Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s The Last Heart Attack has been rescheduled (again) to this Saturday night, September 3, 2011 at 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET. I won’t be home when it airs but it is already scheduled on the DVR. Dr. Gupta will be interviewing Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. – two of the world’s leading nutrition experts. Dr. Gupta admits that while he had trained his whole life to treat disease after it developed, he wasn’t medically trained in nutrition to be able to help prevent some of these diseases in the first place. My Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss program Slender For Life™ advocates the plant-based diet promoted by T. Collin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish and other leaders in health care.
Gupta: Becoming Heart Attack Proof
Simply put, Campbell’s research team found people who ate the most animal-based foods also had the most chronic disease. As important, people who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest. Campbell went on to describe the specific connections between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. He also wrote of the ability to use nutrition to reverse these conditions – something that can start at almost any age.
Esselstyn took it a step further. “Sanjay, we want to make you heart attack proof.” Pretty audacious, I thought, but I couldn’t help but be engaged by this Cleveland Clinic surgeon, who was now devoting his life to preventing the diseases he made a living treating.“ We are never going to end the epidemic of heart disease with stents, bypasses and medications,” he told me. That was music to my ears, because I didn’t want any of those things. Of course, it would involve essentially eliminating meat, dairy, eggs and oil – even olive oil. “Nothing with a mother, and nothing with a face,” the good doctor added.
Honestly, over the years, I have practiced the adage “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” Still, I knew it was going to be tough to carry out what he was asking. I started with a practical question for him. He was on the road traveling, and I was curious what he ate. “Thai food is always a good bet,” he told me. Sharon Kintz, who is a 66-year-old heart patient, joined me in Times Square to prove she could find a meal that satisfied her vegan requirements. Even former President Clinton says he is a vegan nowadays, and doesn’t at all miss the fast food for which he was once famous.
Virtually eliminating heart disease – it can be done, and truth is, we have known for a very long time how to do it. People have said to me as I was preparing this documentary – “Sanjay, you are advocating a radical change to the way we eat.” Perhaps, but if you really think about it, the way we eat now is in fact more radical. And when we look back on this time, a couple of hundred years from now, I guarantee you that our diet of today will be considered one of the most radical in history.
The updated 2nd edition of my book Becoming Slender For Life and its hypnosis CD set can help you become heart attack proof. Is your health worth making radical changes in your diet? What about the health of your children? As a nation, it is time for us to make radical changes in what we eat.
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