An enthusiastic crowd of over 100 was treated to a informative lecture by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. and a "health-promoting" dinner featuring Ann Esselstyn recipes at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club on August 25.
Dr. Esselstyn is best known for his work with heart patients at the Cleveland Clinic following a 30-year career there as a general surgeon. On Wednesday evening, he told the crowd about his interventional study with heart patients that began in 1985. Working with a total of 23 seriously ill heart patients, he reported the remarkable reversal of heart disease in 100% of the patients who complied with the guidelines. Specifically, for seventeen individuals who complied, there had been a total of forty-nine cardiac events in the eight years leading up to the intervention. For the following eleven years after the intervention, there was not a single cardiac event among that entire group.
Working as a team passionate about their topic, Dr. Esselstyn and his wife Ann explained how our nation's #1 killer can easily be reversed by simply shifting to a "heart-healthy" diet consisting of little more than whole plant foods. In order to demonstrate that the diet was healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare, the Esselstyns and the crowd enjoyed a totally vegan lasagna dinner followed by a tasty lime mousse (with tofu) and fresh berries.
The results of Dr. Esselstyn's impressive work and guidelines for the dietary regimen can be found in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. A true American hero, he is a Yale graduate, an Olympic gold medallist, and the winner of a bronze star while serving in Vietnam as an Army surgeon. Now, he has taught people around the globe how they can easily rid themselves of heart disease...and a host of other "food-borne" illnesses as he calls them. Dr. Esselstyn is currently the Director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal at the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, where he counsels hundreds of patients per year. As with his original study that began in 1985, he reports a near 100% success rate for all compliant patients. For more information, visit his website at www.heartattackproof.com or contact Jim Hicks in Stonington at 860-535-2212.
To learn more about this provocative topic, plan to attend a preview of a new movie, FORKS OVER KNIVES, which will be showing in Mystic later this year. The movie is based on the story of two men, Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. T Colin Campbell, author of The China Study. Both grew up on dairy farms and have dedicated the rest of their lives to researching the benefits of plant-based nutrition in the prevention and reversal of disease. Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of The Cancer Project, also appears in the film. Dr. Jackie Campisi has sponsored lectures by all three of these men at The Wellness Concierge Center at 23 Clara Drive in Mystic. The center will be offering a sneak preview of the film in December. Please join the mailing list to be the first to be advised of the date: www.wellnessconciergecenters.com or call 860-572-4805.
Free photos from the Esselstyn event are available upon request.