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3.0 out of 5 stars Reversing Heart Disease is possible, 1 Sept. 2009
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I have read this book with great interest as a sufferer from Heart disease for about 20 years. It is written with a great degree of knowledge and experience and pulls no punches in exposing the hypocrisy and self serving interest of the government and medical establishment who advocate a diet to supposedly prevent heart disease and yet the diet they promote inevitably still leaves the population liable to the disease. The book is thorough, though it would benefit from an index and a table of food values. The diet suggested by the author is extremely strict and contains one illogicality. The diet is vegan and has a maximum fat limit of 10% of daily calories obtained from fat. The author does not explain why animal products are banned in spite of the fact that the 10% limit could be achieved even with animal products - as I am able to do. I have also read Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and I believe that is the better book on this subject.
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Initial post: 20 Sep 2009 20:02:07 BDT
"The author does not explain why animal products are banned"
Actually he does. In chapter 10 he gives the evidence that the Mediterranean diet is far from perfect and does not reverse heart disease. In Chapter 11 here refers to the "China Study" and writes on page 87 that one of the co-authors of this study, Colin Campbell, discovered through his own research and others that "milk and meat protein" were "disastrous to human health". This chapter contains details of other researchers who have come to similar conclusions. Esselstyn's notes on pages 290 & 291 give the detailed references. Tony Carey

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2009 19:31:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2009 19:37:32 GMT
J. Baker says:

Tony is absolutely right. I also recommend Reading an interview Esselstyn excerpt follows - link to site at above. "It's because now we have data from the Brachial Artery Tourniquet  Test (BART), which really tells us that with every single Western meal, whether you're eating meat, whether it's dairy, whether it's olive oil, you injure your endothelium.  That is the LAST thing that I want my heart patients to have to have --- any further injury to their endothelium.  I want it to recover, I want it to be restored, I want it to blossom, and that's why for patients who are completely compliant within two to three weeks we start getting rid of their heart pain and their angina, because their endothelium has recovered and when it recovers, it can once again make nitric oxide, which is the strongest vasodilator in the body.  That is to say it opens the arteries and makes them relax."

Posted on 3 Sep 2011 17:40:06 BDT
You really must read the "China Study" because many plant-based diet programs are based on the research within this book.

Posted on 24 Sep 2012 13:28:34 BDT
J. Baker says:
Glad to hear that you like the book. All animal-derived foods (OK, not honey!) contain cholesterol. No plant food contains cholesterol. One of the main aims of the (highly effective) Esselstyn approach is to get your cholesterol level down to 150 or less. At that level you are, so to speak, 'heart-attack-proof'. The body produces its own cholesterol. A low (or as Esselstyn insists 'no') oil diet will result in the body producing less of its own cholesterol - see Esselstyn et al for the hepatic mechanisms for this. The last thing you want to do, assuming you want to get your cholesterol down around the 150 level, is to ingest cholesterol. It's true that Ornish allows a little fish and low-fat yoghurt. It's a minor difference of focus. I like Ornish too. Remember, Esselstyn's task was to treat 24 patients who had no hope left - many had been told to go home and get their affairs in order. Having read the book you will know the outcome of his endeavours! Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 15:44:14 GMT
M. Paterson says:
A friend of mine has recently had a heart attack, and was recommended this book. However, cholestrol in the UK is obviously measured differently. e.g. Her's is 6.5, which she has been told is too high, and has been put on statins "for life". In the book, the level recommended is 150. Is there anyway of converting this measure to a UK reading?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 18:33:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2013 18:34:05 BDT
FayeC says:
there is a really easy converter here

Posted on 7 Nov 2013 00:09:57 GMT
Read The China Study and you will begin to understand why animal products are the problem and it's not simply the amount of fat. it's the source of fat (animal) and also the dangers of protein that comes from animals. At first, eating a plant-based diet may seem like a challenge, but it is the only way that people with heart disease can reverse the disease.

Posted on 2 Jan 2014 13:21:09 GMT
I agree with others here. Dr Esselstyn does say why he has banned meat from the diet. However, like Joseph, I have also read Dean Ornish's excellent book, but he also advocates omitting meat from the diet in order to reverse heart disease. He also says, no nuts, avocados or oils, the same as Dr Esselstyn. The only difference in diet I can see is that Dean Ornish allows non fat dairy and egg whites. The other thing they seem to disagree on is the addition of statin drugs. Dean Ornish doesn't seem to favour them. I'm with him on that, but with Caldwell Esselstyn on no dairy or egg!
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