Day 43: Heart Disease and Hypertension

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D.: Reversing Heart Disease with a Plant-Based Diet, Left for Dead by Dick Quinn, Supplements for a Healthy Heart

Welcome to Day 43!

Heart disease will kill one out of every three Americans. Wow.

According to the American Heart Association, over sixty million Americans currently suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. . .

The most dramatic recent finding is that heart disease can be prevented and even reversed by a healthy diet.

How is your Feast going today? We have some good news for you: what you are doing now – Juice Feasting and getting into a center of gravity of plant-based organic foods – places you in a pool of people who are not at high risk for heart attacks, and do not contribute to heart disease.

In fact, you are reversing heart disease in your body right now. Hard to believe? Cardiologists, surgeons, the pharmaceutical industry -all will tell you that there is only so much that you can do with diet and nutrition when it comes to heart disease. What you are about to learn, is that they are all wrong.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D.

Don’t take my word for it–listen to an expert in cardiology and heart disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, whose website is, and on which you will find one of the most important talks ever given on the subject, seen at right.

As a student at Yale University, Dr. Esselstyn rowed in the 1956 Olympics, winning a gold medal. After being trained at the Cleveland Clinic, he went on to earn the Bronze Star as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. He then became a highly successful doctor at one of the top medical institutions in the world, the Cleveland Clinic, where he was president of the staff, member of the Board of Governors, chairman of the Breast Cancer Task Force and head of the Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Having published over 100 scientific papers, Dr. Esselstyn was named one of the best doctors in America in 1994-1995.

Here is the result of Dr. Esselstyn’s “patient” (actually, a colleague who was an M.D.) before and after eating a plant based diet. Etch this image in your mind. This is what the reversal of heart disease looks like:


Another important video seen at right highlights a student of Dr. Esselstyn who reversed his heart disease using his study and program. This impromptu talk by Peter Lewis was given at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo in 2006.

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Also attached for you is indisputable evidence that heart disease can be reversed through the simple eating of a plant-based diet, as shown by the excerpts from numerous sources in my Heart Disease file for you. I have worked very hard on this file, to bring you the best information out there on this leading cause of death. This is the chart from Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman, M.D. on the amount of unrefined plant foods vs. killer diseases by country:



It does not stop there. You will also read today about hypertension, which usually goes hand in hand with a Standard American Diet of cooked and processed foods. It is totally preventable and reversible simply through a plant-based diet.


Heart Nano-Detox by Premier Research Labs

This file is on an excellent, excellent product by Premier (and I do not work for them or sell their products) which has many of the supportive foods and herbs in it that Dick Quinn speaks of in his book, Left for Dead, and they are herbs and foods which my heart disease students have used in their healing of heart disease. This is very important information. Please do consult your health professional! There are prescription drug considerations which need to be weighed with any powerful nutrition protocol.

Allicin: The Active Ingredient in Garlic for Heart Health

Allicin is one of the active aspects of Garlic which makes it beneficial at so many levels. Garlic is one of the herbs Dick Quinn, author of Left For Dead prescribed himself to heal his heart disease.

If a preview of the book, with the section, “Herbs for the Heart” is not in the downloads yet, it will be soon. This information is too valuable. If you or a friend has life-threatening heart disease, go out and get Left for Dead by Dick Quinn.

What you read today should make you mad–and grateful. Why is there so much heart disease in the U.S., and why do our good doctors not tell us what to do to reverse it, saving over 1 million lives every year? Perhaps they don’t know.

Well, now you will know better than the prevailing wisdom and advice of the medical community at large. You will know how to reverse heart disease, thanks to the good work of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Dick Quinn, John Robbins, Gabriel Cousens, M.D., and all of us advocating a plant-based diet for the transformation of individuals and society.

We look forward, as always, to hearing from you on the Forums. Have a wonderful day of the best nutrition and health for yourself, period.

Vitamin B-12

Yes, we looked at this topic on Day 17, but it is far too important to not re-remind you of it on this Day. Why? Homocysteine and Heart Disease. The higher your homocysteine levels, the more likely you are to develop heart disease, and high homocysteine ALWAYS goes with Heart Disease.

