year in the United States -- a staggering 12 prescriptions for each man, woman
and child. And yet we rank dead last in quality of health among the 17
Our rates of chronic disease are epidemic. More than 70 million have prediabetes and that number will grow to 100 million by 2020. In addition, 80 million have heart disease, and whether we know it or not, someone we love is at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
What prediabetes and heart disease have in common is their cause: both are food-borne diseases. We are getting sicker by the day and there's one simple reason: we are treating the wrong thing. Instead of focusing on what people eat, our healthcare system puts people on more and more medications to counter the effects of poor diet.
At Truhealth MD, we imagine a world where physicians prescribe food
as often as they prescribe medications.
If you’ve ever questioned whether pills are too often the answer, or thought there must be a better way, please join us as we work to change the statin quo.
At Truhealth MD, we have already developed a system of condition-specific
therapeutic foods to help people manage heart disease and heart disease risk factors. Now we’re developing a line of foods to help people with prediabetes halt their progression to type 2 diabetes. There are no specific food solutions for prediabetes currently, yet every prediabetic will become a diabetic (with all the devastating complications) unless they make very specific dietary changes.
Our pioneering foods are formulated from whole, plant-based ingredients using a unique portfolio approach to deliver therapeutic levels of fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols. They are scientifically based, with more than 300 clinical trials documenting the health benefits of the ingredients.
This is not about a slightly better snack. This is about healing through food.
Our Step One system is designed to meet published best-practice medical care
guidelines that specify nutrition intervention as the first step in chronic disease care. And our entire approach is about great taste and maximum convenience. We spent years developing our foods and our eating system, and there is simply no other resource like this on the market.
And guess what? It works! We have already seen dramatic results with the heart line among many individuals with high cholesterol. Some people have avoided cholesterol-lowering medications ("statins"), some have lowered their medication doses, some lost weight, and almost everyone felt better. And typically people saw results after only 30 days of using our products.
BUT... anecdotal evidence is not enough to convince the broad medical community to change the way it practices. Only empirical, independent scientific data will do the trick. That's why we need to confirm our preliminary results through a formal independent clinical trial. (Please scroll down to learn more about the trial itself.)
Now, you would think that there would already be thousands of published trials evaluating food interventions in treating disease. Turns out, there are hardly any. There’s lots of data about individual ingredients and multiple population surveys that look at average eating patterns, but almost no studies that evaluate a food-based intervention in treating or preventing disease.
We eat 3 times per day, yet we know almost nothing about the health effects
of this fundamental activity.
Our goal is not just to prove that our products work, but to shine a spotlight on a huge opportunity to change healthcare. We really are on a mission – a goal far and beyond Truhealth MD. We want doctors to prescribe food as often as they do medications. We want the healthcare community to treat the cause -- not just the symptoms -- of disease. And, together, we can lead the way!
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
Clinical trials are expensive. Very expensive. The good news is we've already raised $650,000 of the $800,000 we need to accomplish our funding goal. We have contributed our own money, have found government-backed and institutional funding, and entreated friends and family. We are close, but we need your help to get us across the finish line.
The money you donate will go to the non-profit academic institutions that will be conducting the clinical trial. For our part, we are not only donating funds towards the trial but also all the foods that will be used in the trial.
We appreciate any donation. We hope you’re as excited as we are about this effort and find a perk that moves you. With your support you are not only contributing to science, but also helping to transform health care.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Even if you can't contribute, you can help us spread the word. Share our campaign with your family and friends. And if you want to learn more about what we’ve accomplished so far around heart care support, please visit our site www.steponeheart.com.
If you want more details, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org but here's a little background to get you started.
The trial will be conducted over 18 months at two separate international sites, one in the US and one in Canada, and will be led by senior investigative clinicians at both institutions. The money we're raising will go directly to these non-profit investigator institutions.
The trial has two arms.
The first arm will test the effect of Truhealth MD foods on cholesterol levels in patients who are statin intolerant. This is a significant clinical issue because as many as 20% of people with cholesterol levels high enough to need medications cannot tolerate them.
The second arm will test if patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes can see improvements in their blood sugar control by eating Truhealth MD foods. This is a significant clinical issue because we know pre-diabetes leads to full-blown diabetes, and slowing or reversing that disease progression can have a tremendous impact.
The cost of the trial comes from the multiple laboratory assessments and follow-up
visits which occur during the trial, as well as the time and labor-intensive task of recruiting and screening participants.