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    The methodology of the recovery program of one of the best cardiac surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstin, is a progressive step in cardiology. The experience gained over many years of treatment of cardiovascular disease without the use of surgery has allowed Dr. Caldwell Esselstin to prove that the health of these organs depends more on proper nutrition. Twelve years spent in constant research and another twelve years of practical application of the studied method confirmed the correctness of his theory.

    “Everyone  of us  can and  should  take over  responsibility  for your health and to take care of the good condition of your cardiovascular system… " : writes Dr. Caldwell Esselstein in his book" Super Heart ".

     Caldwell Esselstein has performed countless operations on cardiovascular patients throughout his life and at one point concluded that surgery is not appropriate for cardiovascular disease, as it does not lead to complete recovery of the patient and often returns him. hospital bed.

   Therefore, Dr. Esselstein began to study the effect of a diet based on the consumption of whole plant products on patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease. His technique is based on the use of small doses of drugs that lower blood cholesterol and adherence to a diet with plant foods with minimal fat content. The use of this approach has achieved significant results in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Foods that should be excluded from the diet:  

     The main success in the recovery of the body under the program of Caldwell Esselstine, is the strict observance of the diet. Dr. Esselstein has shown the dangerous effects of many products on the development of cardiovascular disease and recommends to abandon them completely. The list of prohibited products includes:

  1. Any meat, fish, chicken, eggs.

  2. Milk and dairy products, even skim.

  3. Oil, including all kinds of vegetable, as well as olive.

  4. Cereals. This includes bread, pasta and any pastries, white rice.

  5. Any nuts. Especially those who have heart disease. Healthy people can eat nuts in moderation (no more than a handful a day), as they are a source of valuable vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.

What do you need to eat?

    In the list recommended by Dr. Esselstin, there are not many products that are familiar to us: oils, refined and dairy products, meat, fish.  But the variety of foods rich in fiber, filled with antioxidants and many nutrients can make the diet varied and delicious. Therefore, these products will qualitatively change a person's life, as they are indispensable for the health of the heart and the whole body:

  1. Vegetables: potatoes cooked without oil (not deep-fried), cabbage, spinach, carrots, onions, radishes, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.

  2. Legumes: peas, lentils, beans.

  3. Whole grains of wheat, rice, buckwheat, corn, wild and brown rice, millet, oatmeal, etc.

  4. Any fruit in the amount of three servings a day.

  5. Water, soy milk without fat.


Use of special bioadditives ...

    Caldwell Esselsin recommends that certain supplements be included in the diet of patients with cardiovascular disease. The doctor identified five main supplements that are mandatory:

  1. One capsule a day of multivitamins.

  2. Daily intake of 1000 mg of vitamin B12.

  3. From the age of 50 it is necessary to take 1000 mg of calcium every day, after 60 years - 1200 mg.

  4. After reaching the age of 50, three times the daily intake of vitamin D3 in the amount of 1000 IU.

  5. Omega-3 fatty acids. They are contained in flax seeds in sufficient quantities. 1 tablespoon of ground seeds, consumed daily, will meet the daily needs of the body in this element.


      To lower blood cholesterol ,  if it is high, low-dose statin-based medications are recommended. Reducing its level to 150 mg / dl or to 8.29 mmol / l is possible in a couple of weeks after the start of the use of such drugs, provided by Dr. Esselstin's diet.  

      Although today there are other more harmless ways to lower blood cholesterol.


   Several thousand patients took part in testing Dr. Esselstine's diet program, and they made significant progress in improving their cardiovascular health. And this proves the effectiveness of this technique and the possibility of its use in the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system in most cases without surgery.

    In medicine, unfortunately, it is often not taken seriously to link the disease to malnutrition. And only a few doctors use a systematic approach in the treatment of a number of diseases, paying special attention to diet.


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