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

Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. (Author)
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    January 31, 2008

    The New York Times bestselling guide to the lifesaving diet that can both prevent and help reverse the effects of heart disease

    Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn  illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.  Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at the Cleveland Clinic and a featured expert in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease has helped thousands across the country, and is the book behind Bill Clinton’s life-changing vegan diet.

    The proof lies in the incredible outcomes for patients who have followed Dr. Esselstyn's program, including a number of patients in his original study who had been told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live. Within months of starting the program, all Dr. Esselstyn’s patients began to improve dramatically, and twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms.

    Complete with more than 150 delicious recipes perfect for a plant-based diet, the national bestseller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind the simple plan that has drastically changed the lives of heart disease patients forever. It will empower readers and give them the tools to take control of their heart health.

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    Editorial Reviews


    “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

    “Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has directed pioneering research demonstrating that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease can often be reversed by making comprehensive change 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

    “I highly recommend Dr. Esselstyn’s book.”
    —Kathy Freston, author of Veganist

    “Dr. Esselstyn has always been ahead of his time. His focus on the healing powers of proper nutrition on diseased coronary arteries has now proven right, raising another unthinkable notion—that heart patients can cure themselves.”
    —Bernadine Healy, M.D., former Director of the National Institutes of Health

    “A hard nosed scientist shows us his secrets for successfully cleaning the rusting arteries of so many patients - and it doesn't even hurt.”
    —Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor, You: The Owner’s Manual

    “Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., is certainly the father (and the mother) of the now proven hypothesis that you can reverse severe arterial disease (including severe disease of the arteries supposed to nourish your heart). He proved that radical changes in diet (and that alone) cause radical changes in the age and disease of your arteries—and that you can make your arteries much younger. So even if you only want to try this plan five days a week, this book is a must purchase because of its great recipes that spice low fat plant based food to high taste—you may even want to enjoy (and know I am using that word specifically and as intentionally as the proposal I made to my wife 33 years ago) the recipes all 7 days."
    —Michael Roizen, M.D., coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On A Diet. The Owner's Manual to Waist Management

    "This powerful program will make you virtually heart-attack proof. Based on decades of research, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has shown not only how to prevent heart disease, but how to reverse it-even for people who have been affected for many years. I strongly recommend this important book."
    —Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of Breaking the Food Seduction

    "If you have heart disease, this book should be essential reading. It could save your life."
    —Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

    Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease provides a practical approach for people to regain their lost health. Considering the worldwide prevalence of coronary artery disease this book should become the bestseller of all times."
    —John McDougall, M.D., author of The McDougall Program

    “Dr. Esselstyn’s solution in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease is as profound as Newton’s discovery of gravity. Half of all Americans dying today could have changed their date with the undertaker by following Dr. Esselstyn’s plan.”
    —Howard F. Lyman, author of No More Bull! and Mad Cowboy

    “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)

    About 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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      I could go on for hours....but simply said, buy the book, it will change your life! Todd Coston  |  153 reviewers made a similar statement
      Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease is eye-popping! Kenneth Wagner  |  56 reviewers made a similar statement
      The recipes are great! Joseph Davenport  |  34 reviewers made a similar statement
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      482 of 490 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars The land of Esselstyn... where the living is easy! September 6, 2007
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      My cousin turned me on the Esselstyn lifestyle. Her husband, who has suffered from genetically high cholesterol, had seen many male family members die before their time due to heart disease. When vegetarianism and then veganism didn't solve his problem, they went hardcore into the Esselstyn lifestyle.

      In 5 short months, my cousin (average size 12 American female) lost almost 30 pounds, much of it by foregoing the core of their vegan diet: olive oil, nuts, avocados, etc. Her husband also lost weight; better yet, his high cholesterol finally responded and is now in the excellent range.

      My cousin then recommended the Esselstyn book to me, as my husband's cholesterol has stubbornly remained above 200, and he, too, has a history of heart disease in his immediate family. Though we believed we were already eating a healthy diet, several hours of reading through Esselstyn's findings soon proved we were wrong. We made a pact to try the diet for just 1 month and evaluate where we stood.

      Well, 1 short month convinced us that this is the way to eat for life! We've now been following the program for 37 days, and the changes are already obvious. My husband has lost about 12 pounds and 3" in his waistline. He feels "lighter" and less bloated, and is "completely satisfied" (his words) by the wide variety of natural and delicious foods we eat.

      As for me, I have lost about 9 pounds and a total of 12"; I will soon need new jeans! My mid-afternoon cravings are miraculously gone. And no one was more surprised than I to discover that we do not miss eating the staples of our previous diet, such as grilled salmon, eggs, olive oil, fat-free dairy products, dark chocolate, and an occasional 96% Laura's Lean sirloinburger. Another side benefit is that we are spending less at the grocery store!