Dr. Kilmer S. McCully, Ph. D., M. D., in technical papers and a book: “The Heart Revolution: the Extraordinary Discovery that Finally Laid the Cholesterol Myth to Rest”, Harper Perennial, 2000, wrote: 

“But no study anywhere has ever proven that lowering the amount of cholesterol in the diet reduces the risk of heart disease. And lowering cholesterol through drugs won’t prevent arteries from hardening if homocysteine is high.” 

McCully is the discoverer of the fact that the undesirable amino acid called homocysteine is an actual cause of atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

What is the B-12 link? If you are low in Vitamin B-12, your Homocysteine will be high… setting the conditions for Heart Disease… even if you eat a 100% plant-based diet. IN FACT, the more plant-based your diet is, the more likely you are to be LOW in Vitamin B-12.

Therefore, I have re-loaded my free webinar on B-12 Exposed for your benefit on this important topic.

Happy Heart Health! See you in The Green Room.


Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the famed Cleveland Clinic gives a FULL 62 minute talk about reversing heart disease with a plant-based diet, from the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo. Dr. Esselstyn's ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse heart disease and save your life.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn talks about a ground breaking concept for a plant based diet.

Theme Music: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young, live.

Peter Lewis tells how his life was saved and heart disease reversed by changing to a plant-based diet. Full talk available at


Juicy Tips: Pomegranate Juice

Everybody knows that eating pomegranates protects cardiovascular and prostate health, but did you know that pomegranate juice may actually contain more natural medicine than fresh pomegranate seeds? That's because pomegranate juice includes the powerful bitters found in the white pulp of the fruit -- the part normally avoided when eating fresh fruit. So drink pomegranate juice when in season!



The former president, known for his love of burgers, barbecue and junk food, has gone from a meat lover to a vegan, the strictest form of a vegetarian diet. He says he eats fruits, vegetables and beans, but no red meat, chicken or dairy.

Clinton, 65, who had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and then stent surgery in 2010, is following this eating plan [based on the work of Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn] to improve his heart health.

He talked about his plant-based diet last year, saying he lost 24 pounds on it for his daughter Chelsea's wedding, and he chatted about it again recently on TV, drawing national attention to the potential health benefits of this type of diet.

Full disclosure: Bill Clinton does eat some fish. So did Jack LaLanne, who recently died at 95 years of age as one of the healthiest examples of a predominantly plant-based diet. So do Caldwell B. Esselstyn who did this study, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell. For a larger discussion on The Spectrum of Diet and what I [David Rainoshek] consider to be the importance of a person's Center of Gravity dietarily speaking, wait for Day 81: The Spectrum of Diet!

Cholesterol Is Your friend...Not Your Enemy.

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease...If you are taking Statin Drugs to lower your Cholesterol YOU OWE IT TO YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FAMILY TO WATCH THIS VIDEO...and educate yourself...The medical profession is lying to you and the pharmaceutical companies are getting rich off of you.

Dr. Joseph Mercola addresses that massive misinformation that the media and health experts have given about cholesterol over the last few decades.


Today’s Downloads

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cholesterol and the big fat lie

By David Rainoshek, M.A.

Cholesterol and Saturated Fats DO NOT CAUSE HEART DISEASE, Despite what the pharmaceutical companies will tell you (that want to sell cholesterol-lowering drugs) or the Plant-Based community will tell you (who would like you to stop eating animal products altogether). Reducing cholesterol and saturated fat foods from your diet can be important to heal ADVANCED HEART DISEASE, but the research shows that prior to that outcome, cholesterol and saturated fats are important for PREVENTING HEART DISEASE. Wow.

This information has come as a huge LEARNING EXPERIENCE in moving beyond a Raw/Live Vegan perspective into an Integrated Nutritional Perspective.

Cholesterol Is Absolutely Necessary!

Cholesterol is one of the most important substances in our bodies. Without it you would die.Cholesterol gives our cell membranes their necessary stiffness and stability. Without it, you would “melt down like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz,” as Drs. Michael and Mary Eades say.

