Three out of ten of you have already decided to die – the # 1 cause of death in the United States is heart disease which results in about 30% of all deaths – (National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 59, # 4). Most heart disease deaths are due to plaque which clogs the arteries of the heart so that not enough blood reaches the heart muscle, which then dies leading to a “heart attack” – often a painful way to go !. Medical research is now clear – Heart attacks are nearly 100% preventable through diet and lifestyle changes alone.

Sound unbelievable? Few doctors discuss this with their patients and it is rare that you will hear it addressed in this manner by the mainstream media or governmental agencies. Neverheless, it is true and there is much research to prove it.

In 1985, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn began a study in which he got the best results ever recorded in the treatment of heart disease using a very low fat, plant based diet and only a minimal amount of cholesterol lowering medication. The patients' average cholesterol improved from 246 mg / dL to 132 mg / dL!
(The China Study- T.Colin Campbell, PhD pp 125-127)

The average American has a total cholesterol of just under 200 (due in part to the commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering statin drugs). Yet, in many so called underdeveloped regions of the world, where people eat mostly plant based foods and fish (such as rural China), total cholesterol numbers are much lower and heart attacks (as well as other so-called “western diseases”) are much less common.

About 1/3 of heart attacks in Americans actually occur in people with a total cholesterol between 150 and 200 (The China Study- T.Colin Campbell, PhD. P 132). People with a total cholesterol under 150 do not get heart attacks as a general rule. Has your doctor told you this? Why then do many doctors strive to only get patients' total cholesterol below 200? With this knowledge, would you not want to get your total cholesterol under 150? Such numbers are achievable through comprehensive lifestyle changes. The effect of such lifestyle changes is not only to halt further clogging of your heart blood vessels, but also to begin reversing the clogging that is there now. This process of healing begins within weeks and it is not unusual for patients to find that their chest pain improves dramatically within a few weeks, often never to return, when this diet regimen is maintained! Patients who are loaded up with medications and unable to walk a block due to chest pain are often able to walk for a mile or more, without heart medication, following comprehensive lifestyle changes.

The healthy lifestyle changes of which I am speaking include the following:

1) Eat several daily servings of fruits, vegetable and whole grains. Eat some fish, and occasional occasional chicken (grilled or baked but not fried). Markedly reduce red meat consumption. Avoid foods high in saturated fat (except plants, such as nuts which are healthful fats), salt and sugar. Avoid processed foods.

2) Do aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes daily, 5-7 days / week (including walking). Regular light weight lifting is also generally recommended for muscle tone which increases metabolic rate and burns calories, even at rest.

3) Involve yourself regularly in activities to reduce stress such as yoga, meditation and prayer. Cherish your relationships with family and friends. Humans are not wired to live in solitude. Surround yourself with people who are committed to healthy lifestyle changes. Support one another and share information (eg recipes).

Many people, myself included, have discovered that healthy lifestyle changes are the best option to prevent, reverse and cure many diseases. With these lifestyle changes, you can avoid the prospect of clutching your chest and succumbing to the “big one” someday!

Decide not to die … today!