↠ digital ᠕ Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery ↢ Book Author Dean Ornish M.D. ∛ 1 Why Dont You Do Something More Conventional Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes Groucho Marx, in Duck Soup Not everything that counts can be counted Denis Burkitt, M.D., in The Cancer Survivors Innovation is a very difficult thing in the real world Richard P Feynman, Ph.D., in Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out Unknown Forty million people in this country suffer from diagnosed cardiovascular disease, and an even larger number dont yet know that they have a heart problem Sixty million people have high blood pressure Eighty million have elevated cholesterol levels Over 1.5 million Americans have heart attacks every year And for almost one third of them, having a heart attack was their first indication that they had a heart problem clearly, not the best way to find out Although lifestyle factors play a major role in all of these, I was trained to treat hypertension, high levels of blood cholesterol, and coronary heart disease primarily by prescribing drugs Yet increasing evidence indicates that medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol prevent or reverse heart disease in only a small percentage of people These drugs sometimes make people worse And moderate dietary changes are not enough to reverse heart disease for most people Faced with this new information, many people are beginning to wonder, Well, why bother Theres not much I can do to make a difference Bring out the bacon and eggs Fortunately, my colleagues and I are finding that the comprehensive lifestyle program described in this book can lower cholesterol and blood pressure than has ever been reported without drugs and can even begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease in many people without using cholesterol lowering drugs or surgery Of course, none of us is going to live forever, but we dont have to suffer the premature death, disability, and cost that come from heart disease I first became interested in conducting research on heart disease in 1975 when I was a medical student at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston In 1977, I had the privilege of studying with Dr Michael DeBakey, assisting in the operating room when he performed coronary bypass surgery His surgical skill was amazing, the technology was impressive, and the circumstances were dramatic After a while, though, I became a little disheartened as I saw the limitations of technological approaches that literally and figuratively bypassed the underlying causes of the problem It was the difference between temporizing and healing Bypass surgery became, for me, a metaphor for the inadequacy of treating a problem without also addressing the underlying causes We would operate on patients, their chest pain would usually go away, and they were told that they were cured Most would go home and continue to do the same things that led to the problem in the first place They would smoke, eat a high fat, high cholesterol diet, manage stress poorly, and lead sedentary lives At that time, even the hospital had several cigarette machines in the lobby, and just about the only foods available in the hospital cafeteria were cheeseburgers, fried fish, and french fries In many hospitals, its still that way Some even have McDonalds or Burger King franchises right in the hospital Now, though, Baylor has a lowfat gourmet restaurant Several years ago, Dr Robert Wissler, an eminent pathologist at the University of Chicago, fed his patients regular hospital diet to baboons The baboons developed arterial blockages I began to wonder What would happen if, instead of bypassing the problem, patients began to change what seemed to be the underlying causes of their heart disease I went to the medical library and began reading extensively There were many research studies proving that diets high in fat and cholesterol cause blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure to go up, whereas low fat, low cholesterol diets cause blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure to go down Epidemiological studies showed that high blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease in virtually all countries throughout the world Other studies indicated that emotional stress increases blood pressure and blood levels of cholesterol independent of dietthe type of stress is not that important Indianapolis 500 race car drivers have higher cholesterol levels after the race than before Tax accountants have increased cholesterol levels around April 15 when compared with the rest of the year Medical students have higher cholesterol levels during exams Likewise, other research studies demonstrated that stress management techniques can lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure independent of diet Further, evidence showed that smoking increased the risk of heart disease, and regular exercise helped to decrease the risk Each investigator worked in his or her own areafor example, Dr Herbert Benson studied meditation, Dr Ralph Paffenbarger studied exercise, Dr Frank Sacks studied diet, and so on Surprisingly, no one at that time had studied a comprehensive lifestyle program that used all of these lifestyle interventions, and no one had examined the effects of these lifestyle changes not only on risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure but also, importantly, the effects of a comprehensive lifestyle program on the underlying heart disease process It seemed like an exciting opportunity, so in 1977 I decided to take a year off between my second and third years of medical school in order to conduct a small pilot study of ten patients using this combined lifestyle program The Chief of Medicine, Dr Antonio Gotto, was very supportive and provided most of the testing facilities, and the Franzheim Synergy Trust provided a grant to help support the study The Plaza Hotel in Houston donated