Posts Tagged ‘cholesterol’

Plant Based Diet Advocated by Top Cardiologist Dr Caldwell Esselstyn.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017


Plant Based Diet Advocates Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., the next guest on the Holistic Health Show, who 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.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award.  Dr. Esselstyn has also received the 2015 Plantrician Project Luminary Award, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet since 1984. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

The Esselstyn’s have four children and ten grandchildren.

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Improving Cholesterol Levels.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that weight loss programs that provide healthy fat, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet have similar impacts.  Specifically they report that a meal plan high in walnuts, which are high in polyunsaturated fats, has a significant impact on lipid levels for women, and especially those who are insulin resistant. Researchers said “Many diets have said it is okay to eat healthy fats and emphasize olive and canola oils>” “What we found is that a diet high in healthy oils did lower lipids, but it also lowered both good and bad cholesterol. ”

In the study overweight and obese women were enrolled in a one year behavioral weight-loss program, and randomly assigned to one of three diets consisting of either: a low fat and high-carbohydrate diet, a low carbohydrate and high-fat diet, or a walnut-rich, high fat and low-carbohydrate diet. Results showed that all three diets promoted similar weight loss and insulin-sensitivity women lost the most weight with a low-fat diet but that was not the most beneficial diet for lipid levels. The walnut rich diet (polyunsaturated fats) had  the most effect on cholesterol levels by decreasing the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, and increasing beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL). The same results were not seen in the high-fat, low -carbohydrate diet group who had monounsaturated fats. At six months individuals in each group had lost about 8 pounds.

Dr Brant Cortright Talks about Neurogenesis.

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

brantBrant Cortright, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who works from a psycho-spiritual perspective. He has practiced depth psychotherapy for 30 years in numerous contexts, from hospitals and mental health centers, to workshops and private practice. For the past two decades he has been in private practice in San Francisco working primarily with individuals and couples.

A teacher of transpersonal psychology, Brant conducts workshops and lectures in Europe, India, and the United States. His book Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (SUNY Press) is widely used in the field. He has also authored numerous articles. For the past 20 years he has worked in the field of Integral Psychology, a synthesis of the two major streams of depth psychology – the humanistic-existential and contemporary psychoanalytic – within an integrating east-west framework.

Trained in contemporary psychoanalysis, gestalt therapy, and existential psychotherapy, Brant integrates Western psychology with Sri Aurobindo’s integral yoga and philosophy. A long-time practitioner of meditation and hatha yoga, he also draws from Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and mystical Christianity.

Brant is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is the past Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network. His forthcoming book, Integral Psychotherapy: The Meeting of East and West will be published by SUNY Press in spring, 2007. More information is available  at and  at


Does a Low-Carb Vegan Diet Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease?

Friday, May 30th, 2014


Research published in the British Medical Journal Open concluded that in addition to weight loss, a specific low-carbohydrate vegan diet may reduce the risk of heart disease by 10 per cent over 10 years. If low-carb diets allow eating animal protein and fats they  may improve weight loss but raise cholesterol whereas diets high in vegetable proteins and oils may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering “bad cholesterol.” Researchers compared the Eco-Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate vegan diet,  to a high-carbohydrate, low fat diet.  Researchers said “We designed a diet that combined both vegan and low-carbohydrate elements to get the weight loss and cholesterol-lowering benefits of both.”

Twenty three obese men and women completed the six month diet period. The subjects selected their own diet and could adjust it to their needs and preferences. They were given menu plans that outlined foods and amounts and alternatives for the foods listed. The food exchange list allowed the subjects to adapt the diet to their needs and facilitated adherence. Subjects were also encouraged to eat only 60% of their estimated daily caloric requirements-an amount that would maintain their current weight. The Eco-Atkins group aimed for a balance of 26% of their calories from carbohydrates, 31% from protein, and 43% from fat-primarily vegetable fat.  Results showed that the Eco-Atkins group reduced their cholesterol by 10% more  and also lost an average of four more pounds than the high carbohyrate group.

Can High Cholesterol Fuel the Growth and Spreqd of Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the journal, Science, concluded that a by-product of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancer. Researchers also found that anti-cholesterol drugs like statins seem to reduce the effects of the estrogen-like molecule.

These early findings used a mouse model (that are highly predictive of what occurs in humans)  andtumor cells the study explained the link between high cholesterol and reast cancer, especially in post menopausal women. The research also shows that dietaqry changes and /or therapies to reduce cholestero0l may offer a simple, accessible way to reduce breast cancer risk. The researchers said -“What we have found is a molecule—not cholesterol itself, but an abundant metabolite of cholesterol–called 27HC that mimics the hormone estrogen and can independently drive the growth of breast cancer/” The hormone estrogen feeds an estimated 75% of all breast cancers and 27HC behaves similarly toestrogen in animals.

Researchers said “The worse the tumors, the more they have of the enzyme” (that makes the 27HC molecule. More studies are planned.

Dr Mark Davis, Jackie Keller, and Marina Kamen talk about Weight Loss and Nutrition.

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Guest of Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, on Saturday were Dr  Mark Davis, Jackie Keller, and Marina Kamen.

Mark Davis, M. D. is President of a research firm called Healthnets Review Services and author of the Millenium Diet: The Practical Guide to Rapid Weight Loss and of Demons of Democracy. More information was presented earlier on this blog or can be found at:

Jackie Keller is Founding Director and Executive Chef of Los Angeles’ premier health food company, Nutrifit and author of Body After Baby: The 30 Day Plan to Lose Your Baby Weight. Jackie works with numerous clients including Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Uma Thurman, Charlize Therman,  Penelopie Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Will Farrell, Channing Tatum and others. More information was presented earlier on this blog or can be found at:

Marina Kamen has lost 100 pounds and is the winner of the Peoples Choice Award for her catalog of over 1,200 Musical Fitness audio and video Workout Programs, 400 Original songs and 50 albums online for download available at: Marina is also a certified fitness trainer, casting director, choreographer, billboard charting writer/producer, violinist, and vocalist. She has worked with celebrities such as Faye Dunaway, Madeline Kahn, Lauren Hutton, Liza Barbara Felton, Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Patti LaBelle and Carnie Wilson. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at the above website.

A Breast Cancer Risk Factor May be a Diet High in Fat and Cholesterol.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


In a recent study publishes in the American Journal of Pathology researchers concluded that high levels of fat and cholesterol in the typical American diet is a risk factor in the growth and development of breast cancer. Using a mouse model with subjects and a controls predisposed to develop mammary tumors those fed a Western diet high in fat developed larger tumors that were faster growing and metastasized more easily than the mice eating a control diet. Although dietary fat and cholesterol have been shown to be a risk factor in tumor development and progression the results of diet-based studies in humans have been contradictory. Consequently; the researchers used animal models of human cancer to evaluate a link between cholesterol, diet and cancer.

All mice predisposed to breast tumors were placed on a diet containing 21.2 percent fat and 0.2 percent cholesterol that is reflective of a typical Western diet (subjects) or a diet of 4.5 percent fat and minimal cholesterol (control group). Tumors began to grow quickly in the research subjects and were double in number and 50 percent larger than those in the control group. There was also a trend toward an increased number of lung metastasis in the subjects. Biomarkers of tumor progression also confirmed more advanced cancer stage in the subjects compared to the controls.

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