      If you're on the fence about this one, do what we did... try it for just 1 month (but be sure to give it 100%) and then make your decision.
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      333 of 339 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Dr. Esselstyn, say goodbye to your cardiologist February 10, 2007
      By LA FAM
      Dr. Esselstyn's brand new book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, delivers just what the title promises. 21 years ago, Dr. Esselstyn took 17 people who were very sick. They had had heart attacks, bypass operations, angioplasty, pills, you name it. These people had by and large been sent home to die by their cardiologists, their heart disease so severe nothing further could be done. Doctors told several they would be dead in "less than a year."

      But they didn't die. Instead, each agreed to become part of Dr. Esselstyn's study, and adopted a low-fat plant-based diet as their medicine. 12 years later every one of these patients was alive, free of heart disease, and living full, active lives. Even those originally given a death sentence of "one year to live" are alive today 21 years later; and all thank Dr. Esselstyn for giving them knowledge, inspiration -- and recipes -- to save their lives. Their experiences as well as the many in his ongoing counseling, are documented in this amazing, highly readable book and backed up by 20 years of rock hard, peer reviewed science.

      This is not a book just for people with heart disease (one out of every two Americans will die of heart disease). This is a book for anyone wanting to regain or preserve their health, anyone wanting to enjoy great health throughout their entire life.

      The infomation in Dr. Esselstyn's book can save your life, and the recipes alone make it a must-have.
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      192 of 193 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars Does it really work? April 4, 2008
      With all of the promises being made regarding health cures it is hard to figure out which ones really work & which are vehicles to remove dollars from your wallet. I am a skeptic about these apparent fad cures & diets because most ultimately fail while an author or guru gets rich.

      I have heart disease and things were going well after my bypass over 7 years ago. After the surgery I changed to a lowfat diet, exercised more and felt good. Throughout my 20's I was a triathlete and was top condition - training 2 to 3 hours 5-6 days a week and understood, so I thought, the value of exercise and an effective diet.

      Thinking I had my heart problem beat (pardon the metaphor) after favorable results from 2 extensive thalium treadmill tests 3 & 5 years ago, I went about eating the great American Diet that included the occasional burgers, sodas and the rest.

      I found that I was short of breath during heavy exercise (Jiu Jitsu), I decided to have my heart tested with the elaborate systems in the hospital - thinking that it must be my age of 53 years catching up with me and nothing else. I got the shocking news that my heart condition had gotten 50% worse since I had the same test 3 years before! That was truly bad news...

      Being fully depressed but determined to not have my quality of life wither away, I decided to do something about it and not wait for the doctors to give me more meds since surgery was not an option. My doctor said that the only reason he could see for my diminishing condition was an increase in cholesterol in my diet that has started to block other heart vessels.

      I stumbled upon this book with this bold title including "reversing" written by a heart surgeon - a heart surgeon indeed!

      I read it along with the China Study (if you want a tech book about the western diet, this will blow your mind) and made the dietary change - of course, family members gave me grief for eating a plant based diet.

      Four months later my results are as follows: Cholesterol went from 230 to 150. Weight 236 to 202, great for someone who is 6'4". My energy during exercise is 50% better than before my checking 4 months ago. Mental clarity improved significantly and that is the short list.

      So, does it really work? Try it and find out.

      One family member & wife who scoffed loudly is now on the diet simply by seeing my results (I had no interest in defending or arguing about my choice because I decided to extend my life). They read the China Study as well and decided to give the fast food industry a miss from their eating habits. Read it and you will think twice about it as well.
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      Most Recent Customer Reviews
      5.0 out of 5 stars Book received in great condition
      I'm considering being vegan after having my first heart attack and watching the documentary forks over knifes. Read more
      Published 1 hour ago by mizztechy
      5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
      It showed pictures of the effects of the diet on the vascular system. It is amazing that it is so simple to eat simple foods that benefit the body.
      Published 9 hours ago by Christine
      5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information
      This book has truly changed my life, I wish I'd read this book years ago. Change your diet, change your life! My husband and i have been following Dr. Read more
      Published 1 day ago by Dee Petruzzi Bowman
      5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating
      Graet book and very easy to read. The first part of the book is dedicated to the medical research support for the recipes in the second part. Read more
      Published 2 days ago by M. T. McCarter
      5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing, in practice not just theory
      The most convincing evidence that this is the right way to go for me is the 3/4 of the world's people who eat diets high in complex carbs and low in animal protein, and as a group... Read more
      Published 3 days ago by Red House
      5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Habits
      Great book. Have read a number of times already. Very easy to understand. Eye opening information. have bought other copies for gifts.
      Published 4 days ago by Kim Dorz
      5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book for everybody
      very important information in book, it will change ur life. if u don`t want to become vegan, don`t read it.
      Published 5 days ago by ilva Banka-okorie
      5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
      This book has been very helpful in learning a new healthy way to eat. I have recommended it to many friends.
      Published 6 days ago by ratfacts
      Published 6 days ago by Matthias Breithaupt
      3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but....
      The book itself is good but if you're not already a vegetarian then get ready, it's pretty hard core in terms of what they ask you to do. I guess I'm just not a tee-totaller. Read more
      Published 7 days ago by P. Daniel
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