AS LIFESTYLE diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes become more common, Dr Anthony Espinet is working to help people lead much healthier and longer lives.
The physician, who has worked on open heart surgeries, anaesthetics and nutrition, visited Gladstone on Saturday to give a presentation at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
His key message was that changing simple lifestyle factors and going back to a basic diet can put you in good health and limit the risk of developing lifestyle diseases.
"People want to change their life by pills and tablets and potions," he said.
"My message is that to change your life you need to change your lifestyle.
"Unless we start educating people, informing them of what they should do to have a healthy lifestyle, we are doomed."
His presentation connected modern science and the Bible but he said the nutrition advice could appeal to anyone regardless of their beliefs.
"The scientific evidence is showing us that if we follow a simple diet, low in processed food, low in carbohydrates, high in nutritional basis, then that is really good for health."
"Most of this has been taught to us many, many years ago, recorded in the ancient books of scriptures," he said.
Rockhampton woman Karen Squires said: "He presented his message in a way that was easy to understand and makes you feel that you can tackle these changes."