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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
     

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure

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by Caldwell B. Esselstyn
 

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ISBN-10: 1583333002

ISBN-13: 2901583333005

Pub. Date: 01/31/2008

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

In Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart-disease epidemic by changing our diets.

Drawing from his twenty-year nutritional study-the most comprehensive

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In Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart-disease epidemic by changing our diets.

Drawing from his twenty-year nutritional study-the most comprehensive study of its kind-Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that plant-based, oil-free nutrition can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects. The proof is in the incredible results of the patients who have followed his groundbreaking program. The men and women in his original study came to him with advanced coronary disease. Within months of following a plant-based, oil-free diet, their angina symptoms eased, their cholesterol levels dropped significantly, and they experienced a marked improvement in blood flow to the heart. Twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms.

Offering the same simple plan that has changed the lives of his patients forever, the book includes 150 delicious recipes developed by Ann Crile Esselstyn that the Esselstyns and their patients have enjoyed for years. Backed by irrefutable scientific evidence, startling photos of angiograms that show reversal of the disease, and inspiring personal stories, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease will empower readers to take charge of their heart health.

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ISBN-13:
2901583333005
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2008
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Foreword   T. Colin Campbell     viii
Introduction     x
The Heart of the Matter
Eating to Live     3
"Someday We'll Have to Get Smarter"     13
Seeking the Cure     19
A Primer on Heart Disease     29
Moderation Kills     35
Living, Breathing Proof     46
Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?     57
Simple Steps     67
Frequently Asked Questions     76
Why Can't I Have "Heart Healthy" Oils?     82
Kindred Spirits     87
Brave New World     94
You Are in Control     101
The Joy of Eating
Simple Strategies     113
Advice from Ann Crile Esselstyn     119
Breaking the Fast     127
Feasting on Salads     138
Sauces, Dips, Dressings, and Gravies     157
Vegetables, Plain and Fancy     173
Soups, Thick and Delicious     186
Sandwiches for All Occasions     207
The Main Course     219
Wonderful, Easy Desserts     265
Acknowledgments     287
Notes     289
Safe Food     292
Resources     294
Publications on Heart Disease by the Author     300
Index     301

