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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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June 5, 2013

4/08/2013-Heart attack. 6/04/2013-Cardiologist said don't come back for 6 months!
This is my first review on Amazon.
I just turned 51. I have exercised since our first gym membership in 1978. I have worked out extensively. I have 2 bikes I ride regularly. I have a gym in my garage, with pull-up tower and padded floor and TV/DVD player. I have eaten what I thought was a healthy diet. Take vitamins every day. In other words, I was in pretty good shape and thought I was OK. On April 8, 2013, I had just finished exercising. I felt like I really needed to eat. Ate some greek yogurt and strawberries. Still didn't feel right. I laid down with a fan blowing on me. I felt overheated. I noticed a slight numbness in my left arm. Strange. Swallowed an aspirin. Noticed my arm was a little more numb. Chewed an aspirin. Then, I thought to myself "If I don't get off of the floor, I may never get up". Told my wife to take me to the new heart hospital, conveniently located about 1 1/2 miles from my house.

45 minutes after walking into the ER, I was being wheeled into my room with 2 stents installed. Wake up call.
The Cardiologist said that in my main artery, towards the center of my chest, I had 100% blockage. He cleared that and put in a stent. Then, below that blockage was a 70% blockage. Cleared and stent. In the other main artery, on the other side of my heart, there is 50% blockage. He can't put in a stent because it's too dangerous. Have to clear it with diet. I tell you all of this to give you the back-story.

I went to Amazon and looked for books on cardiovascular disease. I found this book. My wife and I read the reviews and decided to give it a try. The results have been amazing! Today, we have been on a plant-based diet for 4 weeks. A lot of these reviews will tell you to just try it for a month. Good advice. Just do that and see what happens.

Here are my cholesterol numbers. My numbers from the first day at the hospital are 4/08/13. Last week, after 3 weeks of the plant diet, I had my blood tested again. That was 5/28/13.

Total Cholesterol- was 271, now 120, should be under 200, or 150 to be heart attack proof.
LDL or bad cholesterol- was 206, now 68, should be under 100.
Cholesterol/HDL ratio was 5.2, now 3.2, Men: 5.0 is average.
Triglycerides-was 81, now 90, should be under 150.

I have lost 11 pounds in 4 weeks. My wife has lost 8 pounds. She has had IBS all of her life. Since we started the plant eating lifestyle, she doesn't have stomach aches anymore. She used to have them all the time. Our energy levels have never been better. My mind is sharper than ever. You feel so much better, lighter, cleaner. It's hard to describe. Now, after a night's sleep, we wake up feeling like we slept, instead of waking up tired.

A friend of mine watched the Forks Over Knives documentary with his parents and they all decided to try it. His Dad has been diabetic for a long time. At the start of the plant diet, his blood sugar was 253. After one week of plant eating he dropped 120 points! Last week, after 2 weeks of plants, his blood sugar was 96! He has never had it that low.

Get the book. Read it. Watch Forks Over Knives. Follow the guidelines. Tell your friends. It works Yesterday my Cardiologist said that I am doing so great that he doesn't need to see me for 6 months!
I hope this helps you with your decision.
Todd
5

October 28, 2015

History will remember Dr. Esselstyn
This book saved my life. I accidently stumbled upon Dr. Esselstyn's research and recommendations when I was bed ridden with severe blood pressure which was getting worse by the day and I knew that it was just a matter of limited time before I expire. I was 52 years old then. I started the change recommended here in this book. Today, I am on no medicine today. I have lost 18 kgs but the most important fact is that my body composition report says 18% total fat, 9 % visceral fat, and 30 years internal ageing - consistently. These facts do not lie so anyone with heart problem, close your eyes and embrace Dr. Esselstyn's wisdom. I am not particularly religious but I would still say " God Bless Him " !
5

May 14, 2016

Five stars from me for critical information, recipes, ...
Five stars from me for critical information, recipes, and value. I've gone plant based since my doc decided he wanted to put me on a statin. I told him I wanted to research statins before I agreed to take his prescription.

