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Dr Esselstyn's 12-year study with severely at-risk coronary heart-attack patients.

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All of these 18 patients continued with the nutritional programme and cholesterol-lowering medication recommended after the end of the formal study, and they, by the publishing date of 2008, had enjoyed nearly 20 years free of heart disease.

Only ONE death occurred during the study, and this was of a man whose heart was hugely scarred from repeated damage, and which gave out because of cardiac arrhythmia. His heart electrocuted itself.

In contrast, the 6 patients who left the programme in the first twelve to fifteen months and returned to their previous diet, have had 12 significant adverse heart events, and one of them died through complications of arrhythmia.

The science underlying the nutrition programme.

Dr Esselstyn also provides the chemical / biological evidence of why a plant-based diet is so good for heart health.
It is to do with the functioning of the endothelial cells which line our arteries, and their ability to produce nitric oxide and release it in the blood. Nitric oxide, a critically important vasidilator, prevents white blood cells and platelets from becoming sticky to form plaque, keeps the smooth muscle cells of arteries from growing into plaques, and may even diminish existing plaques.

These discoveries won a Nobel Prize in 1998 (Drs Robert F. Furchgott, Ferid Murad, and Louis J. Ignarro ).
  1. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels, selectively boosting blood flow to organs that need it.
  2. It prevents white blood cells and platelets from becoming sticky and thereby starting the buildup of vascular plaque.
  3. It keeps the smooth muscle cells of arteries from growing into plaques.
  4. It may even help diminish vascular plaques once they are in place.
An internet search using Google or similar with the search terms "Medicine Nobel Prize" "1998" and the names of the three prizewinners above will yield more detailed information on the science. It is a wonderful story of persistence in following leads and using deduction.

Fat entering the bloodstream damages the endothelial cells, thus lowering the nitric oxide concentration, and plaques form as a consequence. For this reason, fats are excluded from the nutrition recommended by Dr Esselstyn.

He reveals that even a "moderate" intake of fat is lethal.

How it all started.

Dr Esselstyn's interest in this topic began when, as an Army surgeon in the Vietnam war, he discovered that autopsies of young, apparently healthy, USA soldiers showed that 80% of them already had gross levels of coronary heart disease whereas the arteries of Asian soldiers were largely clean.

His interest heightened when he found that some of his medical colleagues were becoming moribund through coronary heart disease in their early 40's, and the realisation dawned that medical science at that point in time had no adequate response to this lethal affliction.

It could be said that he has always had an interest also in physical fitness; he was a member of the gold-medal- winning rowing coxed 8 from the USA at the 1956 Olympics in Australia. Read about it in his references (RHS menu)
Listen to Dr Esselstyn talking with Kim Hill, Saturday morning host on New Zealand's National Radio station.
Why not save it to your computer hard drive and listen to it at your leisure?

Talking with Kim Hill here about 40 minutes, 16MB download.
also available from Radionz at Direct from Kim's audio folders. Audio originally from Saturday 27 November 2010

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Links to pages about Dr Esselstyn's work.


Written articles/papers

A new report by Dr Esselstyn of a study of 200 patients is "In Press" as at July 2012.

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