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Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 1995
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Two months later, I can see the following results:
His weight went from 175 to 155 lbs. Mine from 136 to 120. Before the diet I was trying to lose 5 lbs, to get to my happy weight of 130. The scale did not budge. Now, if I don't eat I keep losing weight, so I have to eat a lot, and often. His cholesterol went from 197 to 90, with an LDL of 20. That's not even human, in my opinion. Now he does take Lipitor (40 mg), so I am his "control group," since I take no medication. Mine went from 187 to 150, and LDL from 102 to 70. We asked the cardiologist whether he recommends this diet. He said yes, sure, if you can do it. He'd rather have people take their statins though, since the diet is so restrictive that few people stick with it long term. My husband's blood pressure went from 135/85 to 116/70, or something around there. We have a blood pressure machine now, so I can tell. (Can you tell I am doing this very scientifically.) I read all the articles I could find on pubmed.com and decided to supplement with B12 and Fish Oil of some high quality. The cardiologist said the fish oil makes no difference, but for now we take it. We also take Cardioviva, a probiotic which might have some benefits. It can't hurt anyway. We started eating fish a few weeks back, grilled or steamed, about twice a week, so we might stop the fish oil. That is the only concession we make to the diet.
Is it hard? Yes, it is, especially since I am doing it just to support him. Can it be done? Absolutely. It only depends how scared you are, and how strong is your motivation. We exercised before, so we keep that up. I'd say the first three weeks were the worst, your body just can't figure where did all the dietary fat go. Then you adjust, and things that you took for granted start to taste amazing, especially the forbidden ones. I can tell immediately if something has peanuts, because I can TASTE THEM! But I cannot eat them, not part of the diet. There is a direct correlation between your LDL and the number of coronary and cardiac incidents. Below 50 LDL, none. So that's where we try to keep it, and I worry of course about the stent, and the anti-platelet medication, and about an asteroid hitting the Earth someday. That's just me. But the diet works, I feel healthier than ever, I can wear skirts I had stashed away 20 years ago (I found one in a box) and all my... mmm... systems work really well. We miss cheese, lobster rolls, fried clams, oysters... but you get used to it, and when you look at the benefits I think it is worth it. If we make it to 75, maybe we will stop and start eating whatever.
I am quite healthy. However, one morning when I went jogging, I started to feel heaviness in my chest and had to make several stops in course of one mile. Although I had not been running frequently, the tightness in the chest did not feel "normal". After I returned from the jog, I decided to do some research. Inevitably, the symptoms led to possible heart disease scenario. I decided to order Dr. Ornish's book and start the program. I immediately stopped ALL added fat and meats(including poultry and eggs). After six days of diet change, i decided to go for a jog again to see if there was any noticeable difference. What amazing difference in experience from the jog one week before - felt not tightness and heaviness, out-of-breadth feeling like I did before. I am on my second week of the program and plan to have my lipid profile done after four weeks. I will provide another update after my blood work...
My friend was not convinced about the Ornish method when he first heard about it but since he's been on medicine after medicine with adverse reactions from the variety of prescribed pharmaceuticals he was ready to try something different. We have seen his condition improve so much that he is no longer on meds. He has also said that he can not swear that it is not placebo but he doesn't care whether his improvement is due to the Ornish treatment or his desperation to get off meds. He has changed his entire manner of taking care of himself and his condition and he is better.