The End Of Heart Disease

The End Of Heart Disease

The Eat To Live Plan To Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease

Book - 2016
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Joel Fuhrman, M.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live, Eat to Live Cookbook, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, and The End of Dieting, presents a scientifically proven, practical program to prevent and reverse heart disease--coinciding with the author's new medical study.

 Heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of death in the United States--but it isn't inevitable. The cure for America's most lethal killer doesn't require expensive medications or rounds of invasive surgery. In fact 99 percent of heart disease--related deaths are entirely preventable with diet and nutrition. The cure for reversing heart disease is as simple as changing the food we eat.

One of our country's leading experts in both preventive medicine and the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers everywhere who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive, unnecessary, and often ineffective procedures or surgery. He asserts that the public is rarely informed by their doctors of the most effective options for treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Nor are we provided an accurate evaluation of the true health risks from commonly prescribed drugs. Given this lack of vital information, how can we possibly make an intelligent and informed choice regarding a pill, procedure, or change in diet? 

Grounded in the latest scientific research and Dr. Fuhrman's twenty-five years of clinical experience treating heart disease, The End of Heart Disease shows us how we can significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce weight, heal obstructive coronary artery disease, and even eradicate advanced heart disease --all without the need for dangerous procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery. Dr. Fuhrman shows us how to eat for optimal heart health, with a range of options for differing needs and conditions. He provides detailed menu plans and delicious recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks and includes helpful questions for doctors and patients.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062249357
Characteristics: 430 pages ; 24 cm


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May 26, 2017

I first met Dr Fuhrman about a dozen years ago at a conference and found his concept of maximizing "nutrient density" while minimizing "caloric density" (which he expresses in the equation: Health = Nutrients/Calories) so sensible and easy to understand, that I went right out and bought his book, Eat to Live. For years Eat to Live was my "go to" reference for providing people interested in maximizing their health a framework they could easily use for making sense of the growing body of nutritional science. Although I have read additional books by Dr Fuhrman in the years since, none of them had surpassed Eat to Live -- until now.
With coronary artery disease our nation's number one killer, The End of Heart Disease joins a growing cadre of evidence -based books offering something much better than the conventional risky surgeries and drugs with horrific side effects that are draining our health care system, while doing little to actually stop progression of this fatal disease. Although Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease is excellent too, and his approach has certainly saved and enriched many lives, The End of Heart Disease has some additional and wonderful contributions to make. Esselstyn (and Pritikin and Ornish too) all demonstrated reversal of blocked arteries using a very low fat (10% of calories from fat) diet. While this diet unquestionably improved many lives (as shown in the fabulous documentary, Forks Over Knives) over time some people appear to not do so well on such a low fat diet -- but I was not aware of any research demonstrating reversal of blockages using a diet that included nuts and seeds, as Fuhrman does.
While all these doctors are still in agreement that oils (including like olive, and coconut have no place in a diet to reverse coronary artery disease, Fuhrman presents evidence that with oils being excluded, and building the diet on whole unprocessed plant foods, the addition of nuts and seeds makes a profound contribution -- as long as they are not eaten in amounts that cause overconsumption of calories. One of the things I loved about this book, was the detailed explanations of vast amounts of published research --much of it I was not familiar with. For example in the section about IGF-1 and Heart Disease, he not only explains how those with the highest blood levels of this growth hormone have increased cardiovascular mortality (and consumption of animal protein is established to increase blood levels of this hormone) but then goes on to describe a 2014 study that added more clarity by comparing low glycemic high in animal protein (low-carb/high protein) with diets low in both refined carbs and animal protein. 6000 people followed for 18 years found a four fold increase in cancer mortality and 75% increase in all-cause mortality. Researchers further isolated the negative effects of high protein as being ONLY from animal protein, not plant protein.

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