It didn't take much research to realize that one of the last things I would take is a statin. I suggest you do your own research concerning this scary med.

I decided to change my diet to correct the high cholesterol. My doc said that I couldn't correct the problem via diet because I can't lower my age. Mmmm. So does that mean that everyone my age who has elevated cholesterol levels needs to take a statin? I certainly hope not -- because the side effects of statins are dangerous. Again, do your own research.

Using the information in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, I now eat a plant-based diet, which I've been on for a couple of months now. My rule of thumb is this: If it had a mother and a father (beef, chicken, turkey, fish, etc.), I don't eat it. If it came from something that had a mother and a father (eggs, cows'/goats' milk, etc), I don't eat it. Again, do your own research.

Since I've been eating plant-based foods only -- and there's a LOT to choose from -- my blood pressure has dropped, I've lost about 14 pounds, I sleep far more soundly, my thinking is clearer, I have more energy, etc. I will have to have a blood draw to check my cholesterol levels, but my guess is that it's down too.

BOTTOM LINE: Buy this book. It could improve your health.

UPDATE: I've now lost 20 pounds, and another blood draw revealed that my cholesterol level has dropped 30 points. My doc now says to keep doing whatever I'm doing. Bravo for plant-based eating!
5

April 17, 2018

It appears to have worked for my blood pressure.
I rarely write reviews, but for this one I have to make an exception. I became interested with the concept of a low-fat diet after my parent's experience with a "paleo" type diet. After engaging in a paleo diet, both my mom and dad got their blood work done and had total blood cholesterol of 310 and 220 respectively. Needless to say my dad was pissed because, after doing all of this research online (and doing some kind of bulletproof coffee - adding some kind of butter to it), everything he read stated that eating high fat and cholesterol foods would not raise your blood cholesterol. Now, I didn't see everything they ate but being the meticulous people they are, I am certain they strictly followed the guidelines of the diet.

Afterwards, my dad got into the low fat gurus and decided he would try those diets instead, specifically cutting out all animal based meat and dairy (they did not stop eating olive oil). After about 3 months on the diet, they got their blood work redone and my mom's blood cholesterol dropped around 80 points and my dad's went below 200. I have nothing to gain from sharing this information. It appears when you eat a high fat diet, you do so at a significant risk of raising your blood cholesterol. It's possible different people metabolize cholesterol differently and at different times in your life - so maybe this won't be as groundbreaking for other people.

Now, for my experience, I was diagnosed with hypertension when I was 23 years old (36 today). The highest I've seen peak was 175/115. I've been on dozens of medication and none could drop me below 145/95. If I exercise, and have the discipline to do the resperate machine, I can drop it to 135/85. I started this specific diet about 2 weeks ago, and cut out all animal based products, dairy, and oil. My diet has consisted of steel cut oatmeal, broccoli/cauliflower/carrots, white and sweet potatoes, beans, fruit, and brown rice/salsa. Today (4/17/18), my blood pressure was 120/77, the lowest I have seen it, really, in forever. I am not truly certain what food I cut out that did it; nonetheless, it worked.

Good luck!
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September 29, 2017

and scantily clad woman I have pretty good discipline
Hitting the 40s was a time of reflection. I had worked out extensively in my 20s and 30s while following the high protein low carb diets of the past. I considered veganism a thing for rabbits and small furry insects. But, I wanted to try something different and see how my body would react. I stumbled upon the book at the bottom of an article on heart disease and decided to check it out. I have no known problems with heart disease, diabetes, or really anything. I am literally built for sex and combat. In fact, besides ice cream, and scantily clad woman I have pretty good discipline. So I embarked on this journey and I followed it to the upmost instruction. It’s a pretty hardcore diet and you will be surprised to learn just how much oil is in everything we consume. I did it mainly to assist in my goal to complete a marathon so keep in mind the weigh loss is probably a factor of both running and diet.

