Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Coronary artery and plant-based diet

artery before and after plant-based diet
(T. Colin Campbell, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books, 2006. p. 128.)

A patient with a heart problem at forty-four years decided to try out Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. ‘s dietary program without any cholesterol-lowering medication, and after thirty-two months, this patient reversed his heart disease and lowered his blood cholesterol to 89 mg/dL. The picture on the left section shows his coronary artery before switching to the plant-based diet. The one on the right shows the same artery opening up after adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Caldwell has been doing studies of patients whose blood cholesterol changed after adapting his recommended diet since 1985. By 2003, patients in his studies groups recorded forty-nine coronary events prior to a whole foods, plant-based diet, and zero events for those who adhered to a whole foods, plant-based diet. This is another evidence how switching diet could radically change the disease. (From Campbell, The China Study, pp. 127-9)

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