Dr. Euicheol Lee, MD, specialist of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is Chief Director of Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine of Sun General Hospital, Daejeon, South Korea. He also has been serving secretary general of VEGEDOCTOR (Non-Profit Organization of doctors intending to treat patients suffering from non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) through a whole-food, plant-based diet (WFPB diet) in South Korea; vegedoctor.org). He is making efforts to promote WFPB diet for fundamental healing of NCDs in Korea and to create a social environment in which WFPB diet can be practiced with no difficulty. Especially, he is making vigorous efforts to change the company’s employee catering meal into more WFPB-friendly meal. He had supervised Korean translations of books of Colin Campbell, John McDugall, Caldwell Esselstyn, pioneers of WFPB diet in USA.
The change of epidemic diseases in South Korea: the clues of the global epidemic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
In recent years, low–carbohydrate high-protein diets are popular In Korea, for weight loss and chronic disease management. But 30 to 40 years ago Koreans consumed twice as much carbohydrates (mainly starches, not simple sugar) as the present, and half as low as protein and fat intake. Nonetheless, Koreans in the past are much slenderer than now, and there are rare diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases and various autoimmune diseases.
Rather, contrary to the low-carbohydrate claim, as the intake of carbohydrates decreases and the intake of protein and fat increases, the Koreans become more fattening over the years, and diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and autoimmune diseases have been exploding in South Korea. The truth is that reduced carbohydrate intake and increased protein and fat intake are the causes of these chronic diseases.
By tracking changes in the epidemic diseases in Korea and changes in dietary patterns, we can find clues to prevent and reverse epidemic diseases that are spreading around the world and realize the potential of culinary medicine and low-fat whole-food plant-based diet.
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