Dr. Esselstyn &Heart Disease

We are never going to get rid of this epidemic with the present drugs, stents & bypasses. The cardiology tools we have today utterly fail. Why? Because they don’t address the cause of the illness.

The seismic revolution in health is never going to come about with the invention of another pill, another drug, another stent, another bypass, but truly the revolution that’s going to come about when we in the profession have the will, the grit, and the determination to share with the public and the patients precisely what is the lifestyle and most specifically what is the nutritional literacy that is going to empower them as the locus of control to absolutely annihilate chronic illness.

Don’t let the title of this episode deter you- this conversation is jam packed with information on how we can prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease. You can listen to the podcast version on the go via your favorite podcast platform as well. Just search Plant Strong Podcast.

If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Esselstyn, he is a physician and currently leads the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Read more about “Essy” here: http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/about/about-dr-esselstyn/

Essy’s awesome wife, Anne, is in her late 80s as well and routinely runs while dragging a tire up & down her street including hills. Her most recent cookbook – Be a Plant Based Woman Warrior was written with her daughter, Jane.

One last quote from this episode: “Truth be told, cardiovascular disease is nothing more than a toothless paper tiger that need never ever exist, and if it does exist, it need never ever progress. Why? This is a completely benign food borne illness & it’s really almost embarassing for the medical profession when you think that of the fact we have known for over 100 years, there are multiple cultures then & now where cardiovascular disease is really almost virtually non-existent. Why is that? Because they thrive on whole food plant based nutrition without oil. And, it’s interesting that knowing that information, why haven’t we brought that information to this country where we have an absolute epidemic, where cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women & men in western civilization.

Hot flashes may be hard on the heart

Having hot flashes as a menopause symptom? Definitely let your healthcare provider know! Recent research suggests that they could be linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Check this out HERE.

Hot flashes are regarded as symptoms with implications for quality of life but not necessarily physical health. Accumulating research has called this long-held clinical wisdom into question and underscores that frequent or severe hot flashes may signal women who are at increased cardiovascular disease risk at midlife and beyond,” says Dr. Thurston.”

don’t be a sitting duck!

So you get up at 5am to get in a workout? Great! But then do you go to work and sit for the rest of the day, drive home & sit some more? Bad news -” too much sitting, as a distinct concept from too little exercise — is a novel determinant of cardiovascular risk”.

“Prolonged, uninterrupted sitting detrimentally affects several biological processes related to cardiovascular risk”, and “…new evidence suggests the potential for broad cardiovascular health benefits through reducing and interrupting sitting time through practical and acceptable approaches involving ‘sitting less and moving more’.” SOURCE

Sitting for more than an hour can result in a reduction of production of the fat-burning enzyme lipase by up to 90%, which in turn reduces the rate at which glucose is metabolized and lowers levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Excessive sitting can also lead to:

  • Weakened legs and glutes
  • Weight gain
  • Pain in the hips & low back
  • Stiff neck & shoulder pain
  • Potentially increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. SOURCE 1; SOURCE 2
  • Increased risk of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis

Get up & move! Experts suggest going for a walk and staying active throughout the day. Enjoy some ‘exercise snacks‘, consider a standing or convertible desk, make a habit of taking phone calls while standing or moving about your office when feasible, take the long way to the bathroom or copier – just don’t sit in one place for too long, aiming to get a few minutes of movement for every 20-minutes of sitting.