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Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. MD & Dean Ornish MD Explain Bill Clinton's Diet to CNN

cnn.com | 09/24/10

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On Friday, September 24, CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed Caldwell Esselstyn Jr MD and Dean Ornish MD, the doctors whose diet former President Bill Clinton has used to successfully return to his high school weight -- and to reverse his serious heart disease.

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Background: In 2004 Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery, taking four veins from elsewhere in his body and using them to circumvent the four blocked arteries to his heart.  In 2005, Clinton underwent more surgery, for scar tissue damage and fluid which had accumulated as a result of the 2004 surgery.

In February of 2010, Clinton's bypass failed, with one of the four veins installed in the bypass having become 100% blocked. Surgeons installed two stents inside the clogged vein, in order to prop open the cholesterol-filled passage. 

In May of this year, Clinton began Dr. Esselstyn's plant-based diet program, which has been shown in published research to arrest and reverse heart disease in 100% of people who are compliant with the diet.  Over the next few months, Clinton lost 24 pounds, returning to his high school weight, feels great, and his heart disease is in reversal.

Video: The CNN video below starts with about a minute of Clinton's interview, then cuts to several minutes of riveting commentary from the two esteemed plant-based doctors responsible for this health-turnaround.

 

For a further in-depth discussion of what the doctors in this interview did not have time to explain, including the issues of continuing to feed milk to children, click here.


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