Cholesterol is used to make our hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, aldosterone, and DHEA. Cholesterol is a precursor to corticosteroids, hormones used to deal with stress.

It is a precursor to vitamin D, which is needed for healthy bones. Sunlight on the skin interacts with cholesterol to produce vitamin D. If your cholesterol levels are too low, you risk the degenerative diseases that come with vitamin D deficiencies.

Cholesterol is needed in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall, which is replaced every four or five days. It prevents leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.

Cholesterol is needed to repair wear and tear on the skeleton and muscles, repair injured tissues, and renew hair, skin, and nails.

The brain is rich in cholesterol and needs cholesterol for serotonin receptors to function. Without sufficient cholesterol, people and animals become depressed. Low levels of cholesterol are linked to depression, suicide, homicide, and violence, because a serotonin deficiency is often behind all these conditions. Low cholesterol levels over time cause the brain to shrink and may eventually result in Alzheimer’s disease.

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By David Rainoshek, M.A.


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by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Why Vitamin B-12 on the Heart Disease Day? Because there is a HUGE relationship between LOW B-12 and Heart Disease. Why?

Low B-12 means high Homocysteine… and high Homocysteine causes Heart Disease. So raising your B-12 levels will SIGNIFICANTLY lower homocysteine, thus preventing and reversing Heart Disease. This is INCREDIBLY important.

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by David Rainoshek, M.A.


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allicin from garlic: Information Pack

Allicin is one of the active aspects of Garlic which makes it beneficial at so many levels. Garlic is one of the herbs Dick Quinn, author of “Left For Dead” prescribed himself to heal his heart disease. If a preview of the book, with the section, “Herbs for the Heart” is not in the downloads yet, it will be soon. This information is too valuable.

Contained in this Information Pack are THREE ITEMS:
1. Allicin Overview
2. Allicin: The Heart of Garlic Book
3. The Allimax Brochure:

Allimax is the BEST Supplement of Allicin available. See the Allimax Brochure for an Overview, and to integrate it into your own Heart Healing & Health Program.

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By David Rainoshek, M.A.

One of the most effective stimulants, Cayenne targets the digestive and the circulatory system primarily. Cayenne regulates blood pressure, strengthens the pulse, feeds the heart, lowers cholesterol, thins the blood, cleanses the circulatory system, heals ulcers, stops hemorrhaging, speeds healing of wounds, rebuilds damaged tissue, eases congestion, aids digestion, regulates elimination, relieves arthritis and rheumatism, prevents the spread of infection and numbs pain.

Cayenne stimulates every system and cell of the body. Cayenne has been valued around the world for its uses as a stimulant, astringent, antispasmodic, circulatory tonic, anti-depressant and antibacterial agent. In addition, Cayenne acts as a diaphoretic to induce sweating, a rubefacient to increase circulation at the skin’s surface and a carminative to help prevent and eliminate gas.

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Nattokinase Enzyme Information Pack

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the world and our approach to the control and management of CVD mortality is limited. Nattokinase (NK), the most active ingredient of natto, possesses a variety of favourable cardiovascular effects and the consumption of Natto has been linked to a reduction in CVD mortality.

Recent research has demonstrated that NK has potent fibrinolytic activity, antihypertensive, anti-atherosclerotic, and lipid-lowering, antiplatelet, and neuroprotective effects.

Nattokinase has been shown to support normal blood pressure, dissolve blood clots and prevent them from forming in the first place.

Nattokinase is a potent fibrinolytic (anti-clotting) enzyme complex extracted and highly purified from a traditional Japanese food called Natto.

Research has shown that Nattokinase supports the body in breaking up and dissolving the unhealthy coagulation of blood. In fact, it has been shown to have four times greater fibrinolytic activity than plasmin.

This file pack has some potent information on Nattokinase, so that you can consider adding it to your own Heart Healing and Health program. This is a SIGNIFICANT ASSET to Heart Healing and Health.

