“For Your Good Health”

We are pleased to feature the work of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn. He has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968.

In 1995 he published his long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Targeting Heart Disease with a Plant Based Diet

Twenty-three years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, general surgeon Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., grew disappointed in the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease.

Relying on pills and procedures despite their side effects and risks, Dr. Esselstyn says he and his peers were doing “nothing to prevent disease in the next unsuspecting victim.”

  • Targeting heart disease, Dr. Esselstyn’s experiment started at home.
  • He and his wife adopted a plant-based diet, cutting out oil, meat, fish, fowl and dairy.
  • “It means a lot to patients to know their doctor is making the same changes they are,” he says

Dr. Esselstyn


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A Simple, Nutrition Based Plan

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease offers readers the same simple, nutrition-based plan that dramatically changed the lives of his patients forever.

  • With this eating plan, sufferers of heart disease will maintain cholesterol levels low enough to ensure that they will never have a heart attack. Best of all, the book offers more than 150 delicious recipes that
  • Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have developed over the years-showing readers how easy it is to enjoy their new way of eating.

Click to read an excerpt from the book.


The Proof is in the Results

The patients in Dr. Esselstyn’s initial study came to him with advanced coronary artery disease.

  • Despite the aggressive treatment they received, among them bypasses and angioplasties, 5 of the original group were told by their cardiologists they had less than a year to live.
  • Within months on Dr. Esselstyn’s program, their cholesterol levels, angina symptoms, and blood flow improved dramatically.
    Twelve years later 17 compliant patients had no further cardiac events. Adherent patients survived beyond twenty years free of symptoms.

Drop in cholesterol levels:

  • After 5 years on Dr. Esselstyn’s plant-based diet, the average total cholesterol levels of his research group dropped from 246 milligrams per deciliter to 137 mg/dL. This is the most profound drop in cholesterol ever documented in the medical literature in a study of this type.scope

Cardiac events:

  • The 17 patients in the study had 49 cardiac events in the years leading up to the study, and had undergone aggressive treatment procedures.
  • Several had multiple bypass operations. After beginning the eating plan, there were no more cardiac events in the group within a 12-year period.

Angiogram evidence:

  • Angiograms taken of the participants in the study show a widening of the coronary arteries, and thus a reversal of the disease.

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Delicious Plant-Based Recipes


Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes for both their family and Dr. Esselstyn’s many grateful patients.

Ann and Jane introduce readers to the wonders of kale, and other

  • hearty and delicious greens, sweet potatoes, artichokes, beets, parsnips, broccoli, cucumbers, asparagus, cannellini beans, lentils and so much more.
  • With recipes like Lemon and Kale Open Face Sandwiches, Caramelized Onion Hummus, Triple-Decker Lasagna and Five-Star Rice and Beans, eliminating heart disease has never been so delicious.

Click to sample recipes from the book.


Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.

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