Positives :

I started at a sturdy 220lbs. I have been on the diet now for about 3 months and currently I weight 189. The first thing I noticed is you have tons of energy, you don’t have the bloated feeling anymore after a big meal, and my digestion is better than it has been in a long time. My resting heart rate dropped 10 points. Typically I would never tan, but on this diet it seems the sun browns me quicker. It could be my imagination or could be my body trying to pick up some extra vitamin D. I am no scientist so just bare with me. My skin is clearer and my teeth don’t seem to produce as much plaque (silly but I am trying to give you the full scoop). My runs dramatically improved. It was no longer a case of if I was going to have a good run or a bad run, but rather did I want to run fast or slow. I saved money on not eating out although food and such is more expensive. There are some good meals to eat. Don’t get discouraged at the taste right off. You will adjust.

Negatives:

The first few weeks are really tough. You don’t realize just how much joy you get off meats, cheeses, and even oils. I also had trouble sleeping. I don’t know if this was due to the extra energy or the fact I found I was more sensitive to caffeine. Moreover, I found I didn’t need or want as much caffeine. The sleep issue is now back to normal so don’t worry too much. Social situations can be awkward. “Hey you want to go have dinner with us on Friday?” “Um I going to sit at home and eat this piece of lettuce instead…”. I just tried to eat before I went out and relied on fruit when I was away from home and could not get anything like good since fast food was no longer an option. Mentally although I felt clear headed it seemed like some of my skills such as spelling were not as fluid. This too seemed to improve or I just adapted to not spelling as well pre-meat; I am not really sure which. I lost a lot of muscle. In the past, I did diets high in protein (meat, chicken, & fish) and was able to get down to 8% to 10& body fat and keep lots of muscle. That is hard to do on this diet. Of course, I am not lifting weights as much and since I am running which doesn’t help, but I know my body and I can tell a difference. Supplementation is one thing I am not crazy about on this diet as well. You have to supplement vitamin B12 and although it’s not that big a deal I still feel like that should not be necessary if the diet was 100 percent the answer for our problems.

The verdict:

I actually have enjoyed the challenge of the diet. I do feel better on this diet and feel that it’s good for your health. I am going to continue on it. I don’t know if I am going to do it forever, but I feel like my body needed a break from the garbage that I have put into it over the years. I recommend you give it a shot and see how it works for you. It’s pretty amazing how fast you feel so much better. One word of caution though, I can’t cook cereal so make sure you have someone who can cook or you will starve to death!
5

February 13, 2018

This really does work!!
My husband and I have been following this program since No. 29, 2017. WOW, what changes in his labs since November! I knew there should be improved lab values for cholesterol and CRP (the two markers in Esselstyn’s book) but it was better than I had anticipated! It WORKS! His cholesterol went from 160 down to 97. Triglycerides went from 115 down to 70. CRP went from 7.1 down to 1.1. Isn’t that amazing? I think you can say now that my husband is ‘heart-attack proof’. I can’t remember exactly what Dr. Esselstyn’s number was for CRP. I think it was one point something. So nice to have feedback that it really does work! We feel better, have more energy, and have lost some much needed extra pounds also.
1

February 14, 2018

I’m sorry to say how disappointed I am in this book
For Christmas I was given a copy of Dr. Esselstyn’s book.

I’m sorry to say how disappointed I am in this book. It is seriously flawed – inaccurate, misleading and highly selective in its choice of examples. Having been a research scientist for over 30 years I carefully read it paying particular attention to the references cited by the author. The book appears to be a reprint from an earlier edition and no effort seems to have been made to update it with more recent studies that provide a more comprehensive and critical examination of these issues. Indeed, many of the references cited are 20 to 30 years old and many of his assertions are simply stated as facts with few creditable citations. Our knowledge of the important role of diet in the well-being of our cardiovascular system has come a long way from the few studies cited in this book and present a picture that is much more complex and confusing then what Esselstyn would have us believe.