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caldwell b. esselstyn

“Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. has quite a resume. As a student at Yale University, Dr. Esselstyn rowed in the 1956 Olympics, winning a gold medal. After being trained at the Cleveland Clinic, he went on to earn the Bronze Star as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. He then became a highly successful doctor at one of the top medical institutions in the world, the Cleveland Clinic, where he was president of the staff, member of the Board of Governors, chairman of the Breast Cancer Task Force and head of the Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

Having published over 100 scientific papers, Dr. Esselstyn was named one of the best doctors in America in 1994-1995.40 From knowing this man personally, I get the feeling that he has excelled in virtually everything he has done in his life. He reached the pinnacle of success in his professional and personal life, and did it with grace and humility” . . . . . . . . . . “Eleven years into my career as a surgeon, I became disillusioned with the treatment paradigm of U.S. medicine in cancer and heart disease. Little had changed in 100 years in the management of cancer, and in neither heart disease nor cancer was there a serious effort at prevention. I found the epidemiology of these diseases provocative, however: Three-quarters of the humans on this planet had no heart disease, a fact strongly associated with diet.” – DR. CALDWELL B. ESSELSTYN


[Interview] mad cowboy with Dr. caldwell esselstyn, Jr.

“My own feeling is that if you were to summarize where we stand on this epidemic, we have a great many brilliant minds that are focussed on mechanisms, drugs, and procedures, and we’ve have sort of abandoned the capacity of the public to take care of this epidemic on their own. I would like to say right now that perhaps there can be no greater condemnation of 21st Century medicine then its refusal to share with the public the causation and cure of its most frightening chronic illnesses.

How in the world can we have someone who’s had two or three heart attacks and a couple of bypasses, and not say to them — look them in the eye and say “Look. I’m tired of doing these bypasses for you. Why don’t you cure yourself? I mean, it’s not that these people can’t do it, it’s just that they don’t have the information available. It’s extremely difficult to in any way applaud what medicine is doing in this arena because the public just isn’t being told what they can do to cure themselves.”

– Dr. Esselstyn (in the “Mad Cowboy Interview”)

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[Supp. Info] heart nano detox

This file is on an excellent, excellent product by Premier (and I do not work for them or sell their products) which has many of the supportive foods and herbs in it that Dick Quinn speaks of in his book, “Left for Dead,” and they are herbs and foods which my heart disease students have used in their healing of heart disease. This is very important information. Please do consult your health professional! There are prescription drug considerations which need to be weighed with any powerful nutrition protocol.

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[Clinical Study] The Bogalusa Heart Study

Heart Disease begins in childhood, if the diet and lifestyle are processed and unhealthy for a child. The Bogalusa Heart Study is the longest and most detailed study of a biracial (black-white) population of children in the world. The focus is on understanding the early natural history of coronary artery disease and essential hypertension. Autopsy studies show atherosclerotic lesions in the aorta and coronary vessels, and changes in the kidney vasculature relate strongly to clinical C V risk factors, clearly indicating atherosclerosis and hypertension begin in early life. Imaging studies of the heart, carotid and femoral arteries are extending these findings.

Online Articles

The Heart is the Vulnerability of Being by Dr. Mark Sircus

The cornerstone of my life and my work is vulnerability. Seventeen years ago I wrote this chapter about vulnerability and it remains the center of both my psychology and spirituality, which is found in my HeartHealth and Marriage of Souls books. When I say that the heart is the vulnerability of being, I am making a direct connection between what we are calling the heart and our pure being.

New Studies Reveal How Crushed Garlic Is Good For The Heart by Katherine East

Ever wondered what gives you the bad breath after eating garlic? Well it’s a substance called Allicin and when digested, it causes blood cells to release sulphur compounds and these produce tainted breath and for some people even a foul body odor. The good news is that the pungent smelling bulb is now revealing answers to researchers and they are beginning to understand why garlic has so many health benefits and why some consider it to be a super food.

How to Tone Your Blood Vessels and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease by Jack Challem

Personal trainers have long praised the health benefits of toning your muscles. Now, medical researchers are looking at a similar approach for toning of your blood vessels. Think of it as getting really buff blood vessels.So, what’s blood-vessel tone got to do with your health? The better the tone of your blood vessels — your total circulatory system — the less your heart has to work to pump blood. When your heart pumps your blood smoothly, without resistance from your blood vessels, your risk of heart disease drops.

Curcumin Reduces Heart Enlargement and May Prevent Heart Failure by Leslie Dru Browning

Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered. In a study entitled, “Curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertrophy,” published in the February edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found when the herb is given orally to a variety of mouse models with enlarged hearts (hypertrophy), it can prevent and reverse hypertrophy, restore heart function and reduce scar formation.

Ending the Cholesterol-Heart Disease Myth by Andreas Moritz

Why has there never been a record of cholesterol having blocked a vein in the body! What is it about arteries that makes cholesterol attach itself to their walls, while leaving the veins alone? It is really the sticky nature of cholesterol that is behind the blockage of healthy blood vessel walls? The answers to these questions may surprise you. The body actually uses the lipoprotein cholesterol as a kind of bandage to cover abrasions and tears in damaged arterial walls just as it does it for any other wound. Cholesterol is nothing less than a life-saver. However, for the past thirty-eight years, this lipoprotein has been stigmatized. 

Great Books

By Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart disease epidemic in this country by changing our diets. Drawing on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

Furthermore, it can eliminate the need for expensive and invasive surgical interventions, such as bypass and stents, no matter how far the disease has progressed. Dr. Esselstyn began his research with a group of patients who joined his study after traditional medical procedures to treat their advanced heart disease had failed. Within months of following a plant-based, oil-free diet, their angina symptoms eased, their cholesterol levels dropped significantly, and they experienced a marked improvement in blood flow to the heart. Twenty years later, the majority of Dr. Esselstyn's patients continue to follow his program and remain heart-attack proof.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind these dramatic results, and offers readers the same simple, nutrition-based plan that has changed the lives of his patients forever.

By Dick Quinn

Left for dead by his doctors after a 1978 heart attck and failed bypass surgery, Dick Quinn discovered an herb that saved his life. LEFT FOR DEAD tells his remarkable story and shows how he controls blood pressure and cholesterol, cleans arteries, prevents heart attack and enjoys a wonderful quality of life without drugs or special diets.

By Stephen Harrod Buhner

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings–the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.

Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.

By Dr. Mark Sircus

Heart Health is a book about spiritual psychology, a psychology of feelings and emotions. Cognitive and most other psychologies deal with the mind, thoughts and images that rage in peoples’ heads whereas HeartHealth takes one on a journey directly into their own mysterious world of pure being, feeling and emotion.

From the space of the heart we see the world, ourselves and significant others differently than our minds tuned to separation do. The deeper we go into the heart the more centered we become but the ticket to admission is steep. Without a love and commitment to truth it is impossible to maintain a connection with our own hearts or the hearts of anyone else for that matter.

This book gives simple clues to knowing when you are in your heart as well as clues to knowing when you are gravitating into the separative space of the head. It also offers exercises one can do on ones own to penetrate directly into the heart and touch on ones most vulnerable of feelings.

Deep within is our pure being that has incarnated into this body. This being is ultra sensitive and is picking up subtle impressions from the environment through the heart center of pure feeling even before we come out of mothers womb. This being has its center in the cardiac area of the body and the more closed it is the weaker and more vulnerable a person or child becomes to illness and disease.

There are many things to eventually understand about this mysterious organ we call the heart. Many things beyond the physical manifestations of that pump organ that beats 110,000 times a day that puts out a strong electromagnetic field. HeartHealth is a book primarily about human emotions, feelings and the vulnerability of our beings.

The heart represents our basic capacity to feel.

Books like Emotional Intelligence highlight the intelligence of our feelings. Since the avoidance of emotional suffering (feelings) is the basis of most mental illness, we can say that anything that directly increases a person’s capacity to feel and face difficult feelings and emotions will increase metal health. This is the essence of HeartHealth.

