Heart Disease is Preventable and Reversible
February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounted for 32% of deaths in the United States in 2009 — one out of every 3 deaths is due to this preventable disease.
As the prevalence of CVD escalates, medical costs are rising rapidly — the American Heart Association has projected that over the next twenty years there will be a 16.6% increase in prevalence of coronary heart disease, and that the direct medical costs attributed to cardiovascular diseases will triple.1 Heart disease is truly devastating to both our health and our economy.
Risk factors for heart disease are commonplace for U.S. adults: 33.6% have hypertension, 16.2% have total cholesterol above 240 mg/dl,2 almost 10% of U.S. adults have diabetes,3 and 68.8% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.4
It is normal in our society to have atherosclerosis, and to die from cardiovascular disease. If you eat the standard western diet that most people eat in the modern world, you will surely develop heart disease and may die from it. But a significant number of research studies have documented that heart disease is easily and almost completely preventable (and reversible) through a diet rich in plant produce and lower in processed foods and animal products.5-8
Atherosclerotic plaque can be reversed, and cholesterol lowered without drugs or surgery — just ask Ronnie or Julia:
Ronnie had reached over 300 lbs. when he wound up needing emergency quadruple bypass surgery. Three years later, he was back for an angioplasty and three stents, but his chest pain returned within one month of the surgery. Working with Dr. Fuhrman on the Member Center, Ronnie has lost 140 lbs., and gotten off all of his medications. He runs and plays sports and has served as an inspiration to family members who have also lost weight and begun to live healthier lives. Read more / Video
Julia had three heart attacks within the space of three months. After her fifth angioplasty, she still had constant chest pain. She was on ten different daily medications, suffered migraines, and could not walk even one block at the age of 60. Today, Julia has lost 105 lbs, and she can now enjoy every day pleasures like exercise, gardening, and playing with her grandchildren. She went from a "cardiac cripple" to a healthy, happy human being. Read more / Video
Like Ronnie and Julia my hundreds of patient case studies over the last 20 years with advanced heart disease patients have demonstrated that dramatic reversal of advanced disease can even occur in a relatively short time. Read more heart disease success stories.
Following the lenient recommendations of the American Heart Association and wearing a red dress pin do not form an effective strategy for protecting you or your loved ones against heart disease. Also, drugs and surgery do not cure heart disease. A health-promoting, nutrient-dense (nutritarian) diet, that I have designed and advanced over the years (coupled with exercise) is dramatically effective and protective for preventing and reversing heart disease because it removes the primary dietary cause of heart disease — and provides the most protective and life-span promoting diet-style.
Everyone deserves to know that heart disease can be avoided; and those who already have heart disease deserve to know that they can reverse their disease.
1. Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, et al: Forecasting the Future of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 2011.
2. Lloyd-Jones D, Adams RJ, Brown TM, et al: Heart disease and stroke statistics--2010 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2010;121:e46-e215.
3. American Diabetes Association: Diabetes statistics [http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/]
4. National Insitutes of Health: Overweight and Obesity Prevalence Estimates [http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/ - overweight]
5. Ornish D, Brown SE, Scherwitz LW, et al: Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease? The Lifestyle Heart Trial. Lancet 1990;336:129-133.
6. Ornish D, Scherwitz LW, Billings JH, et al: Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease. JAMA 1998;280:2001-2007.
7. Esselstyn CB, Jr.: Updating a 12-year experience with arrest and reversal therapy for coronary heart disease (an overdue requiem for palliative cardiology). Am J Cardiol 1999;84:339-341, A338.
8. Esselstyn CB, Jr., Ellis SG, Medendorp SV, et al: A strategy to arrest and reverse coronary artery disease: a 5-year longitudinal study of a single physician's practice. J Fam Pract 1995;41:560-568.