HEALTHIEST DIET IN THE WORLD? Rare Dr. Esselstyn Interview

HEALTHIEST DIET IN THE WORLD? Rare Dr. Esselstyn Interview

August 3, 2019 100 By William Morgan


the passion that keeps me going is I feel that we’re literally on the cusp or what could truly be a seismic revolution in health and this seismic revolution is never going to come about from the invention of another pill or a drug or a procedure or an operation this seismic revolution will come about when we have the will and the grit and the determination to share with the public what is the lifestyle and most specifically what is the nutritional literacy that will empower them as the locus of control to vanquish chronic illness when you eat this way it’s the way people in Okinawa have been eating for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years they live longer than anybody else there are no gymnasiums they’re the most strict draconian severe diet on the planet is the one that you have been eating all your life to have this disease it is absolutely crushed your vascular system but we’re going to turn that all around and this is not only that this is the diet that is destroying the wealth of America 18% of our gross national product is now going into the health industry that’s insane we can eliminate chronic illness if we can get people to eat whole food plant-based nutrition and what are you gonna do with all that money tow Pell and Murphy who are economists from Chicago University of Chicago in 1999 reporting in the University of Chicago Press they estimate that the savings in this country was the elimination of cardiovascular disease alone forty trillion dollars no yeah pretty exciting stuff when you see evidence of an angiogram but we have where the angiogram shows the blockage in the heart they come on our program we repeat that the intagram was repeated and some of those original patients and there you see this reversal and anybody that wants to challenge us I will simply say to them look we’re delighted with our message because in half the planet it shows that this chronic illness is eliminated when you eat this way and we have experimental data that we took patients who were absolutely seriously ill with triple vessel coronary disease or carotid disease or in their leg disease and we absolutely halted it stopped it reversed it they have to show me the same with their diet and they cause I haven’t seen it so why do you think it sells so many bags well you know people as my friend John McDougall says people love to hear good things about their bad habits you know a low-fat diet you’re still eating because let’s face it the Western diet is the way it’s kind of cocked it can be quite delicious but also so a whole food plant-based nutrition your pet taste buds changed and it’s just delightful I’ve been doing this now for 34 years I grew up on an Aberdeen Angus beef farm in a dairy farm can you imagine how I felt when the research clearly shows that these products that we were raising when I was growing up we’re destroying people’s health let’s say that you take a thousand people and they all eat plant-based and you take a thousand people and they all eat the Western diet okay starting in the thousands who are eating the Western diet there will be some where somewhat genetically disposed predisposed don’t have their heart attack at 30 or 40 well maybe they’ll have it at 60 or maybe they won’t have their heart attack until they’re 85 or 90 on the other hand these thousands who are plant-based are never going to have their heart disease because they are not injuring the capacity of their endothelial cell to make nitric oxide I mean when it was interesting when Bill Conner went down to to study the Tarahumara Indians so I think there was some 583 0 obesity 0 heart disease pretty exciting stuff yeah and zero hypertension but what happens to the targa mara the minute they crossed the border and started heating our diet this whole thing is really based on rock-solid scientific data it was never gonna sell if it’s hype or hyperbole all it takes for any physician even those that are devoted to this low-carb business if they take one patient of theirs who’s sick and you really get them to do whole food plant-based nutrition and they suddenly see huh how powerful and wrap it and enduring this can be they’re hooked they’re absolutely hooked you know how many articles had to be published before the Surgeon General of the United States put out a warning against cigarettes 7,000 studies right before they would be alerted do you think that there was a tough Lobby in Congress against killing the tobacco industry I mean it can you imagine the power something like well here we are trying to kill the meat dairy egg pork and sugar industry I think there’s any power against this huh listen it’s the challenges in life that are exciting and the word is the word is he going to get out there yeah and there’s been a basic covenant of trust since the days of Hippocrates that whenever possible the caregiver will share the patient what is the causation of their illness and sadly today in cardiovascular medicine that’s not happening not through any malice of forethought on the part of the cardiologist it’s just that they have never had any training in nutrition either during medical school or during their cardiovascular training so it really is pretty dismal to think that we are we have created a specialty to take care of this disease and they do not understand the causation of the illness now every officer in the USDA has previously been a president or officer in the Cattlemen’s Association the dairyman’s League the pork board the Egg Board they are enormous ly conflicted enormous ly conflicted so that’s a problem then there’s industry the statin drug industry is what’s 30 billion now do you see them tripping over each other trying to get and delighted with every elimination of heart disease there goes 30 billion and then there of course there’s my own profession I mean how many persons who as livelihood depends upon stents and bypass surgery how many of them are urgently looking for fewer and fewer patients well industry obviously is involved heavily with medical schools industry involved with individual doctors always trying to and look at the advertising on television every time you’re getting another drug it’ll tell you what it does in about 3 to 5 seconds the other 40 seconds tells you about all the hideous side effects that may occur you take this drug well there’s another side effect if you just treat the causation of the illness it goes away when I was starting on my main concern was cardiovascular disease and it still is but there are some other things that have happened along the way where I have begun to develop relationships with other physicians who are finding that cardiovascular disease isn’t the only disease that has turned around by this we mentioned diabetes we mentioned hypertension we mentioned strokes we mentioned vascular dementia ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease rheumatoid arthritis lupus multiple sclerosis allergies asthma renal disease the list goes on never before in medicine have we had a tool so powerful in our toolbox no nothing Trump’s food I have had so many patients who will call me and say dr. Esselstyn I just don’t understand this I go to the gymnasium every day and yet I’ve had to have this stent or I’ve had this bypass wait a minute this is foodborne how many people in Okinawa go to the gym every day or in rural China or the Papo Highlands come on they eat whole food plant-based nutrition the reason I take all these phone calls and stay with it is it it’s so exciting to me to see these patients who were ill after a 20 or 30 minute conversation begin to recognize that they themselves have the power to vanquish their illness and that is for people who would feel that they’re doomed that physicians have told there’s no way to stop this you’ll just have to take these drugs and do the best with it how can it be more exciting than that [Music] everyone thanks for watching Pompey’s news we’re super excited to announce PB n insiders Annie a subscription-based platform where you can receive exclusive perks and available to the general public for less than the price of a sandwich you’ll get access to a whole array of really unique content including bonus interview segments behind-the-scenes PB n footage cooking segments vegan diet guys and much much more examples include an interview of Beyonce’s nutritionist Marco Borges about plant-based nutrition as well as an exclusive feature of Ed winters of wise known as asking ed about the real backstory of him becoming the vegan activist that he is today you also get access to bonus cooking segments from world leading plant-based chefs and today we’re gonna bring something delicious to you let’s get cooking extra content will be added throughout the year and in addition you’ll get early access to events courses and giveaways as well as the 17 minute plant-based Mill inspiration video and along with that you also get access to a PDF guide with recipes and tips as well as behind-the-scenes footage of peeling operations and content including vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado and football freestyler Tom Berlin you also get to access interview segments of entrepreneurs Russell Simmons and Josh Hetrick speeches including dr. 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