By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Statins are the so-called “wonder drugs” widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels that claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Many experts claim that they are completely safe and that they are also capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions. This groundbreaking study exposes the truth behind the hype surrounding statins and reveals a number of crucial facts, including that high cholesterol levels do not cause heart disease; that high-fat diets—saturated or otherwise—do not affect blood cholesterol levels; and that for most men and all women the benefits offered by statins are negligible at best. Other data is also provided that shows that statins have many more side affects than is often acknowledged. This hard-hitting survey also points a finger at the powerful pharmaceutical industry and an unquestioning medical profession as perpetrators of the largely facetious concepts of “good” and “bad” cholesterol that are designed to convince millions of people to spend billions on statins. With clarity and wit, this appeal to common sense and scientific fact debunks common assumptions on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and diet, as well as the idea that there is a miracle cure for heart disease.

By Kilmer S. McCully, MD

This is a heart-disease PREVENTION book, in my estimation. It will also clue you in on some important nutritional ingredients in reversing heart disease. For the best research on HEALING heart disease, please see Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s work and Left for Dead by Dick Quinn.

A safe, effective, and revolutionary program for lowering homocysteine levels and cutting your risk of heart disease

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Kilmer S. McCully explains what is really behind the epidemic of heart disease. For many years, clogged arteries have been inaccurately viewed as the cause, rather than a symptom, of heart disease. Now, McCully shows you how to cut your risk of heart disease by controlling the real culprit, homocysteine. Considered one of the most significant medical breakthroughs in recent years, McCully’s findings have been validated by numerous large-scale studies. The Heart Revolution:

Challenges the long-held assumption that lowering cholesterol is the key to preventing heart disease

Explains how eating vitamin B-rich food can control homocysteine levels

Lays out a plan with menus for putting more B vitamins in our diet

Discusses how food processing and additives compromise our health

Explains how costly cholesterol-lowering medicines can actually harm our health

Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onions, Veal with Wine and Mushrooms, Guacamole, Omelettes. This is not your typical diet program. Dr. McCully offers real food choices with fresh ingredients available just about everywhere. The focus is on delicious foods that will leave you satisfied. The purpose is to make sure you’re getting enough of the vitamins needed to prevent heart disease—B6, B12, and folic acid, as well as essential, phytochemicals, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential oils. It’s easy to follow this plan as it relies on foods you want to eat with little preparation time and tons of variety.

By Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

David Rainoshek comment: If you are HEALING heart disease, a largely plant-based approach is VERY IMPORTANT. But what we are seeing is that the DEVELOPMENT of heart disease is not CAUSED by animal-based fats… but cooked hydrogenated vegetable oils, processed foods, stress, and INFLAMMATION caused by Toxemia and HIGH BLOOD SUGAR from a processed western diet. This SETS THE STAGE for Heart Disease… Now on with the book review:

Would you buy a book that was literally set on fire by its critics on a television show about it in Finland? I would and so should you. The long-awaited English version of debunker extroidinaire Dr. Uffe Ravnskov’s notorious book is now available from New Trends Publishing.

Ravnskov, a medical doctor with a PhD in Chemistry, has had over 40 papers and letters published in peer-reviewed journals criticizing what Dr. George Mann, formerly of Vanderbuilt University, once called “the greatest scam in the history of medicine”: the Lipid Hypothesis of heart disease, the belief that dietary saturated fats and cholesterol clog arteries and cause atherosclerosis and heart disease.

If one thing comes through as you read the book, it is this: Ravnskov has done his homework. In painstaking detail, he critically analyzes and demolishes the nine main myths of the Lipid Hypothesis: (1) High-fat foods cause heart disease, (2) High cholesterol causes heart disease, (3) High fat foods raise blood cholesterol, (4) Cholesterol blocks arteries, (5) Animal studies prove the diet-heart idea, (6) Lowering your cholesterol will lengthen your life, (7) Polyunsaturated oils are good for you, (8) The cholesterol campaign is based on good science, and (9) All scientists support the diet-heart idea.

