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Popular diets yield only modest benefits, systematic review finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6846


There are many popular diets, but none of them seem to work. They all leave us hungry and weak, not satisfied or strong. Is there a healthy diet that actually works? If so, how do we find and follow it?

A healthy diet is balanced nutrition that excludes toxins and addictions, both of which are common, covert causes of sickness. Toxins, like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, don’t belong in our diet. The same is true for addictions, like honey, sweets, chocolate, vanilla, cola, coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. So how do we avoid toxins and addictions?

We should eat organic food and follow a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. Organic food (which excludes chemicals) minimizes toxins by purifying our diet, and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (which excludes meat, chicken, and fish) minimizes addictions by balancing our diet. If we combine organic food and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet with a strict avoidance of all toxins and addictions, we have what I call the “LOVE Diet”, my acronymic recipe for health.

The LOVE Diet has many advantages. It’s tasty and satisfying, balances nutrition and normalizes weight, improves functioning and communication, promotes health and harmony, and frees us from cravings, addictions, fad diets, and supplements. By infusing us with self-care, the LOVE Diet reminds us that healthcare depends on self-care.

By way of review, the LOVE Diet is a balanced, organic, addiction-free, nutritious Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Energetic diet that excludes meat, chicken, and fish, but includes milk (lacto), cheese, butter, eggs (ovo), vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Delicious and nutritious, the LOVE Diet is a prescription for peace and health.

By way of contrast, the opposite of the LOVE Diet (nutrition) is what I call the “HATE Diet” (addiction). The HATE Diet is a non-organic diet that includes not only meat, chicken, and fish, but also addictions like Honey, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Espresso or other caffeinated beverages, as well as sweets, chocolate, vanilla, cola, and drugs. Addicting and afflicting, the HATE Diet is a prescription for conflict and sickness. Choose LOVE, not HATE.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 November 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA