Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr….a true American hero

Yale grad, Olympic Gold, Bronze Star, top surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and the doc that may have saved Bill Clinton’s life

J. Morris Hicks introduces Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn in August 2010. Speaking to a crowd of over 100 at our local yacht club that evening — he had a great impact.

How much more do you need to know about this great man? He has excelled in everything he has ever done. But I am sure that he would tell you that his greatest contribution to the entire world is his well-documented study — and book — proving that even advanced heart disease is completely reversible at almost any age.

As he says, our nation’s number one killer — heart disease — is nothing but a “toothless paper tiger that need never exist and, if it does exist, need never progress.”

I first learned about Dr. Esselstyn from reading The China Study in 2005 and then was privileged to meet him and his wife Ann later that same year in New York. We have since become friends and I tell my “Esselstyn story” at every single one of my public speaking engagements.

I tell about the 17 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who were recruited by Ess after being told that they could no longer have any more surgical interventions. Working with those patients in his own home in the evenings, he and Ann taught these lucky people how to completely reverse their heart disease by simply shifting to the natural diet for our species — eating mostly whole plants, in nature’s package. Now for the scoreboard:

In the eight years prior to his intervention, those 17 patients had 49 cardiac events — in the next eleven, the entire group had a grand total of ZERO. 49 – 0. Lopsided football score for sure.

But guess what? Armed with this powerful proof, Dr. Esselstyn was still unable to convince the Cleveland Clinic to offer this dietary intervention as an alternative to traditional surgery. You see, there’s just not much money to be made when people get healthy. (See related posts on cancer and health insurance)

But Ess does have a new job at the clinic. He is now the Director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal at the Wellness Institute of The Cleveland Clinic. He is still treating several hundred patients a year and has a near 100% success rate, yet still hardly ever receives a referral from a cardiologist. He gets the lion’s share of his patients from internet searches and word-of-mouth.

Bill Clinton has read his book and told the world about his success on CNN. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr….a true American hero indeed — his work will save millions of lives. You, or someone you know, may be one of them.

My recommended action plan for you. Get his powerful 2007 book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, read it, follow the advice, give it to a friend, save some lives and change the world. Don’t think you need it? He would now tell you that over 90% of Americans over the age of 20 already have coronary artery disease; they just haven’t had their first heart attack yet. Click here to view some great (and free) videos at Dr. Esselstyn’s website.

You see, heart disease is the natural result of eating the typical western diet of meat and dairy three meals a day 365 days a year. Simple cause — simple solution.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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