care or more health education?

  • Imagine the revolution.

  • Imagine medical care and treatments that get people well based on scientific nutritional research instead of unsuccessfully managing diseases based on financial gains and losses.

  • Imagine an education system that values instruction in optimal health and longevity as a top priority for all students; no child left behind.

  • Imagine an entire society that has eradicated food addiction and nearly 80% of its diseases.

  • Imagine the financial and emotional burdens lifted as a result of no more heart bypass surgeries, cancers, dementia, chemical restraints, and vials of insulin.

The change of one is a transformation.

The change of many is a revolution.

Change begins with you and me.

Let’s all be that change.

It's time for the revolution!


Painting credit: “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze; 1851; oil on canvas; Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photography credit:  (c) by Emily Boller


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Meg Worcester - July 25, 2013 10:34 AM


Margaret Harris - July 25, 2013 10:41 AM

There's so much big money behind the unhealthy way. It would take a huge revolution, something like the Arab Spring, to change that. I wish it were different. I feel helpless to change anything other than my personal habits. I can't even change my husband's mind, much less the behemoth industry that's out there making wheelbarrows full of money off the unhealthy addictions of the populace. I know this sounds hopeless, but it's my personal starting point. I'm willing to be a part of change. I just wonder if I'll live long enough to see it happen.

Vivian Aaron - July 25, 2013 11:57 AM

If only more would see the benefits of simply changing eating habits to prevent so much harm.
Amen indeed!

Diana - July 25, 2013 12:30 PM

That was very inspiring. Well said!

Lisa Nathan - July 25, 2013 12:45 PM

Thank you Emily for the post (I also love your watercolor paintings... beautiful!)

Steven Gold - July 25, 2013 4:16 PM

As a longstanding family physician, and practicing Nutritarian, Emily, I share your perspectives on modern medicine and the corruption of American culture. While I seek opportunities to help others see the "nutritarian light" on an individual basis, I don't see change in the medical community I work in, until national economics can no longer bear the load. The aging baby boom generation may well "take the system down". It is very discouraging practicing medicine in this day and age. I hope in the next few years to retire from the insanity I face day in and day out.

CarolGrace - July 25, 2013 4:45 PM

I'm wildly encouraged. It has to start with you and me. Us individuals. My healthy, active friends call me the "poster child" because they realize for our mutually unhealthy friends, my transformation is proof. It's not like hearing it from someone who has "always been" strong, the proper weight and active. From those people it can sound like preaching. But as we nutrarians stand as examples (actions speak louder than words), I believe things can change. The truth is the truth. Nutrarian eating is right. Period. Thank you, Emily, and thank you, my ETL virtual friends. You are an encouragement to me as I walk this journey.

Thanks for listening.

Carol (down 42 pounds, feeling great, and getting strong coupling the eating change with exercise and marching on. Getting younger instead of older. I'm 62, doing pushups in the park and boxing with my trainer. Who would have thought?)

Rebecca Cody - July 25, 2013 4:58 PM

I keep wondering why the health insurance companies, which pay so many of the outrageous and unneeded (in a better-fed America) bills for medical intervention don't band together to educate this country, and start rewarding people who work at maintaining health instead of rewarding the system which prefers us all to be sick.

Ginger Riddle - July 25, 2013 5:43 PM

Can we band together to fund advertising for vegetables?
Leafy greens: More calcium per calorie than milk, more protein per calorie than beef, and packed with vitamins and fiber!
Mushrooms, cruciferous veggies and onions: First degree black belt protection against cancer!
Grapes: Nature's popsicles!

Ann - July 25, 2013 5:55 PM

This is beautiful! I love it! And also...imagine a world without the cruelty of cafo's, and without the animal research into diseases that can be prevented through lifestyle changes. And imagine a world where old age is peaceful, pleasant and fun rather than a "long slow decline" and years and years of misery to be suffered.

Thomas Samaras - July 25, 2013 5:56 PM

The points made in the article are extremely important. If we don't do something of major proportions about promoting healthy eating and living we are destined for disaster. In addition, our economy cannot support the millions and millions of sick people that we are producing by avoiding a major campaign towards preventive medicine through healthful eating and lifestyle.

Ann - July 25, 2013 5:58 PM

Imagine a world without the unspeakable cruelty toward animals practiced on a daily basis in CAFO's...and imagine a world where animal testing for diseases will be unnecessary, because the diseases can be prevented by lifestyle changes. And imagine a world where old age is pleasant and fun, not a miserable "long slow decline" into years of suffering.

Johanna - July 25, 2013 6:31 PM

We can all be foot soldiers in a grass roots war. There are plenty of people who are seeking the answer. We can concentrate on them. Unfortunately, we have to leave those behind who are not interested; there are enough people who ARE interested. We can put our efforts there. I have seen a tremendous change in my workplace over the last few years. It took a diabetes diagnosis to get the last person to change, but change can happen and is happening. Take heart and CHARGE AHEAD!

Emily Boller - July 25, 2013 7:23 PM

Soldier on everyone! You guys wrote great statements!

I've always loved to read stories about the pioneers. They were trailblazers that sacrificed a lot to make a better life for themselves and others. And they had vision beyond the day-to-day hardships of pioneering work.

