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Author of The Genesis Diet book says healthcare industry is major culprit in the obesity crisis
Does the Bible hold the solution to obesity? Dr. Joseph Vetere author of The Genesis Diet believes it does and has seen the results as people lose one pound of body fat every three days.
“The IOM's findings were hit and miss,” says Dr. Vetere. “I agree that excessive eating to the point of obesity and intentional lack of exercise is not due to lack of self-discipline or willpower, but more a purposeful action to satisfy the desire to experience temporary pleasure even at the risk of long-term self-destruction. Emotional factors lead to biochemical factors and then the cycle is set for ultimate destruction. The solution is to address the destructive core issues of self-image and replace it with hope. That's why we address seven spiritual obstacles to good health in the book. God holds each of us in tremendous value. We need to learn to value ourselves.”
Dr. Vetere says The Genesis Diet book was written to give people a prescription for healthy living and disease prevention, beyond just losing weight. The Genesis approach teaches participants the practical science behind health, wellness, fitness and food management. The Genesis Life Wellness Program is built on seven wellness principles: diet, exercise, nutrition, rest, spinal health, proper hydration and stress elimination.
While Dr. Vetere agrees with certain conclusions of the IOM study, he disagrees with their assessment that having the government tell the food industries to eliminate certain foods will solve the problem. Dr. Vetere is a proponent of teaching people how to make better choices with their health in general, using Levitical health laws and covenants outlined in the Bible. What Dr. Vetere does criticize is the health care industry as a whole that benefits from obesity by raking in 190 billion dollars per year, according to the IOM report. That number accounts for one-fifth of all healthcare spending.
“The health care industry (hospitals, physicians and pharmaceutical companies) has a vested interest in this whole obesity debacle,” says Vetere. “They cry outrage over the atrocities of obesity-related, preventable diseases as they drag fortunes into the bank. Jesus had a name for these guys-- Pharisees. It would be an economical disaster for the health industry if people read The Genesis Diet and became health conscious.”
Dr. Vetere has been practicing chiropractic medicine for over 25 years and continues to see patients in his clinic in Bronx, New York. . For many years, he would host bible studies in his office for patients and staff. In 2003, Dr. Vetere saw the need to educate church leadership on the necessity of attaining personal wellness as a key component to the Christian walk. This developed into health conferences across the region and, eventually, across the country. The “Pastors Health Conferences”