Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

‘…This doctor has quite a resume.  A student at Yale University, he rowed in the 1956 Olympics, winning the Gold.  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, 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 1994-95.

The quality I find most appealing about Esselstyn is not his resume or awards; it is his principled search for the truth.  He has had the courage to take on the establishment.  He wrote how 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.  He believed a fundamentally different approach to treatment was necessary.

He decided to test the effects of a whole foods, plant-based diet on people with established coronary disease.  He has gotten the most spectacular results ever recorded in the treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Esselstyn had participants avoid oils, meat, fish, fowl and dairy products.  Within the 8 years leading up to the study, these 18 participants had suffered through 49 coronary events, including angina, bypass surgery, heart attacks, strokes and angioplasty.  These were not healthy hearts.  The most impressive result was not the dramatic drop in blood cholesterol levels, but how many coronary events occurred since the start of their study.  In the following 11 years, there was exactly ONE coronary event among the eighteen patients who followed the diet.  That one event was from a patient who strayed from the diet for 2 years.  The patient returned to the diet and has not experienced any further events..’

To be Continued

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4 responses to “Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

  1. petit4chocolatier

    Heather, this is very interesting. It says a lot about straying from the diet. I cannot wait to hear more 🙂

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