Episode 8- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
02.18.2019 - By Nutrition Rounds Podcast
This week’s episode features the one and only Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn. Dr. Esselstyn has revolutionized the way we look at nutrition and heart disease. He is truly a pioneer in the field of plant based nutrition and preventative medicine. Our episode starts out with a Q & A with myself and my producer Dr. Kasey Johnson (@drkaseyjohnson). I answer some of your most frequently asked questions about plant based nutrition, such as: where do you get your protein, is soy safe to eat, what is the difference between plant based and vegan, and more. Then we move onto this inspiring and brilliant interview with Dr. Esselstyn, as he describes his career and how he went from surgeon to preventative medicine. And how he has utilized plant based nutrition to improve the cardiovascular health of thousands of patients. About Dr. Esselstyn Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. His scientific publications number over 150, “The Best Doctors in America” 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. In July of 2014 he reported the experience of 198 participants seriously ill with cardiovascular disease. During 3.7 years of follow up of the 89% adherent to the program, 99.4% avoided further major cardiac events. Hosted by: Dr. Danielle Belardo Instagram: @theveggiemd Twitter: @theveggiemd Facebook: The Veggie MD Produced by:Dr Kasey Johnson Instagram: @drkaseyjohnson Who is ready to start our 7 day #plantbasedheartmonth challenge? ⠀⠀ Get ready to feel amazing in mind, body and spirit. ⠀⠀ How to join the challenge for tomorrow in 5 easy steps! 1. Sign up for your FREE @forksoverknives plant based meal planner here: forksoverknives.com/heart-health-2019/ 2. Get your FREE workouts from @biancataylorm and @nimai_delgado here: veganfitness.com/heart 3. Make sure you’re following everyone from the challenge on IG! ⠀⠀ Fitness: @biancataylorm @nimai_delgado @veganbodybuilding ⠀⠀ Doctors: @theveggiemd @veg_md @drostfeld @dr.mauriciogonzalez @drjkahn @angie.sadeghi ⠀⠀ For your daily Meditation and Mindfulness inspiration make sure you’re following Tara’s Instagram stories: @tarakemp_ 4️. Follow the hashtag #plantbasedheartmonth and share your meals, your workouts, your meditation and experience in your posts and your stories! and make sure to support one another! Whether you’re new to this challenge or whether you’re a long time plant-eater, this challenge is for everyone and anyone! 5.HAVE FUN! Every day we are going to be sharing support for one another as you take this journey to try plant-based nutrition! ⠀⠀ You can do it! We are in this with you!