by Diane Bass
Native Foods Cafe Contributor
Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently presented a report on CNN called, “The Last Heart Attack”. Dr. Gupta spoke with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn who wrote the book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”. This book explains, with irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat. Dr. Esselstyn says we should eat whole grains, beans, yellow, red and green veggies and fruit. The Dr. convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects. This book is based on a 20 year study. As part of his research Dr. Esselstyn studied different cultures. He found that people on Central Africa, Papau New Guinea Highlands and the Tara-humari Indians in Mexico who eat plant based diets have no heart disease. None! Dr. Esselstyn believes that if you change your diet, you can become heart attack proof. He claims that heart disease is a food born illness. He says, “we won’t end this epidemic with surgery, stents and medication because we’re not treating the illness.” Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Medical officer at Cook County Hospital agrees. He says, “We have eaten ourselves into a problem and we can eat ourselves out of it.” Pier review journals reporting on the results of a handful of Dr. Esselsyn’s patients who were on his diet and cholesterol lowering medication show that after five years they had no heart attacks and no coronary events of any kind. Three quarters of his patients saw blockages grow smaller. Attached is a photograph of the same artery before and after changing the patients’ diet. A plant based diet actually reverses heart disease!
The blood of people who eat high meat, high cholesterol diet actually looks different from someone on a plant based diet. The first photo shows healthy blood. The bottom half of the vial contains blood cells. The top half is plasma which contains water and electrolytes.
The second photo shows unhealthy blood. The plasma is cloudy because it is laden with heart clogging fat and cholesterol. These photographs are quite shocking and should convince anyone to change their diet!
Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute believes that the more people change their diet and lifestyle the more they improve in direct proportion. He told Dr. Gupta, “Once people begin making these changes most people find they feel so much better so quickly it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying to joy of living and joy is what is sustainable.” Amen!
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