I feel compelled to respond further to the author of the article and the above comments: I am in possession of the Patient Resource Binder produced by the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab program which is employed at my local hospital. Reetica, McConchie, and Robyn. It is important to note that the Esselstyn Diet did not include any exercise or other lifestyle changes, just changes in nutrition. In addition, some animal foods such as leaner meats and fish with a low mercury content are permitted. In other words, when we eat foods that contain cholesterol, more cholesterol tends to settle in our bloodstream 6. Truth be told, the number of calories in a food tells you nothing about its quality of nutrition. My interaction with you prompts me to write a new blog post on the Pritikin ICR. Fiber helps to protects against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and a number of other chronic diseases 9. As you can see, foods that are high in fat and cholesterol such as cheese, processed meats and egg yolks are completely avoided on the Pritikin diet. Armstrong ML.
In this HeartStrong. Atherosclerosis, the cholesterol build-up in the arteries of the body including the heart, can be reversed with diet. This is achieved with a specific pattern of plant based nutrition. Initially developed by Nathan Pritikin who was diagnosed with severe angina, then meticulously studied nutrition discovering that a whole food plant based diet low in fat is the optimal dietary pattern. These will be discussed in detail below after a brief review of animal research on the same topic. While HeartStrong. Here is what we have learned. Animals out in nature such as monkeys and rabbits eat a predominately whole food plant based diet i. They do not get ANY atherosclerotic cholesterol plaque in their arteries in their natural environment.
He died at the age of 69 after slashing his wrists with a razor blade. Although partially true, this is a totally misleading statement. James Barnard, Ph. D in Barnard has a Ph. D in exercise physiology and has worked as a consultant for the Pritikin center since Barnard does have a publication in Circulation as opposed to a letter but it is also an example of bad science and would not be published in a reputable journal in this day and age. His Circulation publication in looks at what happens in 11 men who are given an ultra low fat diet and forced to exercise aerobically for minutes daily. They were forbidden to consume alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine. There was no control group for comparison and we have no idea what the lifestyle of the men was before entering the study. And, of course, the investigators were not blinded and were extremely biased.