Off his meds for Christmas…a heartwarming story from Florida

Living proof that chronic heart disease can be reversed in weeks

Earlier this week, I received a note from a reader who wanted to share the wonderful disease-reversing experience of her 56-year-old husband, Mark. She planted the seeds of change a little over a year ago, and just recently, Mark decided it was time to take action. This story illustrates the power of gentle nudges along the way, even though serious diet-style changes may not happen until years later. Karen, thanks for sharing.

The seeds of change were planted last year when Karen shared Dr. Campbell's message with her husband.

Dear Jim,

I work at the University of Central Florida, where T. Colin Campbell was lecturing one night last year.  I went to the lecture and couldn’t believe what he was saying about milk.  I went home and told Mark – I don’t think he really believed what I was saying and now when we talk and I ask him why he didn’t listen to me, he always says “you don’t have a Ph.D. after your name”.  However, the seed was planted as they say.

My husband, Mark, is 56 years old.  He’s had heart problems since his late 30’s, the arteries in his legs were blocked and he’s had several operations on them — had to have stents put in and tubing in his legs.  Until recently, he was on ten different medications.

After waking up with nosebleed, blood coming from his ears and eyes, he had had it. Then, he watched President Clinton one day talking about Dr. Esselstyn and decided that was the program for him.  I was amazed! He is religiously following Esselstyn’s plan and is reversing his heart disease – the numbers don’t lie!  Mark went for blood work last week and his new doctor just called with the results:

  • Total cholesterol 105
  • HDL 32
  • Blood sugar 96
  • Triglycerides 111

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic has reversed heart disease in nearly 100% of his patients -- with diet change only.

Disease reversal in six weeks. He has never had numbers like these.  He started this plan on November 1 and has stopped taking all meds!!!  He’s lost 20 lbs. and has a ways to go, but this after only 1 ½ months!

I wanted to share this wonderful story and to let you know there are people out there that have a new lease on life because of what you do.  Thank you so very much for spreading the word.  We certainly will continue to do so. Kindest regards, Karen

This inspiring story illustrates the importance of a consistent flow of gentle nudges and staying the course. Some of us may occasionally conclude that no one is ever going to listen and that we shouldn’t waste our time trying to show them the way to better health. I know that Karen doesn’t feel like she wasted her time in helping husband Mark see the light. Thanks to her gentle nudges (even without the PhD), she was able to save her husband’s life. Sounds like the makings for a very Merry Christmas from sunny Orlando.


4-Leaf oatmeal by the fountain at Jane's Cafe in Old Naples, FL

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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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4 Responses to Off his meds for Christmas…a heartwarming story from Florida

  1. Fabulous! For more information on Dr. Campbell’s research and an explanation of The China Study, as well as the work of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. and the environmental implications of a whole-food, plant-based diet, perhaps to share with those you wish could be similarly motivated into life saving action, a viewing of Planeat could be just the answer you are looking for. Planeat is a gorgeous, non-preachy, independent, British documentary, so powerful it was actually shown in Parliament in London, England in May of 2011, and is available to view anytime at . Enjoy!

  2. Bill Kranker says:


    I agree with Barbara. Your articles are always very well written!

    To her other point, I often am faced with opposing opinions and will usually reply that it is possible that both of our diets are correct. Lets plan to meet in ten years and compare notes.

    So far for the first seven years I have maintainted perfect weight, I wake up full of energy and enthusiasm, I have not had a single cold or allergy issue and my food leaves my body as waste just as easily as it goes in. (I was trying to say that last part as kindly as possible!!)

    Most meat eaters (Weston Price Followers) probably cannot make all of those claims and usually will not admit to their failings in public. As I always say, “The truth will set you free”.

    Also, I once had a vegetable wrap at Jane’s. Nice little restaurant in the naples area. I sometimes go to Yabbas for carribean (Which is a little bit of a Vegan Challange) or Campiello for Italian (As my wife likes Italian). Both are good as well. You have got me wishing I was down there as the snow flies outside my office window.

    Thank you for the nice note,

    Bill K.

  3. Leo M. Schwaiger says:

    See the link below for Simply Raw, Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.

    Also try to read the book There Is A Cure For Diabetes, by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who oversaw the program used by the six people in the DVD mentioned above.

    Also see link on Udderly Amazing by Dr. Veith who explains how dairy can cause Type-1 Diabetes.

  4. barbaraH says:

    I just want to say how much I appreciate your posts. Not only do they come in exactly as I am having breakfast and looking around for something to read online, but they are also always so well-written and pack so much information into such a quick read.

    Isn’t it sad how quick most people are to dismiss the information, whether you have a PhD after your name or not? I mentioned The China Study on a message board and was deluged with responses saying that T. Colin Campbell is a fraud and his studies were worthless and if you want the REAL story, read something by the Weston-Price Foundation. Uy. 😦 I shrug and walk away, figuring people can figure it out for themselves if they want. But I admire people who can keep up the good fight in the face of all the ignorance and hostility out there, so thanks for your daily posts.

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