Valuable and important information on nutrition and its role in human physiology is sadly missing in this book. For example, nowhere does the author mention essential amino acids. There are 9 essential amino acids that the human body cannot make. These must be obtained from the foods we eat. And since they are not stored like fat they must be obtained on a fairly regular basis to ensure the proper assortment of amino acids are available for protein synthesis. Plants, the only source of food recommended by the author, contain very little of these amino acids, which are necessary to form complete proteins. Sufficient amounts of these amino acids can be found in numerous other food groups - meat, poultry, fish and dairy products - all products that Dr. Esselstyn roundly condemns as injurious to a heathy heart. Unfortunately, the author makes no mention of these essential amino acid nor how difficult it is to obtain a reliable and sufficient supply of essential amino acids by relying solely on the plant-based diets he recommends.

While the heart is vitally important it is not the only organ needing nourishment. As humans it is essential we provide proper nutrients for the entire body including muscles, bones, other organs, and functions such as eye sight, and not focus exclusively on the heart. Dr. Esselstyn would have us believe that we would actually be better off belonging to that part of the animal kingdom populated by cows, horses and sheep. In other words, herbivores. But that can’t be true for the human species from its earliest beginnings have been omnivores relying on whatever food stuffs came their way to survive. That ability to be “opportunistic feeders”, in other words an ability to eat whatever didn’t harm them has enabled our species to not only survive but thrive into the present century. We were not designed to live solely on a plant-based diet and particularly one so difficult to adhere to and with so little scientific evidence to support Dr. Esselstyn’s mostly unfounded claims.

On a more personal note who would want to live into their “90’s” and never celebrate special occasions with a piece of birthday cake or enjoy a double-scoop ice cream cone in the middle of a hot summer day. Imagine Thanksgiving without turkey and pumpkin pie. Life is tough enough without the occasional night out partying with family and friends. Can ninety years of joyless eating be the right alternative to the possibility of a shorter life span.

Let me just add that I am not quibbling with Dr. Esselstyn’s underlying premise: that Western diets with their emphasis on foods rich in animal fats, sugars and salt have led to an explosion of obesity and high blood pressure that our society pays dearly for. No, my problem with his solution is that it is not supported by rigorous scientific evidence, is based on a very limited number of his own patients, may actually be harmful to some older people who may already be malnourished, and for the rest of us is tiresome, not very appetizing and would be difficult to adhere to in the modern American culture. There are other diets and behavioral modification schemes out there that are more moderate and easier to practice that are likely to be just as helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease.

For those interested in a more rigorous examination of these issues I refer you to 2 recent review papers both from 2015 published in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals. The 1st is titled Plant Protein and Animal Proteins: Do They Differentially Affect Cardiovascular Disease Risk? by Richter, C.K., et.al., Adv Nutri 2015: 712-728. You can access it at PubMed without charge. The 2nd paper, a meta-analysis of a number of different studies, is titled Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies by de Souza, R.J. et al BMJ 2015 Aug 11:351. If reading the entire articles seem too formidable a task just go through their abstracts and conclusions to get a better understanding of the complexity of the issues.
5

December 6, 2016

A godsend for your health!
This is truly a life changing book. I had all but given up hope of losing weight as I thought I was doing everything I could possibly do. I tried to eat right, exercise and sleep what my body would let me. At sixty-two, I felt despair as my bmi was too high and I could not lose my mid-life paunch. It didn't help that my body shape was exactly what my mom's brothers looked like, and they ended up going though alzheimers in their later years. It is ironic that I worked as an rn on a cardiovascular floor for fifteen years and treated people who had heart disease due not to genetics, but rather due to diet that forced them to need bypass surgery.
My eyes were opened by this book to the fact that eating the right way can truly make a difference. I thought I was an educated person, but I was naive as to nutrition, as are most doctors and health professionals. In a little over two months, my weight has gone from 171lbs to 158.5 lbs and my bmi has gone from about 25.2 to 23.2. Clothes that I thought I would never fit into again are once again used and my paunch is gone. I have not done a cholesterol profile yet but I don't feel the need to at this point.
If you are looking for help with your type 2 diabetes or just losing weight for your health, look no further than this book. Forks Over Knives is also a wonderful documentary on Netflix that helps explain this healthful way of eating and why our American society has an epidemic of type two diabetes and heart disease on its hands. Don't look to the government for help as they have a financial interest in things staying the same. Lobbyists in the meat, dairy, and sugar industries will make sure of that. Thank you Esselstyn family for your help and may God bless you!
5

