Plant-Based Canada Podcast

Episode 28: How Kate McGoey-Smith Overcame the Odds

March 08, 2022 Plant-Based Canada Episode 0
Plant-Based Canada Podcast
Episode 28: How Kate McGoey-Smith Overcame the Odds
Show Notes

Diabetes. Blindness. A Terminal Disease… Our guest on this episode of the Plant-Based Canada podcast is Kate McGoey-Smith. Faced with a very rare, no cause-no cure terminal diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, described as high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries of the lungs) along with type 2 Diabetes, Kate McGoey-Smith became legally blind and on continuous oxygen within months. Dizzy and fainting spells left this mother of three school aged children out of work, immobilized and recording good-bye stories to her kids, who were unknowingly destined to live without her within 2-5 years. 

Find out how Kate, a former registered nurse and a clinically trained social work therapist became more psychologically flexible to turn this imposed tragedy into triumph - re-gaining her sight, reducing her blood sugar to no longer having diabetes, and even reversing her fatal disease from level 3 to level 1! Most importantly, giving her now adult children the legacy of better health!

In this episode Kate covers:

  • Her life-changing story of overcoming a very rare, no cure terminal diagnosis.
  • Her  insights related to  behavioural change around plant-based eating.
  • Psychological flexibility and how it can be incorporated into everyday thinking.

Episode Resources:

If you would like to hear more from Kate, you can find her talk from the 2021 Plant-Based Canada Conference on the Plant-Based Canada YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/VpKtMHATwVk

McGoey-Smith et al., 2019 article in International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention titled, “Reversal of Pulmonary Hypertension, Diabetes, and Retinopathy after Adoption of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet”: https://doi.org/10.22230/ijdrp.2019v1n2a41

To read about how psychological flexibility is defined and measured: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33550157/

To learn more about the impact of psychological flexibility on psychological well-being in adults with obesity: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33828505/

The ACT model of health and treatment processes that is a way of thinking about and engendering psychological flexibility

Kate McGoey-Smith is also a Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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This episode was hosted by Stephanie Nishi RD, PhD.

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