Last summer, CNN premiered “The Last Heart Attack,” a documentary featuring Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn talking about successfully preventing, stopping, and even reversing our number one killer—heart disease—with a plant-based diet. Though billed as the latest cutting-edge treatment, Dean Ornish M.D. and Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D. have both been publishing on reversing the heart disease epidemic through diet and lifestyle changes for more than 20 years (see my 2-minute video Our Number One Killer Can Be Stopped).
Multibillion dollar industries ensure we know about the latest cholesterol-lowering drugs and surgeries, but who’s going to tell us about the latest advances in nutrition? What else lies buried in medical journals with the potential to save thousands of lives that just hasn’t yet seen the light of day? That is why I started NutritionFacts.org. But my inspiration to go into medicine in the first place was my grandmother, to whom I give tribute in today’s video pick shown above.
Dr. Esselstyn, whose book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease inspired President Clinton’s dietary shift, issued this stirring call in an editorial he recently published in the American Journal of Cardiology:
“The time is long overdue for legendary work. We can hardly be proud of a drug and interventional therapy that results in death, morbidity, inordinate expense, and disease progression and can never halt this food-borne epidemic. Every patient with this disease should be made aware of this safe, simple, enduring option to cure himself or herself. Most coronary disease need never exist, and where it does exist, it need not progress…. It’s simple: advocate a lifestyle of plant-based nutrition, make a bold leap toward a world free of heart disease, and lessen our use of scalpels and drugs.”
Michael Greger, M.D.
Photo credit: My great (in so many ways) uncle Eddy, may he rest in peace.