Episode 41: The Heart of the Matter (Part 2) - Is alcohol really good for your heart?

You’ve probably heard it said that alcohol’s good for the heart. However, new studies published in the Lancet are questioning this popular notion. In fact, the safest amount of alcohol might actually be zero. In this episode, Pathways’ Dr George Cho shares why abstinence from alcohol might be the best choice for heart health. You’ll also learn why its critical to start kids on a healthy lifestyle for optimal heart health. We end with the inspiring story of Adam Sud, who through plant-based nutrition and the other principles of lifestyle medicine, was able to reverse addiction, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Tune in!

This is part two of a health talk given by Pathways medical director Dr George Cho and Dr Shanny Chang, dentist at Junction Family Dental Care, presented at Lunch with the Doctor event in partnership with the Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toronto, Canada. Lunch with the Doctor is a free community event featuring delicious plant-based food and engaging health talks by doctors on lifestyle medicine.


No level of alcohol consumption improves health (Lancet)

Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990 - 2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 (Lancet)

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies (Lancet)

Thresholds for safe alcohol use might need lowering (Lancet)

No alcohol level safe to drink, global study confirms (BBC)

There is no safe level of alcohol, global study confirms (CTV)

Alcohol is a global killer, study finds (NBC News)

The Lifestyle Is Medicine podcast is produced by Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Pathways is a medical centre that promotes wholistic health through lifestyle medicine. Pathways provides compassionate, evidence-based medical care at two clinics in Toronto: the North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Junction Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. Learn more at: www.pathwaystowholeness.ca

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