Leading up to tomorrow's telecast on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta posted a very powerful few paragraphs on the CNN website this week. As I read it, it occured to me that this may very well be the first time that a member of the official news establishment has made such bold statements about the food we eat and how we can reverse chronic disease -- simply by eating the right foods.
In his piece, he uses the word "audacious" to describe both Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn -- but in a respectful way. It sounded to me like Dr. Gupta truly "gets it" regarding the power of whole plant-based foods to reverse heart disease. Now that the telecast has been re-scheduled to air tomorrow (8-27-11), at 8 p.m., I am really looking forward to seeing it.
But with Hurricane Irene expected to approach the New York City area this Saturday night, there is a real possibility that the "breaking news" associated with that monster storm may force this crucial program to be re-scheduled again. Actually, the fact that it was re-scheduled at all might turn out to be a good thing -- as it gave more people time to hear about it, thereby leading to an even bigger audience. If it does not air during prime time at 8 p.m.; you can tape it later at 11 p.m. or at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning; I am setting my DVR for all three -- just in case. Of course, being in the path of Irene, my DVR may have no power or cable connection. Stay tuned.
Millions of people have already seen a few clips from Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interviews with Clinton and Esselstyn -- either on CNN or YouTube -- and the positive energy is building every day for seeing that entire one-hour show. Want a sneak preview? Here are a few words from Dr. Gupta that I just found on CNN's website. Please read these words carefully:
"One day, I had a chance to speak to a couple of those champions candidly while waiting for a shoot to begin - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. I had read Campbell’s book, "The China Study," years ago and remember how audacious he was in telling readers that most of what they believed about food and its relationship to health and disease was plain wrong. His findings changed the way people all over the world eat, including me. Continue reading these compelling words from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a preview of "The Last Heart Attack."
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com