Don't give up anyone - change is happening one person at a time; one physician at a time; one educator at a time; and one mover-and-shaker at a time. The revolution is breaking forth on the horizon and it's a glorious sunrise!!!

What an amazing day it will be when our future grandchildren and great grandchildren won't know the words "obesity, diabetes, junk food, sodas, hamburger, dieting, and eating disorders", because those words will no longer be a regular part of anyone's vocabulary!

Cairy Lester - July 25, 2013 9:10 PM

Emily, I am eagerly waiting for that book. :) God has given you the ability to uniquely describe the "food traps" that Americans face.

Anatol - July 26, 2013 7:26 AM

thank you... GREAT MESSAGE... posted on my FB & Twitter...

Pete Bircsak - July 26, 2013 8:45 AM

When T. Colin Cambell wrote "The China Study" he expected the world to change. His new book "Whole" does a wonderful job of explaining why it didn't and the huge economic forces behind resisting change toward a plant based diet.
Paradigms are deeply entrenched and reinforced by the media.
An excellent piece Emily.

Felicia Ricks - July 26, 2013 9:29 AM

Excellent article Emily! I've been spreading the word to some of the local churches/facebook friends and mindsets are beginning to change. It's a step in the right direction. Thank you for posting this.

Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan - July 26, 2013 9:21 PM

Beautifully written and very inspiring! Everyone should check out the Nutritional Research Foundation and the important work that organization is doing.

Rob Jackson - July 27, 2013 7:41 PM

Well-stated, Emily!!

Neil Butterfield - July 29, 2013 2:48 AM

Great advice Emily. There are more than enough healthy eaters to spread this message. Let's change the world one person at a time.

Jen Siskind - July 29, 2013 7:48 PM

Great post. Seconding the positive review of T. Colin Campbell's new book WHOLE. A terrific read.

Matt K - July 30, 2013 9:51 PM

For Hippocrates!

Carol Whitaker - August 1, 2013 5:34 PM

I think it all comes down to each and every one of us doing as much as we can to impact our own little circle of influence...... I've been a nutritarian for 2 years now and know of at least 5 people who have PERMANENTLY changed their eating habits as a direct result of my interaction with them. The more of us there are out there, the more we can influence purchasing habits, choices in medicine/medical care. That's where the power is. We've got a long way to go to reach the tipping point, but smoking didn't get "fixed" over night, and neither will this. Eventually media/industry will sit up and take real notice.... it has to.

Toni - August 1, 2013 6:45 PM

It is difficult to make a change when the doctors are suggesting that you eat meat, cheese, eggs, pasta and olive oil. I hate going to the doctor at all. Because I eat Nutritarian style, I am considered a FANATIC. I think the insurance companies must be in cohoots with the big Pharma. companies.

Margaret - August 2, 2013 1:15 PM

Great article!
Important part to keep in mind is that our country was founded with us having freedom of choice. Basic laws and guidelines set, but we have choice as to following or not. We can encourage, but we cannot push to implement for all or we lose a key to our country's uniquiness - and would be no better but just the exact opposite of what we currently are slid into in this country mandated "health care" which is not about health but just managing poor lifestyle choices at other people's expense. If we lose our choice in things then we are not the USA.
People used to choose better in growing or purchasing food and ingredients were more natural years ago. More recent our grocery stores are filled with fake food and too many people have fallen into choosing for convenience and comfort and taste of addictive sugar and chemicals, etc. Advertising and spokes people have taken payment to sell false dreams and expectations in all areas of what the "american dream" is, they have changed it into american entitlement and that we all deserve to eat and drink as we please, not considering the after effects - short or long term.
I agree all we can change is our own habits and by that be a shining example to others, that there is an alternative. As I write this comment - I step further along the path away from processed and unhealthy eating to being a nutritarian :) thank you.

Marlene - August 3, 2013 6:04 PM

I find this article disturbing on many levels.
The inference that individuals who do not follow ETL are destined for disease, misery and failed relationships is not a given. I know many people with balanced diets who are very healthy and I'm sure you do as well. Secondly,
school systems do teach nutrition. It is part of the state mandated curriculum. The issue here is it is based on a food pyramid which is quite different than ETL. Finally,
one issue which the author does not mention which I feel is part of the ETL challenge is the high level of time and cost investment in this dietary approach. While it is certainly a worthy challenge, it does take a personal commitment beyond media campaigns.

glenn - August 5, 2013 11:30 AM

Its not only the pharmaceutical companies that want to maintain the status quo. Think about the food industry with all their processed food, soda, snacks, etc. etc.

Another positive impact of the revolution would be to the environment. It consumes a lot of land and energy and creates pollution to raise just one cow which doesnt feed many people. Conversely, that equivalent land and energy would feed many people with vegetables.

Unfortunately, as our modern life becomes easier and easier, peoples' backbones get weaker and weaker rendering them unable to say no to bad food. When it becomes a crisis and begins to cripple our government and society, perhaps then the government steps in and makes the decision for them.

Jennifer B - August 6, 2013 2:55 PM

Yes! A community of people who are awake and paying attention. Not lost in the endless drama of tv or even internet news. But living out clean, wholesome food and lives, and passing that information on to as big a circle of people as they can. What we live out is a powerful message. And maybe there is more that can be done.

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