Take a look at this. This is the definition of mind-boggling. This is the first shot in the revolution. “Modern” medicine cannot let this meme or idea or fact get out. It must be crushed and dismissed and laughed at as insane.This has to be an anomaly, the rara avis miracle, the one in a million. I can hear the reasons now.
Your diet is killing you. This is the reversal of coronary artery disease (CAD) not by pills or surgery or medical intervention. Not with a stent, not angioplasty. But diet. That’s all — diet. Plant-based. Vegan. Not statins but spinach. It’s evidence collected from one of the rock star CAD storm stoppers, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and its implications could prove devastating if people take heed. This is the fellow who first got my attention. I couldn’t believe what he had to say about olive oil. Olive oil was good, right? The Mediterranean Diet and all that. How many times did I sop bread in freshly poured EVOO instead of butter, referring through some Pavlovian obeisance to the notion that it was a monounsaturated fat. The critical and operative word was “fat”! You’re not going to believe what he and his colleagues say about fish. Oh, yeah, fish. Brain food, right? Fish oils, marine lipids. Good, right? WRONG! Fish eat plants.
Here’s the heretic himself: St. Caldwell. His fellow chest-cutters and bypassers and stent jockeys
Here’s what Michael Greger has to say about the lethality of CAD and cardiovascular disease and its connection to diet.
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States, and cholesterol is considered the cause This means that the heart disease epidemic can be essentially eliminated with a plant-based diet, which is free of cholesterol and saturated animal fat. If it’s that simple, why didn’t your doctors ever mention it? Because they may not know. The USDA has been accused of ignoring such research in creating the Dietary Guidelines, whereas in Finland they have made more evidence-based decisions. The balance of evidence suggests that a plant-based diet (for example, here, here, here, here, and here) is protective against and may even reverses heart disease. Medicare has even approved this approach to treating heart disease. Plant foods contain a lot of heart-healthy fiber and don’t have any significant amount of cholesterol, which is found in animal-products (most of all in eggs and brains). [NutritionFacts.org]
“So, why doesn’t my doctor recommend this?” Better yet, why doesn’t he follow a plant-based diet? First, a word about how “radical” ideas are historically received. Ignaz Semmelweis was laughed at when he suggested that hand disinfectants used in obstetrics clinics would and could reduce the incidence of puerperal fever. Joseph Lister was as well when he thought it’d be a great idea to sterilize surgical instruments. You see, what we consider now to be gospel was sometimes considered revolutionary. Revolutionary ideas become commonplace and accepted through time and acceptance. So will plant-based as the only way to live. It will be in the same category as the idiocy of smoking. Everyone will know this. Everyone will accept it. The lives that can be saved, the disease that can be reversed, the quality of life that can be exponentially improved upon — all is possible through plant-based diets. It’s really that simple.
Enter plant-based diets. There will come a day when broccoli will be prescribed for atherosclerosis; better yet, coronary plaque will go the way of beriberi. The connection between diet and disease will be axiomatic, a no-brainer, a no scheiße absolute. And I don’t know why it’s not so already. I don’t know why the medical community and Big Pharma don’t forego billions in treatment and pills and embrace and recommend something so simple as diet. That was sarcastic. Of course they wouldn’t. Profit motives destroy and are inconsistent with beneficence. But you knew that. My friend, the evidence is here. The data and literature spell it out clearly. Our Western diet is killing us. We’re killing ourselves. And that’s not an exaggeration or hyperbolic nonsense. We’re committing suicide by the forkful. And no one will be telling you what to do or eat. There will be no laws, no regulations — nor should there be unless El Bloombito, New York’s past mayor gets a crack at diet czar, Gawd forbid — mandating diets or prohibiting the sale of bad food. Freedom’s a bitch. And with freedom comes consequence. Consequence that we can avoid.
The Hall of Fame. Here are the names you should know and look up, Google and become conversant with. They’re the pioneers of plant-based diets and have chronicled and documented the evidence, the overwhelming evidence. They’ve YouTube lectures, articles books, cook books, Twitter and Facebook accounts. You’ve got the library of Alexandria at your fingertips. Everything you need to know is available.
I’m not one to preach. Seriously. I don’t handle preachers and pedants and proselytizers well. The bore and annoy me. But this is about you. Stop eating what you’re eating. Now. Go plant-based. The evidence is in.