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Getting to the Heart of the Cardiovascular Matter
“The collective will and conscience of my profession
is being tested as never before. Now is the time for
– – Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Cardiologist
In yesterday’s Notmilk column, I complimented Dr.
John McDougall for his brilliant commentary which
can be found at:
http://drmcdougall. com/misc/ 2010other/ guidelines. htm
Today, we discover the cure to mankind’s #1 killer:
in Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s Book:
“Reversing and Curing Heart Disease”
While working at America’s number one cardiovascular hospital,
the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn did everything
in his power to make a complete nuisance of himself.
Imagine a hospital treating more than 2 million heart patients
each year with a fast food burger restaurant in the lobby.
Add an Esselstyn or two, and remove hundreds of thousands of
tests, procedures, and surgeries. Esselstyn’s work alone has
the potential to cost the Cleveland Clinic a billion or more
dollars per year in cash flow.
One day, an creative administrator was hit with a bolt of
imaginative lightening. “Let’s give Essy two dozen of the
most hopeless heart cases, the ones who didn’t respond to
triple bypasses, balloon angioplasty, or other procedures.”
And so they did.
Esselstyn took on 23 males and one female, all given virtual
death sentences. The most remarkable of Dr. Esselstyn’s
patients was a colleague, Dr. Crowe. Esselstyn writes:
“After his heart attack in 1996, tests showed that
the entire lower third of his left anterior descending
coronary artery-the vessel leading to the front of the
heart and nicknamed, for obvious reasons, ‘the widowmaker’
-was significantly diseased.”
Caldwell Esselstyn’s skill as a surgeon is obvious, but his
proficiency as a writer might be the best part of his work.
Although readers of his book have little or no skill in
assessing heart damage by reviewing coronary angiograms or
scans or x-rays, or other diagnostic tools, Esselstyn
skillfully translates the language of cardiologists into a
layman’s understanding by presenting easily understood
photographs with arrows and highlighted commentary.
His book is a treasure map, and whether you are diseased
or in perfect health, you will find millions of dollars
of precious health advice.
Dr. Esselstyn writes:
“In the United states alone, more than half a million people
die of it (heart disease) every single year…The United
States spends more than $250 billion a year on heart disease.
That’s about the same amount the nation spent on the first
two and half years of its military venture in Iraq…”
Of the 24 patients, one did die. All of the others survived
through the duration of this twelve-year study. Of the man who
did die, Esselstyn writes:
“…He had been accepted into the study after sustaining a
massive heart attack during an unsuccessful angioplasty. ..
his left heart chamber was so badly damaged and scarred
that it was able to pump blood at less than 20 percent of
its normal capacity…After he had spent nearly five years
on the program, a follow-up angiogram compared four of
the areas where his arteries had narrowed. Two were
unchanged. Two had improved. Ten months later, he died
of cardiac arrhythmia.. .his heart, which was so scarred,
had literally electrocuted itself into arrest…As for the
rest of the group, all improved.”
The survivors? Esselstyn confidently calls them “heart
The 24 patients came to Dr. Esselstyn cumulatively having
suffered through 49 life-threatening cardiovascular events
in the years leading up to the study. Esselstyn writes:
“Among the fully compliant patients, during the twelve-year
study, there was not one further clinical episode of
worsening coronary artery disease…”
Six patients left the study, being unable to stay with
a vegan diet. For them, the call of the cheese and meat
represented the call of the wild. Of them, Esselstyn writes:
“In every one of them, the heart disease had grown worse.
They had suffered…four cases of increased angina, two
cases of ventricular tachycardia, four bypass operations,
one angioplasty, one case of congestive heart failure…”
Caldwell Esselstyn is a visionary and his work is pure
I have chosen to live the rest of my life according
to his brilliant advice which is:
Eat a low fat/no fat plant-based diet.