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

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart disease epidemic in this country by changing our diets. Drawing on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the ...

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Overview

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart disease epidemic in this country by changing our diets. Drawing on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

Furthermore, it can eliminate the need for expensive and invasive surgical interventions, such as bypass and stents, no matter how far the disease has progressed. Dr. Esselstyn began his research with a group of patients who joined his study after traditional medical procedures to treat their advanced heart disease had failed. 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, the majority of Dr. Esselstyn's patients continue to follow his program and remain heart-attack proof.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind these dramatic results, and offers readers the same simple, nutrition-based plan that has changed the lives of his patients forever. In addition, Dr. Esselstyn provides more than 150 delicious recipes that he and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have enjoyed for years and used with their patients. Clearly written and backed by irrefutable scientific evidence, startling photos of angiograms, and inspiring personal stories, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease will empower readers to take charge of their heart health. It is a powerful call for a paradigm shift in heart-disease therapy.

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What People Are Saying

Dean Ornish
Pioneering research demonstrating that the progression of even sever coronary heart disease can often be reversed by making changes in diet and lifestyle. (Dean Ornish, M.D., founder, president, and director of Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease)
Mehmet Oz
A hard-nosed scientist shows us his secrets for successfully cleaning the rusting arteries of so many patients. (Mehmet Oz, M.D, coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual and You: On a Diet)
Michael Roizen
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., is certainly the father (and the mother) of the now proven hypothesis that you can reverse severe arterial disease... even if you only want to try this plan five days a week, this book is a must purchase. (Michael Roizen, M.D., coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual and You: On a Diet)
T. Colin Campbell
One of the most outstanding projects in health research of the past century. It's relevant, it's caring, it's innovative, it's extremely well executed and it's very, very useful. (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study)
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“Dr. Esselstyn's eminently successful arrest-and-reversal therapy for heart disease through patient education and empowerment as the treatment of choice will send shock waves through a mercenary medical system that focuses largely on pills and procedures.”
—Hans Diehl, Founder & Director of the Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583332726
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 191,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, JR., M.D., was a researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic for more than thirty-five years. In 1991, he served as the president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Heart Disease. In 2005, he became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than twenty years. They work together to counsel patients in Cleveland and at the farm in upstate New York where Dr. Esselstyn grew up.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Action plan for achieving or restoring good health diet

    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

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Compelling! Fast read, well documented. 1/2 recipes

    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!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    Easy to understand how-to-do-it guide

    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

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Totally recommend this book!

    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!!!

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    What an eye-opener !! A must read.

    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 !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Worth every penny!

    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.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Recommended for anyone who needs to address life's issues

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Crystalstar's Orders

    Move to 'sickness' result one

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    Posted September 2, 2013

    Darkness

    Outer den

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Must read if you have heart disease or are concerned about your health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    I hope this works.

    It makes sense, doesn't make ridiculous claims. It is simple, but not necessarily easy.

    I am unfortuantely in the group that hopes to reverse it, or at least arrest it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    I learned about Dr. Esselstyn's work from another book (China Study). I don't know how truly affective his advice is but it sounds indeed reasonable. I have to just put it in practice and see the results. In any case the recipes are good, the meals tasty, and I find this book worth having, indeed. Another title that I highly recommend is Cure the Incurable

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