I was raised in a small town on the Central Coast, Arroyo Grande. My father was a teacher and an organic gardener and my mother was a homemaker and a vegetarian. My brother and I would go gather dinner from our acre garden each night during the summer. I didn't learn that people put beef in their tacos until I was in junior high school. I thought that lentil tacos were the "norm". I eventually married a pork loving, beef adoring Cuban who now eats broccoli soup and drinks green smoothies for breakfast.
If I could convey only one message to my patients it would be that the MAD, (Modern American Diet) is the cause of most of their visits. If everyone moved to a plant based diet, we would really be practicing preventative medicine.