Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic Through Plant-Based Nutrition

by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. MD

Preventive Cardiology

Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 171–177, Fall 2001

Probably the most important medical article published in the last thirty years.

Of remarkable impact is the Summary:

SUMMARY

The present device-driven, risk factor-identification, rear-guard strategy diagnoses disease after the fact and offers no promise of preventing disease or controlling its progression. We are fortunate to possess the knowledge of how to prevent, arrest, and selectively reverse this disease. However, we are not fortunate in the capacity of our institutions to share this information with the public. The collective conscience and will of our profession is being tested as never before. Ties to industry and politics result in conflict within our private and governmental health institutions, compromising the accuracy of their public message. This is in total violation of the moral imperative of our profession. Now is the time for us to have the courage for legendary work. Science—not the messenger— must dictate the recommendations.

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