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Reverse Heart Disease without Medication

Each day the media presents horrific news of death and destruction caused by war, terrorism, and other violence. It virtually ignores a silent but much more deadly enemy . . . heart disease.

More than 1.5 million people will have a heart attack this year, with 1 million deaths resulting from heart attacks (or a death every 30 seconds). When it comes to combating heart disease, most information sources promote drugs and surgery as the only viable defenses. We need to keep in mind that angioplasty and bypass surgery have some significant adverse outcomes, including heart attacks, stroke and death. Most people treated with such interventions continue to suffer from, and eventually die from, heart disease. The average person is not aware that there are safer, more effective options available.

Believe it or not . . .

Scientific Studies Show Angioplasty and Stent Placement
are Essentially Worthless

A recent meta-analysis, consisting of 61 trials, involving 25,388 patients, compared the effectiveness of angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment or medications alone. The findings indicated that there was no evidence that angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease resulted in fewer heart attacks or deaths when compared to patients with the same level of disease who were not treated in this manner.1

The sad thing is surgical interventions and medications are the foundation of modern cardiology and both are relatively ineffective compared to nutritional excellence. The majority of cardiac patients are not even informed that heart disease is predictably reversed with nutritional excellence. They are not given the opportunity to choose and are just corralled into these surgical interventions. Read case studies and more on this topic

Fortunately, we can win the war against heart disease by making a few simple, but profound, dietary and lifestyle changes. In fact, if you start early enough, you can make yourself heart attack proof. Almost everyone can protect themselves against heart disease by accomplishing three simple goals:

1. LDL cholesterol level of 100 or lower
2. Healthful weight
3. Unmedicated, normal blood pressure

These goals are attainable without expensive and risky prescription drugs. My high-nutrient, vegetable-based diet has enabled patients to achieve remarkable reductions in these cardiac risk factors and reverse their atherosclerosis. In addition to dietary changes and daily exercise, I sometimes recommend an all-natural nutritional supplement, for those who need some extra help getting their LDL below 100. I have designed my own, called LDL Protect, which contains plant sterols (or phytosterols), proven to be safe and effective for lowering cholesterol, and concentrated punicalagins extracted from pomegranate plus phytochemical-rich extracts of chokeberry and green tea.

Make the vow to be heart attack-proof and join us in the fight against heart disease.

- Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Dear Dr. Fuhrman,

I'm writing to share my excitement at the initial results I've experienced following your cholesterol lowering program. I'm a 43 year-old guy who found out this July, after having my first physical in 13 years, that I had very high cholesterol. My overall cholesterol was 241, my LDL 186, HDL 38, and triglycerides 85.

My doctor wanted me to go on statins but I was familiar with your book, Cholesterol Protection for Life, and chose to first try lowering it by changing my diet.

This Monday, after only four weeks on the program, I retested my blood. The results were beyond my best expectations. My overall cholesterol was now 161, LDL 110, HDL 41, triglycerides 50. Also, as an added bonus, I've lost that stubborn 10 pounds I've had since my early 30s.

Thank you for writing a nutrition book that's convincingly well researched and not another flavor of the week diet. It encouraged me to radically change how I eat. The results have been worth it!

-Ed Z.

Lowering Cholesterol/Blood Pressure

Cholesterol is a waxy fat produced by the body and found in animal foods such as meat, fowl, dairy and eggs. Eating cholesterol raises blood cholesterol, but not as much as eating saturated fats and trans fats.

Scientific studies provide evidence that animal protein's effect on blood cholesterol may be significant. This is one of the reasons those switching to a low-fat diet do not experience the cholesterol lowering they expect unless they also greatly reduce the low-fat animal products as well. Surprising to most people is that yes, even low-fat dairy and skinless white-meat chicken raise cholesterol. Regarding cholesterol, there is no significant advantage to eating lean white instead of lean red meat.

Americans already consume 40% of calories from animal products, whereas populations with few or no heart attacks consume much less. As animal product consumption approaches 10% or less of total calories and when high fiber vegetables, beans and raw nuts increase, we see heart attacks almost disappear. For any diet program to claim it is "heart healthy", it must reduce both refined carbohydrate and animal products.

The amount of cholesterol in plants is so negligible that you should consider them cholesterol–free. A high nutrient - vegetable, fruit, nut, and bean-based - diet has been shown to be the most effective cholesterol-lowering dietary approach in medical history. This newsworthy data with the potential to save millions of lives has been ignored by the mass media. With this dietary approach, most patients drop their total cholesterol below 150 and LDL below 100, without the need for medications.

Heart disease is a condition that is reversible through aggressive nutritional intervention and cholesterol lowering. To learn more about reversing and preventing heart disease, read Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times Newsletter Issue No. 10.

1Trikalinos TA, Alsheikh-Ali AA, Tatsioni A, et al. Percutaneous coronary interventions for non-acute coronary artery disease: a quantitative 20-year synopsis and a network meta-analysis. Lancet 2009; 373(9667):911-918.

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