ten rooms to us for one month One of the advantages of being a second year medical student was that I hadnt had enough clinical experience to be jaded, to know that it was impossible to reverse heart disease, so I told the patients that this program might help them get better Since most of them had heard from their physicians that their heart disease was only likely to stabilize or worsen over timethe so called natural history of the disease processI was unwittingly giving many of them hope for the first time since their illness had been diagnosed It was hard to find eligible patients We were looking for people who had documented coronary heart disease and chest pain but who were not going to have bypass surgery More bypass surgery is performed in Houston than anywhere in the world, so if a patient had anigiographically documented heart disease and chest pain, then most of the time he or she underwent bypass surgery As a result, we had to look through over ten thousand patients charts to find even one hundred patients who were eligible for the study Eventually, ten people volunteered They all experienced remarkable improvements after one month on our program People who had had incapacitating chest pain with even minimal exertionshowering, shaving, gentle sexual activity, walking short distancesbecame essentially pain free and were able to do all of these activities without difficulty In most cases, these improvements began to occur after only a few days Many of those who had been out of work for years now were able to return to work full time Everyone reported feeling energy, less depression, and a greater sense of well being The participants cholesterol levels dropped significantly Their blood pressures decreased so much that we often had to reduce or even discontinue the anti hypertensive medications that many of them had been taking for many years and had been told they would need to take for the rest of their lives Exercise capability improved in everyone Most participants not only felt better, they were better We used what was at that time a new test called an exercise thallium scan, a type of nuclear medicine study now in use in most hospitals This test noninvasively measured how much blood flow the heart received Using this test, we found that most patients showed significant improvements in coronary blood flowafter only thirty days This was thought by most doctors to have been impossibleThere must be some mistake, many of them told us at the time The tests must be wrong Nuclear medicine tests such as the thallium scan were sometimes called unclear medicine by doctors because the images were not always 100 percent reliablealthough they were accurate enough to serve as the basis for clinical decisions every day Since the pilot study hadnt included a randomized control group for comparison, some critics asked, How do you know that patients wouldnt have gotten better anyway even though it would have been highly unusual for anyones thallium scan to improve without drugs or surgery Nevertheless, we published a summary of our results in the journal Clinical Research A few years later, similar improvements in blood flow and function were found in studies by Dr Gerhard Schuler in West Germany, by Dr William Haskell at Stanford, and by Dr Victor Froelicher in San Diego I then learned that a few physicians including Dr Lester Morrison, Dr William Castelli, Dr Walter Kempner, and others and some laypeople such as Nathan Pritikin speculated that coronary artery blockages could be reversed in humans by a low fat diet and exercise, whereas most cardiologists dismissed this idea as a lot of nonsense Unfortunately, there was little scientific evidence to prove or refute these claims, so the public became confused and the medical community became polarized Other physicians such as Dr Robert Eliot, Dr Carl Simonton, and Dr ernie Siegel and people such as Jeanne Achterberg, Joan Borysenko, and Norman Cousins discussed in their books and lectures the importance of managing emotional stress and interventions such as visualization in treating chronic diseases Again, due to the lack of scientific proof, there were debates, misunderstandings, and disagreements.Revolutionary results By the standards of conventional medicine the impossible has happened Dr Ornishs work could change the lives of millions Newsweek Dr Ornishs research offers strong scientific evidence that lifestyle changes alone can actually reverse the progression of atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries These lifestyle changes can begin to reverse even severe coronary artery disease after only one year, without the use of cholesterol lowering drugs.Claude Lenfant, M.D., director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health This is than a book on reversing heart disease it is a powerful and wise prescription for opening the heart in its deepest sense Dr Ornishs humanity, wit and integrity shine through on every page, affirming the best of what medicine has to offer You dont have to have heart disease to be healed through this extraordinary book and program.Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind In his groundbreaking book, Dr Dean Ornish demonstrates that even severe coronary heart disease can be reversed He shows us that when we begin healing our lives, then our hearts begin to heal as well Dr Ornish shows us what we are all capable of in this exciting new book I cannot recommend it highly enough.Bernard S Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine Miracles Dr Ornishs book will be good news for many patients with severe coronary heart disease As one of his earliest mentors, I am very proud of Dr Ornishs achievements.Antonio M Gotto, Jr., M.D., president, American Heart Association 1984 Whether or not you think you ll ever be concerned about your heart, this is likely to be the most useful book about health you ll read this year, 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