Failed health strategy poses great challenge


The talk presented by Philip S. Chua ’61, Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus of Northwest Indiana, at the CME at the FEU medical reunion in Los Angeles July 25-28, 2012, entitled Our Failed Health Strategy of the Past 60 Years, challenges governments of all nations and every person “to start healthy lifestyle and disease prevention early on, at the cellular (DNA) level, in the womb and in the crib, in order to prevent children from acquiring diseases afflicting adults today, like arthritis, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.”

“Most of the diseases known to man are man-made, self-induced, self-inflicted, lifestyle diseases, and are, therefore, preventable to a significant extent,” asserted this heart surgeon alumnus lecturer and author.

Dr. Chua stressed that the strategy, to be effective, must start at the cellular level to protect the integrity of the DNA among infants, not when they are teenagers or later, when they have already acquired bad habits from parents and other children and society as a whole.

“These so-called normal and natural disease we adults have today are not normal or natural; we could have prevented them from happening at all, if our parents had the knowledge at that time to protect our DNA when we were in the womb and if we were started on a healthy diet in the crib at that point,” he pointed out.

Today, we have all the scientific evidence that diet and exercise are the major factors in a healthy lifestyle and longevity, as stated in the new book of Dr. Chua, entitled Let’s Stop “Killing” Our Children, a metaphor he employed to put across the point that “anyone not contributing fully to the health and well-being of the child in the womb and in the crib is literally
damaging the infants DNA, increasing the risks for diseases, and shortening the child’s potential longevity as an adult.”

Dr. Chua said that “red meat is not an essential food item and it is safer, healthier, to stay away from it, because new evidence-based studies show that eating red meat increases overall deaths.” They also prove that exercise, combined with a healthy diet, can prevent diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Diabetes can even be reversed by physical exercise and calorie-adjusted diet of fish, vegetables, nuts and other high fiber foods.

The 800-page coffee-table book of this ’61 alumnus, which discusses all these topics and provides evidence-based practical health tips and pointers, is available online at,,, and, and all royalty for books sold to alumni is donated to the alumni foundation. Inquiries may be directed to

Our Failed Health Strategy of the Past Six Decades A Universal Challenge

Copyright 1998 Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS 
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