But what about whole plants? They beat drugs almost every time!
The New York Times reported on a new review of randomized controlled trials on 2-27-12. The title: No Extra Benefits Are Seen in Stents for Coronary Artery Disease, an article by Nicholas Bakalar. The article states:
The common practice of inserting a stent to repair a narrowed artery has no benefit over standard medical care in treating stable coronary artery disease, according to a new review of randomized controlled trials published on 2-27-12. (Link to complete article at end)
Of course we all know what “standard medical care” means—taking some kind of drug for the rest of your life. Not surprisingly, the article made no mention of the plant-based solution to the same problem. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Dean Ornish of UCSF would argue that a plant-based solution would trump the “standard medical care” almost every time.
Despite the personal experience of President Clinton and the recent airing of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Last Heart Attack” special on CNN, we still hear precious little about the powerful heart-disease reversing benefit of simply eating a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods.
According to the article, the stent surgery ranges from $30k to $50k and that more than one million are performed every year in the United States. That’s a $40 billion dollar business that is the third best solution to a totally unnecessary disease.
As Dr. Esselstyn says in every lecture, “Heart disease is a toothless paper tiger that need never exist; and if it does exist, it need never progress.” And not only is the popular stent procedure expensive and unnecessary, it also carries a great deal of risk:
The procedure has certain risks. According to Dr. David L. Brown, an author of the analysis, the risk for death is about one in a thousand, and complications can include stroke, heart attack, bleeding, kidney damage and serious allergic reactions…
So why are we doing so many stents?…More than half of patients with stable coronary artery disease are now implanted with stents without even trying drug treatment, Dr. Brown said.
The reason, he believes, is financial. “In many hospitals, the cardiac service line generates 40 percent of the total hospital revenue, so there’s incredible pressure to do more procedures,” he said.
“When you put in a stent, everyone is happy — the hospital is making more money, the doctor is making more money — everybody is happier except the health care system as a whole, which is paying more money for no better results.”
I mentioned President Clinton, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the CNN special earlier. Take a look at an excerpt of that great special in this 2-minute video—let’s invite Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn to have the final word on this topic today.
Link to the NY Times article provided below.
Know anyone with heart disease? You may want to send them a link to this blog. Oh, by the way, Dr. Esselstyn says that if you’re over 30 and have been eating the Standard American Diet your entire life, you DO have heart disease now; you just may not have had your first heart attack yet.
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