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Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on Making Heart Attacks History (Full Transcript)

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

Full transcript of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s TEDx Talk: Making Heart Attacks History at TEDxCambridge 2011 conference.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: making-heart-attacks-history-by-caldwell-esselstyn-at-tedxcambridge-2011

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn – American physician, author and former Olympic rowing champion

Coronary artery disease is the leading killer of women and men in Western civilization. Yet the truth be known it is nothing more than a toothless paper tiger that need never exist. And if it does exist it need never ever progress. This is a food borne illness.

My story begins actually in the late 1970s, early eighties when I was chairman of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the Cleveland Clinic. And my frustration was that no matter for how many women I was doing breast surgery, I was doing nothing for the next unsuspecting victim and this led to a bit of global research. It was quite striking to find that breast cancer rates in Kenya were something like 30 or 40 times less frequent than in the United States. And if you looked at breast cancer rates in rural Japan in the 1950s, it was very infrequently identified, and yet as soon as the Japanese women would migrate to the United States, by the second and third generation they now had the same rate of breast cancer as their Caucasian counterparts.

But even more powerful perhaps was data on cancer of the prostate. In 1958, in the entire nation of Japan, how many autopsy proven deaths were there from cancer of the prostate? 18. That’s the most mind-boggling public health figure I think I’ve ever heard. But I made a decision then, that I was concerned that my bones would long be dust before I could really get answers between nutrition and cancer. And so I chose to deal with cardiovascular disease, which is the leading killer of women and men in Western civilization. And it was quite striking that in this global review there were a number of cultures, by heritage and tradition, that simply lacked any cardiovascular disease. They were plant-based.

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