People want a diet that won’t make them feel abandoned by their physicians. The no oil and no animal protein diet says, “Avoid oils. They injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease.” Can this diet reverse hardening of the arteries which, if you’re on the standard American diet most often points to you already having one or another stage of clogged arteries and heart disease, as autopsies of young people (and 5,400-year old human fossils like Otzi the ice man) often reveal?
You know you’re on the right track when people tell you, “nobody’s going to eat that diet.” On the other hand, “This little bit won’t hurt,” is a phrase that you have to eliminate if you want to go on the no-oil diet. Check out this question and answer session: Q&A with Dr. Esselstyn. The basis of the diet notes, “Animal protein injures the lining of the arteries. Do not eat.”
Nutrition is about a change in behavior and habits. Should you remain flexible or put down your foot on no oil, fish, meat, or dairy products…plant-based diet only? What happens? How do you get your micronutrients, phytonutrients, and vitamins? On one study, people on a plant-based diet with no oil did well in their cholesterol exams even after 12 years, according to Dr. Cadwell Essenstyn’s, MD studies. See, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD — No More Heart Attacks — Ever – YouTube. Also check out the book, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn Diet.
What’s it like being off of all oils and fats for 90 days and on a plant-based diet? Oils are seductive. Long-term studies on monounsaturated fat or saturated fat showed the coronary artery disease on each group progressed at the same rate. Just as much coronary disease was shown, regardless of cholesterol. Olive oil activates the “clotting number 7” factor just as much as butter, notes studies mentioned by Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn, MD of the Cleveland Clinic in his video, “No More Heart Attacks.” Is there such a thing as heart-healthy oils after seeing studies of patients with heart disease, Dr. Esselstyn doctor asks in his talk.
The typical American diet is 34% fat. But at the 12% fat diet, you lose your craving for fat, according to surgeon, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the Cleveland Clinic. The no-oil diet: How healthy is it for people with clogged arteries? Check out the videos, No Oil — Not Even Olive Oil! and Caldwell Esselstyn, MD — “No More Heart Attacks, a 62-minute video talk. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr MD has shown heart disease can be reversed 100% of the time, using a plant-based diet.
Olive oil — and any oil — increases heart disease, the same way butter does. If you want to avoid heart disease and cancer, ditch all oils, which are in any case just highly processed (i.e., junk) food. Why no oil? Check out Dr. Esselstyn’s Cleveland Clinic Wellness Center program on DVD.
The answer is the data and the seductive aura around olive oil. Why are longer-term studies against all types of oils, including olive oil. Why some doctors say olive oil works like butter in the bodies of people susceptible to hardening of the arteries. Olive oil, meat, and dairy is also implicated as a factor in breast cancer as well, according to the You Tube video of doctor Caldwell Esselstyn Jr MD of Cleveland Clinic. See the YouTube video, “Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof.” Also see the article, “Dietary Prevention of Atherosclerosis: The Lancet.”
Dr. Esselstyn has many videos on You Tube where he talks about a ground breaking concept for a plant based diet. This information goes into depth about the down side of the typical American diet. Some of the videos last an hour or more, whereas numerous videos are excerpts from his longer talks. You may also want to check out, “Atherosclerosis and diet in ancient Egypt : The Lancet.” A. Rosalie David, Amie Kershaw, Anthony Heagerty.
Dr. Esselstyn’s question and answer session website notes the following information about what you can or can’t eat on this reversal diet. For the entire question and answer session, see the site, Q&A with Dr. Esselstyn. Here is an excerpt that can give you a clear idea of what’s involved on the diet.
Omega 3 – How do I get my Omega 3’s?
Omega 3 ‘s are essential fatty acids supplied in adequate amounts in people consuming plant based nutrition with plenty of green leafy vegetables.
Family history –I have a bad family history? Does it matter?
Family history can shed light on whether one has an increased risk, but multiple autopsy studies of the young confirm that all who are consuming the standard western diet have established, albeit early, vascular disease. Family history loads the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger.
Nuts – What about nuts? I hear so many different opinions.
For those with established heart disease to add more saturated fat is inappropriate.
For people with no heart disease who want to eat nuts and avocado and are able to achieve a cholesterol of 150 and LDL of 80 or under without cholesterol lowering drugs, some nuts and avocado are acceptable. No nuts for heart disease patients, includes peanuts and peanut butter, even though peanuts are officially a legume. Chestnuts are the one nut, very low in fat, it is ok to eat. (For a clarification of misinformation about nuts and this diet, see here.)
Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame) Are seeds ok to eat?
Some seeds sprinkled on bread or crackers, etc., are acceptable. Just don’t eat handfuls.
Coconut water – Is it all right to drink coconut water?
Coconut water is 8% saturated fat (If the fat is less than .5 per serving it does not have to be listed on the label) and about 50% sugar. So save your money and don’t use it.
Prostate cancer- Does plant based eating help prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is greatly lessoned by plant- based nutrition as best exemplified by the 1958 report confirming by autopsy 18 deaths in the entire nation of Japan.
Egg whites, fat free milk, yogurt – So What is wrong with egg whites, fat free yogurt, skim milk?
Egg whites, fat free milk and yogurt are ALL animal protein, and animal protein injures the lining of the arteries. Do not eat.