Age Well (to 100) and Thrive? 

In my continuous curiosity about health and wellness, I stumbled across information about Blue Zones – areas in the world where people live to be 100 years old, while living well – healthy, and free of chronic disease. In fact, they exceed the average life expectancy of Canadians by about 25 years. As I’m approaching 50 that peaked my interest: to grow old while thriving in a healthy, vibrant life every day. Want to know more? Check out National Geographic’s Dan Buettner’s book on the topic called The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.

Stay Healthy, Vibrant, and Free of Chronic Disease?​

Enter The Blue Zones: 5 Part Blog

In this 5 part blog post, Rosane looks at the blue zones and shares information discovering secrets to health and longetivity.  Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis.


Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003. 

Take a peek at the Blue Zones and discover their secret to longevity 

The Evidence on Nutrition

After reading Dr. Campbell’s research in the book “The China Study” in 2016, for the first time in my life I saw 4 incredible gifts: Vegetables, Fruits, Whole Grains, and Legumes. I changed the food I ate to whole food plant-based foods.

“For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, Plant Pure Nation and others”. (

Listen to T. Colin Campbell Interview "The China Study" at Hippocrates Health Institute to hear a summary of his research findings.

Dr. Campbell changed 3 things for me: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Avoid Surgery With a Plant-Based Diet

Dr. Irminne Van Dyken, MD is a general surgery specialist in Hawaii and has been practicing for 10 years. She graduated from University Of North Dakota / Main Campus in 2008 and specializes in general surgery, colon & rectal surgery, and more.

Irminne Van Dyken, MD explains how a plant based diet will help you avoid many common problems which, as a surgeon, she deals with regularly. Dr. Van Dyken states “I want people to be changing their lives and avoiding surgery”. Listen to her presentation to learn which 80% of deaths are preventable and how to make those lifestyle changes.

10 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Will Help You Avoid the Scalpel 

Foods for Protecting the Body & Mind: Dr. Neal Barnard

Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. Dr. Barnard is the founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and an adjunct associate professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the author of fifteen books, including best-selling titles Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and Dr. Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes. He is president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Foods for Protecting the Body & Mind: Dr. Neal Barnard

Can the Foods You Eat Determine Your Brain Health?

Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof - Caldwell Esselstyn MD

Dr. Esselstyn's ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse heart disease and save your life. Of 20 patients sent home to die by their cardiologists in 1989, every one is still alive and healthy today, and heart-disease free, even though together they had had a total of 63 cardiac events before entering his study.

Twenty-three years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, general surgeon Caldwell B. Esseistyn, Jr., M.D., grew disappointed in the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease. Relying on pills and procedures despite their side effects and risks, Dr. Esselstyn says he and his peers were doing “nothing to prevent disease in the next unsuspecting victim.” This was particularly frustrating given that research studies had already suggested an obvious culprit. The fatty American diet was, in all likelihood, responsible for heart disease and many Western cancers, which are infrequently seen in parts of the world where much less fat is consumed.

How food you eat everyday can prevent and reverse heart disease

This is a list of resources that led me to finding my health - allowing me to go from simple surviving to thriving. To learn about the benefits of a whole food plant based lifestyle, check out the information below.