September 29, 2018

Excellent if you have heart disease! Ignore the criticism
Extraordinary insight into diet and heart disease. You will read a lot of criticism of this book - don't believe it. The critics have not read it. Their vaulted Mediterranean diet suffers from the same or worse shortcomings as this one. Just read the anecdotes and see which one you want to trust with your life! BUT . . . the diet is fiercely difficult - not for the faint of heart. You really have to decide that it is this way or dying MUCH sooner than I want to. I have exercised forever, watched my wait and diet and had NO heart symptoms whatsoever, good cholesterol, etc. - until they found 5 arteries that needed serious help. I am basically dying from heart disease. I decided that I prefer living over eating meat and fish and stuff. You need to decide too! Do it NOW!
4

August 22, 2018

Great book, this guy knows his stuff.
My wife introduced me to this book and I was originally reluctant to try such a radial shift in my eating habits - I hate calling it a diet - as it is a complete shift in how you eat. I was giving my wife a lot of push back on this as I like(d) to eat the occasional loaded chili fries when we go out to eat. But as I read the book and considered, 1. the congenital narrow coronary arteries that my dad's side of the family has, 2. the fact that the males in my family typically die of heart attacks at age 53 (i'm 47 now), 3. I've been slowly gaining weight for the past year regardless of my efforts, 4. After 22 years of being a firefighter/paramedic I refuse to have a cardiac or brain attack event and end up in a nursing home like so many of the patients I see everyday or allow my amazing wife to take care of me and change my diaper at fifty years old.

And while I originally considered this life style change very drastic, as I read through the studies and successful examples I considered this diet modification to be way less drastic than death by cardiac arrest. And if you really think about how poorly we eat as Americans and how bloated and fat everyone is (look around) it really made sense to me.

After I hemmed and hawed for a week or so and pondered how I would survive without bacon, cheese, etc my wife and I decided to go all-in. We spent a week eating the forbidden foods that were currently had in our house and we researched the options we had for our new way of life. We looked for oil-free salad dressings and snacks that would be easy to grab when on the go or when a craving hits us.

On August 1, 2018 I went all in, I weighed 196 lbs (16 above what I consider my ideal weight. And 180 is the weight I had always just easily maintained until the last year or so). Today, August 22, I am down to 182. And I haven't maintain my normal (limited) cardio routine. Salads, bean chili, oatmeal, bananas and apples. And it is not that bad. The reward is well worth the effort. I have my annual physical exam in 6 months and I am very interested to see my cholesterol results and until then I will follow the "not a drop" mantra. But in conclusion, this isn't that hard.
1

July 29, 2018

No need to buy this book. Spoiler alert- you can’t anything but vegetables!
From the book- “you may not eat anything with a face or a mom.
You cannot eat dairy products.
You most not consume ANY oil.
You cannot eat nuts or avocados.”
This is not about moderation. It is absolute. No occasional sundae, or pancakes with butter, or guacamole or hamburger.
Who wants to live longer if you can’t enjoy your life. Anyway, if this for you no need to buy the book. Just follow the above rules.
5

January 23, 2017

classic book for vascular disease
This is a must have for your health book collection. It is only a little over 100 pages without the recipes, but very readable, informative, and convincing with excellent descriptions of vascular disease and patient cases. It removes the mystery of what happened to my close friends and relatives.