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This excellent diet book by Esselstyn along with the complementary book by T.C. and T.M Campbell, the 'China Study', subtitled ' The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted' and dubbed by the NY Times the 'Grand Prix of Epidemiology', unlike Ornish's books, were regrettably not found in at least one major book chain. Hence both have received minimal public visibility or exposure despite their enormous impact on individual and public health. The reasons for such apparent overt or covert suppression of the highly effective totally vegetarian Esselstyn diet compared to the less restrictive Ornish diet are discussed in these two books. For example, one former USDA official responded 'We can't have this' after being informed of a similar highly successful vegetarian school lunch program, used at more than 300 schools, based on the works of Campbell/Esselstyn. And this reaction is to be expected from ANY government or industry official who is expected to place profits and national economic well being over individual health or well being by discouraging or downright suppressing a major population shift to healthier vegetarian diets that would have catastrophic consequences for several industry segments. Such shifts would directly impact our processed food and meat industries, and indirectly, the full spectrum of health care providers as a result of fewer patient visits 'an estimated 50% of patients have diet related or induced health problems, or true mal-nutrition, in part due to over-nutrition with fat and meat proteins'. Luckily for the economy, such a beneficial diet shift is NOT going to happen any time soon on a large scale for a number of reasons: 1. Due to the restrictive and unpalatable nature of such vegetarian diets, and 2. Due to their complexity, adding to food purchasing chores and preparation time. 3. Too many of us are truly addicted to a diet of unhealthy meat, fat, fast food, and processed food and will not change their way, except possibly as a terminal patient when hearing their physician say: 'There is nothing else we can do for you', as actually told to several of Dr Esselstyn's patients, now leading normal lives. 4. Fats and meat proteins, especially in fast foods, big juicy steaks and pizza, are truly addictive like smoking. 5. Many of us as youngsters were forced to eat veggies and therefore acquired an intense dislike since childhood. Numerous documented case histories are recorded in the Esselstyn book and further supported by epidemiology from the huge Chinese population studied in the Campbell book fully supporting the effectiveness of the regenerative and life sparing Esselstyn diet. Especially notable are the numerous saved lives of terminal or hopeless cardiac patients in restoring their quality of life including heart function, e.g. at least one patient's heart ejection fraction rose from a near fatal 40% to 60% into the normal range. Further reported health benefits are substantial weight losses to optimal ranges and lower total cholesterol of typically under 150 mg/dL, in some cases still requiring statins. As a retired industrial health care scientist, I am convinced that NO other Rx-based or surgical procedure, has this regenerative or curative power in truly reversing, not merely symptomatically treating or delaying cardiac and a host of other degenerative diseases associated with aging, as currently practiced. Even under current dietary conditions, shifting the focus from therapy to prevention was recently estimated to lower the cost of national health care to less than 20%, hence probably even lower via vegetarian diets. But a formally mandated national dietary shift is unlikely in the foreseeable future or ever under our current political system dominated by powerful special interest groups and lobbyists which would suffer enormous economic dislocations and losses. However, all is not lost since we are a consumer based society in which de
cybershy More than 1 year ago
Life altering! All food choices are now made with the knowledge of their effects. Those without heart disease now know how to avoid it. I have cleared my pantry and refrigerator. Marketing is simplified and takes less time since most of the square footage is of no interest. The grocery bill is smaller despite buying organic when possible. No more oil stains on clothes, or greasy dishes... easy cleanup! I feel terrific, with even more energy! A win-win!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare to find a book that offers a combination of 20 years of scientific research relating nutrition to health, the experience of a distinguished medical practice and an easy-to-understand, straight-forward how-to-do-it guide to making yourself heart attack-proof. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease does it all, clearly and convincingly. The author is authoritative, assuring and highly regarded for his credibility and professional ethics. This new book takes us back to the beginning of his ground-breaking research project yielding solid evidence that what we eat determines how free of heart disease we'll be, even more than the genes we often blame for this disease. We follow Dr. Esselstyn's earliest patients, who were told they were going to die, that there was nothing more that could be done for them, as they not only halt the progress of coronary artery disease, but actually reverse the blocked arteries. For any doubting Thomases, the before and after graphics of those arteries are included. The importance of a plant-based diet, absent of added oils and foods that are high in fat, is clearly explained. In simple, understandable language, Dr. Esselstyn examines the scientific studies and epidemiological evidence and draws logical and convincing conclusions. The first half of this book explores this as it explains exactly how such lifestyle changes can be followed. It also tells us about the vested interests and politics that would keep us from knowing the truth about what we are told about nutrition and health. The second half of this book is a treasure trove of more than 150 recipes, all plant-based (vegan) and all low in fat. This reviewer, who has seen so many books that seem to include the same recipes basic over and over, found most of the recipes in this book new, interesting, and creative. Starting with breakfasts, and progressing from salads, sauces, soups, sandwiches, main courses and desserts that appear decadent, but are satisfying and safe. The author's charming wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, deserves credit for this bonanza. The Esselstyns practice what they preach the entire family follows this healthy lifestyle, and as their children began their own families, now another generation does also. The book has appendices that include lists of safe foods, resources, publications and references. --Neal Pinckney, Ph.D. -- founder & director: Healing Heart Foundation and author of the Healthy Heart Handbook
mOUNTAINsTREAMS More than 1 year ago
Seriously, if you are over the age of 20 and have a realistic view of life you should at least be aware of this aspect of caring for your health. Understanding the connection between diet and disease is better than denial. I've been reading and trying diets for over 40 years and this one makes the most sense from any aspect. This one can save your life!
mcriddle More than 1 year ago
It is excellent if you are interest in not having heart disease, a stroke, cancer or any disease! It is worth the effort to change your eating habits. The food tastes wonderful! You feel much better - more energy, etc. It is worth it to make up your mind and adapt to a totally plant based eating plan for the rest of your life!!!
LKandBK-WCCA More than 1 year ago
For us, Dr. Esselstyn's book could prove to be a life saver. His approach to, and arguments in support of, a fat-free vegan diet are logical and direct. His recommendations make perfect sense, particularly to those with a personal or family history of heart disease. He cites study after study which support his ideas. There certainly is no down side, as the recipes are, without exception, delicious. Although we already were "pesco-polo-vegeterians", our cholesterol levels were high. We have been absolutely strict in following his plan (no oils, no dairy, no eggs, no meat, no poultry, no fish, no nuts) for three weeks and we both have lost weight but our energy levels are just fine. We will be having our cholesterol levels checked after 6 weeks to confirm what we already suspect - that this is the Recipe for Life !!
crw1 More than 1 year ago
Must read if you have heart disease or are concerned about your health.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and I feel like buying a copy for everyone I know. People were surprised I was reading a book about heart disease because I eat well and am physically fit, but I want to PREVENT disease, not wait until it's too late and then panic about what to do. This book is worth every penny for just the recipes alone. I'm very discouraged in the grocery stores trying to find real food, so I can't wait to try all of these healthy recipes! Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Essy.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Easy recipes.
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