Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Esselstyn is one of the most prominent leaders in the movement to treat disease through a sustainable approach using diet and lifestyle rather than slapping a bandaid on the issue with pills and surgery. Dr. Esselstyn was an internationally renown surgeon and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic. Howerver, he observed the surgeries he was performing on his patients were not successful because it simply treated the symptom and not the cause. While the surgery might fix the issue temporarily, if nothing was done about why they got their in the first place…guess what? They ended up back in the operating room. Dr. Esselstyn then decided to take a different approach and conducted a 20 year study, the longest study of its kind. This is where he found that heart disease “can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished.” Dr. Esselstyn was able to give people over 12 years of their lives back simply by changing their diet (people who were told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live!). One of our favorite quotes from Dr. Esselstyn in response to the notion that some might consider a plant based diet extreme is: “A Western diet guarantees there will be half a million people who have to have the front half of their bodies divided, their heart exposed, then veins will be taken from their leg and sewn on their heart. Some people would call that extreme.”
If this approach resonates with you, you can visit his website here or check out his new book below:Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Dr. Esselstyn has also been featured in documentaries such as Forks Over Kinives. To purchase or rent the documentary click the link below.Forks Over Knives Movie