Bill Clinton goes mostly vegan to reverse heart disease (VIDEO)

yahoo.com | 09/17/10

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Bill Clinton talks about going veg to reverse heart disease, so he can be healthy in the years ahead to see his potential grandchildren.

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We also have this from ecorazzi.com:

"I'm trying to be one of those experimenters," said Clinton. "Since 1986, several hundred people who have tried essentially a plant-based diet, not ingesting any cholesterol from any source, has seen their bodies start to heal themselves -- break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart. 82 percent of the people who have done this have had this result, so I want to see if I can be one of them."

Just hours ago, Ecorazzi received exclusive information from a friend of Clinton (who wishes to remain anonymous) regarding first-hand conversations with the former president about his vegan diet.

According to our source, Clinton decided to adopt the diet in the early part of May. While he does occasionally eat fish, the former president otherwise follows a strict vegan diet.

What made him go vegan? According to our source, Clinton has read many books on the topic, including books by T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. Although losing weight was a benefit of the dietary change, the choice to go vegan was about more than just losing weight.

"I've never known him not to say what's on his mind," says our source. "And he knows quite a bit and likely has a lot to say about the benefits of a vegan diet. He has read The China Study, and he knows the issues. With time, I think it's likely he could become the most outspoken proponent of a complete vegan diet."


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Ding Ding Ding.
It seems the light came on and the bell rang.

This guy finally gets it - I think.

He talked about food restriction and a plant based diet and referred to Dr Ornish's diet group I believe. But they didn't have food restriction as far as I know and Mr. Clinton made it sound so experimental you'd think that he was communing with UFO pilots how how to avoid Dennys.
Still, after all the damage this guy has done to his body being a party animal and the numerous times he was informed that diet would help and the extra damage done by bypass operations ... he finally gets that's it about living a healthy and long life - that it's not all living in the present.
I hope that he finds the results worthwhile, sticks to it and becomes yet more living prof. of the many many people who benefit from a plant based diet.


Eric - lol on the UFO comment, but with all of the static and interference we get from so called experts telling us being veg is unhealthy and we'll all end up sick with nutritional deficiencies, it's no wonder people take a while to make up their mind.


Yes, I believe Bill Clinton was referring to Dean Ornish’s heart trials. Dr Ornish has been a physical consultant to President Clinton since 1993*, and now Clinton is finally taking the Ornish diet seriously. So far he has lost a lot of weight on the diet, lets hope is he strict enough to actually reverse his heart disease, as the patients who were not very strict in the heart trials actually saw their disease worsen, but at a slower rate. It is interesting that Bill Clinton has been aware about the heart trials for decades but failed to mention it to the public despite heart disease being the number one cause of death in the U.S., not that he would have been allowed to anyway.
* http://www.webmd.com/dean-ornish-md


Geesh, about time. Wish he wouldve mentioned that it's been Ornish's study with that many...sounds like that's only how many success stories in the WORLD...more like tens of thousands, Bill!! Good for his dgtr for influencing her Dad once & for all.
Really hope he sticks to it & reverses his disease.
THAT better make headlines!!


Mr Clinton must let the world know of his decision. That could persuade many more to follow suit.


Plant based diet "to try" to reverse heart disease. So good Mr. Clinton is doing this for himself. And then, there are the rest of us. You know, those "Vegans" who live their own world peace intiative every single day, in order that peace is shared with all living creatures. And not an unimportant side point, Vegan is a human animal who is 100% committed to daily peace to ALL living creatures, thereby not killing the occasional fish. A partial plant based diet would be a better way for Mr. Clinton to describe his current fad. NO ONE is Vegan who consumes "the occasional fish". That occasional fish had to be killed and suffered prior to consumption. I'm in agreement with many comments here which is that Mr. Clinton, against medical advice, abused his body for decades and indulged in a decadent manner. I guess bypass was the wake up call, but if he is serious, he had better go absolutely 100% vegan to attempt to "heal" and prevent further inflamation in the arteries which as he knows is like shards of glass in the system. Let's stay stuned!


Dear Mr. President: I've read that your are a brilliant person, yet, the definition for an individual who practices veganism appears to elude you. Fish and oils derived from slaughtered fish are NOT VEGAN. The good news is that this error won't cost you your presidency.
Furthermore, the notions of, "experimenting with" or "trying" to consume a plant based diet as a "restrictive" lifetime health plan is counterproductive and speaks more to desperation and diet change as a last ditch effort. Be assured that vegans do not experience “restrictive” choices. In fact, vegans, like myself, consume more varied and flavorful food choices than omnivores. More important, veganism is a personal lifestyle which for many of us includes a commitment to nonviolence.


It can take a LOT to convince some people to change their diet... and even then, they may be hard to convince.

I hope he has been consistent enough with his diet that his results on his follow-up exams are encouraging.

Clearly, the possible health advanatages of eating a vegan diet are becoming more well known!


I`m not a particularly huge fan of Bill Clinton for reasons I won`t get into here.... however, the fact that he is a `figure head` and is discussing that a plant based diet will hopefully ``reverse heart disease`` is at least a TWO THUMBS UP for him.

My only concern is he talks about consuming fish now and again. I think at this point it should be all or nothing. I could compare this to quitting smoking. Some people quit smoking, except perhaps a few smokes on weekends. That`s not quitting.

As Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. once said `do you want to be shot or hung` the health implications are inevitable, it`s just about timing - a fast or slow death.

I think Bill Clinton should wipe all animal flesh off his plate to give this his best shot. If he fails will it be based on his `fish`consumption - and others will perceive that a vegan diets just doesn`t work. This puts a monkey wrench into what people like us are trying to promote.
I believe the rule is `no exceptions`.
If he`s truly fighting for his life, he must go all plant based and give that a fair shot.

I wish him well.


No one is Vegan who does it for Health. The source of Veganism is Love!


I started out for the sake of the animals... however over time, I did much research, and it truly is all about health and western diseases we see as an epidemic.

You can still be vegan out of love, but in reality, it`s saving our lives (as well as the precious animals).

Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and various auto-immune diseases are truly the ànimal`s ultimate revenge, from their graves` - no doubt in my mind.


You wrote "No one is Vegan who does it for Health. The source of Veganism is Love!"

And if the source of veganism is love, we could say that based on your judgmental, unloving comment, that you are not vegan.


I have to be frank. The title of this article really bothers me. I came to read this article because it said he is a vegan. It's not only misleading but it is simply untrue.


Thank you. You made this vegan very happy! :-)


I'm sorry...can someone tell me the official definition of vegan?? I thought it was consuming a complete plant based diet minus all flesh and dairy. I'm sick of "higher than mighty" vegans acting like they have the market on that term. I choose a vegan diet...but I am (*shudder*), NOT an environmentalist nor an animal lover. Don't have an issue with animals or the environment...but that's not my reason. Believe it or not, some people DO choose to eat this way for health & religious reasons ALONE.

Soooo tired of people thinking they can win others over with hate instead of love...


kayceez - I think it depends on who you ask.

The official definition of vegan I think is someone who chooses to avoid or eat anything made from an animal.

You can still eat a vegan diet (free of animal products), and for example, wear leather shoes. Some seem to think that's a form of hypocricy but I guess that depends on why you want to do it in the first place. There's many different types of us out there who are doing it for many different reasons. So whatever, I usually tell people I'm a vegetarian or I'm just following a plant based diet. I can't tell you how incredibly annoyed I have been by people who keep telling me I need to go all the way and get rid of all my leather shoes that I bought years ago, blah blah. No thanks. I don't have the money to go out and buy a whole new shoe wardrobe.

Agree that some vegans need to take it down a notch and stop being so dogmatic. We can't be so quick to condemn other people. It just makes us look like we're a cult.


Thanks Veraveggie and Plantpower! That's exactly my point. I've noticed that for some reason when humans get very dedicated to something...we have a tendency to shut down the love of others and instead become very harsh and judgmental. Whether its religion, or PETA, or raising kids, or whatever! Once WE get it...we expect everyone to also, at that very same moment.

Our negativity almost always has the opposite effect...


There is no such thing as a dietary vegan. Someone can eat the diet OF a vegan but if you use animal products of any kind then you are not vegan.
And hey any positive action is just that. It's positive action. And I am not an elitist by any means. I appreciate any effort anyone makes. I applaud it.
But there is a purpose for being vegan and that is an ethical stance against killing or using sentient beings. That is why you can eat a strict veg diet and wear leather, but by definition would not be a vegan.


I concur - that's why I don't call myself a vegan. I'm someone following a plant based diet and/or a vegetarian. The trouble is there are no words really for someone who's a dietary vegan. Sorry we don't know what to call ourselves. It's not our fault. =)


Arguably, by the standard, there are no true vegans, only those aspiring to, as best they can, lead a life free of animal products. It's so pervasive, however. Have you ever purchased a book? There's a strong chance that animal products were used in the production of its pages and binding. Have you ever used crayons? Another one.

The list of items that prevent one from being a true vegan are so very many in number that to utilize such a strict definition, particularly in light of the fact that Vegans are commonly understood (however mistaken the view) to be people who do not consume any animal-based food products.

Let's face it, if someone says "vegan diet" nearly everyone will understand what it's supposed to mean. Which means it does in fact exist. Hell, it specifically refers to "diet" as opposed to the vegan lifestyle as a whole. That's sort of a discussion ender.


*Super Yaye*


We vegans continue to alienate the rest of the world when we see it is black and white, right and wrong. Not eating meat doesn't necessarily make us more spiritual or better people. The compassion we extend towards animals and the environment -ought we not also extend to other humans? Instead we are quick to judge.
Clinton has made an extraordinary shift and is willing to talk about how his changes have helped him. He has said he's an experimenter, and that means he's willing to try it out, and see what he learns on this path of self discovery.
He's said his interest is in plant based food choices.
I feel grateful he's had such an awakening - I don't condemn him because he eats fish on occasion. Being critical of others does not support their transformation - it just polarizes.


Hey veraveggie: Veganism is parallel to a pregnancy: either one is or one isn't. Other dietary choices come under other terms. Much of the reason our world is in the toilet is due to our apathy and fear of standing up against the wrongs against human and non humans . Peer pressure ridicule requires courage to face over time. Yes! You would do well to "shudder" knowing of the systemized torture of animals, as well as the destruction of our earth.


I know all about it, I read Diet For a New America 20 years ago, did not fall off the turnip truck just yesterday. ;-) I understand where you are coming from though, that's why I told the previous poster it depends on who you ask. Certainly a vegan in the real sense of the word is different than one who is just following a plant-based only diet.


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