Dr. Dean Ornish proved decades ago that heart disease could be reversed solely with diet and lifestyle changes.
In the end, my grandma’s miraculous recovery from terminal heart disease through diet and exercise alone—remarkable as it was, was just one anecdote among many. Though it inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, I’ve always had a skeptical streak and just wasn’t convinced until Ornish’s landmark study in 1990 clobbered me over the head with enough science to change my own diet forever. Pritikin had been reversing heart disease with a plant-based diets for years before Ornish came along, but here it was, in black and white, in one of the most prestigious medical journal in the world.
Ornish proved you could not just slow heart disease—our number one killer, not just stop heart disease in its tracks, but actually reverse heart disease, open up clogged arteries—and without drugs, without surgery. Since then, millions upon millions have died totally unnecessary deaths. If my grandma didn’t have to die like that no one’s grandmother has to die. We have the miracle cure, yet hardly anyone knows about it
Wait second, though. If we can reverse heart disease without drugs, without surgery, then great. doesn’t that mean we can eat whatever the we want and then, as soon as we start feeling some chest pain, we can get with the program, eat as healthy as we need to and open our arteries back up, getting to enjoy not only our grandchildren—but also happy memories of years bacon and eggs, cheese and fried chicken. Here’s the problem with the plan: sudden cardiac death. Our first symptom may be our last.
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This is a continuation of a theme I started in yesterday's video about my personal journey into medicine. Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the other videos on heart health and heart disease. Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!
For some context, please also check out my associated blog posts: Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction, Heart Disease: there is a Cure, Magnesium-Rich Foods to Prevent Sudden Death, Eating To Extend Our Lifespan, Cancer-Proofing Your Body, and Is Coconut Oil Bad For You?