Reversing Heart Disease

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 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.”

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Photo credit: My great (in so many ways) uncle Eddy, may he rest in peace.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ahmed R.
Past Member 1 years ago

Thank you!

Robert B.
Robert B1 years ago

James Fixx the famous runner who advocated jogging died of clogged arteries at age 52. But he also was a former smoker.
And Yes, heredity plays a part, but people CAN partially reverse or slow down heart disease by dramatically changing their lifestyle. Red meat is the WORST thing you can eat for your health. A sedentary life coupled with bad eating habits and things like smoking or drinking too much, too much salt, sugar and processed foods all combine to slowly clog your arteries until your heart finally can no longer function. I don't understand why some people get so defensive when the word "Vegan" is mentioned. No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to eat healthy. I think people get defensive about it because they simply refuse to want to give up bad eating habits and don't want to take personal responsibility for it. So instead they lash out when the word Vegan is mentioned.

Geoff P.
Geoff P3 years ago

Reversing heart disease their is no such thing.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

A healthy Diet (for me-organic omnivore) is 80% of one's health. At my last physical, my assesed risk for heart disease in the next 10 years was

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Nimue Pendragon

Go vegan! :)

Jelica R.
Jelica R5 years ago

No, it is not. Bad habits are hereditary, or better said, learned from our parents'. My parents both had a heart disease. I adopted healthy life-style in my 30ties and my hearth and arteries are in excellent condition; or my physician lied to me at my annual check-up. All my medical results are better now than they were 20 years ago.