Saturday, September 17, 2011

Former US President on Plant-Based Diet by Dr. Esselstyn

Former US President on Plant-Based Diet by Dr. Esselstyn

On Sun. evening, August 28, 2011, CNN ran a television special titled “The Last Heart Attack”, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, during which he interviewed former President Bill Clinton. In that interview, Clinton, who during his presidency was noted for a junk food diet of hamburgers, barbeque, and doughnuts, revealed that he had adopted a vegan diet.

If you watch that video, you will realize that the diet Bill Clinton adopted is Dr. Esselstyn's Plant Based Diet & he made this diet
change after learning that animal fat clogs arteries and shuts off blood flow to the heart and brain. is that it prevents people from having clogged arteries, high blood pressure, stents, by-passes, heart attacks, and strokes. In a previous interview on CNN, dated September 22, 2010, Clinton had the following to say as to the reason he adopted a vegan diet:

“I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that even though it happens quite often that after bypass surgery you lose the veins
because they’re thinner and weaker than arteries, the truth is that it clogged up, which means that the cholesterol was still causing buildup in my vein that was part of my bypass.

I didn’t want it to happen again. So I did all this research and it says that 82% of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-based,
no dairy, no meat of any kind — I eat very little fish — 82% of the people who have done that have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up; the calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.

This movement has been led by Doctor Caldwell B. Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, Dean Ornish out in California, the doctors Campbell,
father and son who wrote The China Study, and a handful of others. But we now have 25 years of evidence. So I thought… I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can become one of those who can have a self-clearing mechanism.”

Today, after adopting a 100% plant-base diet, Clinton says he is slimmer than he has been in decades (has dropped more than 24 pounds), has more energy, and is healthier than ever. Clinton is now at his high school weight. To duplicate Bill Clinton's success, you need to do as Clinton did: stop consuming all animal source foods if you wish to escape a long list of physical problems – including but not limited to clogged arteries, high blood pressure, stents, by-passes, heart attacks, and strokes.

It’s not just people Clinton’s age that need to make these important improvements.

Compelling evidence shows that the atherosclerotic process (buildup of fatty plaque in arteries) begins in childhood and progresses slowly into adulthood. Then it often leads to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

During the Vietnam War, autopsies on soldiers who died on the battlefield revealed many had a 50% blockage while 6 out of 94 soldiers had so much plaque buildup that 75% to 90% of an artery was blocked.

Arteries carry blood to and from the heart and into capillaries. Exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and waste material takes place across capillary
walls. The interior of arteries should be smooth and unobstructed, but as one ages, if they consume a diet high in animal fat, a sticky substance commonly called plaque can develop and build up on the interior arterial walls. This plaque is comprised of fatty acids, calcium, and fibrous connective tissue.

Where Does All Of This Fat and Plaque Come From?

Friend, that buildup of fat and plaque in the arteries doesn’t just appear out of nowhere — it comes from what a person eats and drinks!
People may blame genes, but the culprit is clearly diet.

In other words, the curse of the narrowing of those arteries by that fat and plaque buildup had a CAUSE – wrong diet.

Sadly, in today’s society, we do not seek the CAUSE of high blood pressure or that fat and plaque buildup, but rather deal exclusively with the symptom.

There is GOOD news!

In most instances, you can eliminate the need for high blood pressure medicine, stents, and bypass surgery by simply taking
personal control and changing what you eat and drink. Stop putting the animal fat into your body and the body will immediately set about removing that fat and plaque buildup on its own and without a doctor’s help.

Do Drugs, Stents, and Bypasses Fix The Problem?

Does the drug correct the cause of the high blood pressure? Does it prevent the continued build-up of fat on the arterial wall? No way! Nor do bypass surgery or stents correct the problem more than temporarily. If those who have these types of surgeries continue to consume animal products, they will usually have additional need for stents or bypasses as the buildup continues — which can ultimately lead to a fatal heart attack or stroke. Over time, this fat combines with inorganic minerals found in synthetic supplements and tap water, hardening the fat that lines the arterial walls. The result is arterial plaque.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University, author of The China Study had the following to say on pages 130-132 of his book:

“The future is filled with hope. We now know enough to nearly eliminate heart disease. We know not only how to prevent the disease, but how to successfully treat it. We do not need to crack open our breast plates to reroute our arteries, and we do not need a lifetime of powerful drugs in our blood. By eating the right food, we can keep our hearts healthy. . . .

“Whether scientists, doctors and policy makers think the public will change or not, the layperson must be aware that a whole foods, plant-based diet is far and away the healthiest diet. In the seminal paper regarding the landmark Lifestyle Heart Trial, the authors, Dr. Ornish and his scientific colleagues, write: ‘The point of our study was to determine what is true, not what is practicable.’

“We now know what is true: a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent and treat heart disease, saving hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. . . . Now is the time of great hope and challenge, a time when people can control their health. . . .”