Equipped with a razor-sharp mind, an impressive command of the literature, and a deadly, needling sarcasm, Ravnskov methodically slaughters the most famous Sacred Cow of modern medicine and the most profitable Cash Cow for assorted pharmaceutical companies. Sparing no one, Ravnskov again and again presents the tenets of the Lipid Hypothesis and the studies which supposedly prove them, and shows how the studies are flawed or based on manipulated statistics that actually prove nothing. Ravnskov then answers the objections or rationalizations offered by diet-heart supporters, desperate to explain away inconsistencies and contradictions in their own data.

For example, Ravnskov opens with an analysis of the study that kicked off the Lipid Hypothesis in the 1950s: Ancel Keys’ Six Countries Study (and later, the more famous Seven Countries Study). As most health professionals know, Keys’ study showed that countries with the highest animal fat intake have the highest rates of heart disease. Keys’ conclusion was that there was a cause and effect relationship because the country with the lowest animal fat intake (at that time, Japan) had the lowest rates of heart disease. Sounds convincing, right? Not so, says Dr. Ravnskov. And in a few pages the reader is informed how Keys hand-picked the countries he included in his studies, namely, the ones that supported his hypothesis, and conveniently ignored all of the other countries that didn’t.

And this is just the beginning!

By Dr. Mark Sircus

Magnesium: The Ultimate Heart Medicine is a paradigm breaker in the field of cardiology. Magnesium – The Ultimate Heart Medicine offers a substantial breakthrough in cardiac medicine that could positively impact the lives of thousands if not millions of people and their families. Magnesium is the breakthrough. Tie this in with the breakthroughs in emotional and spiritual medicine that have a direct bearing on heart tissues and the function of what is known as the heart or cardiac center (chakra) and we have a new comprehensive approach to heart health that should shake the world of cardiology.

This book puts out a universal call to cardiologists and other healthcare practitioners interested in heart health to put magnesium as the lead item in their medical protocols. The evidence is overwhelming; magnesium chloride is the perfect heart drug but fortunately for us it is not a drug at all but a safe nutritional concentrate in its chloride form.

By Dr. Mark Sircus

This book tells the iodine story that has become especially important as radiation levels increase because of the nuclear disaster in Japan. Everyone needs to hear the iodine story for there is nothing more important in the entire world now than taking our daily iodine supplements. An appropriate public health response to the nuclear disaster in Japan starts with iodine because any lack of the nutritional type will attract the radioactive type like honey attracts bees.

The last thing anyone wants to be walking around with is a thyroid so starving for iodine it will take on the nasty radioactive isotope of iodine instead. It is very important to know that Dr. David Brownstein has tested 5,000 of his patients and has found out that 95 percent of them are iodine deficient and other iodine researchers he has talked to have found similar trends in their patients as well.

By Childre, Martin, and Beech

The Institute of Heart Math’s revolutionary program for engaging the power of the heart’s intelligence.

The HeartMath Solution may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that’s unfortunate. The title’s a bit misleading–it’s not about cardiac care and it’s not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart’s “intelligence” affects emotions and physical health–especially when it comes to handling stress–and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it’s worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.

The “intelligence” that the authors focus on refers to both the heart’s “brain,” or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they “not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.” When there’s less cortisol, there’s more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body’s systems.

The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart’s intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the “Freeze-Frame” technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence.

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Dr. Rhonda Patrick Explains the Cause of Heart Disease

Dr. Rhonda Patrick explains the cause of heart disease on the Joe Rogan Podcast, episode 672.

