...one of three who influenced Bill Clinton to trade his burgers for whole plants
During my quest to learn the truth about nutrition, I was always on the lookout for superb credentials and unquestioned authenticity. I found just that with Dr. Dean Ornish, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and others. So did Bill Clinton; and he quoted these three brave pioneers on CNN as collectively influencing him to adopt a near optimal, plant-based diet to reverse his heart disease.
Like the other four M.D.'s featured in our book, Dean Ornish has superb training; earning his M.D. at the Baylor College School of Medicine; and continuing his education at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Also, like the other four M.D.'s, he learned about the power of plant-based nutrition long after medical school and used that knowledge to push the envelope with regards to the limitations of modern medicine.
Specifically, he was one of the first to document the findings of a formal study that proved that reversal of heart disease was entirely possible with diet and lifestyle changes alone. And, as such, his program has received widespread recognition. In August 2010, for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Medicare will pay for his intensive diet and exercise program for reducing cardiovascular event risk.
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (pictured here with me at Cornell) sums up the efforts of Doctors Ornish, Esselstyn and others before them: “Their dietary treatments not only relieve the symptoms of chest pain, but they also treat the cause of heart disease and can eliminate future coronary events. There are no surgical or chemical heart disease treatments, at the Cleveland Clinic or anywhere else, that can compare to these impressive results.”
For more information about Dr. Ornish, his work, books and programs, visit the website of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, which he founded. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day…
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at hpjmh.com