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Ankur Jain, MD "Veganism: What a Body Wants"

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Published on Aug 15, 2014

Gastroenterologist Ankur Jain, MD discusses human diet from the standpoint of a board certifies gastroenterologist, pointing out that anatomically and physiologically humans are better adapted to a plant-based diet than a meat-based one.

Our bodies, and especially our digestive tracts, are suited for a plant-based diet, both anatomically and physiologically. Supported evidence shows that people who do not consume animal products have a better quality of life due to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and decreased incidence of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and liver disease, as well as various cancers. Besides being healthy, a vegan diet is also economical and safe for the environment. Ethically and morally, every being has a right to live, and vegetarians treat all animals with compassion and respect.

Dr. Jain grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago for both college and medical school. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, where he was later selected as Chief Resident, and a Gastroenterology fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. After practicing in Southern California for 4 years, Dr. Jain returned to Hawaii in August 2013, and started a practice with his wife Dr. Shilpa Jain, who is also a Gastroenterologist and recently completed her fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He has a special interest in colon cancer prevention and has published several papers on colorectal screening. Recorded and edited by William Harris, M.D. on 8/12/14

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