Better than medicine and surgery


The medical benefits of a plant-based diet

Special to The Union Times



Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Terri Edwards will conduct a workshop on the benefits of a plant-based diet at the Piedmont Physic Garden on Saturday, Oct. 14.


UNION — Terri Edwards wants to know what’s on your plate. It’s personal to her as the plant-based food researcher and educator has shed 55 lbs. and a variety of health issues by changing her diet.

She’ll share her story in an October 14 workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG). The workshop cost is $20 per person.

Edwards literally puts her mission where her mouth is.

“At 35, I was suffering with painful joints, as well as other health issues that were progressively worsening,” she said. “My mother has debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis, and I was concerned I was experiencing similar symptoms.”

Numerous doctor visits and blood tests produced few results, but the movie “Forks Over Knives,” which chronicles the path of implementing a plant-based food lifestyle, changed her life.

“In addition to resolving inflamed and painful joints, I’ve lowered my cholesterol, lost 55 lbs, cleared up adult acne, and resolved sleep issues,” Edwards said.

All, she attributes to plant-based eating. It’s a big commitment, but with long-term benefits as demonstrated by mounting evidence. Simply put, a plant-based diet is based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.

Numerous nutritional studies demonstrate strong links between plant-based diets and prevention — and even reversal — of the top killer diseases in the United States. In some cases, the diet has been more effective than medication and surgery. It is the only diet proven to reverse heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in both men and women.

Edwards will discuss the power of food to heal the body and we’ll do a test run with a tasting of plant-based recipes. In the meantime, feel free to read more about Edward’s research and findings on her blog, EatPlant-Based.com, a licensed Food for Life instructor.

Register now by calling 864-427-2556 or sign up online via PPG’s website at www.piedmontphysicgarden.org. You can also secure your spot by sending your check made payable to The Piedmont Physic Garden PO Box 603 Union, SC 29379.

PPG

Founded in 2014, the Piedmont Physic Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden in Union, South Carolina. PPG was Inspired by London’s Chelsea Physic Garden with the mission of exhibiting the medicinal, cultural, economic and environmental importance of plants to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina. Please visit www.piedmontphysicgarden.org for more information.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Terri Edwards will conduct a workshop on the benefits of a plant-based diet at the Piedmont Physic Garden on Saturday, Oct. 14.
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The medical benefits of a plant-based diet

Special to The Union Times

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