It is a Whole Food Plant Based diet with very low fat, high carbohydrate, low/moderate protein, which is the standard now. I have always liked fat and oil, but the very low fat diet is the only known treatment to reverse advanced vascular disease, and heart disease and stroke are still the biggest killers besides cancer and medical care. Esselstyn does allow one or two tablespoons of flaxseed (or chia seeds), so you won't have a deficiency of omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids. This heart disease reversal diet is a big step up from Pritikin and Ornish.

This is good health advice in general, not just for vascular disease, like heart disease, stroke, and ED. I prefer a nutritional supplement approach as well, but you can find that elsewhere. I am more convinced than ever in the low fat diet, not just for those with advanced vascular disease. I have abandoned my coconut oil and grass fed cow butter, but I will still use a little raw hemp oil, flax, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, and an occasional avocado just because I like it.
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April 13, 2018

A waste of time and money
I was originally intrigued by the title of this book, as I am looking for easy to use heart health recipes. Instead, I sloughed through chapter after chapter of repeated bragging by Dr. Esselstyn while he was stoking his ego regarding a plant based diet he promotes for heart health. One or two chapters could have easily covered all the information presented. Since I read this in Kindle format, the reference pictures were very small, and hard to view.

Then I got to the recipe section, and was even more frustrated. This was the entire second half of the book. As a homebound, disabled individual, I realized that I would have to double my food budget to obtain many of the recommended ingredients, if I could find store that would deliver them! Some of the recipes did look interesting and easy to make, and I will try a few in the future, but overall, not an easy diet plan to follow.
5

Jan 17, 2012

In November I travelled to Georgia to visit my daughter. While there we had dinner with one of Morgan’s friends and her mom. During dinner this lovely, lean woman described the “diet” she had been following for the past 6 months. She described it as “the Bill Clinton diet” and said she had learned about it from a book written by a doctor named Esselstyn. She described the plan, in a nutshell, as no meat (nothing with a face, nothing with a mother), no dairy, and no oil – not even “healthy” oils. In November I travelled to Georgia to visit my daughter. While there we had dinner with one of Morgan’s friends and her mom. During dinner this lovely, lean woman described the “diet” she had been following for the past 6 months. She described it as “the Bill Clinton diet” and said she had learned about it from a book written by a doctor named Esselstyn. She described the plan, in a nutshell, as no meat (nothing with a face, nothing with a mother), no dairy, and no oil – not even “healthy” oils. That all sounded pretty drastic to me – and definitely way out of the mainstream. I should admit here that I’ve probably read nearly every diet book known to mankind and followed most of them with short-term good results, and long-term zero (and that’s putting it charitably) results.

I asked this woman what had motivated her to take on such an unappealing eating regime. She described her health concerns – scary racing heartbeat episodes that came on with no warning and lasted for minutes, her husband’s early stages of angina. In short, she had been worried she was facing heart disease and did not want to go down the drug route – and she was scared.

Her results in 6 months? No more racing heartbeat episodes. She thought she might lose 15 pounds, but actually lost about 25. Looking at her at the start, you would not have seen the 15 pounds she thought she could lose. Her husband also lost weight and his angina pain went away. She said if she is ever tempted to veer from the routine, she remembers how she felt when her heart took flight.

I began thinking about how my heart seems to occasionally flutter in my chest. How a couple weeks before last Christmas (2010) I woke with pain in my chest and asked my husband to take me to the hospital – it turned out to be a false alarm and I told no one about it – not my mom, not my kids, not my friends. But I continue to notice those fluttering episodes. I thought about struggling with the same 30 pounds of extra weight continually, never ceasingly. I thought about the heart disease in my family. Then, waiting in the airport, I downloaded Esselstyn’s book onto my kindle and read it all on the cross-country flight home.

Low-carb eating programs have been my diet of choice over the past several years. I usually lose a good amount of weight during the first week, and fall off them during the second week. By then, the thought of another egg for breakfast usually makes me nauseous. As I read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease on that airplane ride home an almost sick feeling in my stomach began. The eating plan proscribed by Esselstyn is diametrically opposed to how I have been eating my whole life, and especially in the last decades. What’s good: starch, whole grains and lots of them, vegetables, fruits (but not high fat ones, and not high protein ones); what’s bad: all animal protein, all dairy, all added oils, excess protein of any kind, excess fat of any kind.