The cause of Heart Disease as explained by Dr. Rhonda Patrick: 1. Not enough short chain fatty acids (fruits, veggie, barley, and oats) and too much sugar = not enough mucin being produced by your gut bacteria (Mucin acts like a wall separating good bacteria from immune cells) 2. The lack of a gut barrier (wall) causes a war between the immune cells and the good gut bacteria 3. As this war occurs, something called endotoxin is released. 4. Endotoxin swims around in the bloodstream, but if it does so for too long, you will die. Our body has a way to avoid this: endotoxin hooks onto LDL (The problem: this is the same place LDL uses to get back to the liver when it recycles the rest of the cholesterol that wasn’t used) 5. Because endotoxin has blocked the place LDL uses to get back to the liver, the LDL becomes stuck in the bloodstream 6. The immune cells see these two guys and freak out because endotoxin is bad and cannot be in our bloodstream (or we will die) 7. These immune cells try to kill it, but they can’t because it isn’t alive, it’s not bacteria 8. As the immune cells have been fighting off this endotoxin on the LDL, they secrete a bunch of Inflammatory cytokines (basically little army men who kill bad bacteria) which call more guys over to the battle scene - which isn’t even a battle since there isn’t really an enemy 9. This is what’s commonly known as a “plaque” or a foam cell, which is really just a bunch of immune cells stuck to this poor LDL who had some endotoxin leach onto it 10. This becomes stuck in your circulation and leads to what we all know as heart disease 11. SO, saturated fat DOES produce more cholesterol, but “clogged arteries” aren’t the result unless the gut barrier is compromised which is caused by: refer to step 1

Things to keep in mind: - LDL IS NOT CHOLESTEROL. It just carries cholesterol and certain vitamins to the cell. Cholesterol is essential to the cell membranes of all cells.

[Documentary Trailer and Film] Forks Over Knives

The Last Heart Attack | Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr Sanjay Gupta interviews Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, the world's leader in heart disease prevention and reversal. The evidence is clear. Listen to the professional who has nothing to gain other than saving your lives and making our earth a better place to live and love for all.

This excellent documentary details the lives of people who have learned to not only prevent a second heart attack but to reverse their heart disease, something that is not normally thought to be possible in the brainwashed mainstream medicine or media.

It also covers the health protocol of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. and his approach that surgery and bypasses are not necessary IF one is willing to embrace a more vegan lifestyle.

There are also many interviews with former President Clinton who famously had a fast food diet and had to undergo bypass surgery a year after leaving the white house.

He did well for about 5 years and did make changes to his diet, but could not totally give up his fast food. After having a few more scares he realized that he had to make far more serious and drastic changes than he was. Now that he eats almost nothing but fruits and vegetables, his cholesterol is down to normal, his arteries are clearing out, he looks much healthier than before, feels better and has much more energy.

He said he does not miss his old diet knowing what it was doing to him, he enjoys the new foods that he is now eating.

[Interview] Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn on Turning Heart Disease Into a Paper Tiger


If you think heart disease is just a natural part of aging, don’t bet your heart on it. The author of Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, says it’s actually a food-borne illness with a simple cure that even the unhealthiest of people can conquer once and for all.

But you won’t hear that from the government. And you won’t study it in school. In fact, Dr. Esselstyn says this is the one disappointment he has with modern medicine. It’s simply failing its patients. And in this audio, you’ll hear all about it.

You’ll also hear…

• The amazing discovery scientists learned about curing heart disease from Nazis in World War II, and why you’ve probably never heard about it before

• The dark secret your doctor is trying to hide from you about bypasses and stents – and what you need to know before you let anyone cut you open

• Exactly what Dr. Esselstyn says is the one and only way doctors today can adequately treat heart disease (and stop killing their patients)

• The 3 worst foods you’ll never want to eat again because even one bite is like consuming a “fork full of strychnine”

• The ugly truth about the USDA and why Dr. Esselstyn says having them make the food pyramid is like having Al Capone do your taxes

• The exact steps you can take to regain power over your heart disease today

Everyone who eats a traditional western diet has cardiovascular disease right now. And although you may not have a heart attack for 30 years, you will never have a heart attack if you follow Dr. Esselstyn’s advice. And in this interview, you’ll hear exactly what that advice is.

Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Cover-Up | Documentary | (First 13 Minutes)
(Full Documentary on Amazon)

Statin Nation reveals the medical corruption that has led to the mass over-prescription of cholesterol-lowering medications.

What if Heart Disease and Diabetes Had the Same Cause? | Ivor Cummins

Wanna know how to collapse your heart disease risk? Ok then. | Ivor Cummins

My recent talk at a large gathering of ambulance staff and paramedics in Dublin. Some new slides, new studies - and a rather special 'patient story' I recently dealt with. Wanna know how to address the root causes of Cardiovascular Disease? OK, you got it.

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