Clinton or Cheney? Which heart treatment do you prefer?

Broccoli and Lentils OR Heart Transplant Surgery?

Last week, former Vice President Cheney was in the news—receiving a heart transplant that he’d waited 20 months to receive. A veteran of five previous heart surgeries (ages 37, 43, 47, 59 and 69), apparently he either thinks that the heart-disease reversing diet is too extreme OR maybe no one ever told him that he had a choice. (See USA Today article at end of this post)

Was Mr. Cheney lucky? The fact that Mr. Cheney was receiving a heart transplant at age 71 has raised a few eyebrows. Some feel that politics or money may have had something to do with him getting one of only 2300 available hearts per year. There are currently 3100 people on the list. Might he have been much luckier had he learned about how to easily reverse his heart disease back in his 30’s and 40’s when he first began having heart procedures?

Heart transplant surgery is now considered common and routine—not extreme at all.

But he didn’t take that route and now that he  has his new heart, his life in the years ahead may not be that pleasant. The article reports that he may live another five years if he is lucky, but those five years will be no picnic; as the article reports:

The first year after transplant will involve intensive medical care and monitoring to make sure that Cheney’s body doesn’t reject the new organ. He will have to take drugs to suppress his immune system, to prevent it from attacking the new heart, and doctors will biopsy the transplanted heart to make sure it’s not being rejected.

But turning down the immune system carries its own risks, such as leaving the body vulnerable to infection. He will also be at risk of a specific type of heart disease in the long term, Walsh said….Prominent cardiologist Eric Topol, who consulted on Cheney’s care during his first run for vice-president, said that people of Cheney’s age “don’t generally do so well” after a heart transplant.

Now for the broccoli and lentils option

Eating broccoli and lentils is considered an “extreme” diet.

President Clinton, now 65, was the lucky one. While he had previous heart surgeries as well, he had the good fortune of learning about the life-saving information from Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish.

And, after learning that information, he decided that making the switch to a whole foods, plant-based (near vegan) diet was worth it. Since making the decision in 201o, Mr. Clinton is doing all that he can do to make sure that he gets to meet his grandchildren.

And I’ll have some “extreme” lentil soup with that broccoli…

Think you might prefer the Clinton approach with the broccoli and lentils compared to the nightmare that Mr. Cheney is suffering? Think your loved ones might like to hear more about the superior method of heart disease reversal?

If so, you might want to share this post with them, because they’re not likely to hear about the Clinton method from their cardiologist or from the American Heart Association website.

Take a few minutes, watch these two short videos and share this information with people that you care about. It could save their lives.

Ali Velshi of CNN interviews Dr. Gupta

Want to watch the entire 40-minute special? After watching the first video above, just click on the image on the right side of the screen after on the short video ends. If you don’t have time right now, take a look at the two-minute highlight below—featuring Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Sharon Kintz, one of his patients.

Two-minute highlight with Dr. Gupta and Dr. Esselstyn

Want more information? Here are a handful of blogs that I posted in the few weeks following that great CNN special.

Want to help eliminate heart disease? Share this post with everyone you know—not just people you think might be sick. As Dr. Esselstyn says, many millions of people (who think they’re in great health) already have coronary artery disease—they just haven’t had their first heart attack yet.

Got E.D.? While fixing your heart, those broccoli and lentils are likely also to eliminate your erectile dysfunction at the same time—for no additional charge. Erectile dysfunction can save your life. Who knew?

USA Today 3-25-12 Cheney recovering after heart transplant.

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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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3 Responses to Clinton or Cheney? Which heart treatment do you prefer?

  1. Leo S. says:

    What do we eat that promotes disease? What do we eat that promotes health?

  2. Leo S. says:

    Here is another story about an individual who needed a transplant but was refused because she was too heavy. She was told to go home and get her affairs in order. Her physicians apparently did not know the value of good food. She found another physician who taught her what food could do to help her.

  3. huracan says:

    Upon reflecting on it a bit, it boggles the mind that a man with the resources of Cheney wouldn’t first ask who has been CURED of heart disease, but instead immerses himself fully in the jaws of the allopathic medical system. The average survival from heart transplants is a little over 9 years (an amazing figure, given the immunosuppressants the patients take).

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