Why would one choose to eat like this? Esselstyn’s study – as fully explained in his book – shows the reversal of heart disease so advanced that patients were sent home to die; there was nothing more traditional medicine could do for them. Simply through a change in diet, even this lethal level of heart disease was reversed. His is the longest running study of its kind, ever. His findings are based on scientific, peer-reviewed study. It is not anecdotal.

I decided to get my cholesterol tested. Esselstyn says that with total cholesterol below 150, you will NOT have or get heart disease. I found an on-line process for obtaining a cholesterol test and within the week had my results: 257. I couldn’t believe it was that high; I just couldn’t believe it. Had that number come back close to 150, I probably would have written this vegan, no-oil thing off as extreme and unnecessary, but that was not to be. I’ll be recording my journey via my blog – category “Vegan and Oil-free” at "theeconomom dot com."
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December 9, 2018

NOT FOR ME
Real humans can not eat like this. I always eat healthy. Thought I would try a little healthier I thought about it for a few days after reading the book and decided this was not for me.
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August 5, 2018

A disappointment
I didn't realize that this book was 1) so filled with old information about high blood pressure and heart disease and 2) for vegetarians which we decidedly are not.
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Aug 27, 2011

First off, I'm not sure why I didn't read this book sooner. Second off, there is no questioning why Clinton was impacted by this book. Third off, read this book (though I would start with The China Study) even if you don't know a single person with heart disease or affected by it (which is highly unlikely) because it will impact you.

Like Campbell, Esselstyn has a way of writing scientifically but putting it in layman's terms. He even makes it fun. I couldn't put it down and finished it in hours First off, I'm not sure why I didn't read this book sooner. Second off, there is no questioning why Clinton was impacted by this book. Third off, read this book (though I would start with The China Study) even if you don't know a single person with heart disease or affected by it (which is highly unlikely) because it will impact you.

Like Campbell, Esselstyn has a way of writing scientifically but putting it in layman's terms. He even makes it fun. I couldn't put it down and finished it in hours (and I don't consider myself a fast reader, at least not compared to my mom ;) ).

If you want to be free of disease, be in control of your body, you can! Campbell and Esselstyn give many examples how this diet does just that. Esselstyn starts out the book with a group of people who are basically on their death bed because of heart diease and the one woman in the group was even told to get a rocker and rock away the end of her life. She said no and joined his study. The results of his study are amazing. I already knew a bit about this book and about Esselstyn from research, from his son's book The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds and from the movie Forks Over Knives (watch it). Esselstyn was a surgeon, clinician and researcher. He has more than the credentials and his results speak for themselves. Consider reading it! Also, he prepares you by providing many recipes! Got to love it! ...more
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January 31, 2018

Not worth the time or money.
Unbelievable twisting of the actual science available on the subject. I view this book as subtle propaganda rather than science.
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June 1, 2018

Didnt Work for Me.
I can only tell you that after 12 weeks my bad cholesterol was up and my total cholesterol was unchanged. I followed the diet religously. The good news is that I lost 12 pounds.
5

Sep 06, 2011

This ball got rolling when I saw "The Last Heart Attack" on CNN. My dad had just had heart surgery, so I was looking for something to help him, and to help me to avoid the same outcome. When I watched the CNN special and saw the amazing things a plant-based diet was doing for President Clinton, and the others that were highlighted, I knew I had to do some more research. I looked up Dr. Esselstyn's book, and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle. The electronic pages blurred by as I read about This ball got rolling when I saw "The Last Heart Attack" on CNN. My dad had just had heart surgery, so I was looking for something to help him, and to help me to avoid the same outcome. When I watched the CNN special and saw the amazing things a plant-based diet was doing for President Clinton, and the others that were highlighted, I knew I had to do some more research. I looked up Dr. Esselstyn's book, and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle. The electronic pages blurred by as I read about the proven benefits of a plant-based diet. The information was so convincing, that I didn't even wait until I had finished the book to begin my new food adventure. I have now been following Dr. Esselstyn's dietary suggestions for nearly two weeks. I'm eating delicious plant-based meals, so I haven't even craved meat, and at last check (a few days ago) I have already lost 8 pounds. I wish everyone I love would read and carefully consider what Dr. Esselstyn has to say. Then, after all my loved ones are done, everyone else should join us. ...more
4

