Heart Disease is the leading killer of men and women in Western Civilization. In this edition of Healthy Living our Katie Gibas has more.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is nothing more than a paper tiger that need never even exist and if it does exist, it never need progress. This is a completely benign food-bourne-illness," said Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Reversal Program Director.
Now that's a pretty bold statement. So let's back up a bit.
For decades, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. has been studying how what we eat effects our arteries.
His studies show that a lot of foods damage the lining of the arteries.
"They're oils; olive oil, corn oil, Soybean oil, sunflower oil. Anything with a mother or face, meat, fish, chicken and fowl. And dairy, milk, cream, cheese, ice cream and yogurt," said Caldwell.
Now, that sounds like a lot of food you can't have but Esselstyn focuses on what you can have: whole grains, vegetables and fruit.
And he says by switching to a completely plant-based diet, the arteries are able to heal and even reverse the effects of Heart Disease as well as a myriad of other illnesses.
Caldwell added, "We are on the tip of what I refer to as the seismic revolution that can occur in health. And that seismic revolution will never come about by inventing another pill, by having another procedure or operation."
If you are thinking of making the change, you may think a slow, gradual process would lead to better success. But some experts say you should stop cold turkey for the best outcomes.
"If you try to do it in little baby steps, you'll never get that fat-receptor down and regulated. If you get it down completely, within eight or ten weeks, you've down regulated your fat receptor. You no longer crave those foods that are going to injure you," Caldwell went on to say.
The 17 patients in Esselstyn's study had 49 cardiac events in the years leading up to the study, and had undergone aggressive treatment procedures.
After beginning the plant-based diet, no one had another cardiac event within a twelve year period.