China Study On Sudden Cardiac Death

In the video I featured last week on Care2, Resuscitating Medicare, I celebrated the news that Medicare was finally reimbursing plant-based diet programs for heart disease reversal, and shared a personal story of how my grandmotherís miraculous recovery from terminal heart disease inspired my own career in lifestyle medicine. It wasn’t until 1990, though, that Dr. Dean Ornish published his landmark study proving you could not just slow heart diseaseóour number one killer, not just stop heart disease in its tracks, but actually reverse heart disease, open up clogged arteries with a plant-based diet and other lifestyle interventions. Since then, millions upon millions of Americans have died totally unnecessary deaths. If my grandma didnít have to die like that, no oneís grandma has to die like that. We have the miracle cure, yet hardly anyone knows about it.

Wait a second, though. If we can reverse heart disease without drugs, without surgery, then great! Doesnít that mean we can eat whatever the heck we want and then, as soon as we start feeling some chest pain, we can get with the program, eat as healthy as we need to and open our arteries back up? Hereís the problem with that plan: sudden cardiac death. Our first symptom may be our last, the subject of today’s video pick featured above.

Having conquered our number one killer, Dr. Ornish moved on to try reversing killer number two, cancer (see my 4-minute video Cancer Reversal Through Diet?). Then he tried his hand at reversing aging, publishing the first study to show dietary changes can boost telomerase enzyme activity, featured in Research Into Reversing Aging. Putting it all together, Ornish published the editorial in the American Journal of Cardiology that I profile in my 3-minute video Convergence of Evidence, describing how living and eating healthy can actually change us on a genetic level, up-regulating disease-preventing genes and down-regulating genes that promote breast cancer, prostate cancer, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Drugs canít do that, but diet can.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: James Heilman, MD / Wikimedia Commons

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William C
William C7 months ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. C7 months ago


David Ulrich
David Ulrich11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Having something within our own control can be so helpful

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

Thanks Dr Greger - I made sure I forwarded this to all my friends - including the extra videos on Casein, Cancer, etc

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)

David U.
David Ulrich5 years ago

@Carol P, You have my sympathy, It must be hard in the face of overwhelming evidence that consuming meat is unhealthy for the human body you persist in making irrational claims, even resorting to name calling, (poser) really? First of all the China Study has not been debunked it is Accepted peer reviewed science. Along with the hundreds of other studies which show meat consumption as unhealthy. Perhaps you would like to debunk the latest from Harvard which shows that 9.3 percent of deaths in men and 7.6 percent in women could have been prevented at the end of the follow-up if all the participants had consumed less than 0.5 servings per day of red meat per day. Dr Greger is not providing the information on nutrition science to save animals. He is providing information to save you. Unfortunately you probably will never learn and will die from some preventable disease brought on by your food choices, too bad, you are probably a really nice person..

John Duqesa
Past Member 5 years ago

Carol P

Thank you for the voice of reason.