Jan 08, 2013

The typical western lifestyle and diet are a source of much illness in our society. Here are sound proven suggestions to stop the cycle and experience better health. I have gifted this book to many.
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July 7, 2018

... just received this book today and I am extremely disappointed so much so that I am going to try ...
I just received this book today and I am extremely disappointed so much so that I am going to try to return it. I did not want to buy a cook book and this book has 159 pages of recipes out of 288 pages, which gives us 129 pages of so called information. It has a very poor index, listing mostly the recipes. It does not take in to account gluten issues which are very real for some of us and uses Bragg liquid aminos in most all of the recipes.except desserts. While I agree that there are people who may really benefit from this book I think it is very extreme for people who just want to eat a healthy diet. Most of us need some healthy fats in our diets to carry the fat soluble vitamins and to protect nerve endings etc. I am 74 and have been reading health books since the "Hippy Days". Things wax and wane and many diets are just fads.I come from long lived parents and my mother is 97, father died at 93. My dad drank milk his whole life and had all of his own teeth when he died with a few fillings. They ate a lot of vegetables but also meat , fish and chicken and we most always had corn bread, real butter. They packed on a few pounds later in life but would never be considered fat. Seniors that are too thin look more frail and unhealthy and I do not think Bill Clinton looks good at all since following this diet. He looks a bit parched to me and if you notice most hard core vegans most times do not look vibrant if they do not have enough fat under their skin. I think for the average person this book is a bust and I would not recommend it. I do agree that we have an out of control obesity problem in this country but that is another story for another day. .
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March 27, 2018

One Star
Not at all what I expected
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Apr 27, 2008

Dr. Esselstyn gives a lot of information about his group of 23 cardiac patients who had no more hope with the surgical medical community who came to him for his nutrition program which advocates NO fat--not even the so-called "healthy fats"- olive or canola oils, NO animal products, and lots of vegetables, some fruits, and lots of whole grains on a daily basis. The book includes about 150 pages of recipes starting with breakfast and moving on through the day. The ones we have tried so far have Dr. Esselstyn gives a lot of information about his group of 23 cardiac patients who had no more hope with the surgical medical community who came to him for his nutrition program which advocates NO fat--not even the so-called "healthy fats"- olive or canola oils, NO animal products, and lots of vegetables, some fruits, and lots of whole grains on a daily basis. The book includes about 150 pages of recipes starting with breakfast and moving on through the day. The ones we have tried so far have sounded weird but ended up being quite tasty. One does have to get over a salt addiction, however!

Worth reading and trying to integrate. He advocates no more than 10 percent of daily calories coming from fats and no more. In short order patients lowered their total blood cholesterol to under 150 mg/dL and their LDL (lousy cholesterol) to under 80 mg/dL on his plan. We are trying it in our family and hoping for the best.

Dr. Esselstyn tells us that we need to be in control of our eating and thereby our health rather than mindlessly turning it over to the medical and food industries. He also says that we have to get out of our minds and vocabularies the words: "Just this once!" or "Just a little bit won't hurt!" He says it does. Within two weeks of stopping all fats, oils, animal products he states that our craving for them will vanish. I have 'gone off' sugar a few times and find the same thing to be the case with sweet stuff. Bite the bullet and cut it totally out and pretty soon you have no more interest in it. Tell your friends you are doing this program and they will be kind enough not to offer you foods you choose not to eat. ...more
1

September 12, 2019

So radical
All the book could be summarized in 5 pages. I do not recommend this book. Do not waste your money.

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